New Orleans has some great hotel options. The French Quarter is still a popular location to stay, but it tends to be very crowded and noisy with many tourists. On my last two trips, I found Marigny and the CBD/Warehouse Arts District as great alternatives. Marigny has some great restaurants and music venues while the CDB/Warehouse Arts District has many new restaurants and some great galleries and museums to explore.
Our top recommendations include:
CBD/Warehouse Arts District
Q & C Hotel: This stylish boutique hotel was formerly the historic Queen and Crescent Hotel that has been totally transformed with a hip, contemporary vibe. There is a lobby bar/restaurant known for its happy hour and the rooms are very comfortable and stylish. It is located downtown, between the French Quarter and the Warehouse Arts District. I liked my king room, the very helpful staff and the perfect location for exploring the city. 344 Camp St.
Located in the historic Banks Arcade, a landmark building from the 19th century, The St James Hotel is a small boutique hotel with an elegant West Indies decor. It has recently been renovated. It is located between the French Quarter and Warehouse Arts District. 330 Magazine St.
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery: Opened in April, 2015 in an historic building that was a former coffee warehouse, this is a very creative 167 room boutique hotel that features art in the lobby gallery and the guest rooms by local artists. Popular is Tout La Coffee Shop in the lobby and Compere Lapin, a restaurant serving lunch and an early dinner created by Top Chef favorite Nina Compton. Its bar gets rave reviews for its cocktails. 535 Tchoupitoulas.
Ace Hotel: The Ace is officially opening in mid-March 2016 in an historic Art Deco building from 1928. It is located on the edge of the CBD in the Warehouse Arts District at 600 Carondelet. It promises to be a great addition to the hotel scene in town. The hotel will have a new Southern-Italian restaurant called Josephine Estelle, a branch of Stumptown Coffee from Portland, Oregon, a music venue and craft cocktail bar in the lobby called Three Keys, a rooftop cocktail lounge called Alto and an oyster bar and restaurant. A wonderful boutique, Freda, from Marfa, TX is opening a location in the hotel as well.
The stylish Aloft Hotel is also a good option at 225 Baronne St.
The French Quarter
Hotel le Marais, 717 Conti Street: It was recently renovated and just recommended by the New York Times. This is a small boutique hotel in the heart of the French Quarter with a very contemporary, sleek design. A nice change from the traditional architecture in the Quarter.
Hotel Mazarin, 730 Bienville Street: I have stayed there for years as the former St. Louis Hotel. It underwent an extensive renovation and is now the boutique Mazarin. The location in the French Quarter is perfect. It has 102 rooms and a wonderful courtyard. It is in the same group as the Hotel le Marais.
Soniat House, 1133 Chartres St.: This is a wonderful small boutique hotel in the Quarter.
The Audubon Cottages, at 509 Dauphine St., also get good reviews.
Just east of the French Quarter is Faubourg Marigny with quiet residential streets and a thriving music club and restaurant strip along Frenchman Street. Two options here include:
La Maison Marigny, 1421 Bourbon: This trip, I am staying in this attractive B&B in the Faubourg Marigny area just outside the Quarter. It is quiet and charming. I highly recommend it. It is highly rated on Trip Advisor and by Travel + Leisure. I stayed in the Owner’s Suite on the first floor which was very large and comfortable.
Elysian Fields Inn, 930 Elysian Fields Ave.: This is one of the top rated B&B’s in Town. My friends loved it and the location.
The Garden District
Recently getting good reviews is the Henry Howard Hotel , an 18 room luxury boutique hotel located in the Garden District in a townhouse from 1867. 2041 Prytania St. It is near the popular Magazine St.
The newly renovated Pontchartrain Hotel is an elegant, historic 14-story property with four restaurant and bar options, including a rooftop bar and lounge with great views of the city. 2031 St. Charles Ave.