Dec 8, 2023 - Holidays

The most Instagrammable holiday hotel lobbies in New Orleans

Photo shows white lights decorating the lobby of the Roosevelt in New Orleans

This is a rare glimpse of the empty lobby at the Roosevelt. It's packed with photo-takers on weekends. Photo: Courtesy of The Roosevelt

Hotel lobbies are some of the best places to be in New Orleans for the holidays. Bonus: They are free to visit.

Why it matters: Decorated lobbies are great spots for festive selfies.

Here are some of the city's classic holiday hotel lobbies along with a few new ones and what they look like this year.

  • Thanks to New Orleans photographer David Mora for his photographs and videos of the lobbies this year.

The Roosevelt

Photo shows the white lights decorating the lobby in the Roosevelt
The Roosevelt has an antique pendulum clock in its lobby. Photo: Courtesy of The Roosevelt

This is the OG holiday lobby in the CBD with more than 112,000 white lights decorating the space that goes from one end of the block to the other.

  • Swing by the Sazerac Bar for a Candy Cane cocktail or Teddy's Cafe for hot chocolate with the fam. (Details)

The Ritz Carlton

Photo shows portraits of famous people painted the side of a gingerbread streetcar
The Ritz Carlton's gingerbread house features notable people with Louisiana connections like LSU women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey and "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts. Photo: Courtesy of David Mora

The Ritz Carlton is known for its giant gingerbread streetcar with famous Louisiana riders painted in the windows. (Details)

  • This year, Bianca Del Rio, Jon Batiste, Emeril Lagasse, Britney Spears and Irma Thomas are among the riders.
  • It also features a stunning installation of white lights and multi-color ornaments that hang from the ceiling.

The Eliza Jane

Photo shows someone roasting a marshmallow on a table for a s'more
The Eliza Jane has $20 tabletop s'mores kits at its holiday popup. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

The hotel is hosting a new holiday pop-up called Jingle & Jester through Jan. 6. There are rainbow-colored decorations, a festive outdoor courtyard and specialty cocktails and food items.

  • Don't miss the hot chocolate bar and the DIY s'mores kit. (Details)

Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Photo shows the entrance to Virgin Hotel's Red Hot Holiday in New Orleans covered in red roses.
The entrance to the Red Hot Holiday pop-up is covered in red roses. Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Hotels New Orleans

The Red Hot Holiday pop-up is new this year for the hotel. It's a crimson-themed winter wonderland on the rooftop and pool deck through January.

  • Virgin also has rooftop fireside igloos for rent with tabletop s'mores. (Details)
Photo shows a plastic igloo that can be rented at Virgin Hotels New Orleans.
These igloos hold up to 10 people at Virgin Hotels New Orleans. Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Royal Sonesta

Hotel Monteleone

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Windsor Court

The lobby has a 19.5-foot-tall tree with a toy train circling it. (Details)

  • You can make a wish, write it down and hang it on one of the trees.

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