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Luxury In New Orleans: The Windsor Court Review

New Orleans has a magic atmosphere and I really wanted that to be reflected in my hotel choice.  It was the first stop on our Louisiana road trip and I was prepared to splurge (within moderation) on a hotel in a great location, with a large bedroom and full of character.  My other priority was a decent swimming pool.  When you’re traveling with a 6 and 3 year old, in 100 degree heat, all they really want to do is swim.

As I was unfamiliar with New Orleans and wanted to avoid hiring a car, I asked the helpful anonymous folks on the Tripadvisor forum to suggest hotels.  The royally named Windsor Court kept coming up and after reading glowing reviews, I decided this was the hotel for us.  I booked our stay through hotels.com

I had high expectations of Windsor Court.  The hotel is part of the Preferred Hotels ‘Legend Collection’ which includes some of my favourite places like Hong Kong’s Upper House.

So did our three night stay live up to the hype?

Louisiana - outside Windsor Court Hotel

First impressions

This place exudes old world grandeur. We arrived on a Saturday when it was clearly very busy. Although our room wasn’t yet ready, the staff were very helpful.  The lobby is beautiful with afternoon tea served in the adjoining salon.  

Windsor Court Lobby

Our room

Windsor Court is a predominantly suites hotel (of the 316 rooms, 261 are suites).  Having traveled from Hong Kong to New Orleans, I knew we were all going to be jetlagged and would need our own space!

We stayed in a Premium Suite which was beautifully decorated in classic European decor.  The room was enormous and provided the perfect amount of space for our jet lagged family to roam around in. The room consists of a butler’s pantry (sadly no butler), separate lounge area with sofa, table and chairs, bedroom with two queen beds and enormous bathroom with separate vanity area.  My daughters spent ages pretending to be princesses in front of the beautiful vanity mirror.

Windsor court Bedrooms

I ordered an extra rollaway bed for my 3 year old.  This worked out really well – my husband and I shared one of the queen beds and my 6 year old had the other to herself.  After we put the kids to bed at night, it was useful to have a separate lounge and dining area to hang out in.

Windsor Court Lounge

Our suite came with a small balcony. The perfect place to catch my first glimpse of the mighty Mississippi!

Louisiana - views of the Missippi

Facilities

The hote has a beautiful rooftop pool.  I didn’t use the gym but glimpsed inside at all the energetic people working off their beignets.  There is also an award winning spa but sadly I didn’t really have the time to escape on this occasion.

Windsor Court by the pool

Dining

With so many food options on your doorstep, we actually didn’t eat in the hotel.  We did appreciate the complimentary morning fruit and water in the lobby (to be eaten en route to pick up beignets!)

For more on where we ate in New Orleans (including delicious po’boys at Mother’s a mere two minute walk away from the hotel), check out this previous blog post.

Louisiana - daisy eating muffaletta

If we hadn’t been so jetlagged, I would have booked ‘The Princess Tea’ at Le Salon.  This is a special themed afternoon tea where a princess will greet each table and pose for photos!  

Overall

Would I recommend the Windsor Court hotel?  In a heartbeat.  Anywhere that marries luxury travel and family friendly works for me.  I appreciated all the extra touches – housekeeping are fantastic and service is excellent.  They left us the most beautiful milk and cookies on the first night welcoming us to the hotel, I think it was the most beautiful welcome I’ve ever received!

Louisiana - Windsor Court Welcome

I also don’t think you can beat the location.  I wanted to be near the French Quarter but not slap bang in the middle as I thought it might get a bit noisy/seedy at night.  The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the French Quarter, 10 minute walk from the Arts district (definitely go to the Children’s Museum!) and 5 minutes from the outlet shops by the river.

We returned to New Orleans two weeks after our stay for one last night.  I booked the Omni Royal Orleans as I wanted to compare another luxury hotel.  However, there is no comparison, the Windsor Court is by far the superior of the two from its luxurious grand rooms to beautiful pool and outstanding service.

Windsor Court Pool

 

For more information on family friendly activities in New Orleans, click here

 

1 comment

  1. Ninja Family Travels (@ninjafamtravels)

    The hotel and surrounds looks spectacular. I can see how it would be an incredible and luxurious family holiday.

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