For years and years, maybe during my formative years, my desire to stay within the thick of things when traveling was of utmost priority. Up until a few years ago, I’ve always gravitated towards the most densely populated part so the city I was traveling to. I wanted to feed off the energy and dart out of the hotel and into the world I was visiting. For years and years, maybe during my formative years, my desire to stay within the thick of things when traveling was of utmost priority. Up until a few years ago, I’ve always gravitated towards the most densely populated part so the city I was traveling to. I wanted to feed off the energy and dart out of the hotel and into the world I was visiting.
<p>I was downtown for the weekend mainly because of Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer and for a long time I wanted to stay in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.qandc.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Q&C Hotel/Bar</a> (344 Camp St.). Located in the CBD, and just blocks away from Champion Square, as well as tons of New Orleans attractions, the Q&C proved to be a perfect home base. </p>
<p>We're at an interesting crossroads in New Orleans. Now more than ever, we're starting to see a serious influx of international boutique hotels popping up around town, and more importantly, giving folks a great alternatives to the grand and traditional Nola stalwarts. Brands like Le Meridien and Marriot are doing a fantastic job building out fantastic spaces and offering clean and modern amenities that are meant to full integrate within the culture and community. Located in the CBD, The AC is blocks away from some of the best food in the city as well as walking distance to the center of the French Quarter.</p>
<p>For years, The W Hotel at the end of Poydras (where the French Quarter meets the CBD) was the pinnacle of modern hotels in New Orleans. Don't get me wrong, there are some tremendous modern and chic boutiques around pre-k, but it was SPG's W hotel which ushered in a new modern era. As a city we've evolved since the opening of the W on Poydras and so has SPG's plans for the space.</p>
<p>In my opinion, historically, there’s no other New Orleans hotel more regal in stature than The Hotel Montleone. Of all the historical properties around town, or even in the French Quarter, The Montleone is New Orleans. From the moment I stepped through their storied doors, I was met with comfort and enthusiasm from the staff, and was very well taken care of. For the most part, as a tourist in other cities, I don’t ask for much or for that matter need much. I always had fresh towels and toiletries, never waited more than a few minutes for my vehicle when I needed it, and the high speed wireless internet was a huge plus.</p>
<p>Of all the addresses in the city, Lee Circle is quite possibly one of New Orleans most interesting and cherished spots. The Circle is home to one of the best views of carnival as well as one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in town. In the center of it all is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thehotelmodern.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Hotel Modern</a> which has become just as much a landmark property as The Roosevelt Hotel or The Monteleone. What The Hotel Modern lacks in capacity and age, it makes up for it in it's millennial approach to everything they do.</p>
<p>Growing up in New Orleans you always hear about the storied hotels and historic addresses. Windsor Court was always in that number when it came to a truly top notch place to hang your hat when in The Crescent City. I remember the first time I visited Windsor Court. It was hard not to be impressed with the sophistication and their absurd attention to detail.</p>
<p>I never really thought I would ever consider using the term "swag" ever, much less to describe a place. Here and now I'm throwing all caution to the wind and saying that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thesainthotelneworleans.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Saint Hotel</a>, on storied Canal Street, is unabashadely swag. This is our first in a series of posts presented by T<a target="_blank" href="https://scott-simon-pmti.squarespace.com/www.Neworleanscvb.Com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">he New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau</a> in support of their "Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown" campaign.</p>