Historic Four-Star Hotel near French Quarter
With chandeliers imported from Europe, hand-carved antiques, and cherubs on marble pedestals in the lobby, Le Pavillon surrounds guests with elegance from the moment they arrive. But that doesn't mean the hotel sacrifices any southern hospitality. Each night at 10 p.m., the kitchen staff serves peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, cold milk, and mugs full of hot chocolate in the lobby. This tradition started nearly 30 years ago, when a traveler asked if the hotel had any late-night comfort foods. The hotel met his request, and has made this homey touch a tradition ever since.
Built in 1907, the hotel landed on the National Register of Historic Places in the ‘90s—and for good reason. The bar came from a former Chicago hotel and dates back to 1880, and one of the palace suites has a marble bathtub thought to have been owned by Napoleon Bonaparte. The hotel’s deluxe guest rooms feature hand-carved mahogany armoires, painted vignettes on the ceilings, and black marble vanities.
New Orleans: Vivid Local Color and Generations-Old Culture
Le Pavillon is located in the heart of New Orleans, a short walk from the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. In the French Quarter, historical buildings with intricate wrought-iron balconies line the narrow streets. Just off Jackson Square, the legendary Café Du Monde serves beignets under heaping piles of powdered sugar, as well as cups of iced or steaming café au lait. Street musicians play on the north side of the square most evenings, and you’ll see the occasional street performer or occult spell peddler here as well.
Bourbon Street is popular with many visitors, but nearby Frenchmen Street, just north of the Quarter, offers an authentic alternative. Small jazz and blues bars line the street, drawing locals with performers such as trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, known to out-of-towners for his recurring role on HBO's Treme.
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