If you’re in New Orleans
, LA book a suite at:
W New Orleans (Poydras)
One of two W Hotel’s located in the Big Easy, we like the W on Poydras Street because of its height (better views) and its proximity to Riverwalk, a swank waterfront shopping area where you can find everything from bow ties and candles to art-house movies and beautiful furniture. Valet-park your car at this W and be prepared to leave it there for a while because inside you’ll find two trendy bars (Whiskey Blue and Living Room Bar) to whet your whistle and a restaurant (Zoë) on the second floor with an innovative tapas menu. Once you get upstairs to the Fantastic Suite, you’ll be even less inclined to leave the premises. Low, leather furniture and huge windows with wooden shutters overlooking the Mississippi River will give you the vague sense of house-sitting for wealthy art collectors rather than staying in a hotel. Two hallways lead you to different destinations: one to the bedroom and the other to the living/dining area. Both areas are equipped with everything from flat-screen TVs and huge bathrooms to stylish artwork and dim lighting. The biggest selling point, however, is the view. The inner harbor of New Orleans is busy and the French Quarter is always twinkling with lights. You’ll have a front-row seat every night.
333 Poydras St. 504.525.9444
(originally published on uptownmagazine.com)