What I love about New Orleans is that I discover something new every time I go. And while most of my visits involve trying out a new restaurant, a few weeks ago I got to stay at Le Pavillion Hotel for the first time! It’s hard to miss driving down Poydras Street with it’s grandiose covered entrance with marble statues and vine walls, but I had never gotten to step inside. What I discovered was quintessential New Orleans charm and a lot of reasons to stay at Le Pavillion!
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Right on the cusp of the French Quarter, Le Pavillion is located right on Poydras Street and Baronne within walking distance to Canal Street. This means you won’t have to worry about Bourbon Street noise or too much walk-in foot traffic from the Quarter. I loved it because you’re just close enough to be a part of the action, but far enough to have a relaxing quiet evening too.
The Rooftop View
The first place we headed upon arriving to Le Pavillion was the rooftop pool deck to check out the skyline. There’s a beautiful view of the bridge and all the twinkling lights of the city. The pool is surrounded by marble statues and striped cabanas. I imagine this being the ideal place to sit with a cocktail and a lounge chair on a summer day.
I can’t think of a more perfect spot to start your morning than in The Crystal Room! There were so many delicious options presented on the buffet that we decided to try them all! I mean it’s not everyday that your hotel buffet has a smoked salmon bar and a delightful pastry display! (The previous night we noshed on some delicious seafood nachos in the hotel bar too.)
I loved learning about the glamorous history of the hotel during our stay – after all, most New Orleans hotels come with some sort of story! Every floor has one suite, and each is decorated completely different than the others. One of them contains one of Napoleon’s original bathtubs and had golden sinks and fixtures. We got to pop in an look at it – so extravagant! Beyond that, the hotel contains some of the most beautiful antiques – and of course chandeliers!
The Peanut Butter and Jelly Tradition
By far my favorite little lagniappe during our stay – the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are served promptly in Le Pavillion at 10 pm every night. Normally served with milk, but we got to sip hot cocoa instead because of the winter weather outside! (It was actually some of the most delicious hot chocolate that I’ve ever had.) The PB&J station had pre-made finger sandwiches ready for you or you could make your own with different bread, jelly and peanut butter options!
Photos by Jordan Hefler
Special thanks to Le Pavillion Hotel for this beautiful staycation experience! As always, all opinions are my own.