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At-a-Glance Guide

Luxury boutique hotel
93 bedrooms (5 are ADA accessible) incl 23 suites
bar, restaurant
fitness centre
business/ meetings/ events
valet parking (charged)
RO per dble from $129 (low season), $159 (high season)
Check in/out: 3pm/12 noon



Back in 1865, French emigrant John Gauche, who made his fortune importing and selling crockery, bought the largest and most important cast-iron building in New Orleans - the Moresque Building - which stood where today The Whitney Hotel stands: on the corners of Poydras and Camp Streets. In 1897, the Moresque Building burned down. In 1905, John Gauche’s widow, Marie Eve Dietrich, sold the land where it once stood to Times-Democrat Publishing. In 1908, they sold it to the Metropolitan Bank.
Diboll, Owen & Goldstein, a prominent post-Reconstruction era architectural firm, was commissioned to design the Metropolitan Bank Building as the then-thriving banking concern’s world headquarters. They chose the highly fashionable Beaux Arts style, and the seven-storey brick-and-granite structure was given many impressive features, including signature arched windows and doors, an elegant curved corner, classical architectural details and decorative sculptural elements, including bas-relief urns – a representation of which is used in The Whitney’s Hotel’s logo. The building’s massive banking hall, with its majestic marble columns, was Diboll, Owen & Goldstein’s grandest design effort. It is the only intact surviving example of a large and pretentious commercial interior designed by them.
In 1929, the Whitney Trust & Savings Bank – which would later become the Whitney National Bank - took over the Metropolitan Bank. Ten years later, it purchased the rest of the building from the Times Picayune Publishing Company. Shortly before the turn of the last millennium, Whitney National Bank sold the building to Whitney Hotel Limited Partnership, after which it was converted into The Whitney Hotel.
The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.


Today, The Whitney Hotel – part of the locally-owned New Orleans Hotel Collection – sits on a prestigious corner in the heart of the Central Business District, surrounded by innovative new restaurants and resurrected icons of the music scene, such as the Civic Theater and the Little Gem Saloon, where local and national acts perform nightly.
The magnificent banking hall now forms the hotel lobby and is also the very atmospheric setting for the Whitney’s Bistreaux at the Bank lounge/bar and restaurant. The old bank vault, which retains its remarkable original door, can be reserved for private dining or special events.


Yes, if you would like a hotel with history and character, and want to be close to the action in New Orleans. Situated between the Mercedes Benz Louisiana Superdome in one direction, and New Orleans Convention Center, Riverwalk Outlet Mall and Harrah’s Casino in the other, The Whitney is within a comfortable walk of most of the city. Bourbon Street is just a few blocks away; and only a couple of blocks deeper into the Arts and Museum District are the National World War II Museum and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Wi-Fi access is complimentary in public areas and guest rooms. Guest rooms are 100% non-smoking. The hotel’s warm hospitality includes a complimentary welcome cocktails for guests. The Whitney is a Stash Rewards Partner Hotel.


Bistreaux at the Bank lounge/bar offers, architecturally, a grand Beaux Arts experience, as well as an inviting place to relax.

Bistreaux at the Bank is also the hotel’s restaurant, serving authentic Creole cuisine coupled with a unique location in the building’s original banking hall, with its high ceilings and soaring marble columns. As well as generous portions and affordable prices, it promises pleasure for every palate, at breakfast, lunch and dinner and features, too, a hearty weekend brunch. Opening hours are 7am until 2pm and 5pm until 9pm Mondays through Saturdays; and 10am until 2pm on Sundays. The restaurant is entirely non-smoking, and reservations are generally not required. For special events or private dining, the original bank vault can be reserved for parties of up to 10 people.
The lounge/bar offers daily drink specials and casual appetiser menus.
Hotel guests can also enjoy an additional dining option as The Whitney has partnered with Marti's Restaurant, a classic New Orleans restaurant located just minutes away on Dumaine Street in the French Quarter. Offering a contemporary take on a Parisian brasserie with its French-inspired, farm-to-table menu, Marti's is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday and lunch on Friday, with complimentary valet parking. The Whitney Marti's package, which includes a $100 Gift Certificate to Marti’s Restaurant and complimentary hotel and restaurant valet parking, must be booked three days in advance.
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The Whitney Hotel has 93 bedrooms and suites in all, including five ADA Accessible Queen rooms. All are designed to be restful and comfortable. Each room features individual climate control, flat-screeen TV, and iPod dock, complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, high-speed data-port connectivity, a work desk with ergonomic chair, make-up mirror and hair dryer, coffee-maker, an iron and board , alarm clock, a complimentary newspaper and two complimentary bottles or artesian water. Bathrooms have granite counters and marble floors.
High Season rates apply from mid-January to June, and in October and November. Low season is July to September and December to mid-January.

There are 22 Superior Double and Double rooms . All have a large work desk with a Herman Miller ergonomic chair.

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The 31 Superior King rooms have a king-size bed and a large work desk with a Herman Miller ergonomic chair.
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The 17 Superior Queen rooms have a queen-size bed, and a large work desk with a Herman Miller ergonomic chair. Accessible amenities in the 5 ADA Accessible Queen rooms include bathroom doors that open outward and subtitles/closed captions available on TV.
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There are 12 Premium Queen Suites, featuring a queen-size bedroom and a separate sitting area.
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The 11 well-appointed Premium King Suites feature a king-size bedroom and a separate sitting area.
Please use the BOOK NOW button or the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below for a price quote for your stay.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Individual cancellations up to 72 hours prior to date of arrival are without penalty; special events have specific different policies which must be confirmed with the hotel when booking.

This historic landmark hotel is an unforgettable setting for large or small business or social events of all types. For business, it offers flexible meeting space in a convenient downtown location. Meeting services include free Wi-Fi with quick internet connection, state-of-the-art audio visual equipment And support, 24-hour fax and copy service, mail and package service and a Business Center.
For social events, the Whitney presents an elegant atmosphere that will truly enhance the occasion.
Measuring 16’ x 29’ (480 sq ft), the second floor Commerce Room can seat 20 for a lunch or dinner, or cater for 40 standing guests at a reception. For meetings, it will seat 45 theater-style; 24 in a classroom configuration; 20 in conference format; 18 in a U-shaped configuration.
The Vault Room, measuring 13’ x 15’, will seat 10 for a private dinner, or hold 10 for a conference.
The beautiful lobby restaurant, Bistreaux at the Bank, is a uniquely distinctive venue with excellent catering services. Measuring 190 sq ft, it will accommodate 50 seated lunch or dinner guests for private dining; and 75 for a reception.
The outdoor, ground-level Valet Parking Court, measuring 40’ x 50’ can accommodate 125 guests at a reception.
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By air:
New Orleans International Airport (MSY), servicing all major airlines, is 25 minutes away.
11 miles to Lakefront Airport for private jets, is 11 miles away.

By road:
Please note that during special-event periods, parking becomes limited due to the increase of visitors to the city. For Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve, Sugar Bowl, Bayou Classic, Jazz Festival and Essence Festival, the New Orleans Police will have road closures. To ensure that your transportation to the hotel is as convenient as possible, you should plan accordingly and call the hotel in advance for assistance and directions.

The Whitney Hotel offers valet parking only at $36 per day, and $39 per day for oversized vehicles, plus 12% sales tax. Special valet-parking rates apply during special events. All rates are subject to change without notice. The hotel does not guarantee valet parking with your room reservation and will suggest alternative parking options once the parking facility is full.

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