123 Baronne St., therooseveltneworleans.com. Rooms start at $199.
Who’s it for? Those who want to step into the most sophisticated scene in New Orleans—or history buffs. The block-long, ornate gilded lobby is breathtaking.
Why stay here? Having just undergone a $170-million restoration, this 1920s masterpiece blends old-school touches with modern comfort (bathroom TVs, five-head massaging showers).
The drawbacks. The lobby can feel a bit like a tourist destination at times. Added fees include: $38 for daily valet parking (which we recommend), $12.95/day for Internet.