The Roosevelt was first opened in 1893 and was long the center of high end dining, refined Southern hospitality and A list musical acts in New Orleans.
In 2005 the hotel was severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina. After some initial repair work, the hotel was closed indefinitely and it looked like it might be the loss of the Roosevelt. In 2007 it was sold to a group that intended to restore it and have it join the Waldorf Astoria brand of hotels.
Over $100 million dollars was spent on a full refurbishment back to the Golden Era of the hotel. A rooftop pool deck was added that feels a little more South Beach than NOLA and a Spa was added in to the mix.
The hotel is technically in the CBD (Central Business District) but you simply need to walk across Canal street and you are in the French Quarter. Although it is a lengthy walk to Frenchmen Street and the live music I love, this hotel has great access to the streetcar to the Garden District. This is also a good hotel if you are travelling with your family or actually might need to get some work/business done as it provides a peaceful oasis from the 24 hour party scene.
I highly recommend talking to the concierges in general, and Don in particular, to lay out the best cocktail walking tour you can do on your way TO and FROM the Marigny District to listen to music. He was also an amazing source of local knowledge, being a home town boy and all that. He would tell us who to ask for at the places we stopped and what to order. He did not steer us wrong once.
The best tip we had from Don, when choosing a restaurant – look for bicycles parked outside. That means the locals are there. Also, “When you sit down at Molly’s don’t worry if something furry brushes your ankles, it’s not a rat, it’s a cat, and that’s why they don’t have rats.”
Good to know.