The Roosevelt Hotel has a long and colorful history, and since the Waldorf Astoria purchased the hotel they have brought it back to life and restored it to the previous elegance. This hotel was first opened in 1893 with the name of The Grunewald and it later became known as The Fairmont. However, it was the eventual ownership by a Louisiana native that propelled the hotel to its famous stature. Seymour Weiss began working in the barbershop at the hotel in 1923. He quickly proved himself and worked his way to being the owner. The Roosevelt as it was known then was thriving despite the Depression.
Some famous celebrities that frequented The Roosevelt were Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Bob Hope, Cab Calloway and Jack Benny. The Cave was a nightclub at The Roosevelt that entertained the audience with Dixieland Jazz. The Cave had closed long before it became the Roosevelt, but they continued live entertainment at the Blue Room and The Sazerac Bar.
The hotel has 504 rooms and 135 suites. The Deluxe Guest Rooms all have luxurious sheets, flat screen TV's, bathrobes and mini bars. A writing desk, chair with ottoman and in room safe are all part of the amenities. Room service is available twenty four hours a day. MP3 connection comes standard with the alarm clock.
Guests that prefer a suite will find living and dining areas in the King Suites as well as a place for small business meetings or party. The Waldorf Suites have a bar, a larger seating capacity, and a bedroom area with French doors. This suite can accommodate about fifty people.
The Astoria Suites are the most luxurious in the hotel. They offer approximately 1,400 square feet of living space. Bay windows open up to the city views. When guests arrive they can expect champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The height of pampering comes with these suites. The guests receive private check in, a fruit basket, the bar in the room is set up, beautiful flower arrangements and evening canapys. Two 42'' flat screen televisions, plush bathrobes and slippers and a Sweet Dreams Surprise are all part of the amenities of the Astoria Suite.
Besides the in room dining there are many choices for dining at The Roosevelt. The Sazerac, the Domenica, Teddy's Cafy and the Pool Cafy offer various cuisines. Enjoy elegant dining at The Sazerac whether it is for a family meal or a romantic dinner. The Domenica features Italian cuisine with homemade pasta and wood fire pizza. Teddy's Cafy has the cafy au lait that New Orleans is famous for and the sweetest pastries to go with it. The Pool Cafy has lighter meals and cocktails to enjoy.
The Blue Room offers the atmosphere of a supper club, with live entertainment and delicious food. There is also a Sunday Jazz Brunch. This is the perfect venue for weddings, private parties and conventions. The Roosevelt is located at 123 Baroone Street in New Orleans.