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Hotel Monteleone Commemorates 130 Years of Hospitality, Service and Community

New Orleans, LA - Known as the "Grand Dame of the French Quarter," the Hotel Monteleone has proudly stood as a symbol of hospitality and luxury since 1886. As it looks back on 130 years in 2016, the Hotel Monteleone celebrates that the community has made the iconic New Orleans landmark beloved by tourist and locals alike.

"As we celebrate 130 years, we want to thank the community and our family of employees, who have made the Hotel Monteleone a coveted destination," said Kent Wasmuth, director of sales and marketing at the Hotel Monteleone. "From the launch of our new literary history book to community partnerships, we hope that 2016 will be a banner year for the Hotel Monteleone and its dedicated patrons."

The Hotel Monteleone will kick off its 130th year celebration this spring by honoring its literary roots with the release of New Orleans Literary Landmark, Hotel Monteleone. Written by Susan Larson, Alexandra "Riki'" Collier and Phillip Collier with forward by Richard Ford, the compilation details the Hotel Monteleone's role in the lives and works of several beloved writers. It also pays tribute to the Hotel Monteleone's status as one of three American Hotels designated as a Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries USA. Upon its release, New Orleans Literary Landmark, Hotel Monteleone will be available for purchase at the Hotel Monteleone's gift shop adjacent to the lobby.

During the course of the year, the Hotel Monteleone will continue to commemorate its storied history through a variety of special events and partnerships with local community organizations. As the Hotel Monteleone is a pet friendly establishment, plans are underway to host a Puppy Happy Hour at the Carousel Bar & Lounge to benefit the Louisiana SPCA this fall. The Hotel Monteleone will also showcase its long standing sponsorship of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots with the return of its Betting 101 workshop for individuals interested in learning the basic rules of betting on horse races.

Over the years, the Hotel Monteleone has taken great pride in maintaining a high level of quality and service to its patrons. In fact, the Hotel Monteleone was the first hotel in New Orleans to be equipped with air conditioning in 1930 and its iconic rooftop sign has been a staple of the New Orleans skyline since its installation in 1954. More recent updates include the highly anticipated opening of the Royal Salon this summer, an upgraded wifi system in all Hotel rooms, the opening of Criollo Restaurant in 2013 and the expansion of the Carousel Bar & Lounge in 2011. Featuring handcrafted cocktails in a luxe environment, the Carousel Bar & Lounge offers the city's only revolving bar and was named one of the top 20 Bars in the World in 2014 by Vogue Living. Only nine bars in the United States were selected for Vogue Living's short list, which highlighted the best bars around the globe.

Numerous organizations have recognized the Hotel Monteleone for its superior customer service, hotel and meeting room accommodations and overall contributions to the hospitality industry. Recent accolades include JD Power Award for Outstanding Customer Service, one of the South's Best Meeting Site Board Rooms by ConventionSouth Magazine and a coveted spot on New Orleans CityBusiness' Best Places to Work in New Orleans list. The French Quarter's largest full service Hotel is a member of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence "Hall of Fame," a new exclusive designation awarded to businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

For more information on the Hotel Monteleone and its commemorative 130th anniversary events, please visit or call 1-866-338-4684. For real time updates for the Hotel Monteleone, connect via Facebook or follow the Hotel on Twitter.

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About Hotel Monteleone
Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone ( has proudly stood as one of the first landmarks in the famous French Quarter. The hotel is the Quarter's largest full-service hotel, featuring 570 comfortable, luxurious guestrooms and suites. Hotel Monteleone is within walking-distance of some of New Orleans most famous attractions and is conveniently located 11 miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Hotel Monteleone is a four-time AAA Four Diamond award-winner, and has won Successful Meetings Magazine's Pinnacle Award twenty-two times.

Hotel Monteleone is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, which represents renowned properties that feature the finest accommodations coupled with attentive, engaging, and exclusive personal service. The worldly and illustrious hotels within this collection, located in vibrant city centers or destination escapes, provide guests with notable inspirations and memorable experiences through exceptional dining, entertainment, and spas. All guests of Hotel Monteleone are eligible to enroll in the iPrefer guest loyalty program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay at more than 550 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.