2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.9351577758789 -90.0796585083008
Neighborhoods: Central City, Central City - Garden
A grand dame blending Old World elegance and gracious Southern hospitality. – The Scene
Since its opening in 1927, this hotel has gone through several owners. But it continues to retain its genteel character and understated elegance. A major refurbishing in 2000 upgraded many of the rooms, and what started as a minor face-lift for the café became a dramatic voyage of discovery when workers uncovered a hand-painted ceiling fresco that dates to the hotel's opening. Now completely restored, the Café Pontchartrain boasts the Art Deco look of its early days.
Accommodations are fairly large and have such nice touches as thick carpets, cedar-lined closets and other upscale amenities. All 104 rooms and suites are designed individually, and some are named for famous visitors who may or may not have actually stayed in said room. Famous names include musical comedy star Mary Martin, dancer Cyd Charisse and English novelist Evelyn Waugh.
Very Satisfied – In town for Jazzfest, I was very pleased with the accomodations and treatment that I received from the Pontchartrain. Unless you are dying to be down in the Quarter the Garden District ended up being the perfect location. Only a half mile from Commander's Palace and the street car right out in front of the hotel. Not to mention the history of the hotel and the tastefully done renovations. I can honestly say that I may have found a hotel that I will be pleased to return to.
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