NEW ORLEANS -- In a city that attracts tourists from around the world, and is the home of Hollywood South, hotel rooms can be critical to making a visit become a memory.
The presidential suite at the Hyatt Regency Hotel is 1500 square feet of contemporary elegance, with a huge living room that includes a large dining and conference table and a spacious kitchen with marble counters.
"I get a warm feeling because I was one of the original architects of the room, and one of the things that I really wanted was a residential feel,” said Hyatt Regency General Manager Michael Smith.
But Smith's favorite part of the suite is the master bedroom where you can climb out of bed, and step right into the whirlpool bath just a couple of feet away.
"In the bedroom, when you go into the bathroom, in the bathroom mirror is a television,” Smith said.
There are four penthouses that each will cost you $2,500 a night. They are so popular Smith wants to build four more.
"It makes them feel like home, or a home away from home,” he said. “It's almost fantasy.”
At the Windsor Court Hotel, the marble floored foyer welcomes guests to the North Penthouse -- nine rooms, 2,800 square feet, larger than the average American house.
"To have this suite at the Windsor Court Hotel is the ultimate in luxury, and rock stars, politicians, movie actresses and actors, they all want to stay here,” said Windsor Court General Manager David Teich.
In the huge parlor is a baby grand piano. It's where the stars play.
"There have been some very, very famous people who have played that piano, and I can name Billy Joel, who stayed here many years ago for a long period of time, and played that piano, and played downstairs in the Polo Club Lounge,” Teich said.
There is a second living room next to the master bedroom with a two-room Italian marble bathroom. There's another bedroom, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the river.
You'll pay $4,500 a night for this penthouse.
"This suite is rented probably 65 percent of the month in any given month, and usually for longer stays,” Teich said.
If you're on a hot streak, you can fan the flames in front of the real fireplace in the Penthouse at the Harrah's New Orleans Hotel, yet be soothed by the computerized grand piano.
"It is the epitome of luxury,” said Brad Weissman, Harrah's Hotel director. “I mean, you look around, you say, this is New Orleans, this is a modern day, classic, elegant New Orleans. And that's what you get here. When you look at the walls, you see artwork from local artists. It's just got a really neat local flair, and it says elegance, but I can have a good time too."
This is where the whales stay. They say they don't have a nightly price because the four penthouse suites are reserved for the top gamblers.
"When people stay here, I want them to have an experience for a lifetime,” Weissman said.
And everyone of the hotels offers special services for those who stay in their premier suites. At the Windsor Court, they've got concierge service, and at Harrah's you get to meet Darryl and Kevin. They're your butlers. They can make anything happen.
"Anything within the law,” Darryl said, laughing.
"You can have anything you want at any time you want, whether it's pants, whether it's a car ride somewhere, or a carriage ride, or some of the most unique requests, we make it happen,” Weissman said.
Three suites of New Orleans, each a unique taste of luxury in a unique city.