Spring into Festival Season with Hotel Monteleone

Mardi Gras is on our minds, but with the 2016 announced Jazz Fest lineup, we’re already looking ahead to the slew of springtime festivals happening in New Orleans! As always, our hotel is a great option in terms of proximity to all the action, from St. Patrick’s Day to French Quarter Festival to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to everything in between. Read on for details about upcoming New Orleans spring festivals. Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival For more than 25 years, the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival has paid homage to its eponymous author through lectures, tributes, a book fair, performances, and much more. This year’s festival takes place from March 30 – April 3 (commemorating what would have been Williams’ 105th birthday on March 26). Though there are several venues helping to host the Festival, we think Hotel Monteleone is the most fitting – after all, Williams featured our hotel in his play, The Rose Tattoo, and often stayed here when he was in town. Hotel Monteleone will host several portions of the festival, including numerous educational panels. St. Patrick’s Day Irish heritage is one of many cultures represented in New Orleans, and you’ll find several ways to celebrate on and around St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Uptown, the Irish Channel neighborhood hosts parades and parties on March 12 with live music, but the French Quarter will feature several parades as well. On Friday, March 11, you can enjoy Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade. You’ll catch throws like any other parade – but not just beads. Expect to catch edibles like cabbages, carrots,...

Ready, Set, Satire! Krewe du Vieux and krewedelusion

Many Mardi Gras parades happen Uptown, but one of our favorites – Krewe du Vieux – kicks off in the French Quarter and parades all through downtown. This means, of course, that it’s deliciously close to our hotel. The Krewe du Vieux parade is all about satire, and while some of its adult themes are enough to make you blush (the theme this year is XXX, if that’s any hint), we can still share the basics of this raunchy krewe. Don’t miss their parade on January 23 at 6:00 p.m. – and be sure to grab a drink at the Carousel Bar beforehand for a little liquid courage. Krewe du Vieux Krewe du Vieux is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is truly going all out for the occasion. They’ve chosen bounce artist (and resident New Orleans queen diva) Big Freedia as its monarch. The krewe is comprised of 17 sub-krewes, all of whom provide scathing satire of subjects like the government and pop culture. Unlike other parades with predictable throws like beads or cups, Krewe du Vieux prefers an element of surprise. Last year’s throws included plastic cockroaches and NSFW temporary tattoos – all in good fun, of course! Although the route isn’t yet finalized, sources say the krewe will start in the Marigny and parade through the French Quarter and Central Business District. The parade culminates in a ball (featuring performer Walter “Wolfman” Washington) at the Civic Theater at 9 p.m. – you can purchase tickets for $40 online or at the Louisiana Music Factory on famed Frenchmen Street, a short walk from our hotel. Lagniappe:...

Plan for Parades with Our Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Mardi Gras only lasts a day, but Carnival season spans weeks, giving our hotel guests ample opportunities to check out a parade or two (or three). You’ll also have a chance to try king cake throughout the Carnival season. Some of our favorites are from Haydel’s Bakery, Manny Randazzo, and Cake Café, all of which pair perfectly with a cocktail from our Carousel Bar & Lounge or on-site restaurant, Criollo. Once you’re feeling sated and spirited, step out into New Orleans for a Carnival experience throughout the city. We’ve put together a Mardi Gras parade schedule for the whole season for parades rolling in Uptown and the French Quarter. Remember, the Mardi Gras season is based on Easter, which happens early this year. With that in mind, Carnival time is short and sweet in New Orleans this year. Take a look! Mardi Gras 2016 Parade Schedule Saturday, Jan. 23 Krewe du Vieux rolls through the French Quarter at 6:30 p.m. with Krewe Delusion following directly afterward. Both parades are in our neighborhood, and we love seeing our guests come back through the lobby bedecked in beads after the first major parades of the Carnival season. Friday, Jan. 29 Uptown, Krewe of Cleopatra, an all-female krewe, rolls just after Krewe of Oshun. If you’re at our French Quarter hotel, the Krewe of Cork (as in wine cork) parade is in the area. Be sure to have a glass of wine from The Carousel Bar in hand, or celebrate the parade afterward by heading to Criollo – their wine list is full of playful whites, interesting reds, and bubbles to keep the party...

