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The Best Boutique Hotels in New Orleans

The Top 10 Best Boutique Hotels in New Orleans
Credit: Stephen Kent Johnson

New Orleans is one of the USA’s most iconic cities, with its Louisiana charm, French architecture, rich culinary fare, and jazz music galore. To no surprise, the Southern destination’s hospitality scene is one of the country’s best — so, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite New Orleans boutique hotels to stay at during your next trip.


Hotel Peter & Paul

Hotel Peter & Paul

4 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

71 | Free WiFi; Bar; Outdoor terrace; Private events | 1

Bourbon Street; Cafe Du Monde; Jackson Square

Located in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, Hotel Peter and Paul is a historic church turned boutique hotel. Inspired by the original Henry Howard design, soft red brick exteriors complement contemporary interiors. A medley of different types of guest rooms occupy the hotel: the Rector’s Repose hosts a lavish king bed and custom limestone bathtub outside the bathroom, the School House Classic offers an assortment of antique furnishings along with sky blue checkered curtains, and the Mother Superior presents a canopy king bed adorned with tassels and holy finials. The hotel’s bar downstairs, The Elysian Bar, exhibits saffron colored rugs, a Bayou-inspired wooden bar top, and a hand-painted mural of lemon trees dressing the wall. (Their “Classics” Menu boasts modern renditions of historic New Orleans’ drinks).


The Chloe

The Chloe

4 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

14 | Free WiFi; Rooftop pool; Bar; Private events | 1

Magazine Street; Elms Mansion; Tipitina’s

This quaint 14-room hotel is the quintessential definition of Southern charm. Housed in a 19th-century Uptown mansion, The Chloe exudes old-age glamor from the minute guests step foot into the cerulean blue home that is its entrance. Guest rooms offer Italian linens, local-branded bathroom amenities and retro-style record players, accompanied with Marshall speakers.


Hotel St. Vincent

Hotel Saint Vincent

4 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

75 | Free WiFi; Outdoor pool; Bar | 3

Elms Mansion; Century Girl; The Sain Bar & Lounge

Hotel Saint Vincent is nestled in the historic Lower Garden District of New Orleans. With a rich history dating back to 1861, the 75 guest rooms sport charcoal-gray bedrooms and brightly-hued, wallpapered bathrooms, adding to the hotel’s already naturally lit quarters. Dazzling decorations are common at this chic stay, along with an exclusive in-house fashion and lifestyle boutique, ByGeorge, which carries a number of high-end brands such as Cartier, Tom Dixon, and Jacques Marie Mage.


One 11 Hotel

One 11 Hotel

4 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

83 | Free WiFi; Swimming pool; Pet friendly; Bar | 1

Bourbon Street; St Louis Cemetery No 1; Union Station

Welcome to One 11 Hotel — the newest hotel opening in the French Quarter in 50 years. Situated right on the Mississippi Riverfront, expect a sleek and sophisticated ambiance honoring its host building’s historic roots as an epicenter for the city’s once thriving Sugar District. Minimalist art pieces, maple hardwood floors and whitewashed brick walls spawn a modern feel that exhibits a bold new look.


Maison de la Luz
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Maison de la Luz

4 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

67 | Free WiFi; Room service; Pet friendly; Bar | 1

Riverwalk Marketplace Shopping Center; Mercedes-Benz Superdome; Bourbon Street

Old-world glamor sweeps through Maison de la Luz. Guests are greeted by a dark blue accented check-in and concierge desk, where upon registering, they are handed their embroidered linen and silk tasseled keys. Two grand staircases lead to classically designed suites highlighting neutral walls and quirky snake-shaped shower handles. The hotel’s vibrant Bar Marilou’s bright red color scheme and animal-printed stools catch the eyes of all who enter.


Old No 77 Hotel

The Old No 77 Hotel & Chandlery

3 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

167 | Free WiFi; Fitness center; Pet friendly | 2

Canal Street; Bourbon Street; Cafe du Monde; Jackson Square

Sitting just steps from the French Quarter, the Old No 77 Hotel & Chandlery offers insight into the art scene of New Orleans. Hosting a seasonally inspired art gallery — full of local artists’ work alongside pieces from their Artist in Residence month-long program — guests will get a sense of the creative nature that’s instilled throughout the city. Creative minded souls should opt to stay in the Wayfarer Rooms, specifically designed with no windows for the witching-hour poets, up-all-nighters, and urban-explorers, these guests are encouraged to to fulfill their legendary Lousisiana adventure with no reservations.


Ace Hotel
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Ace Hotel New Orleans

4 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

234 | Free WiFi; Outdoor pool; Nightclub; Fitness center | 3

Canal Street; Bourbon Street; National World War II Museum; Caesars Superdome

Ace Hotel New Orleans is a French Deco, design-centric hotel boasting a unique décor equipped with creative trappings such as art-piece guitars and dressers lathered in colorful murals. Sunlight spills in naturally through guest rooms’ expansive windows. Alto — the hotel’s rooftop garden and heated outdoor pool — offers panoramic views of the city.


Columns

Columns

4 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

18 | Free WiFi; Paid breakfast; Pet friendly; Bar | 1

St Charles Avenue; Magazine Street; Audobon Park

Dating all the way back to its foundation in 1883, the Columns is a former private residence turned chic hotel, replete with alluring Southern-themed antiques. Holding a title on the National Register of Historic Places list, the former World War I boarding house is one of the most beloved mansions overlooking St. Charles Avenue. The Columns cocktail bar’s original mahogany details were restored to bring this once high-class watering hole back to life. Expect vintage wallpaper and intricate wood carved furniture in each of the 18 guest rooms and suites.


The Frenchmen Hotel

The Frenchmen Hotel

3 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

16 | Free WiFi; Free breakfast; Bar; Pet friendly | 1

Bourbon Street; St Louis No 1 Cemetery; Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The Frenchmen is a boutique hotel tucked away for the optimal laissez-faire stay. Bright red shutters, mint-green painted rooms as well as expressive French and Bohemian art decorate the interiors here for a cozy yet stylish stay. Head downstairs to Midnight Revival — the intimate in-house bar and live music venue — that serves New Orleans and Caribbean-inspired libations (Try one of their signature cocktails such as the  Le Moisson, which comprises Le Verger Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup).


The Eliza Jane

The Eliza Jane

3 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)

196 | Free WiFi; Fitness center; Garden; Bar | 1

Bourbon Street; St Louis Cemetery No 1; Union Station; Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Home to the famed Daily Picayune newspaper — founded by the country’s first woman publisher, Mrs. Eliza Jane Nicholson — the Eliza Jane Hotel adds yet another intriguing story to this city’s rich past. From subtle brass accents to elegant floral patterns, guest rooms and suites honor the building’s industrial history. Best of all, The Eliza Jane’s location is just a quick stroll away from the famous Café du Monde. (Who hasn’t dreamed of tasting one of their cloud-like, powdered sugar beignets?).


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