Windsor Court Hotel Announces Holiday Celebrations, Specials
NEW ORLEANS – Windsor Court welcomes locals and tourists alike to celebrate the season in style with a variety of festive offerings. Experience authentic, local traditions like Holiday Tea and Thanksgiving dinner, or make new memories by personalizing ornaments for a tree in the lobby and warming up to winter with a cold-weather cocktail in the Cocktail Bar.
Holiday Tea at Le Salon
From Thanksgiving to Kings Day, this centerpiece of the New Orleans holiday season has been a community tradition for over 30 years. On the busiest days of the season, Le Salon serves 325 to 400 guests.
Service includes a properly brewed pot of tea; a glass of sherry, sparkling wine or specialty cocktail; an enchanting selection of English tea sandwiches; seasonal scones with clotted cream; and a final course of gourmet desserts.
Highly-coveted seating times may already be sold out since the hotel accepts reservations beginning in March.
$47 for adults and $27 for kids, plus tax and gratuity
Holiday Menus at The Grill Room
Chef de Cuisine Daniel Causgrove and his team have created four-course, prix fixe menus for Thanksgiving, Reveillon, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
• Thanksgiving Day
Menu options include Heritage Breed turkey with oyster dressing, grilled sweet potato soup and a brown butter apple tart.
$100 per person, plus tax and gratuity
• Reveillon Dinner
A French and Creole tradition from the 1800s, Reveillon (meaning “awakening”) stems from the custom of having a large family dinner following Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
Menu options include blue crab gratin, potato-leek soup and monkfish courtbouillon.
$60 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Served throughout December
• Christmas Day
Menu options include slow-roasted goose with rosemary, red cabbage boudin, glazed yams and sauce l'orange; and spiced rubbed rib roast with potato purée, baby carrots and balsamic onion jus
$110 per person, plus tax and gratuity
• New Year’s Eve
Menu options include butter poached Maine lobster, Painted Hills beef tenderloin with parsnip puree, and dark chocolate mousse cake.
5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. reservations are $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity
8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. reservations are $250 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Later Seating includes a ticket to the all-inclusive celebration in the Cocktail Bar.
Papa Noel Rates
Enjoy Christmas New Orleans style in the gracious accommodations of Windsor Court Hotel. November 22, 2015, through January 7, 2016, receive 20% off the best available rate Sunday through Thursday and 10% off the best available rate Friday and Saturday.
In addition, receive 10% off of services in The Spa at Windsor Court. Rates are subject to availability.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
From 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., the Cocktail Bar hosts an exclusive party with live music by the Tom Hook Jazz Trio.
Service includes a dessert buffet, open bar and champagne toast at midnight.
Black tie optional.
Reservations are required.
Throughout the night, guests can also stop by Polo Club Lounge for the soulful sounds and melodic grace of New Orleans songbird Robin Barnes.
After shopping and sightseeing, guests can relax with a specialty cocktail from the Cocktail Bar. Mixologist Kent Westmoreland designed this year’s holiday cocktail for Reveillon on the Rocks, “Santa’s Little Helper,” which includes Licor 43, Canton Domaine Ginger Liqueur, lime juice, amaretto and cream. Cocktail Bar and Polo Club Lounge will also serve select seasonal concoctions, including mulled wine and café brulot.
Each year, Windsor Court is transformed into a magical winter wonderland featuring twinkling lights, trees of all sizes and a working toy train. The centerpiece, a 19 ½ foot Christmas tree in the lobby, boasts more than 25,000 mini-white lights. In total, there are ten Colorado blue spruce trees, donning more than 3,000 ornaments, throughout the hotel. Four, six-foot gold magnolia wreaths and over 1,500 feet of gold magnolia garland round out the holiday décor.
Pastry Chef Shun Li will once again delight visitors with his gingerbread masterpiece depicting the tower at Windsor Castle, the hotel’s namesake.
Wishes, Dreams, Memories
Guests are invited to add to the festivities by writing their own holiday wishes, dreams or memories on complimentary star ornaments and hanging them on a special tree in the lobby. Then guests can share their ornaments with the world by posting a photo to social media and tagging @WindsorCourt. The hotel will share and repost their favorites.
The Windsor Court, a 23-story hotel, is located in the heart of the Central Business District, steps from the French Quarter. The award-winning luxury hotel features 316 oversized guestrooms and suites, the acclaimed Grill Room Restaurant, the storied Polo Club Lounge, the celebrated Le Salon for afternoon tea and an extensive art collection with mostly works of British origin, among other amenities and services.
The hotel’s recent $22 million restoration included the addition of the lobby Cocktail Bar and Spa at Windsor Court. For off-site events, Windsor Court offers CELEBRATE!, a premier custom New Orleans catering service.
The hotel was purchased in October 2009 by an ownership team led by The Berger Company of New Orleans and the Dallas-based Crow Family Holdings. Windsor Court is a member of Preferred Hotels® and Resorts Legend Collection and is a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection.