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New Orleans Hotel With History
Before he became founder of this famous New Orleans hotel, Antonio Monteleone was an industrious nobleman who operated a very successful shoe factory in Sicily. Antonio had heard great things about America. The call of adventure motivated him to pack the tools of his trade and head for the “land of opportunity.” Antonio arrived in New Orleans circa 1880 and opened a cobbler shop on Royal Street, the busy thoroughfare of commerce and banking in America’s most European city.
At the time Antonio emigrated, Royal Street was indeed the grand street of the “Vieux Carre”, as the French Colonial’s sometimes called the new town. The Hotel Monteleone has history of all sorts behind it. Being one of the premier downtown New Orleans hotels, the Hotel Monteleone caters to the world during the famous festival of Mardi Gras.
French Quarter Hotel Becomes the Monteleone
In 1886, Mr. Monteleone bought a 64-room French Quarter hotel on the corner of Royal and Iberville streets. The setting was ripe for Antonio to spread his entrepreneurial wings when the nearby Commercial Hotel became available for purchase. That was the beginning of an amazing historical landmark New Orleans hotel. The Hotel Monteleone is one of the last great family-owned and -operated hotels in New Orleans. Since 1886, five generations of Monteleones have dedicated themselves to making their hotel what it was — and still is — a sparkling jewel in the heart of the French Quarter.
French Quarter Hotel Expands Over Time
There have been five major additions to the Hotel Monteleone. The first was in 1903, when 30 rooms were added to the hotel. The next addition occurred in 1908, during a time of financial panic in the United States; when 300 more rooms were added. In 1908, the name of the hotel was changed from the Commercial Hotel to Hotel Monteleone.
In 1913, Antonio Monteleone passed away, and his son Frank succeeded him. Frank added 200 more rooms to the hotel in 1928, a year before another horrible crash in the U.S. economy. The Hotel Monteleone was one of America’s few family-owned hotels to weather the depression, and remained unchanged until 1954.
That year, the fourth addition to this New Orleans hotel required the razing of the original building. The foundation was laid for a completely new building that would include guest facilities, ballrooms, dining rooms and cocktail lounges. Bill Monteleone took over after his father passed in 1958. Under Bill’s direction, in 1964 additional floors, guestrooms, and a Sky Terrace with swimming pools and cocktail lounges were added to the New Orleans hotel landmark.
Hotel Monteleone In Film
“Double Jeopardy” – Starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones. Filmed in Lobby, front of Hotel Monteleone and the Carousel Bar & Lounge
transformed into the Armani Shop.
“Glory Road” – a Jerry Bruckheimer production. Starring Josh Lucas, Derek Luke and Jon Voight. Filmed in Lobby and also built set in storage area. Hotel Monteleone featured as fancy hotel lobby in a different city. Conference space was set aside for extras. This was the same crew that worked on the production of “Double Jeopardy” in 1998.
“The Last Time” – Starring Brendan Fraser and Michael Keaton. Filmed in Lobby, Carousel Bar & Lounge, Hunt Room Grill, Bagatelle and Engineer.
“Retirement” – Starring Peter Faulk. Filmed in Hotel Monteleone’s fine dining restaurant Hunt Room Grill. Restaurant is stand in for any Steak House. Hotel provided all steaks; salad and other food prep as well and table settings etc. Rooms provided for talent during filming.
“12 Rounds” – Starring John Cena. Filmed in Vieux Carre Suite (1480), 14th floor hallway, roof by the Marquis, boiler room, garage freight elevator, Lobby and front of Hotel Monteleone. Employee’s cafeteria & Exchange Alley was used for film crew lunch breaks.
Hotel Monteleone on TV
Travel Channel - “COPS – Mardi Gras”
Syndicated – “Southern Living Presents” – Hotel Monteleone was used as backdrop for intro and closing segments of 6 episodes. Provided accommodations for show host and crew.
Travel Channel - “Get Packing” – Hotel Monteleone was featured New Orleans hotel destination for winners of dating game show. Accommodations were provided for cast and crew.
ESPN – “Super Retrievers” – Hotel Monteleone not featured. Hotel provided accommodations to cast & crew of hunting show.
Food Network – “Food Nation with Bobby Flay” – Carousel Bar & Lounge featured in segment about most unique bars in New Orleans.
NBC – “The Apprentice”- Hotel Monteleone not featured, accommodations provided to Mark Burnett productions to conduct candidate interviews.
E! Entertainment – “Dr. 90210″ – Hotel Monteleone featured, Dr. Rey and family stayed in the Hotel and were filmed here as footage for show.
Food Network - “Best of” – Follow Productions – Hotel Monteleone Chef featured in segment about best Gumbo in New Orleans. Accommodations provided for five cast and crew doing feature on New Orleans.
Style Network – “Love’s a Trip” – Accommodations for contestants and crew, Hotel Monteleone received full credit as New Orleans hotel accommodations of choice.
Travel Channel - “Weird Travels -Spirits of the South” – Hotel Monteleone featured as a haunted destination. Investigation and interviews conducted with regard to the entities that inhabit the haunted New Orleans hotel.
Weather Channel – “Weather Channel Road Crew” – Hotel Monteleone provided accommodations for 3 crew members scouting location for Road Crew Segments.
Travel Channel - “Taste of America – with Marc De Carlo” – Hotel Monteleone featured in segment with chef detailing the preparation of Gumbo. Provided accommodations for cast and crew.
HDTV Production Company – Featured Hotel Monteleone in documentary about Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Hotel provided accommodations for crew.
CBS – “Morning Show” – Filmed one of our doormen saying “Welcome to the Hotel Monteleone. I always start my day with the CBS Morning Show”.
NBC – “Today Show” – The feature was “Most Famous Haunted Hotels“. The story of Josephine and Jacques Begere and their son Maurice was mentioned.
PBS - The Carousel Bar was the setting for a PBS documentary featuring an interview with local music critic Keith Spera about New Orleans’ very own Fats Domino.
A&E – “Criss Angel Mindfreak” – Filmed in the Eudora Welty Suite, lobby and the rooftop by the Marquis. Hotel Monteleone provided accommodations for Criss Angel and crew.
Bravo – “Make Me A Super Model” – Filmed in the lobby and the FJ Monteleone Suite. Hotel Monteleone provided accommodations for cast and crew.
CNN – “Larry King Live” – Interviewed John Cena, WWE wrestler, playing the role of Detective Danny Baxtor in the movie “12 Rounds”. Interview took place in Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar & Lounge.