I stayed at Hotel Monteleone and visited its Carousel Bar, both of which are treasured New Orleans landmarks — here’s how they’ve adapted to the pandemic

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The Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans reopened last month after a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic
I booked a stay to see how it adapted to new changes, as well as to take advantage of the central location and historic ambiance.
I stayed in an entry-level King Room for $151 per night, which was priced far cheaper than is typical for this iconic hotel.
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New Orleans has taken an especially cautious approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a city known for raucous nightlife, many bars and restaurants shut down or operated under heavy restrictions as the city experienced peak infection rates.

However, New Orleans responded responsibly, and as cases dipped, the historic French Quarter began to slowly and carefully reopen. Restaurants welcome patrons to distanced, courtyard dining and bars now sell to-go drinks.

With so much recent change, I decided to get a closer read on how local hospitality has adapted in my hometown, and checked into the Hotel Monteleone for one night. This iconic property is one of the city’s oldest, most celebrated hotels.

In fact, I consider it among New Orleans’ best hotels and a rarity, as an independent luxury property that is in its fifth generation of family ownership. It’s a beloved spot for locals like myself, as well as visitors, for its famed Carousel Bar that’s become something of a New Orleans landmark. 

It opened in 1886 with 64 rooms and expanded over the decades to its current tally of 570 rooms, making it one of the largest in the city. It comes with a proud literary history: Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner all stayed here regularly, and Truman Capote (falsely) claimed to have been born here.

After a short closure, the hotel is now open again, and with attractive prices far cheaper than is the norm. I booked an entry-level Traditional King room for $151 for one night, which was a good $50 below the amount I might usually expect to pay for a midweek booking.

Most of the amenities, such as the pool, restaurant and spa were open, albeit with restrictions to keep guests safe. This was my first New Orleans hotel stay since the pandemic began, and it turned out to not only be a great value, but reassuring and reviving, and I would gladly return with confidence. Read on to find out why.

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