Thank you New Orleans Magazine readers for voting The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel as “Favorite Hotel” and “Favorite Renovated Building” in the Tops of the Town, January issue. And we can’t forget the Sazerac Bar which was named “Favorite Hotel Bar” and “Favorite House Specialty Drink.” We cannot thank you enough for your continued support. Come visit us soon!
Sazerac Restaurant at The Roosevelt Honored with New Orleans Magazine’s “Under The Radar” Award in Best of Dining Issue
Excerpt from article:
When The Roosevelt New Orleans hotel re-opened after extensive renovations in July 2009, it received a great deal of attention. The Blue Room, John Besh and Alon Shaya’s modern Italian restaurant Domenica and the Sazerac bar all generated substantial buzz. The Sazerac restaurant, on the other hand, didn’t receive as much notice. That is a shame because it’s a beautiful space, and under chef Cody Curl the kitchen is turning out excellent food.
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Food & Wine Magazine included The Roosevelt New Orleans in its list of the “Best Hotels of 2010.” See complete list by clicking the link below. The article will be published in the December issue.
Two names synonymous with indulgence and comfort have come together – Guerlain Spa at The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
The 12,500-square-foot Guerlain Spa offers five-star delivery of beauty and well-being treatments, including facial and body therapies, harmonizing massages, intensive hand and foot therapies, and dedicated men’s treatments. Gift cards for specific services, full- and partial-day spa experiences and hotel accommodation retreat packages are now available.
The Guerlain Spa, open to hotel guests and the general public, is accessible from the hotel lobby or Baronne Street. For more information and appointments, call (504) 335-3190 or click the link below. The spa is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“The Sazerac Comes Back. In the early years of my reporting on the dining scene, in the 1970s, three restaurants competed for customers who liked formal, ceremonious service. All had maitres d’hotel well versed in fine points of service, and with personalities that dominated the room. They were dressed to not only the nines but the nineteens, as were the waiters. The chefs were European, but had much lower profiles than the man at the front door had. The tables were set with a complete array of china and silverware, including seldom-seen pieces as sauce spoons, fish forks and fish knives, and two kinds of soup spoons. Much service was performed on gueridons at the side of the table; many of the activities thereupon were accompanied by flames.”
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The Roosevelt Hotel Spreads Holiday Cheer with Waldorf Wonderland Lobby, Teddy Bear Tea and Papa Noel Rates
The Roosevelt New Orleans continues the tradition of offering a spectacular New Orleans holiday wonderland as luxurious and memorable as this historic property for locals and guests to experience during the holiday season.
This year, the Waldorf Wonderland lobby returns bigger and better as the grand lobby is transformed into a canopy of white birch branches and thousands of twinkling lights. The lobby also will be lined with Christmas trees decorated with bows and ornaments, poinsettias and other holiday-themed displays. The festive and free attraction is a favorite near and far and is open to the public.
The holiday delight, an attraction to all who visit New Orleans during the holiday season, has been a New Orleans tradition since the 1930s and returns again from Nov. 28 through Jan. 6.
Due to popular demand, The Roosevelt’s Teddy Bear Tea returns with more dates than last year. The event, a family favorite during the holidays, hosts guests and their children for a special tea party featuring children’s menu items, as well as traditional tea, a cash bar and menu for adults, plus complimentary free-flowing champagne. Each child will also receive a teddy bear upon arrival. Entertainment will include storytellers and trumpeters, as well as appearances by Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus. Framed, commemorative photos with Santa will be available at an additional cost.
Guests can participate in Teddy Bear Tea on Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-23 in the Crescent City Ballroom, with seating’s at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for Teddy Bear Tea are $49 for adults and $34 for children 10 years and younger, plus tax and gratuity, and can be purchased by calling The Roosevelt at (504) 335-3129.
Guests can extend their holiday cheer at The Roosevelt with the Papa Noel rates starting at $139 for a deluxe guest room and $199 for a one-bedroom suite. To take advantage of this offer, guests can call 1-800-WALDORF or visit www.therooseveltneworleans.com and enter promotional code P4. The special is available Dec. 1 – 29, 2010, based on availability. Rates exclude taxes, gratuities and incidental charges.
The Roosevelt New Orleans will re-create the “Stormin’ of the Sazerac” Friday, Sept. 24, starting at 2 p.m. to mark the 61st anniversary of the original “Stormin’.” It was Sept. 26, 1949, when women, normally admitted only on Mardi Gras, began to receive equal status year-round with men at the world-famous bar.
The event will feature a “vintage glamour” costume contest and informal hat modeling by Fleur de Paris and The Roosevelt Emporium Gift Shop. All guests are encouraged to dress in late-1940s attire. A special ladies-only lunch menu will be served at the Sazerac Restaurant beginning at noon for just $25, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet parking is available for those who dine at the Sazerac Restaurant. For lunch reservations, call (504) 648-5486.
Thank you for voting The Roosevelt “Best Hotel” and the Sazerac Bar ”Best Hotel Bar” and “Best Place to Get a Sazerac” in The Gambit’s Best of New Orleans 2010!
For a complete list of winners, visit http://bestofneworleans.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A80631.
The Roosevelt Hotel, reborn as a Waldorf Astoria Collection® Hotel, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the property reopening following the completion of a $170 million restoration in July 2009.
The historic downtown New Orleans property, shuttered since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, originally opened in 1893 as the Grunewald. In 1923, it was rebranded as The Roosevelt in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt and retained its distinctive moniker until the hotel changed hands in 1965 and was renamed The Fairmont.
During its first year of operation, The Roosevelt New Orleans served as the backdrop for a number of prominent meetings and conventions, performances and city-wide celebrations.
The Roosevelt’s celebrated grand opening hosted thousands of locals and visitors, and included special performances by some of New Orleans’ most beloved performers, including Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers and Allen Toussaint. The world famous Blue Room returned as a destination for entertainment by welcoming clarinetist Pete Fountain to christen the venue, followed by a special performance of “The Kingfish” with actor Spud McConnell.
“This hotel truly represents the flavor and passion of New Orleans with the international appeal and significance of the Waldorf Astoria brand,” said General Manager Tod Chambers. “We appreciate the support this community has given since we reopened 12 months ago. We look forward to continuing to provide our partners, vendors, owners and guests with incredible memories at this legendary hotel for years to come.”
Boasting more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, The Roosevelt played host to nearly 300 groups during the past year. Among the first was the New Cardiovascular Horizons conference.
Most recently, The Roosevelt welcomed the world-champion New Orleans Saints for their Super Bowl ring ceremony. That followed a series of celebrations at the distinguished property which included the return of the holiday lobby and Teddy Bear Tea, as well as grand opening celebrations for venues, such as the Guerlain Spa and Rooftop Bar at The Roosevelt. Among the most popular events was a celebration of the 60th anniversary of “Stormin’ the Sazerac,” which marked the first time women were allowed in the Sazerac Bar.
For more information on The Roosevelt New Orleans, visit www.therooseveltneworlens.com. Memories of The Roosevelt can be logged at the hotel’s blog site: www.therooseveltneworleans.com/blog.
The Gambit is hosting its Top 10 Bars Readers’ Choice Awards. Winners will be announced in the July 6 issue. Please click on the link below and vote for your favorite bar in New Orleans, the Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt!