Romantic Staycation at the Saint James Hotel in New Orleans

The Saint James Hotel in New Orleans is the perfect place for a romantic staycation New Orleans. St. James is a luxury hotel within walking distance of the French Quarter. It has a charming boutique-style, intimate ambiance with balconies and a courtyard. Now that I’ve introduced you to the best hotel in New Orleans, let’s talk details.

St. James Hotel in New Orleans

St. James Hotel New Orleans History

New Orleans architect, Charles Zimpel, originally built the gorgeous luxury Saint James for Thomas Banks in 1833. Firstly, it was meant to be a meeting place for local merchants and tradespeople to conduct business and support the neighborhoods above Canal Street. On the Magazine Street side of the hotel had shops, and behind that, a glass pedestrian arcade extended through the block.

Joseph Danforth Weaver purchased the Arcade in 1843. In 1859, the Banks Arcade was renovated and the original St. James Hotel was built. The hotel was magnificent, but that did not last long because from 1861 to 1865, during the Civil War, the hotel became a Union hospital. Today the St. James Hotel has moved only blocks from its original location.

St James Hotel in New Orleans

Amenities at the Saint James Hotel in New Orleans

Each room at the Saint James Hotel in New Orleans is decorated with beautiful classic New Orleans style, complete with exquisite furniture, hardwood floors, crown molding, and subtle color palette. Our deluxe suite had a balcony that overlooked a restaurant, and we could see several landmarks of New Orleans. The air was light and crisp.

Guest amenities include free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen HDTV, plush bedding, a safe, microwave, and mini-refrigerator. One of my favorite things about the Saint James is the complimentary European-style breakfast delivered to your room each morning offering fresh croissants, butter, seasonal jams, and your choice of coffee or juice (complimentary Breakfast is temporally suspended at all our hotels).

Next, let’s talk about the wonderful staff; The staff was incredibly kind and warm. Anything I needed, from an extra blanket to restaurant and parking suggestions, the staff was quick to help. It is the little things like this that can take a staycation from good to great.

beignets and coffee on a magazine on a hotel bed

New Orleans Staycation

New Orleans is the perfect place to have a staycation. With lively music, delicious food on every corner, and year-round warm weather, it is the perfect place to book a beautiful hotel like the St. James hotel and order in.

This is exactly what my husband I did. For breakfast, we stopped by the world-famous Cafe Beignet, picked up beignets, scones, and coffee. It was a short walk from the St. James Hotel. For lunch, we ordered the best chicken ever from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. We listened to music, talked, read magazines, and enjoyed our time together. Less is more, right?! It sure was to us.

woman drinks coffee and looks out the window

What to Do During a Staycation in New Orleans

Here are a few things to do in New Orleans during a romantic staycation. These things are near the Saint James Hotel in New Orleans. They are all currently open and adhering to the Louisiana’s COVID restrictions. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to it!

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Firstly, on the Mississippi River next to the French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is consistently top ranked, voted as one of the top five in the country in the USA Today “10Best” reader poll. The Aquarium transports visitors to an underwater world from the Caribbean, to the Amazon Rainforest, to the waters that give New Orleans its lifeblood: the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. With over 3,600 animals from over 250 species, including endangered species, such as African penguins, and rare animals, such as white alligators, the Aquarium is a place you’ll want to visit repeatedly.

New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo

The Audubon Zoo is an American zoo located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the Audubon Nature Institute which also manages the Aquarium of the Americas. It covers 58 acres and is home to 2,000 animals. 

The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum, formerly known as The National D-Day Museum, is a military history museum in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street. It’s the perfect place to brush up on history and educate yourself on WWII.

Café du Monde

Honestly, this is one of my favorite places to visit when we venture to New Orleans. Cafe du Monde is an iconic New Orleans cafe known for café au laits, chicory coffee & beignets since 1862.It’s the perfect place for photo ops and a romantic date,

French Market

Finally, the French Market. It was founded as a Native American trading post predating European colonization; the market is the oldest of its kind in the United States. You can enjoy restaurants, eateries, and shopping.

coffee and magazine in bed

Unique Offers by the St. James Hotel in New Orleans

Let’s say you have a big trip to New Orleans coming up. You want to book now, because New Orleans hotels fill up fast, but you don’t have a way to pay for it all now. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a layaway type plan?

Well, at the St. James, there is!

How Does it Work?

  • Book 3 months in advance to your arrival date. 
  • Pay a $50 Deposit upon booking. 
  • The remaining balance can be paid by the credit card provided on the reservation will be charged monthly until your arrival date
  • Payments are refundable if canceled according to your cancellation policy. 
  • Applicable for bookings of 2 nights or more. 

There is also a discount for AAA and AARP members. If you’re a part of the military or a government organization, you’re in luck because there are also discounts available to you.

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Book The Saint James Hotel in New Orleans

To book the St. James, click here. The rates are incredible right now! Take a little time to check out their accommodations, offers, dining, and gallery. In the comments, ask me questions you may have. Also, let me know, have you ever been to New Orleans?

4 comments

  • I love how you described your stay in so much detail that could definitely come in handy to people who are willing to book a stay in New Orleans! I especially love the interior of the hotel. I, myself, am a huge fan of vintage French architecture and this room gives me right that vibe. I’m glad you had a memorable quality time with your husband, because I’m sure that’s really something that’ll boost your mood during this pandemic. Take care!

  • Beautiful hotel, so nice to enjoy a relaxing staycation with so much to do still in New Orleans. I’m dreaming of beignets for tomorrow morning.

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