There’s a kind of hush at this ultra-fine hotel, for decades the center of New Orleans high society. Everything is serene and mannerly, from the proper high tea and mind-blowing hallway galleries of original 17th- to 19th-century art, to the restaurant—the highest-end Grill Room. The spacious accommodations are traditional if not particularly distinctive in silvery blue, gold, and creamy ivory. Suites are large-windowed, light-filled, and enormous. Those with balconies and river views are exceptional (though some “view” rooms are only partial views); a ritzy club level adds 24/7 concierge service. It has indisputably the city’s best hotel spa. The outstanding rooftop pool is one of several superb places to enjoy a smart beverage along with the chichi Polo Club.