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New Orleans is one of the most captivating locations for tourists from all over the globe. Its rich history, jazz-soaked streets, and incredible food are ideal companions for this city’s love to celebrate. From the revelry of Mardi Gras in the French Quarter to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the spring, music and parties are always on the calendar.
In such an amazing location, only the most stylish boutique hotels can provide an experience that can match the city.
The Best Boutique Hotels in New Orleans
Price: From $272
An oasis in the heart of the French Quarter, Audubon Cottages offers an exclusive and serene experience of New Orleans. This historic boutique hotel includes accommodation in private cottages of 1- and 2-bedroom suites.
The location is accessible only to guests, and the only common area is the beautiful shared courtyard that boasts what is said to be the oldest saltwater pool in New Orleans. This atmospheric and luxurious hideaway is a unique way to experience life in the French Quarter.
It is ideal for group trips, families, and couple getaways. Room amenities include a fully private or partially private courtyard, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, cozy waffle cotton bathrobes, Keurig coffee maker, and a drawer fridge with a freezer and ice maker.
Originally built in the late 18th century and named in honor of naturalist John James Audubon, the cottages benefitted from a multi-million dollar restoration to ensure the luxury quality they provide to guests.
Price: From $153
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Bienville House is a beacon of Southern hospitality in a luxurious retreat. Perfect for business trips, romantic getaways, and family adventures, this hotel’s accommodations can cater to all of its guests’ needs.
The spacious rooms and suites are all full of amenities and charm. The French Quarter Suite has floor-to-ceiling views with a classic French design. Mahogany accents, Italian linens, Carrara marble in the bathroom, and a private parlor with a wet bar will make guests feel like they are nobility.
All bathrooms have Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities. Guests can luxuriate in the quality of the rain showerhead. A Keurig coffee maker, illuminated mirror, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room safe, and cable or satellite TV add modern convenience to the old-world beauty of Bienville.
The Eliza Jane
Price: From $199
Guests will find The Eliza Jane, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, only 2 blocks away from the vibrant French Quarter. The converted building used to be a newspaper office in the 19th century.
This elegant hotel is a reflection of the long history that shaped Magazine Street, where it is located. The Eliza Jane is an upscale experience, but one full of fun. The rooms are designed with beautiful rich jewel colors and with floral patterns for added style.
Accents like exposed bricks, leather headboards, and brass details provide a glimpse into the building’s past. All rooms have eclectic furniture and accents with unique features that set them apart from the others.
Guests should engage in a dazzling cocktail at The Press Room lounge or delight in Old World-infused dishes at the Couvant brasserie.
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Henry Howard Hotel
Price: From $199
Renowned architect Henry Howard first built this exclusive location in the Garden District in 1867. The elegant townhouse features 2 galleries, and many original elements have been preserved when rethinking the hotel’s current version.
This property is an excellent option for those seeking accommodation in a quieter area of New Orleans that is not too far removed from the life of the city. The Henry Howard Hotel is in a residential neighborhood in one of the oldest and most fashionable parts of town.
The vintage aesthetic and the modern functionality blend seamlessly together in the rooms on offer at the hotel. Custom vintage furnishings are available in every room. All types of travelers can find comfort here.
There are stylish King and Queen room options and a Double Deluxe option that sleeps 4. The North Millie Wing is ideal for groups of up to 6 people who can share a private area.
Hotel Le Marais
Price: From $149
Guests can find this boutique half a block away from Bourbon Street. The intimate elegance of the design matches the unmissable location. Le Marais offers an oasis of peace and luxury in the middle of the city.
There are Deluxe, Superior, and Premium rooms available for guests. All of them have highly comfortable pillow-top beds and views of the French Quarter or the lovely courtyard. Modern comforts include a 42-inch flat-screen TV, walk-in shower, and iPod dock.
The outdoor saltwater pool is a great place to relax, and the elegant lounge includes happy hour offers during the week. Once guests are done unwinding, they can retreat to their cozy rooms and enjoy the high-quality accents, including wood-grain porcelain tiles and plantation shutters. All rooms have modern functionality and classic boutique pampering features.
Price: From $159
The height of elegance and French-inspired luxury, Hotel Mazarin is only a 1-minute walk away from Bourbon Street. Infused with the history of the French Quarter, this hotel is a comforting and pampering oasis in the middle of the city.