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans

…3…2…1 — Happy New Year! We’re not far from a brand-new year, and along with it, one of our favorite nights: New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is celebrated most vibrantly in the French Quarter. And lucky for you, that’s right where our hotel is located. See how we’ll be spending the evening — as Ella Fitzgerald might croon, what are you doing New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Eve in New Orleans 2015 Steamboat Natchez — The iconic Steamboat Natchez hosts a special event tour on New Year’s Eve along the Mississippi River that features an open bar, holiday-themed dinner buffet, and live music. Hitting the water at 10 p.m., the later departure time ensures patrons will have a prime view from the water of the city’s famed fireworks at midnight. Fireworks on the River — If you’d rather celebrate on dry land, you can still enjoy the beauty of New Orleans’ fireworks over the river from a different vantage point. We suggest heading to Jax Brewery on Decatur Street near Jackson Square; anywhere around that area will offer gorgeous views of this annual tradition. Fleur de Lis Drop — In the same area, you can also witness the Fleur de Lis Drop at Jax Brewery. It’s a uniquely New Orleans take on the annual ball drop in Times Square in New York City. Bourbon Vieux — Party on high at Bourbon Vieux, where a large balcony gives you a sweeping view of all the action. A party ticket is all inclusive, but be forewarned, this party is not for the faint of heart! If you’re looking for a particularly raucous...

New Year’s Eve at Hotel Monteleone

With 2015 coming to a close, we wanted to reflect on some of the highlights of the year, and share a few of Hotel Monteleone’s New Year’s resolutions for the new year. 2015 was a very successful year for our hotel, filled with some of our best guests yet and the distinction of being named one of the best places to work in New Orleans by New Orleans CityBusiness. It’s hard to top such an awesome honor, but we can’t wait to see what 2016 holds! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Orleans at Hotel Monteleone There’s still time to to book our low Papa Noel rates for the month of December, and we have a fabulous Hotel Monteleone’s New Year’s Eve Package that includes: Welcome Cocktail in our famous Carousel Bar & Lounge Special admission for 2 to a fabulous New Year’s Eve party at Jax Brewery at their elegant Riverview Room. 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. We have reserved seats for this “Times Square of the South” celebration. Celebrate the arrival of the New Year in style at the elegant Riverview Room located at Jax Brewery. Included is a full buffet dinner; a premium open bar is available throughout the party. (Buffet 9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.) Dancing to the fabulous party sounds of “The Top Cats”. Champagne and New Year’s Eve Party favors. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor view of the riverfront crowds, countdown and ball drop, and the gala “dueling barges” fireworks display over the river at midnight. Breakfast at Café du Monde at Jackson Square Café au lait and beignets Hotel Monteleone’s Highlights From 2015 A smooth-sailing Mardi Gras...

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: The Munuit sur Royal at Carousel Bar

The holidays are stunningly beautiful in New Orleans, full of lights, events, and traditions like Reveillon dinners. Our on-site restaurant offers a multi-course Reveillon menu bursting with elegant, authentic flavors, so it’s hard to imagine making it any better than it already is. But leave it to Hotel Monteleone to take it a step further with a cocktail to match. Each year, we create a special Reveillon on the Rocks cocktail designed to complement the Reveillon menu at Criollo. This year, it’s the Munuit sur Royal, which translates to “Midnight on Royal” in French. The name is a nod to our address and our famed Carousel Bar & Lounge when it comes alive with music and festivities even after midnight. While we always suggest an in-real-life visit to the bar, perhaps you’d like to bring a taste of New Orleans home with you. That’s why we’re sharing the recipe for the Munuit sur Royal below. This spirited cocktail relies on equal parts Campari and Bulleit Rye whiskey as its base – two strong, warming flavors ideal for a chilly night. Black currant liqueur comes next, followed by simple holiday garnishes of cranberry and orange peel. We love the complex flavor this drink offers, but most of all, we love how three easy ingredients come together for a memorable cocktail. Cheers! At-Home Holiday Cocktail Recipe — Munuit sur Royal Ingredients: 1 oz Campari 1 oz Bulleit Rye Whiskey 1 oz Mathilde Crème de Cassis Blackcurrant Liqueur Orange slice, for garnish Fresh cranberry, for garnish Recipe (makes one): Mix the Campari, Rye, and Mathilde liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Strain and serve chilled with orange and...