Don’t Miss These Summer Events in New Orleans!

Don’t Miss These Summer Events in New Orleans!

With long, warm days in NOLA on the horizon and special summer room rates in effect, we wanted to provide a snapshot of the many great events offering summer fun in New Orleans during the next few months. Spend your days basking in the sun near our rooftop pool, with poolside drink and food service available at Acqua Bella. Then head down to relax and rejuvenate at Spa Aria, a cozy retreat tucked within the exquisite Hotel Monteleone. If you really must head outside of the Hotel Monteleone doors, then we recommend the following events coming to the Big Easy this summer: May 2016 Two favorite festivals among locals happen in May along the banks of beautiful Bayou St. John. Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival (May 20-22), now in its 11th year, offers free admission and features 4 stages of live music, plus local artisans, food booths and other activities. Greek Fest (May 27-29) is a celebration of Hellenic culture, with live music and traditional dance performances, plus plenty traditional Greek food, wine and desserts. The 23rd New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 26-29) is a foodie’s dream, with hands-on educational activities and tasting events galore. June 2016 Festival season stretches into summer as New Orleanians host celebrations of favorite Southern foods like fresh Gulf oysters and Creole tomatoes. The New Orleans Oyster Festival (June 4-5) and French Market Creole Tomato Festival (June 11-12) are free and open to the public, with plenty of delicious food available for purchase. The fun continues the following weekend at Louis Armstrong Park as the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (June 18-19) offers visitors the tastes and sounds of authentic Acadian culture at...
Enjoy Summer for a Steal with New Summer Rates

Enjoy Summer for a Steal with New Summer Rates

Summer vacations just aren’t as fun when you’re worried if you’ve spent a little too much. That’s why we’re here to help: with special summer rates at Hotel Monteleone, you can stay in the heart of New Orleans, explore popular summer events and enjoy all the amenities of our luxury French Quarter hotel at a fraction of the usual price: Rooms start as low as $129 per night! Like summer itself, though, these seasonal deals can’t last forever. Book your summer stay with us now. Here are just a few of the things you’ll enjoy while you’re a guest at Hotel Monteleone: A Rooftop Pool Our roof-top pool is open year-round, but it’s especially enticing in summer, when you can soak up the sun and enjoy a cold cocktail (we have special pool menus for both food and drink) while taking in an unforgettable view of the New Orleans skyline. It’s like having a beach vacation and a city getaway rolled into one! New Orleans History (and Modern Luxury) Our hotel has a rich history that dates back centuries, much like New Orleans itself. Famed authors have stayed here, our hotel has been featured in films, and it’s even been referenced in great literary works by playwright and author Tennessee Williams. But all that history doesn’t mean we’re stuck in the past. Hotel Monteleone is that perfect New Orleans combination of reverence toward the past with an eye on modern luxury and comfort. Live Jazz Music No need to seek out a separate events space or concert while you’re here. Simply head downstairs from your room to the Carousel Bar & Lounge, where...
Celebrate Mother’s Day in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant and Spa Aria!

Celebrate Mother’s Day in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant and Spa Aria!

Want to make your mother feel special this Mother’s Day weekend? Treat her to a delicious Mother’s Day lunch in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant, followed by an indulgent spa day at Spa Aria! Create new memories with your family in the heart of the Big Easy at Hotel Monteleone. Mother’s Day Lunch at Criollo Restaurant Criollo is the perfect destination for Mother’s Day, where you can treat mom to our delicious lunch menu items from 11:30am-2:30pm. This year, Criollo will be offering a prix fixe Mother’s Day menu for $42 per person. Your choice of appetizers: Shellfish Vol Au Vent with Lobster, Shrimp and Crabmeat Served in a Puff Pastry White Asparagus Puree with Camembert Au Gratin Red and Yellow Tomato Carpaccio with Avocado Cream, Basil Oil, Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese and Scallion Bread Your choice of entree: Louisiana Crawfish and Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs and Sweet Basil Hollandaise Petite Filet of Beef with Herb Brioche Crouton and Bordelaise Beurre Rouge Grilled Louisiana Cobia with Pearl Onion Pirlou, Candied Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Carrot Puree Shrimp and Crabmeat Stuffed Mirliton with Roasted Tomato and Garlic Concasse Your choice of dessert: Almond Crusted Banana Brulee served in a Pastry Shell with Chantilly Cream Warm Bing Cherry Clafoutis with Vanilla Gelato Take a peek at some of our other favorite lunch menu items: Seafood-loving moms will love our Grilled Shrimp and Scallops with white truffle risotto and red onion marmalade. The Grilled Faroe Island Salmon with lentils, shallot confit and grilled asparagus is another fan favorite. If mom is the carnivorous type, treat her to our Hot Pulled Pork Sandwich, dressed with marinated...
What To Do In New Orleans During Jazz Fest

