I went to The Royal Frenchman Hotel & Bar on New Years Eve with friends for cocktails. We arrived in the heat of the Saints/Buccaneers game, (3rd Quarter) although it was freezing cold outside. The hotel, which is two townhouses combined, looks cozy and warm from the street. We walked through the lobby and took a tour of the lovely lobby area, but decided to sit in the small bar. We sat at the bar in big, comfortable chairs and the personable and professional Bartender Cat, made us delicious Grey Goose Vodka Martinis. We delighted in the drinks, the football game (even though we lost) and the atmosphere. The hotel opened in October and Cat informed of a few facts.
Subway Magnate Hugh Stiel who’s from New Orleans owns the new Royal Frenchman and the Frenchman Hotels. He’s transformed these historic buildings in to beautiful boutique hotels. Both are located close to all the action in the French Quarter. Stiel bought the Royal and Frenchman location across from Washington Park from Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in 2013, but the Creole Cottage buildings were built around 1843. Cat told us that locals get a 20% discount in an effort to attract the neighbors. The night we were there they were serving sliders and few other menu items. She informed us that the bar normally opens at 2:00pm and serves until 11:00pm. The hotel is dog friendly and has 13 rooms and 2 Suites with a courtyard and lovely fountain. It’ a fine place for a beverage and bite, and could not be more beautiful.
The Royal Frenchman Hotel & Bar 700 Frenchman Street New Orleans, LA 70116
Hours: Bar opens 2:00pm Web Site: www.royalfrenchmanhotel.com