Nights 1 - 3 : Hotel Monteleone - New Orleans, Louisiana
Called the “Grande Dame of the French Quarter” by many, the Hotel Monteleone is one of last great family-owned hotels in New Orleans, with four generations of the Monteleone family dedicated to making their hotel a sparkling jewel in the French Quarter since 1886. It’s appeared in many movies, such as Double Jeopardy, Glory Road and The Last Time, and has been featured in TV shows including the Travel Channel’s Best Places to Pop the Question and Taste of America – with Mark De Carlo. Guest rooms create a warm welcome and offer an in-room safe, refreshment center, large flat-screen HD TV, hair dryer and plush robes in the marble-and-granite bathroom, and iron & ironing board. Enjoy great views of the New Orleans skyline while taking a dip in the heated rooftop swimming pool, work out the kinks in the state-of-the-art fitness room, soak up some pampering at the full-service day spa or take a stroll through the French Quarter, which is right outside your door, during leisure time. The revolving Carousel Bar is a part of New Orleans history and has been immortalized in the writings of Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote and other authors – what a memorable place to begin or end your evening!
Nights 4 - 5 : Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette - Lafayette, Louisiana -Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!
Set on the banks of the Vermilion River near downtown, and recently renovated, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette is the premier full-service hotel in “Cajun Country.” Guest rooms welcome with comfort, style and appreciated amenities such as air conditioning, clock radio with MP3 connection, Hilton Serenity beds, coffee maker, hairdryer, Crabtree & Evelyn bath amenities, 37-inch flat-screen HD TV with cable channels and iron & ironing board. Unwind after a busy day with a swim in the pool, in a lounge chair on the pool deck overlooking the river, or with a workout in the Fitness Room. Cajun cuisine and other regional specialties are on the menu at Alexander’s restaurant or indulge in half-pound burgers and Cajun egg rolls to complement your favorite beverage in the lively atmosphere of Maximilian’s Lounge.
Nights 6 - 7 : The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans - New Orleans, Louisiana
As you enjoy the peace of the courtyard at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, with its gazebo, elegant fountain and lush plantings, it might be hard to remember that you’re in the heart of the city at the edge of the French Quarter. Indoors, everywhere you look are furnishings and art reflecting the grace of the Garden District’s antebellum mansions. You may find this especially true in your spacious guest room that surrounds you with luxurious touches like 100% cotton, 400 threat-count sheets, feather beds and duvet covers, an Italian marble bathroom with plush robes and generously sized towels, and fully stocked minibar. If you're in the mood for relaxation, the 25,000-square-foot destination spa – The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans – has 22 treatment rooms... and the Fitness Center has cardiovascular and strength training equipment if you’re feeling energetic. Enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail, like the Sazerac, at the Davenport Lounge. The M Bistro uses an indigenous approach to its menu featuring the finest meats, seafood and produce from farmers in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama to provide food fresh from the farm to the table.