New Orleans might be the city that never stops, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get it to pause for a while. Teeming with excitement without ever losing its laid-back vibe, Crescent City is one of those places that offers a different experience every time you visit it. Here’s a sample itinerary that offers a tour of New Orleans through a luxury lens.
First Glimpses of a Glorious City
Riding from the airport in a chauffeured car from the Blacklane Fleet is a luxury experience in and of itself. It’s a first-class trip from the moment their ultra-professional drivers pick you up until they drop you off at the sumptuous Loews New Orleans Hotel.
And once you’re inside, a single look around will tell you exactly what you’re in for– an opulent and memorable experience in one of the greatest cities in the world.
The striking beauty starts immediately. The lobby is graced with gorgeous stained glass windows and a stylish decor that’s provocative but never forbidding. The amenities are also incredible. They include great concierge services, a heated pool, and delectable local spirits at the Swizzle Stick Bar. In short, visitors understand immediately why the Loews New Orleans Hotel has achieved its prestigious status.
This status is attested to by the ‘best-of’ lists it’s made in recent years. These include mention on the US News & World Report Top 10 Hotels in Louisiana, as well as a spot on Travel + Leisure’s Top 50 Large City Hotels. This points to the hotel’s all-around comfort and beauty, but its Flavor by Loews Hotels program is especially delightful.
The New Orleans Flavor by Loews Hotel
Visitors are the beneficiaries of the relationships the hotel’s built with local artisan food and drink vendors. The New Orleans Flavor program lets guests get a wonderful sampling of New Orleans cuisine without ever leaving the hotel. Here are some of the fantastic local brands that visitors can sample here to immerse themselves in the New Orleans vibe:
- Artist James Michalpoulos’s Old New Orleans Rum
- Traditional, handcrafted bread from the Bellgarde Bakery
- Authentic, European style gelato with the Piccola Gelateria
Needless to say, this amounts to a memorable culinary experience. Taken together, the wonders of the Flavors Program and the majesty of the hotel itself make for a can’t miss peek at the real New Orleans.
Venturing Beyond the Loews Hotel
The Loews Hotel makes for the perfect New Orleans headquarters, but occasional ventures outside its beautiful walls also come highly recommended. New Orleans is a city with an almost endless list of options, but here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- The smoky genius of the BlueOak BBQ for some of the best barbecue in the world
- Cocktails and delicious seafood by Cru at the Pythian Market
- The incredible wine selection at Bar 1908, also located in the Pythian Market
And remember– this is just a small cross-section of the hidden culinary gems of this wonderful city. Electric, mysterious, and inviting, New Orleans is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cities in the world. And there’s no better way to get a taste of it than at the Lowes New Orleans Hotel. From there, the entire city can become your oyster.