The Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, originally known as the World Trade Center, is officially open and I couldn’t wait to share my review.
Celebrating another birthday during the Covid-19 pandemic and now, post Hurricane Ida was not my plan, but I was determined to make the best of it. I booked the Premier City View King room, with the bed and breakfast package, at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans. A relaxing staycation was exactly what I needed. I needed a long soak in a bathtub with a glass of champagne and black-out curtains. To be more specific, I needed a good night’s sleep in a bed without a 6 year- old in it.
When I arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, I was welcomed with open doors…after showing proof of vaccination of course. The Chandelier Bar, named for its 15,000-piece light and glass installation, immediately caught my eye. When I walked over to check-in, the front desk receptionist informed me that I had two complimentary drinks. Cheers! After checking in, I was escorted to my room on the 14th floor and I couldn’t help but notice the art on the walls of the lobby and in the halls. The hotel décor also includes a curated art collection which features local artists such as L. Kasimu Harris, Dawn Dedeaux and Horton Humble. There is also a state-of-the-art cultural exhibit on the 33rd and 34th floors.
The hotel rooms were designed by Bill Rooney Studio and are spacious with a comfortable sitting area by the window. I opened the room door and was greeted with such a light and airy feel. The dining table for two, was adorned with my birthday amenities, a bottle of Moet and small birthday cake.
After I was settled in my room, I went down to the lobby for those two cocktails! In true New Orleans fashion, I spotted a group of friends at the bar and I joined them. My drink of choice was of course, a French 75. I was shocked to see that the bar snack was pork rinds! The evening was filled with laughter and great conversation…just what my soul needed.
I headed out to dinner away from the hotel because reservations at Miss River are hard to come by and my actual birthday reservation was canceled due to Hurricane Ida. After I returned, I grabbed an empty seat at the bar. The bar was a little noisy, to be expected on a Saturday night in New Orleans. I ordered a glass of Moet ($24) before the bar closed at 10pm.
After I finished my drink, it was time to head back to the room for that long relaxing bath that I had been waiting for. I grabbed my bottle of Moet and a glass, then slid open the wall panel to reveal the gorgeous white marble bathroom and oval tub. I picked up my Lavender Bath Salts and prepared my bath, then used the L’Occitane Body Soap and Body Milk. AMAZING.
I slipped into my Satin pajamas, put on that comfy terry robe and slippers then started my nighttime skin routine.
I picked up the cake from the table, grabbed a fork, then hopped on the bed. I ATE EVERY BITE.
I was now in a food coma and it was time for my bedtime routine. I meditated, prayed, then sprayed my sleep mist.
After a great night’s sleep, I woke up feeling refreshed. I took a walk downstairs and decided to have breakfast at Miss River, even though I had the Bed & Breakfast package. A familiar face at the bar greeted me and I was seated. I ordered a mimosa, avocado toast and coffee. The restaurant was very bright and airy, not too busy. There were a few Saints fans, and I may have looked like a die-hard Saints fan wearing my husband’s Manning jersey.
I requested a late checkout just so that I could savor the last moments and the culmination of my birthday festivities. Sometimes, all you really need is alone time. Time to sit with your thoughts. Time to grieve. Staycations are a form of self-care.
Overall, I was happy about being able to celebrate my birthday at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans. When it comes down to the service, I was very pleased. The front desk receptionist even let me borrow an iPhone charger. The bathroom was the highlight for me. I love big bathtubs. Using my FLY Review Card, the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans scored 8 out 10, because the spa and pool were not open. I couldn’t book the spa day that I would normally have on my birthday at the property. One of my favorite pastimes is sipping champagne poolside, so that was disappointing. If these two amenities are on your list of must-haves, I recommend waiting so that you can have the FULL experience. I plan on returning to update this review then.