Tales of the Cocktail returns (finally!) later this month for its 20th anniversary celebration. TOTC is the world’s largest cocktail conference from July 25 – 29, and brings in people of the Food & Beverage and Hospitality industry from all around the world to New Orleans. As a local, national and international non-profit organization, the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation platform seeks to act as a catalyst to Educate, Advance and Support the communities they touch.
The annual conference hosts a slew of seminars, workshops, tastings, competitions, and networking events throughout the city, and River Beats New Orleans is here to help you pick where to rest your head (and nurse your hangover) after the fun.
Hotels for Tales of the Cocktail
The Cambria Hotel is located more in the Warehouse District, but is next to some of our bar favorites including Barcadia & Lucy’s. Their boutique hotel blends business and leisure with interestingly designed rooms. Book the 1 King Bed Suite for a large living room space and separate bedroom for you to hang with your Tales of the Cocktail buddies (plus Lil Wayne & Ellen Degeneres).
four seasons hotel new orleans
Looking to spend a pretty penny (or have your company’s pretty penny to spend)? Consider the Four Seasons. Not only is this beautiful property home to the Chandelier Bar, but also includes gorgeous views over the banks of the Mississippi River. Dine on innovative Louisiana cuisine and relax by their resort-style pool in between events. The Four Seasons building was initially completed in 1968 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding as the World Trade Center & International Trade Market. Now, it is a landmark 5-star hotel with 34-floors, celebrating the city’s spirit of survival and rebirth.
One of New Orleans’ newest hotels (among many), Hotel Indigo is steps from the Ritz-Carolton, host to Tales of the Cocktail. At Hotel Indigo, you’ll find a select handful of rooms with balconies, spa-inspired bathrooms, inviting guest rooms, and Common Interest, the hotel’s restaurant & bar. Rates are very affordable for the week starting at $101 per night for a queen bed room. One thing to note, if you are looking for a pool: Hotel Indigo does not have one.
Virgin Hotels New Orleans
In the heart of Downtown New Orleans, this uber cool luxury-lifestyle hotel by Richard Branson is THE pick. Virgin Hotels New Orleans’ rooms are designed with ultimate comfort in mind and feature a unique 2-chamber design, and on property, you can find everything you need including Commons Club, the hotel’s flagship restaurant led by award-winning Chef Alex Harrell, The Pool Club, the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar, and other countless nooks.
Virgin Hotels New Orleans is also hosting a few TOTC events throughout the week. Learn more about staying at Virgin Hotels New Orleans during Tales of the Cocktail.
the w hotel
This small, boutique hotel is tucked near the outskirts of the French Quarter, but still in the middle of all the action. The W Hotel’s courtyard-style architecture preserves the heart and soul of New Orleans while offering vital creature comforts so you get a little piece of New Orleans right where you’re staying. SoBou, their signature French Quarter restaurant, is home to the coveted Legs & Eggs Burlesque Brunch, and adjacent you can find their outdoor courtyard pool.
Featured image: Virgin Hotels New Orleans, Cambria, W Hotel