By Nancy LaFever
Who can visit New Orlean’s French Quarter and not think of fabulous food? If you’re looking for New Orleans hotels in the Quarter that not only exudes ambiance but has a great restaurant worth staying in for, here are three that will surpass even your high standards.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Although it’s one of the largest hotels in the French Quarter, the Royal Sonesta still maintains the exquisite attention to detail that you’d expect in a smaller establishment. Settle into luxury and plan on doing the renowned Champagne Sunday Brunch at the Sonesta Begue’s Restaurant. Complete with freshly-shucked oysters, the chef pulls out all the French-Creole stops for this event.
Renaissance Pere Marquette
Marriott’s Renaissance Pere Marquette is a beautifully appointed New Orleans hotel just a block form Bourbon Street near the French Quarter. Enjoy the sleek, contemporary design that doesn’t sacrifice cozy comfort with its residential-style rooms.
You’re in luck if you want to stay in one night and dine. The Renaissance offers one of New Orleans best restaurants, MiLA. Blending Mississippi and Louisiana-inspired cuisines, this married chef duo creates tempting dishes like Kobe beef tartare that will melt in your mouth.
Bienville House Hotel
Dubbed “a French Quarter Boutique Hotel,” Bienville House has that kind of old manor house feel you’d expect with all the upscale touches. Enjoy the flagstone courtyard and when you visit its exquisite restaurant, Iris, ask for a romantic table by the pool.
Featuring American cuisine that blends French and Italian, expect to be wowed at Iris. Using seasonal ingredients, the chef might surprise you by serving veal short ribs on grilled red Belgian endive with a sage-infused au jus.
Nancy LaFever writes from the middle of landlocked Ohio, where she has convinced herself that the decking around her neighbor’s pool qualifies as “the beach.”