Loews New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana - Hotel Review
A Downtown NOLA Treasure
by Becky Sue Epstein
The lobby of Loews New Orleans Hotel
Loews New Orleans appeals in a multitude of ways, from its prime location to its cheerful staff and great dining. At first glance, it looks large and bustling, but despite boasting 285 rooms, it feels personal and friendly. A stay in a room on the river side can possibly get you addicted to your view of the gentle bend in the Mississippi River that gives the "Crescent City" its nickname.
Though the hotel is less than ten years old (it opened in December 2003), Loews is committed to keeping up in its luxury category by adding new décor elements and features such as new carpeting, flat screen TVs and new fitness equipment every few years. Arriving guests are welcomed with generous cheerfulness at all hours.
A major proportion of the rooms are quite large: 126 Grand rooms are 532 square feet, the largest in the city, with desks and several comfortable chairs; 63 feature double queen beds, and 63 have king beds as well as sofas that turn into pull-out beds. The 33 mid-sized (Luxury) rooms come with king beds and chaise longues under the windows. Ten Deluxe Riverview rooms have excellent views of the Mississippi, with king beds and pull-out sofas. The 104 standard rooms (Deluxe) have either one king bed or two queen-size beds. All rooms offer hair dryers, irons, in-room Keurig coffemakers with complimentary coffee and tea and flat screen TVs. Rooms are pleasantly light and airy, with natural tones on walls, floor and furnishings; bathrooms are also large and modern. There are also ten corner suites and two significantly larger (1,079 square feet), newly renovated presidential suites which have kitchenettes and dining/conference tables.
Cozy guest room
The relaxing pool
Loews New Orleans caters to visitors of all types from tourists to business travelers, and has several function rooms. The lobby features welcoming seating where drinks and snacks can be ordered. But Wi-Fi is only free in the lobby, which is surprising in a hotel with such guest-friendly positioning. Guests do, however, enjoy complimentary use of the lap pool, sauna, whirlpool and fitness room. On the same floor, Balance Spa offers a typical spa menu of relaxation and beauty treatments.
The restaurant and bar are run by the famed Commanders Palace Restaurant Group. Café Adelaide is a local favorite, serving contemporary Creole cuisine. The restaurant's chef, Chris Lusk, was Louisiana's Seafood Ambassador in 2010. The Swizzle Stick Bar's "Bar Chef," Lu Brow, is devoted to her craft, creating fresh juices and condiments for the bar. Brow started here right after Katrina, creating the bar chef program because she "wanted a bar that was like a love letter to New Orleans."
One of the hotel's best features is its location. Loews is one of a dozen or so hotel brands dotted in between historic and modern businesses in the surrounding area. Though the immediate block is not picturesque, Loews is just inside the Arts/Warehouse District with galleries and restaurants, including the original Emeril's. The hotel is only a block or two from the riverfront, casinos, a shopping mall, the tram and riverboats. And it's also an easy, three-block stroll to the historic French Quarter — with a new Pinkberry along the way.
(Updated: 06/27/13 JDM)