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

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

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...

French Quarter Festival Returns to New Orleans’ Most Historic Area for 2016

From Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, 2016 French Quarter Festival will celebrate the culture, food, history, and people of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood. With more than 1,700 local Louisiana musicians on 23 different stages throughout the French Quarter and Woldenberg Park, French Quarter Fest is definitely a place for incredible free music. While French Quarter Fest began in 1984 as a way to bring locals back to the French Quarter, it has since expanded into an internationally recognized event that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the historic neighborhood each year. The event features so many musicians, food vendors and extra activities that it is impossible to see everything, but we have a few recommendations to make this year’s French Quarter Fest a memorable event: What To Eat at French Quarter Festival 2016 Wherever there’s a festival in New Orleans, there’s food, and French Quarter Festival offers a bountiful assortment of Louisiana delicacies. Sample traditional New Orleans cuisine like cochon de lait po-boys, barbecue shrimp, and crawfish as you walk through Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, and back down to the riverfront. Classic French Quarter Fest favorites include the Crawfish Louise & Turtle Soup combo from Court of Two Sisters and the Crawfish & Goat Cheese Crepes from Muriel’s, which both have food booths in Jackson Square. Head to the Old U.S. Mint to sample a few of the newest food vendors, including The Big Cheezy, serving up The Crawgator (Alligator Crawfish Sausage with Cheddar, Pepper Jack & Green Peppers), and The Blue Crab, offering BBQ Shrimp Stuffed Po-Boys and Crab Cakes. If you can’t make it back in...

Enjoy These Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipes from the Carousel Bar

While we are famous for many things at the Hotel Monteleone – rich history, breathtaking views, friendly staff – one of our most prized luxuries is the Carousel Bar & Lounge. The classic New Orleans hotel bar is the city’s only revolving bar. The 25-seat, circus themed, Merry-Go-Round bar overlooks Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. One full revolution takes fifteen minutes, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself maintaining your coveted seat on the ride for hours! While the Carousel Bar & Lounge is famous for its unique set-up, it is also well-known for the impressive bartenders and unparalleled cocktails. The Carousel Bar serves up delicious cocktails ranging from the signature Fleur des Lis Cocktail to a refreshing Pimm’s Cup. We wanted to share a few of our favorite cocktail recipes from the Carousel Bar, perfect for enjoying in the springtime! Pimm’s Cup Cocktail Recipe The Pimm’s Cup is a favorite in New Orleans, but the Carousel Bar’s version gives the classic drink a little extra edge with the addition of seasonal fresh fruit. Try adding strawberries, cucumbers, limes, pineapples, or blueberries for a pop of color and flavor. Ingredients Pimm’s No. 1 Sprite or 7-Up Fresh lemon Juice Fruit of your choice (for garnish) Over ice, fill a highball glass with Pimms No. 1. Add Sprite or 7-Up and a squeeze of lemon juice to taste. Garnish with your choice of fresh fruit. Criollo Cocktail Recipe The Criollo Cocktail is named after our renowned Cajun & Creole inspired restaurant located inside the Monteleone. This recipe has been adapted from the Bar Florida Cocktail book from...

Where to Get Your Crawfish Fix in the French Quarter

If you’re lucky enough to visit New Orleans in the springtime, you absolutely must indulge in a local’s favorite: crawfish. Crawfish season coincides with festival season and ranges from late December to early summer, depending on the year. The peak of crawfish season usually comes in March and April, and there’s no better way to enjoy spring weather than to pinch and peel boiled crawfish outdoors. To get the ultimate crawfish experience while visiting the Crescent City, you’ll want to start your day off with a crawfish tail omelet at Criollo. Better yet, if you’re here on a Saturday, indulge in our Daily “Benedict” Special, the Creole Benedict, which features Creole Risotto & Crawfish Cake, Poached Egg and Citrus Hollandaise. While you’re spending your day exploring the French Quarter, stop at one of these locations to check “eat boiled crawfish in New Orleans” off your bucket list! Where to get boiled crawfish in the French Quarter: Deanie’s Seafood – 841 Iberville St. This French Quarter location of the classic local’s favorite serves up boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs in season. You can also find plenty of other Gulf Coast favorites like oysters on the half shell, stuffed flounder, barbeque shrimp pasta, and seafood platters. Original French Market Restaurant – 1001 Decatur St. This restaurant has been serving fresh Gulf Seafood for more than 200 years. Here you can find a variety of boiled seafood, including boiled crawfish by the pound, as well as boiled jumbo shrimp, blue crabs and snow crabs. J’s Seafood Dock – 1100 N Peters St., Stall # 25 For something casual, J’s Seafood Dock in the French Market...

