New Orleans is one of the most welcoming and accepting cities in the world, and boasts some of the finest hotels, in our humble opinion. We’ve recently received lots of requests for a list of gay-friendly hotels. We feel that all hotels in our city are LGBT friendly. Our city and hoteliers make the LGBT community feel welcome. But we also know that it can be scary to travel with your partner to another city and wonder if the place you’re staying at will make you feel truly comfortable so you can relax and have a great time. So with that in mind, we compiled a list of hotels that have gone above and beyond to show their support of the LGBT community. The hotels listed here have recently sponsored events that have helped promote equality, LGBT-owned businesses, and friendship.
1. Hyatt Regency
Come hungry. Leave happy.
More than a modern hotel, the Hyatt Regency is literally a food wonderland with 8 Block and Vitascope restaurants to name a few. You could eat every meal of the day at this hotel and never repeat the same cuisine twice. Pizza Consegna makes a pie that can easily rival those in New York. This hotel has an incredible rooftop pool available to guests only, and it’s within steps from the streetcar line. But what really makes this hotel stand out are the things they have done to support the LGBT community, like hosting and underwriting the HRC Gala and Pride Prom Night for the LGBT Youth in New Orleans.
2. Windsor Court
Romance your weekend.
One of the more elegant hotels in New Orleans, the Windsor Court Hotel is perfect for those looking to spoil themselves while they are here. With opulent decor, antiques, mouthwatering cocktails, a world-class spa, an amazing restaurant called the Grill Room, live music, and a brunch that makes Sundays spectacular, this hotel is made for those who want a little pampering. Here’s a little bonus – they put on special high teas for every holiday and occasion, including an LGBTea during Southern Decadence weekend.
3. The Bourbon Orleans
Find an oasis in the French Quarter.
A half a block from all the French Quarter has to offer, this gem of a hotel is a haven of relaxation and old-world charm. It’s also the epicenter of some of the best gay bars and clubs in the French Quarter. The pool, which is located in the center of the hotel, calls out to us every time we visit. It’s the perfect spot to cool off after a full day in the Quarter. And for those of you who are already counting down the days to Southern Decadence, this is the place to stay, as it’s the weekend’s host hotel.
4. Bon Maison Guest House
Stay steps away from the action.
This historic townhouse, built in 1833, with servants quarters and a gorgeous courtyard in the middle, is not only steps away from some of the best restaurants, shopping and nightlife, it’s also gay-owned. Guest after guest has mentioned that when you stay at the Bon Maison Guest House, you feel like you’re coming home. Lots of guests end up feeling so relaxed they forget the wildside of New Orleans that’s just outside. So, if supporting a local, LGBT establishment is something that calls to your heart – stay here. It’s beautiful from the inside out.
5. Sheraton New Orleans
Located on the main stretch of Canal Street with big sweeping glass windows that make it the perfect place to sip coffee and watch the streetcars roll by, is the Sheraton New Orleans. Canal Place – New Orleans’ premier shopping center, the Audubon Aquarium, the Insectarium, the French Market, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street, are all just a quick walk away. You can also walk to the Saenger Theater to catch a show there. What we love about the Sheraton is not only that they make all their guests feel welcome, especially their LGBT guests, but they’ve gone out of their way to help our community by donating rooms to some of our LGBT sweepstakes.
6. Catahoula Hotel
For those looking to stay somewhere unique, look no further than the 35-room boutique hotel, The Catahoula. It’s modern and chic, with a vibe you can’t find anywhere else. Their rooftop hangout is quaint, making it feel like a tropical oasis in the center of the city. Downstairs they have a sweet little coffee shop that’s perfect for a quick bite to eat or to grab your morning latte on your way to explore. We are big fans and recommend friends looking for a hip, boutique hotel experience to stay here. It’s one of our favorites – hands down.
7. Hotel Le Marais
Have a hip stay.
This is an Ultra Violet Hotel. It’s hip. Modern. The staff really goes out of their way to make you feel welcome. We especially love the location of Le Marais. It’s just a stone’s throw from Jackson Square and some of our most iconic gay bars.
8. Doubletree By Hilton
See the sights.
The Doubletree is often one of the sponsor hotels for New Orleans Pride. Besides offering guests warm chocolate chip cookies when they first check in, this hotel has a lovely river view and is within walking distance of all the fun to be had in the French Quarter. This is surely somewhere you will feel welcomed as an LGBT traveler.
9. La Quinta
Centrally located to just about everything you might want to do on this side of town, La Quinta is conveniently located downtown. It’s been newly renovated and is better than ever. Some of our favorite restaurants just blocks away from the La Quinta are Luke, Mother’s and August.
Sip and see.
This boutique hotel in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District is hip, fun and a great escape. Their rooftop bar, the Monkey Board is a prime location for watching the sunset in the city, and gazing at the city below as you sip on a craft cocktail.
11. Old No. 77 Hotel
Take in the old and the new.
The exposed brick inside the Old No. 77 Hotel makes this place feel modern, urban and warm at the same time. James Beard award winner, Chef Nina Compton’s restaurant, Compere Lapin is tucked inside this downtown gem and not to be missed. Here’s an insider’s tip – when you’re ready to order a tasty adult beverage from the bar, ask for Abigail. She’s a local favorite and makes a mean cocktail.
12. Jung Hotel
Keep it cool.
Spacious and modern and full of light, the Jung Hotel is a newer hotel in New Orleans, but quickly becoming one of our favorites. If you’re looking for a modern chic experience, you should definitely give the Jung Hotel a look. The location couldn’t be better. The entrance is on Canal street and you can easily access the Canal streetcar line to access all the wonders of Mid-City, one of our favorite neighborhoods.
13. Ace Hotel
See the scene.
This gay-owned hotel is located on the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette streets in the heart of the Warehouse District and offers a vibrant and funky scene. You can’t beat the Ace Hotel’s rooftop pool and Stumptown coffee inside the Ace serves up some of the best brew in town. If you’re looking for a drink with a kick of more than just caffeine, their hotel bar offers craft cocktails too. Inside the Ace, you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine at its now famous restaurant – Josephine Estelle. While everything on the menu is absolutely delicious, we recommend indulging in one (or two) of their homemade pasta dishes.