Theoretically, in New Orleans, a hotel is just a place to sleep. Whether it’s a vacation or a staycation, there’s a lot on the proverbial to-do list: live music, myriad restaurants, festivals, shopping, cemeteries, galleries, museums… You could be out all day (and all night) without ever even setting foot in your hotel. On the flip side, though, sometimes a well-appointed hotel is the perfect home base when you’re away from home. Especially when it’s one of these five new boutique lodgings, below.
Read all about some of the city’s newest hotels, one of which is offering an exclusive Happy Tuesday deal: Use promo code TUES at checkout at the Henry Howard Hotel for a 10% discount on stays happening Sundays through Wednesdays.
Melding the city’s rich history with luxurious amenities and stylish design, the hotels in this list instantly transport you into the bliss that is… vacation mode. And maybe — just maybe — you’ll want to spend a little more time lounging around in your hotel room after all. You deserve it.
New Boutique Hotels in New Orleans
Five fresh picks for a truly beautiful place to stay. (And one of them offers a special rate on Tuesdays.)
The Ace brand is synonymous with what’s ultra-hip. New Orleans is their newest hub, adding to the family of Aces in Portland, London, New York, Miami, and other posh datelines. The hotel sits in a renovated building (formerly the Barnett Department Store) that holds on to many of its period-specific details from 1928 — note the original columns out front or the original floors in the lobby. Other details to marvel at? Check out the tesselate floors in Ace’s on-site venue, Three Keys: believe it or not, they were hand painted (!). New Orleans flavor abounds, too, from the loup garou do-not-disturb signs that reference Voodoo folklore to the record collection in each room, hand-picked by a WWOZ DJ.
- On-site restaurant, Josephine Estelle, and on-site coffee, Stumptown Roasters (the first of the lauded location in the South!)
- Rooftop terrace, pool, and bar
- Lobby bar
- On-site retail shopping for men and women
- Soon-to-come oyster bar, Grand Banks
- Dedicated music venue, Three Keys, with nightly performances and a mezzanine viewing level
- Gallery space featuring rotating works from local artists
- Space for private dining and events
Address: 600 Carondelet St.
You know that saying about good things in small packages? Catahoula does the maxim good. With just 35 rooms (beautifully curated, each one), this hotel is a quiet respite tucked into the Central Business District. The building itself — a Creole townhouse — dates to 1845. Extensive, careful renovations preserve its best attributes while also modernizing the space: think exposed brick as juxtaposition to clean, white linens and sleek built-ins. Since it was originally a private home, that same ethos remains: the idea is to truly feel at home once you’re inside Catahoula. An on-site cafe and bar plus a stunning courtyard and rooftop space make it easy to pretend like it’s all yours. And if you order the “Coolest Kid in Class” at the bar, you’ll get a note and a snack…just like the kind mom would pack way back when.
- On-site cafe and bar features pisco cocktails and lots of vegan options (the menu was researched and crafted in Lima, Peru)
- Rooftop terrace
- Boutique coffee program
- Historic property, lovingly restored
Address: 914 Union St.
Henry Howard was one of New Orleans most influential architects, and if you’ve wandered through the Garden District lately (or ever), you’ve seen his work. Howard’s legacy has received renewed attention of late, from an exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection last year to, most recently, his namesake hotel — and yes, he also designed it. The Greek Revival-style mansion with Italianate accents benefits from a modern and subtly quirky makeover inside: instruments on the wall and paintings from local artist Hayley Gaberlavage add a little fun and funk to an otherwise immaculate interior. Located on Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District, Henry Howard is close to everything — but just far enough away to serve as a quiet, peaceful locale for your next getaway.
- The decor! Truly stunning
- Grand parlor entrance with bar program
- Front porch, perfect for people-watching
- Happy Tuesday specials
Address: 2041 Prytania St.
A boutique-hotel concept with a more easily digestible price point. The Moxy Hotel — a favorite brand in European locales like Milan and Frankfurt — just opened in New Orleans in May, and has the busy, hip traveler’s experience in mind from start to finish. The lobby features a self-service food and beverage center (open 24/7) wherein to grab everything from a quick snack to local craft beers. Rainy day? While you’ll still have plenty to do in New Orleans, you can also queue up Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, or Crackle for free in your room. Fast, free Wi-Fi is all the better to keep up with social media: they’re big on staying plugged in from the digital guestbook to their handy hashtag, #AtTheMoxy.
- Keyless room entry
- Tech-enabled rooms with free Wi-Fi and streaming
- Modern, spacious lobby with special programming (everything from local DJ sets to acupuncture)
- Self-serve food and beverage available 24/7
Address: 210 O’Keefe Ave.
The Pontchartrain Hotel is set to recapture its heyday charm as a favorite fixture in the Garden District. First opened in 1927, the hotel boasts a prime spot on St. Charles Avenue, a fact not unnoticed by its former guests and the patrons of its famed on-site restaurant, The Caribbean Room, and bar, the Bayou Bar. After a period of uncertainty in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the hotel enjoyed its grand opening this June. Expect sumptuous rooms and all the pomp and circumstance of an era gone by — plus seriously upgraded amenities and the culinary expertise of John Besh, who’s overseeing the entire culinary program, including The Caribbean Room’s revival as well as The Bayou Bar and Silver Whistle (more below).
- 14-story architecture and rooftop bar allows for an unparalleled view of the Garden District
- Sumptuous interiors
- Historic and lauded on-site restaurant, The Caribbean Room
- On-site tavern the Bayou Bar is a revival of the original concept, where the Saints were christened in 1969 and where guests like Frank Sinatra and Truman Capote once mingled
- On-site cafe, the Silver Whistle, is also a revival with attention to historic detail
Address: 2031 St. Charles Ave.
They’ve been around for a little while, but they’re still pretty darn new!
AC Hotel — Not to be confused with the Ace Hotel, the AC also sits on Carondelet Street — though closer to the French Quarter. Sweeping city views, state-of-the-art event spaces, and an undeniably central location unite.
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery — Debuting in July 2015, this boutique hotel in the Warehouse District features industrial-modern rooms and a superb location that’s walkable to both the Central Business District and French Quarter. Oh, it’s also got one of the city’s most delicious restaurants right downstairs.