Catch of the Day: Louisiana Seafood Festival in City Park

City Park is the go-to spot for meandering through the sculpture garden or enjoying Morning Call beignets al fresco, but this weekend, it’s also your best bet for decadent seafood creations. You won’t find any plain, grilled fish at the Louisiana Seafood Festival, at the festival grounds from Oct. 10 – 12. Instead, expect incredibly decadent takes on seafood that are anything but basic.   The Food We love how the Festival makes it easy to try some of the city’s most beloved restaurants all in one spot. Blue Crab will feature Pontchartrain shrimp pasta, dressed in Alfredo sauce, while perennial favorite Galatoire’s is offering up a crunchy, fried shrimp BLT po’boy. Crawfish ravioli and crab cakes are the picks from Andrea’s Restaurant, and Ernst Café will serve crawfish nachos. In a distinctly Louisiana vibe, alligator and beignets are both on the menu: try the rich and savory alligator sausage cheesecake from Jacques-Imo’s followed by flaky redfish beignets from Royal House. Got a sweet tooth? No seafood in the desserts, we promise, but dishes like Bananas Foster bread pudding and strawberry puff pastries with whipped cream are a sweet finish to the seafood offerings.   The Music Running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, the festival also includes a constant flow of music. With bands taking the stage practically around the clock, guests can look forward to musicians like horn powerhouse Brass-A-Holics and Louisiana native Mark Broussard, who will treat audiences to his signature style of “Bayou Soul.”   Getting There Of course, our central proximity offers...

4th of July in New Orleans

Celebrate the 4th of July in New Orleans! 4th of July is just around the corner, have you made your plans yet? Come celebrate our nation’s independence in one of the oldest cities in the U.S.! In New Orleans, we love to celebrate in style, and the Fourth of July is no different! You can walk from our doors down to the riverfront and view a spectacular fireworks display launched from dueling barges on the Mississippi River. It’s a fantastic display that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Spend the rest of your 4th of July in New Orleans trip celebrating with the family at many of the family-friendly attractions right outside our doors! Go Fourth on the River Every year, New Orleans goes all out with a fireworks display that begins at 9:00pm on Friday, July 4th and usually lasts 15-20 minutes. The fireworks show has been one of the top rated fireworks displays in the country. It can be viewed from either side of the river. For optimal viewing on the French Quarter side, head to Woldenberg Park. To view the fireworks with the stunning New Orleans skyline in the background, hop on the Canal Street Ferry and find a spot along the levee in Algiers Point! This is truly a spectacular event, not to be missed. Family Fun Heading to 4th of July in New Orleans with your family in tow? Audubon Institute is offering discounts on all its downtown attractions which includes the Aquarium of the Americas at Woldenberg Park and the Audubon Insectarium on Canal Street. From Thursday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 6th, enjoy a special offer of $4 off any...

Hotel Monteleone’s Summer Giveaway

Desperate to visit New Orleans, but just can’t seem to fit in the budget? We’ve got quite the solution for you. Hotel Monteleone will be giving away a weekend getaway to our hotel this summer through our Facebook! Experience the magic of one of New Orleans most historic and most luxurious hotels while spending $0 on your booking. Doesn’t get much better than that! Enter now. Hotel Monteleone Summer Giveaway Prize: 2 night-stay at the hotel Welcome cocktails at the famous Carousel Bar Dinner valued up to $100 at the popular Criollo Restaurant   Head to the Hotel Monteleone Facebook page and choose your favorite thing about our hotel to enter. That’s it! You’ll also have the chance to experience the following amenities: Fitness Center: Our rooftop Fitness Center offers panoramic views of both the Mississippi River and the French Quarter. Our cutting edge exercise facility is on-premise and available 24/7 with room key access. Rooftop Pool: Our heated rooftop pool is available to guests of the hotel year-round. Don’t forget to take advantage of our poolside bar, where you’ll delight in our refreshing and invigorating beverages. Spa Aria: Add on to your special trip by booking a moment of relaxation at Spa Aria. Our pampering is certain to ease even the most exhausted souls. Parking: The Hotel Monteleone owns and operates two 24-hour valet parking facilities, which are especially useful to those traveling to New Orleans by car.   Can’t wait to visit? Then don’t! We’re offering 20% off our best rates for the...