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival 2016: Read All About It

Beginning March 30, 2016, New Orleans will celebrate renowned author Tennessee Williams with its annual literary festival. As one of the major hosts of the festival (after all, Williams featured Hotel Monteleone as a symbol of New Orleans in his play The Rose Tattoo and often stayed at the hotel), we are honored to be a part of such a storied literary tradition. Read on for a detailed outline of this year’s Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. The Speakers This year’s speaker lineup includes plenty of New Orleanians, including award-winning author Tom Piazza, culinary writer Poppy Tooker, geographer Richard Campanella, “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia and Alys Arden, whose recent debut novel, The Casquette Girls, began in serialized form on the Internet and garnered over 1.2 million reads online before being picked up for a publishing deal. View a complete list of speakers here. Get all the details on Tennessee Williams Festival! @TWFestNOLA Click To Tweet The Venues Of course, our hotel is one of the main venues of the festival, but several other area businesses are opening their doors to welcome Tennessee Williams Literary Festival participants. The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center in the French Quarter, will host master classes for writers looking to improve their craft and presence. Look for live music and theatrical performances at The Palm Court Jazz Café, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré and and Southern Rep Theatre. Other venues include the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant, The Williams Research Center, and more. How to Participate You can purchase tickets for the literary festival via their...

Which New Orleans Cemetery Is Best?

New Orleans is known around the world for the unique way we bury our dead, in above ground cemeteries and mausoleums. But what if it’s your first trip to New Orleans and you want to make the most of your short stay here? The decision of which New Orleans cemetery is best is a matter of personal preference, so while we can’t declare a winner, we can help you understand key differences between the most popular New Orleans cemeteries so that you can schedule a trip to your favorite burial ground. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 One of the oldest, most famous and most haunted cemeteries in New Orleans is also the closest to Hotel Monteleone. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just a few short blocks from our hotel at the corner of St. Louis & Basin Streets, but you’ll need to join a tour group to visit this one. In 2015, the Archdiocese of New Orleans began restricting access to this historic cemetery in order to protect and preserve it for generations to come. Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this cemetery houses more than 700 tombs and over 100,000 deceased, including the graves of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau as well as noted New Orleanians Etienne de Bore, who was a pioneer in the sugar industry, Homer Plessy, of the landmark Supreme Court segregation decision Plessy vs. Ferguson, and world famous chess champion Paul Morphy. This cemetery was also featured in the classic 1969 film, Easy Rider, and houses the pyramid-shaped tomb that actor Nicholas Cage has reserved as his final resting...

Celebrate Irish History in New Orleans this St. Patrick’s Day

If there is one thing we have an abiding love of, it’s history. We’re celebrating our own 130th anniversary this year, and while we’ve been standing tall on Royal Street since 1886, the history of the Irish in New Orleans goes back even further. A Brief History of the Irish in New Orleans Irish immigrants have played an important role in New Orleans since shortly after the area was settled by Europeans. In 1769, the Dublin-born, Spanish-raised Alejandro O’Reilly was appointed Governor of Louisiana. He came to New Orleans to seize control and re-establish order during a revolt. While O’Reilly left New Orleans after just a year, some of the Irishmen who came to town with him stayed. New Orleans saw a flood of Irish immigrants during the infamous Great Famine of the 1840s. For many immigrants, the decision to choose New Orleans over New York or other cities in the Northeast was easy… New Orleans was a smaller, Catholic city with easier access to the sparsely populated lands of the interior of the United States. By the mid-19th century, the Irish made up nearly a quarter of the population of New Orleans. Although the Civil War and the economic decline that followed severely slowed the influx of Irish immigrants to New Orleans, the Irish community here became more tight-knit than ever, leaving a lasting influence throughout the city. Today, the impact of Irish immigrants can be seen and heard all over New Orleans. New visitors may expect to hear locals speak with a Southern drawl, but many local accents are more reminiscent of Brooklyn than a Georgia peach....