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The Best Room At...Windsor Court in New Orleans

Catch a glimpse of the luxurious New Orleans hotel that has hosted Princess Anne, Oprah, and Bill Clinton.
IMAGE COURTESY OF WINDSOR COURT
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From the raucous bars on Bourbon Street to the bustling French Quarter, there's an undeniable energy that permeates the city of New Orleans. And yet, despite The Big Easy's reputation for non-stop excitement, you can actually find a bit of solace if you know where to look. It exists within the confines of Windsor Court Hotel, a 316-room property that's known as a sanctuary in an otherwise busy city.

Stepping into the lobby of the hotel is almost intoxicating—guests are greeted by a bouquet of 10,000 roses that's refreshed every Friday, and there's a daily Afternoon Tea service reminiscent of the classic British tradition. So it should come as no surprise that when royals and celebrities are in town, they all end up at Windsor Court—luminaries like Princess Anne, Oprah, and Bill Clinton have previously been guests.


Windsor Court's lobby is updated with fresh flowers every Friday.

Below, Windsor Court's newly instated General Manager Ralph Mahana tells us a bit about the famed hotel, and which room he likes best.

DESCRIBE THE HOTEL IN A SENTENCE.

The Windsor Court is a natural extension of its home city in that it’s a one-of-kind, full-bodied experience of adventure tinged with the best elements of the familiar—revelry coupled with calm and authentic culture enveloped in classic luxury—it’s alive, embraces your soul and touches your spirit like an old friend, changing you for the better each time you meet.

WHICH ROOM IS THE BEST?

The James J. Coleman Presidential Suite.


The grand salon in the James J. Coleman Presidential Suite at Windsor Court.

WHY?

Located on the 22nd floor with access to the private club lounge, dedicated concierge service and daily food offerings created by award-winning chefs, the fully restored, two-bedroom suite features original museum-quality artwork, exquisite furnishings and gorgeous Italian marble floors. In addition to an oversized butler’s pantry, private library, and dining room, guests also enjoy a full entertainment center and baby grand piano (played by Billy Joel and Sir Paul McCartney) in the stunning grand salon. However, it’s the suite’s inherent connection to the city, with its sweeping terrace views of the skyline and Mississippi River, that make it so incredibly special and emblematic of the Windsor Court’s deep, unwavering roots in New Orleans.

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The suite is named after the hotel’s developer, a local businessman and self-proclaimed Anglophile, so not surprisingly, the suite, and the entire hotel by extension, is steeped in the English roots of the hotel’s history, from its amenities to its décor. There’s also an incredibly organic, beautiful marriage between our Windsor ties and the magnetic, expressive energy of the dynamic city that brings it to life. Perched atop the Crescent City, you feel that natural connection between these two worlds—between past and present—and you can feel the entire city around you, beckoning you to explore or simply welcoming you home.


The master bathroom in the James J. Coleman Presidential Suite.

WHAT’S THE AVERAGE NIGHTLY RATE?

$7500.

WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL GUEST?

Our typical guest is loyal from the moment they enter the Windsor Court Hotel Courtyard. Our guests are well-traveled and worldly, but they immediately feel connected and become part of The Windsor Court Hotel Family. It is an amazing combination of the internal guests connecting with external guests and forming life time bonds.


The private terrace off of the James J. Coleman Presidential Suite.

ARE YOU ABLE TO MENTION ANY CELEBRITIES THAT THE HOTEL HAS HOSTED?

Windsor Court has seen its fair share of celebrities throughout the years, from rock stars and Academy Award-winning actresses to British royalty and U.S. presidents. Princess Anne visited when the hotel first opened in 1984, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters joined us when his 2017 tour took him through New Orleans, so the roster of glamorous guests is extensive. Other famous entertainers throughout the years include Oprah, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, U2, Matthew McConaughey, Dave Chappelle, Kathy Bates, and Ryan Gosling. The hotel has also hosted a variety of politicians and professional athletes, from Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr. to Peyton Manning and Charles Barkley.

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The exterior of Windsor Court.

WHAT’S ONE LOCAL RECOMMENDATION YOU ALWAYS GIVE FIRST-TIME VISITORS?

I always recommend that first-time guests visit The National WWII Museum, which is located just a few blocks from the hotel in the Central Business District. As a community, we take such pride in our city’s culture and heritage, as well as in ways that it weaves into the greater fabric of the nation’s history. The WW2 museum is unparalleled in paying tribute to the Greatest Generation, as well as all of the amazing men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation. It’s truly a prized achievement for our city and testament to how New Orleans strives to show gratitude and deference to the history that shapes our rich identity.

CAN YOU SHARE AN INTERESTING TIDBIT ABOUT THE HOTEL'S HISTORY?

Annually, more than 10,000 long-stem roses are used in the trademark display in Windsor Court’s lobby, which is updated with fresh flowers every Friday. That’s more than 300,000 roses since the hotel opened in 1984. Windsor Court also boasts a museum-quality collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and furnishings valued at more than $8 million by more than 60 artists. In a single year, we serve at least 67,000 cups of tea during the Traditional English Afternoon Tea Service in Le Salon.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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