New Orleans is known for its decadence — but it also has plenty of history to offer, as well. The Hotel Monteleone is a perfect example. This landmark French Quarter hotel offers 600 opulently appointed guest rooms, including 55 suites — some named after literary authors. Why, you might ask? Well, apart from Truman Capote — who claimed to have been born there — both Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner were known to get their thirst quenched at the hotel's rotating Carousel Bar that serves up a signature Vieux Carré cocktail as well as views of Royal Street. Add in the terrific service and a rooftop pool with downtown views, and you've got the perfect home base from which to write your own NOLA adventures.