What To Do In New Orleans During Jazz Fest

Whether you’re visiting New Orleans for the very first time or you’re a seasoned Jazz Fest pro, you’ll want to make the most of your Jazz Fest vacation. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival offers 7 full days of live music, food, culture and entertainment, but there is also plenty to explore outside of the Fairgrounds. Here is our guide for what to do during Jazz Fest and after the festival, plus how to spend your days off exploring the French Quarter. What To Do At Jazz Fest 2016 There are a variety of transportation options to get you to the Fairgrounds from Hotel Monteleone, but keep in mind that Jazz Fest can be very crowded, so plan for plenty of time to get where you’re going. Once you’re there, expect to spend the full day at the Fairgrounds, listening to live music, eating local cuisine and exploring the handcrafted vendor areas. Keep an eye out for roving entertainment, like Mardi Gras Indians, social aid and pleasure clubs, and local brass bands. This year’s musical lineup includes world famous names like Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, as well as local favorites including Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Irma Thomas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aaron Neville and many more. Be sure to check out the three different artisan marketplaces that Jazz Fest offers: Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts and the Louisiana Marketplace. You’ll also want to come hungry, as Jazz Fest is known for it’s many delicious food options,...
Hotel Monteleone’s Annual Jazzy Jam Treats Jazz Fest Revelers to Even More Music

Hotel Monteleone’s Annual Jazzy Jam Treats Jazz Fest Revelers to Even More Music

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (known by its nickname, Jazz Fest) is an incredible, immersive festival, but it’s also exhausting – full days of music out in the elements can test even the most seasoned festival goers. That’s why we’re pleased to revive our annual Jazzy Jam series, happening every night after Jazz Fest in our Carousel Bar & Lounge. Unwind in the elegant atmosphere of our bar and treat yourself to a full bar bites menu, robust wine list, or a craft cocktail. While food and beverages are always important, the real draw of Jazzy Jam is the music. We’ve hand-selected a list of performers to play each night on Friday, April 22, 2016 through Sunday, April 24, 2016 and Wednesday, April 27, 2016 through Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Jazzy Jam music series will be kicked off by our very own “New Orleans Songbird” Robin Barnes, who was recently named “Favorite New Orleans Musician” by New Orleans Magazine. Performers include Lena Prima, daughter of legendary musician Louis Prima, and Nayo Jones, whose stage presence is electric and sure to inspire a bit of late-night reveling. We’ll also be joined by musicians like Antoine Diel, who will perform alongside his traditional jazz band, and High Standards Orchestra featuring Graham Hawthorne, whose swinging sounds are sure to have your toes tapping. Here’s the schedule: Friday, April 22 Robin Barnes & Her Jazz Band, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lena Prima & Band, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23 High Standards Orchestra featuring Graham Hawthorne, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Sunday, April 24 Luther Kent & His Jazz Band, 9:00...
Getting Around New Orleans: Transportation Options for Visitors

Getting Around New Orleans: Transportation Options for Visitors

Whether you’re planning your first trip to New Orleans, or you’re an experienced traveler returning for French Quarter Fest, you’ll be pleased at the myriad of transportation options available to travelers. While New Orleans has always been a very walkable and bike-friendly city, in the last few years even more ways to get around town have emerged, including pedicabs, Uber and Lyft. Here is our transportation guide for getting here, and getting around New Orleans once you’re here. Getting To and From Hotel Monteleone If you’re driving to New Orleans, Hotel Monteleone and the French Quarter are easily accessible from Interstate 10. (Read our FAQ page for detailed driving directions, from east and west.) Generally speaking, parking in this historic neighborhood is limited, but Hotel Monteleone is proud to offer valet parking for all hotel guests. Our parking availability for oversized vehicles such as F-350s and 15-passenger vans is limited, however. If you’re flying into Louis Armstrong International Airport, you can take either a taxi or Airport Shuttle to and from Hotel Monteleone. Airport Shuttle is located on the ground level (baggage claim) area of the airport, and the current charge is $24.00 US per person (one way). You can also take a taxi directly to our French Quarter hotel. Taxi fare from Armstrong International Airport is $36.00 for 1-2 people traveling together, or $15 per person for groups of 3 or more. While Uber and Lyft are now available in the New Orleans area, they do not currently service the airport. Once you’re here, you’ll find that with the many potholes, one-way streets and limited street parking found...