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New Orleans' Historical Hotel Dining Rooms: The Sheraton-Charles

July 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

A while back on our brother site, Jaunted, we looked into how the NYC of the 1950s gave way to the NYC of today, sadly minus $1.95 steak dinners and the "famous rooms" that used to keep hotels hopping. It's important to note, however, that the famous rooms—selling a good time with dining, drinking and dancing to live music—weren't just a Big Apple exclusive.

Recently we came across a 1960 visitor's brochure for the Mississippi Coast, in which the New Orleans version of these famous rooms is advertised. We'll be focusing on a few the rest of this week.

Today, it's the Outrigger Bar & Lounge at the Sheraton-Charles Hotel.

We know what you're thinking—Tiki-tacky...in New Orleans? Look, in the 1960s that was the thing to do with your hotel lounge and Scorpion Bowls sold well. See what The Outrigger actually offered in this gorgeous vintage menu.

Of all the famous old hotel dining rooms we've looked back on this week, this would be the one most likely to earn our loyalty. Sadly it too has met its maker, as the Sheraton-Charles Hotel New Orleans closed and, well, now there's a Courtyard by Marriott, a Crowne Plaza and a Holiday Inn all located within two blocks of the Sheraton-Charles' old spot. New Orleans does still have a Sheraton—this one—but without a Tiki bar, we could care less for it.

[Scans: HotelChatter]

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