A five-minute hop, skip, and jump to the French Quarter, New Orleans’ Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St. Tel: 504-523-6000. www.windsorcourthotel.com) entails a shot of classic style New Orleans luxury. Having undergone a $22 million restoration in 2012, the 316-room property is home to a top-rated spa, a 65-foot saltwater rooftop pool and deck, and a handful of restaurants and bars, including afternoon tea spot Le Salon, fine dining Grill Room, Polo Lounge, and a brand-new coffee shop that opened in late 2016.
Overseeing the latter venues is Food and Beverage Outlet Manager David Weick, a delightful, openly gay New Orleans native with a finger on the local LGBT scene’s pulse. Often seen chatting up guests in the hotel’s restaurants these days, Weick previously spent 14 years working at New Orleans’ two-level, go-to gay dance club, Oz, before joining the Windsor Court as Club Lounge concierge in 2010.
“Windsor Court Hotel is the iconic gem of hospitality in this region of the country,” he says. “My favorite part of the job is being able to convey genuine hospitality and ensure guests are comfortable and their needs are well taken care of.” Those needs certainly include the scoop on New Orleans’ most essential, current must-dos, gay and otherwise, which Weick is happy to share.