Perhaps more than ever before, rooftops are being utilized in cities across the nation as great spacial resources for dining, entertainment, leisure, and social gatherings.

New Orleans has its own selection of scenic views, rooftop bars, and leisurely poolsides that make The Big Easy just as mesmerizing and memorable as any other United States city. Except, you can’t find the views of the French Quarter or NOLA’s downtown area anywhere else.

Here are some of the best rooftops to checkout in NOLA:

Four Winds Rooftop

The rooftop at the Four Winds is nothing short of extraordinary. The building which offers luxury apartments boasts rooftop terraces that offer a dining area with two stainless steel grills a heated swimming pool and bar, sundeck, community room, and exercise facility. The Four Winds allows guests to stay on top of their health by offering early-morning access to the lap pool, the outdoor kitchen, and the state-of-the-art exercise area. Inside, you can find cardio, strength-training, and equipment like treadmills and elliptical machines with Netpulse integration to track your athletic progress. When you want to relax or feel entertained, take advantage of the outdoor television and screening area with friends or take enjoy a nice meal on the BBQ and patio bar. The amenities in the Four Winds are the talk of the town, but at least there’s enough space to invite your most curious of friends over!

The Alto at Ace Hotel

One of the best rooftops in the city–besides Four Winds–The Alto rooftop offers beautiful garden landscaping and a hip and stylish restaurant. From 10 am to 9 pm, guests can relax and enjoy snacks poolside. Small plates, seasonal cocktails, and panoramic views of New Orleans make this one of the most posh rooftops in the city.

Restaurant Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman craft an Italian-inspired menu featuring fresh salads, local seafoods, and spiedini. Alto also features a rotating tap, craft beers, fine wine, and frozen drinks for those with eclectic tastes.

The locally-sourced menu changes seasonally and, sometimes, nightly. You’re in for a real treat and an exciting excursion when you come to The Alto Rooftop.

The Roosevelt

Offering breathtaking views of NOLA, The Roosevelt has its own inspiring views.

Featuring more luxury than trendy ambience, this rooftop offers a nice getaway from the hustle of the city below. Cocktails, frozen libations, and signature appetizers are offered while guests soak up the sun by the pool bar. It’s perfect for a weekday, happy hour swim. Private cabanas seclude you from the heat. If desired, full day cabana rentals are offered with a maximum of six guests and include bottled water and fresh fruits.

Adding a nice sentimental touch are stunning views of historic New Orleans and you can spy the lush Waldorf Astoria gardens as your backdrop. The rooftop bar opens in March each year, while the pool is offered year-round.

Want to reserve your spot? Contact the hotel for cabana rental and pricing information.

The Catahoula Hotel’s Rooftop Terrace

Hosting a uniquely decorated and an eclectic atmosphere, The Catahoula Hotel is not a rooftop to be dismissed. The trendy roof features a private lounge area that looks like an oasis with palm trees and a sandy-colored atmosphere. Located in downtown New Orleans, you can refresh yourself with tiki-inspired cocktails, live music, and a cool breeze. It’s perfect for a casual outing with friends and sophisticated enough for private events. You can find more information about rentals on the hotel’s events page!

The Monkey Board at Troubadour Hotel

Looking for a trendy night out? The Monkey Board offers guests a leisurely atmosphere to unwind in the Central Business District. Live DJ sets are featured Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant and bar is headed by Chef and entrepreneur Phillip Lopez who created a vibrant menu inspired by authentic food truck fare. Remaining true to a relaxing, but fun-filled, after hours vibe, it’s easy to unwind amidst the 360 degree views of the downtown district’s skyscrapers.

Hyatt Regency Rooftop Pool

Located on the 5th floor of the hotel, the Rooftop of the Hyatt Regency features some relaxing vibes. The saltwater pool is a great escape from the city heat. Enjoy the lunch inside a private, rented cabana, catch some sun by the pool bar, or sip a cocktail as you relax on a lounge chair. The beautiful views of the city is the one feature that might keep your mind from drifting off to sleep. The poolside bar is open from 11 am to 7 pm, while the pool is open from 10 am to 9 pm.

Windsor Court Hotel Roof

Guests can enjoy the Windsor Court Hotel’s Roof and 65-foot, saltwater pool year-round. The 10,000 sq ft deck also includes another spectacular view of the skyline. Enjoy an expertly crafted cocktail during the evening. In the morning, get your water aerobics in the pool or take advantage of the fitness center. Windsor Court is an elegant and refined rooftop for when you just want to relax and be pampered.

La Pavilion Rooftop

The southern inspired New Orleans hotel, offers a sprawling and lavish rooftop. Stepping onto the roof will shower you with southern charm; aesthetics of neoclassical revival and a wide deck reminiscent of a sunny veranda. Here you’ll find the utmost of luxury with private cabanas, a relaxing hot tub, and poolside service!

While you’re in New Orleans enjoy in the scenic charm the city has to offer. Whether you’re feeling a trendy, club vibe or a relaxing day of pampering, the rooftops of New Orleans will surely offer you the southern comfort you desire.

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