Summer Fun in New Orleans

With long, warm days in NOLA on the horizon, 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. Summer in New Orleans features a variety of exciting activities. Celebrate favorite Southern foods like fresh Gulf oysters or Creole tomatoes at festivals hosted in their honor. Participate in a running of the bulls, New Orleans style, as the Big Easy Roller Girls skate through the streets of the French Quarter dressed as bulls to re-create the famous Spanish festival. August offers an art-lovers delight as galleries and museums open up late for White Linen Night and Dirty Linen Night. These are just a few of the fun things to do this summer in New Orleans.   May 2014 May 31 – New Orleans Oyster Festival   June 2014 June 1- New Orleans Oyster Festival June 8-9 – French Market Creole Tomato Festival June 14-15 – Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival June 19-22 – FestiGals (taking place at the Hotel Monteleone)   July 2014 July 4 – Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks July 3-6 – Essence Music Festival July 11-14 – Bastille Day Fete July 12 – San Fermin en Nueva Orleans July 17-21 – Tales of...

“Jazzy Jams” After Jazz Fest at the Carousel Bar and Lounge

The Hotel Monteleone is proud to announce the introduction of “Jazzy Jams” sessions, a series of New Orleans jazz music performances featuring several locally-based musicians. This exciting new event gives Carousel Bar and Lounge patrons and hotel guests a great way to relax and unwind after Jazz Fest closes each day. Take a spin at our historic bar, and catch great live performances by some of the most talented New Orleans musicians and singers for free! The lineup includes great New Orleans music by Carl Leblanc Jazz Quartet, Chance Bushman & Smoking Time 5, Robin Barnes, Lena Prima, Jubilation Band, and Luther Kent. You won’t want to miss it!   The Carousel Bar will welcome the following entertainers nightly throughout Jazz Fest: April   23 – (8:30 PM – 12:30 AM)         Tom Hook/ Wendell Brunious Band 24 – (5 PM – 8 PM)                                       Carl Leblanc Jazz Quartet 24 – (8:30 PM – 12:30 AM)                      Chance Bushman & Smoking Time 5 25 – (5 PM – 8 PM)                                       Robin Barnes & Jazz Band 25 – (9 PM – 1 AM)                                       Lena Prima and Band 26 – (9 PM – 1 AM)                ...

French Quarter Festival 2014

As a proud sponsor of French Quarter Festival, Hotel Monteleone is happy to welcome all for a fun-filled weekend of food, music, and more! French Quarter Fest kicks off April 10 and includes four fabulous days of events taking place all throughout the French Quarter. This neighborhood celebration has been going on for more than 30 years and is known as New Orleans’ largest free festival. Admission to the festival is free of charge, inviting music fans of all ages to come and go as they please. The festival area extends across the French Quarter, from Bourbon Street to the Mississippi Riverfront. French Quarter Fest 2014: Music This year’s French Quarter Festival invites over 80 musicians to 20 different stages strategically located throughout the French Quarter. This year’s lineup does not disappoint, featuring a headlining appearance from legendary Dr. John for the first time since 1987. Other top names from the French Quarter Fest 2014 lineup: Lionel Ferbos and the Louisiana Shakers Chris Owens Irvin Mayfield & The Jazz Playhouse Revue Tim Laughlin Irma Thomas Charmaine Neville The Dukes of Dixieland Donald Harrison, Jr. The Ronnie Kole Show Jeremy Davenport Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, & Russell Batiste The Dixie Cups Blues Masters featuring “Big Al” Carson Lena Prima Dash Rip Rock Astral Project New Birth Brass Band + Many, many more! Check out the official French Quarter Fest lineup here. French Quarter Fest 2014: Food Over 60 food vendors will be featured at this year’s fest, passing out delicious treats from alligator sausage and po-boys to sno-balls and daiquiris. Special vendors include Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, and Restaurant R’evolution. Check...