New Orleans might be ripe with history: old Creole cottages, impressive Antebellum mansions and boasting some of the most interesting architecture in all of North America. Trade in creaky floorboards and ghost stories for a more modern take on the Crescent City with our favorite cool hotels in New Orleans that are breathing fresh air onto the city landscape.
A short stroll from the French Quarter you’ll find the Hotel Modern in an old Lee Circle YMCA building. Expect complimentary breakfast, snazzy rooms with incredible mattresses and a party downstairs. And as a New Orleans pet-friendly hotel, why not bring your pooch along with you to discover the Big Easy?
The ultimate queen of cool hotel chains finally sauntered into NOLA and started taking reservations in early 2016, adding another page to the city’s cool repertoire. The palate here is dark and rich- walls are painted dark as are the linens for a dramatic effect. Rich wood and buttery dark leathers round out the sophisticated effect. The hotel is located in the Warehouse District, home to art galleries and bespoke cocktails galore, as well as a saunter to the French Quarter and the up and coming South Market District.
The W French Quarter
The W French Quarter is perfectly suited to its French Quarter location with its jazz themed rooms, beautiful tree lined courtyard with a signature W WET pool and street facing balconies. At a push of a button you’ll be connected to their Whatever/Whenever service should you desire food, drink or recommendations. SoBou, the onsite restaurant has some delicious cutting edge Louisiana soul food with self-serve wine and beer machines. Straws are on your left!
Fleur De Lis Mansion
Owners Jim and Lauren turned the Fleur de Lis Mansion into a veritable labor of love. This B&B was built in 1824 and while it retains the beautiful historical charm of the building, the modern furnishings contrast beautifully with the wrought iron and exposed brick. Located in the trendy Warehouse District, you’re still very close to the French Quarter. The Mardi Gras den features a dancing pole in case you want to bring the party closer to home after hitting Bourbon Street. Also, be sure to ask Jim for a personal tour of the mansion to learn all the architectural details and anecdotes of this stunning property.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Hang out in the uber-trendy Warehouse District’s Hyatt Regency. Two onsite restaurants, and more importantly, two onsite bars mean you never have to leave the premises to let the good times roll. The penthouse club floor has some great views of the Superdome. This hotel has got the modern thing right down to the Vitascope Hall bar where you can change any one of the 40+ flatscreens using an app on your smartphone.
Hotel Le Marais
Find the beat of New Orleans at the Hotel Le Marais. Dip into the salt water outdoor pool and hang out in the lovely and quiet courtyard sanctuary when you want to escape the bustle outside. The Hotel Le Marais is definitely one of the coolest hotels in the city!
Stained concrete floors and hand-hammered copper make the Loft 523 unlike any hotel in New Orleans. While many of the older elements of the structure are still apparent in the timber beams and twelve-foot warehouse ceilings, the loft apartments are all completely unique. With a 24/7 personal concierge on call and Herman Miller desks, you’ll almost feel like you’ve left the city- until you reach the front door and find yourself just steps from the French Quarter.
The International House
The International House is hailed to be New Orleans’s first boutique hotel. This modern hotel still pays tribute to its Beaux Arts architectural roots but with all the amenities you need to pamper yourself after a night out. Their incredible Fitness Center should be followed up with a hot shower utilizing the Aveda bath products that will have you ready to tackle another whisky night. Their LOA bar serves up some impressive cocktails too, created by their in-house “Spirit Handler” Alan Walter.
The Saint is an homage to the Old World New Orleans bordellos with hand painted murals juxtaposing with the minimalist white furniture housed in the century old Audubon Building, the Saint is both tranquil and opulent. Luxurious clawfoot tubs and marble bathrooms await you in this French Quarter landmark!
*This article was updated in September 2016 after being originally published in 2015.