One of the questions you’ll be asked if you come to New Orleans during the holidays is, “Did you check out the lobby at the Roosevelt?” Bellmen at the hotel will tell you they’ve seen cab drivers drop passengers off on one side of the hotel, circle around the block and pick them up on the other side – just so they can walk through the block-long lobby at Christmastime.
For eighty years, locals and visitors alike have been making this grand old hotel a top stop on their holiday tour. Take a stroll through a winter wonderland of birch branches and Christmas trees, twinkling with more than 60,000 lights. There’s even a gingerbread village illustrating the beloved Louisiana holiday classic “Cajun Night Before Christmas,” with alligators replacing Santa’s reindeer (sorry, no red noses).
The Roosevelt’s lobby is a dazzler during the holidays – but it’s not the only one that’s decked out. While you’re in town, see Christmas Tree Lane at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans and Santa’s Toy Shop at the Ritz Carleton. Come admire the lobby at the Bourbon Orleans before having Brunch with Santa. The lobbies of the Windsor Court and Le Pavilion are also stunning during the holidays.
They say the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. For many, the holidays season begins here as well. Don’t leave without stopping by the Carousel Bar for a Vieux Carre, their signature cocktail, or a special holiday concoction.