The rooms are accented with gold leaf details, stylish black porcelain, and glittering hanging crystal chandeliers. The soft beds have premium linens, and the walk-in showers add to the relaxation.
Craft cocktails follow Prohibition-era recipes, while the beautiful leafy courtyard offers a contemplative space to enjoy a drink. Welcome drinks are provided on arrival. The Hotel Mazarin aims to make each guest walking through the door feel like royalty with an ultimate luxe stay.
A flat-screen TV, iPod dock, coffee machine, and free Wi-Fi in each room add a touch of modern convenience to the location.
Hotel Peter and Paul
Price: From $155
This reconverted hotel complex uses an old schoolhouse, church, rectory, and convent for those seeking unique accommodations. Most of the rooms and the reception and lounge can be found in the stylish old schoolhouse.
The decommissioned redbrick church is reserved as an events space, while the rectory hosts the trendy Elysian bar, the café, the lovely courtyard, and 5 rooms. More rooms can be found within what used to be the convent, along with the Sundae Best Ice Cream shop.
This unforgettable location is influenced by Old World design, and many of the original features have new roles in the modern version. All of the rooms at Hotel Peter and Paul are unique and are only differentiated by size: from rooms with bunk beds or 2 queens to the exclusive loft.
All rooms benefit from antique bespoke furniture and lighting fixtures and custom Italian linens and designer toiletries.
International House Hotel
Price: From $138
A boutique hotel that celebrates everything New Orleans has to offer, the glamorous International House Hotel is located in the Central Business District, right next to the French Quarter.
Set in a restored beaux-arts building dating back to 1906, this trendy location offers vintage style and modern luxury in the same place. The atmosphere of the city permeates every detail of the International House Hotel, but ultra-modern amenities are always at your disposal.
Electronic devices are provided by Apple, extreme comfort mattresses are from Simmons Beautyrest, and luxury bath amenities are from Aveda. Fresh lemon water can be enjoyed in the lobby every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the on-site spa has a range of wellness treatments available.
Guests have access to the fitness center, including Cybex equipment, Schwinn Elite spinning bikes, and Precor trainers. The luxurious accommodations come in Guest Room, Suite, and Penthouse options, with all of them inspired by jazz and creole culture.
Maison de la Luz
Price: From $379
A bourgeois retreat in the warehouse district, the Maison de la Luz is a luxury experience infused with Southern mystique and French style. The property is exclusive to guests and feels like a French mansion rather than the typical hotel experience.
Upon arrival, all guests are treated to the signature tassel key that the Maison is known for. In addition, the well-stocked bar operates on an honor system and adds to the premium quality of the stay.
Room options include a King Bedroom, a Double Bedroom, and 4 Studio Suite options: the One Bedroom, the Deluxe Studio, the Junior Deluxe Studio, and the Grand Studio.
The Grand Studio Suite includes 17-foot tall ceilings, spacious areas flooded with natural light, dual vanities, a separate bath and shower, and personalized amenities.
All rooms include features like luxury linens and toiletries, while all guests can enjoy pool access at the neighboring Ace Hotel, along with 24-hour gym access and a daily yoga class.
Price: From $233
The ONE11 Hotel is the first hotel to open in the French Quarter in over 50 years. Since 2020, it has been the newest hotel in the area. Located in a reconverted sugar factory in the Sugar District, the ONE11 Hotel pays homage to the building’s past with a blend of traditional and modern design.
The hotel was separated by exposed bricks, natural light, and simple, elegant decor. Luxurious bed linens and oversized bathrooms add to the premium experience, especially with the Malin + Goetz bath amenities.
The high ceilings in all the rooms feature the original beams of the building. There are various “sweets” and guest rooms to choose from — some feature full views over the city and the Mississippi River, as well as private terraces. All rooms have highly comfortable beds with Matouk linens and luxury amenities included.
This colorful and bohemian city has been shaped by the diverse cultures that have found their home in it. The atmospheric historic cemeteries, the vibrant architecture that can trace its roots back to 17th-century French architects, and the world-class restaurants are the features that appeal to visitors.
These cool, stylish, and luxurious boutique hotels are more than a match for your trip to New Orleans.
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