This well known hotel has the honor of being a member of the Small Luxury Hotels in the World. It is part of the National Historic Landmark buildings in New Orleans. The hotel was built in 1916 and through restoration has kept the original look. There are French doors and the wrought iron balconies that are a part of the architecture of New Orleans. The Lafayette Hotel is located at 600 St. Charles Ave in the Warehouse District. The ornate entrance with its arched doorway welcomes guests into the elegant lobby.
The hotel offers forty four rooms or suites. Everyone has been decorated with elegant furniture and fabrics. Marble floors and rich wood complete the luxurious surroundings of the rooms. Guests will find plush robes and imported soaps as part of the amenities in the bathrooms. Suites will include a wet bar with a refrigerator. There may be a four poster bed or a whirlpool tub in a guest suite. Comfortable chairs with an ottoman and a table with a vase of flowers will greet the guests. A writing desk and chair will allow business travelers a chance to work in the privacy of their room.
Lafayette Square is near the hotel and guests can enjoy the view from their balconies. The Warehouse District has become the Art District of New Orleans since the warehouses have been converted to galleries, shopping and eateries. Visitors can watch artists create paintings, sculptures and other art forms.
The French Quarter is about five blocks from the hotel. Jackson Square with the historical buildings adjacent to it, Bourbon Street famous for all the jazz clubs and the many restaurants with their New Orleans cuisine are within walking distance of The Lafayette Hotel.
The Mississippi River can be reached easily from the hotel as there is access to the streetcars. Visiting this area offers the guests the opportunity to board a steamboat and cruise the harbor. There are two hour sightseeing cruises or visitors can embark on a dinner cruise. The dinner cruises feature local cuisine and fine live jazz music. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and watch the activity on the river.
There is a complex near the hotel that offers a great place for families. The Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Insectarium and an IMAX Theater are all in one area. They offer package pricing so that guests can visit more than one exhibit and save money.
Business travelers that come to New Orleans for a convention will find that the Lafayette Hotel is convenient to the Morial Convention Center. Sports enthusiasts are close to the Super Dome for national sporting events.
There are many events that happen in New Orleans every year. The Mardi Gras is probably the most famous and visitors can see for themselves how the floats are constructed at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. Visitors to the exhibit get to create their own float and try on some of the costumes from previous floats. Shopping, entertainment and fine food are all close to The Lafayette Hotel.