Friday, July 31, 2015

The Roosevelt New Orleans, Pt. 2

Back to the Roosevelt…no hotel post by Daveland would be complete without a hall shot. My room was gorgeous; spotless and perfectly appointed.

The perfect place to write a postcard home.

The furniture chosen was the perfect choice for this hotel.

A spacious bathroom, which is where I answered the call when the front desk called my room to make sure everything was ok. How's that for service?

Can't complain about the Salvatore Ferragamo products. Wow! I was living in luxury.

How about that rooftop pool? This area had some great views.

The Roosevelt also boasts a number of clubs and restaurants. Here's a shot of The Sazerac Bar, named after the infamous local cocktail.

Loved the murals by Paul Ninas; I don't know their origin but if they are new, somebody did a great job with the Depression-era styling and the smokey patina.

For the one night I had dinner while staying here I chose Domenica. It was an amazing meal.

The place was (not surprisingly) packed.

The Roosevelt is impressive from afar:

as well as up-close:

If you haven't booked your room yet, what are you waiting for?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Roosevelt New Orleans

On my visit to New Orleans last Spring, I had the pleasure of staying at The Roosevelt Hotel. This Waldorf Astoria property began life in 1893 as The Grunewald, as seen in this vintage postcard. The next two images show The Cave that is featured in the inset.

Apparently this subterranean supper club came complete with waterfalls, stalagmites, stalactites, glass topped tables and statues of gnomes and nymphs. Revues similar to the Ziegfeld Follies were presented on a nightly basis with chorus girls dancing to a Dixieland Jazz band. Unfortunately it closed in 1930. Sounds like a hoot to me.

The name of the hotel changed in 1923 to honor former President Theodore Roosevelt (sorry Franklin D., not for you). According to the hotel's website, a total of nine US Presidents have stayed here as well as the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. During the filming of "King Creole" in 1957, Elvis and his entourage occupied the entire top floor of the hotel. To escape the fanatical crowd below, Elvis would climb through the window of an adjoining building, cross the roof, and enter the hotel via a fire escape.

The vintage car out front seemed very appropriate:

The lobby is spectacular. You can tell some money had been spent in the restoration of this place, as everything was immaculate.

Of course every Waldorf property has an interesting clock. The Roosevelt has this one, known as the Paris Exhibition Clock from 1867.

Just to the side of the entrance is the famous Blue Room, once a supper club that featured Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. Today it is used as an event space.

Stay tuned for more of The Roosevelt New Orleans in tomorrow's post.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Tale of Two Stations

Because it had already moved to the other side of the tracks by the time I started going to Disneyland, I was never able to step foot inside the original Frontierland Depot. Vintage pictures make me yearn for that ability even more! This December 1959 shot gives me the ability to see some of the cool details like the hardware on this door:

The conductors and their hats:

This previously posted vintage 1955 shot of the front of the station…

supports what I was recently told (but never realized) about how the Frontierland Depot inspired the design of the Toontown Depot:

Who knew? Probably some of you smart readers. Just not me.

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