For over a century The Roosevelt New Orleans hotel has offered luxury accommodation, world-class service and gourmet cuisine. Situated on the edge of the French Quarter this historic hotel defines timeless elegance.
A hotel has stood on the site that The Roosevelt occupies since 1893 when the 6-story Gruenwald Hotel opened its doors to rapturous acclaim from New Orleans locals and visitors alike. By October 1923 the extended and renovated hotel was renamed The Roosevelt in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt whose accomplishment in opening the Panama Canal had greatly increased trade between Louisiana and South America. By the following year The Roosevelt occupied a whole city block. A change of ownership in the early 1960s saw the name changed to The Fairmont. Today, following extensive renovations, it operates again under the name The Roosevelt, offering a standard of service and a quality of product which pays tribute to its illustrious history.
Louisiana’s legendary governor Huey P. Long formerly lived in a suite on the hotel’s 12th floor. Such was his passion for the Ramos Gin Fizz served in the Sazerac Bar that during one of his political trips to New York he had the Sazerac’s head bartender flown to the city in order to make his favorite cocktail.
Long is not the only famous politician to reside at The Roosevelt. A total of nine US Presidents have stayed in this historic New Orleans hotel as well as the King of Rock and Roll. During the filming of King Creole in 1957, Elvis Presley and his entourage occupied the entire top floor of the hotel. To escape the fanatical crowd below, Elvis would climb through the window of an adjoining building, cross the roof and enter the hotel via a fire escape.
In recent years the hotel has been used as a backdrop for the filming of the motion pictures Ray and All The King's Men.