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New Orleans is a lively year-round destination with world-class dining and historic architecture.
The city can be pricey during peak times, such as Mardi Gras, but is often an affordable getaway.
We found the best New Orleans Airbnbs from the French Quarter to the Lower Garden District.
With its historic French Quarter neighborhood and year-round festivities, New Orleans is an ever-popular destination. With many businesses and restaurants allowed to operate back at 100% capacity, those who are fully vaccinated can once again enjoy the city’s famed revelry, world-class dining scene, and most of the major attractions and museums.
Though it may be best known for the lively scene found on Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras parades, as someone who’s lived in New Orleans since 2001, I can tell you there’s plenty for all to enjoy here, whether you want to stroll among colorful houses on Magazine Street or relax along the banks of the Mississippi.
If you happen to prefer a hotel stay, check out our list of the best hotels in New Orleans. But the city is ripe with fantastic Airbnb options for solo travelers, couples, and families.
Here are the best Airbnbs in New Orleans, sorted by price from low to high.
New Orleans’ uptown, formally known as The Garden District, is one of the most elegant neighborhoods in the country. This modern and sun-dappled condo is located just off the famous St. Charles Avenue, where you’ll find elaborate mansions and a streetcar line. You can also easily walk to Magazine Street, known for its numerous restaurants and colorful boutiques.
This property feels light and airy thanks to 14-foot ceilings, an open-plan concept, and its white and cream color aesthetic. Stone and metal accents complete the look, and fans of tidy minimalism will appreciate the decor. Up to four guests can stay here comfortably, and the hosts have included books and games for a homey feel.
The tiny house trend has taken off in recent years and here’s your opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. This colorful uptown cottage is small but well laid out, so it doesn’t feel cramped. While it can technically host up to four people, it’s best for either couples and solo travelers.
Bright, cheery design choices are the order of the day, with yellows, greens, and oranges dominating the color scheme and giving the space a fun, retro feel. As well as a fully-equipped kitchen and breakfast bar, there’s a deep bath for an indulgent soak and a front porch complete with a swing.
The location is a quiet residential neighborhood that’s close to the Audubon Park and Zoo. Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue aren’t far, and you can ride the nearby streetcar to downtown attractions.
New Orleans has no shortage of options when it comes to historic townhouses or Creole cottages, but it’s rarer to find midcentury modern lofts. This mid-city gem boasts striking interiors that blend craftsman-style details with trendy minimalism.
The extensive wooden paneling is almost rustic, but the ingenious carpentry using clean, geometric lines suggests a more contemporary approach. The mixed metal and slate color palette blends with the wood to create a futuristic cabin vibe. Retro armchairs and a vintage TV further add to its unique charms.
There isn’t a full kitchen, but the loft does come with its own refrigerator and microwave, as well as Wi-Fi.
There’s still plenty of availability throughout February and March.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
For a truly quintessential New Orleans stay, this apartment right in the French Quarter includes a balcony with classic wrought iron railings. The building dates back to 1820 and this lovely converted loft is plum in the think of things, overlooking the corner of Dumain and Bourbon Streets.
The 18-foot ceilings and period decor evoke the rich history of this Victorian townhouse, with crystal chandeliers, French drapes, and marble bathrooms setting the scene. The aforementioned balcony is an ideal spot for sipping a cocktail as the sun goes down, or you can relax in the shared courtyard out back.
Up to five people can stay here, and the apartment includes a well-equipped kitchenette and Wi-Fi, all framed by beautiful French opulence.
Larger properties in the French Quarter are often hard to come by, let alone a two-bedroom condo that can accommodate up to eight people, making it ideal for large families or pods of friends. This newly-renovated Victorian property dates back to the early 1800s and boasts high ceilings, marble bathrooms, and pinewood floors.
The location puts you right near all the action, and a large balcony directly overlooks Bourbon Street. The condo features a gourmet kitchen, spa-quality robes and bathroom amenities. . Antique mirrors and art mixed with modern leather sofas create a timeless New Orleans elegance.
New Orleans is one of those cities where the accommodation can deliver a real sense of place, and staying in this authentic Creole Cottage does just that. It’s the period details that make all the difference, including soaring ceilings, gas lamps, decorative brickwork, hardwood floors, and original fireplaces.
The furniture, though, is firmly contemporary, with sleek sofas, minimalist chandeliers, and abstract art adorning the walls. Four people can stay here comfortably, and the house is just a couple of minutes’ walk to the St. Charles streetcar, so traveling downtown or further uptown is easy. The Lower Garden District itself is one of the city’s most pleasant residential spots.
Tropical, art-filled oasis close to the French Quarter
Despite the subtropical climate in New Orleans, space restrictions downtown mean that on-site swimming pools are hard to come by. That’s one feature that makes this five-bedroom property such a find, another being the hosts’ devotion to displaying some delightful pieces of local art.
An extended family or group of friends (up to ten people) could live very comfortably here for those considering long-term stays. The pool area has a large deck with a chef’s grill and dining table, as well as loungers and a 75-inch outdoor TV. The pool is temperature-controlled for year-round bliss.
Tall ceilings and striking design choices await inside, with an explosion of color thanks to large modern art pieces. Dark navy blue furniture accent the joyful murals. You can drive downtown in a couple of minutes, but it’s a very self-contained property for those who prefer to keep to themselves.
The shotgun house-style is a typical New Orleans design, and some people buy two next to each other and combine them into one large property, known as a double-wide. That’s just what this colorful home in the French Quarter is.
The sense of fun that the hosts had decorating this place is obvious, with bold color choices and quirky art from local artists dominating the space. Though the house dates back to the 1800s and still has hints of exposed brick, it’s been fully modernized, and a pop art theme runs throughout the decor. Up to twelve guests can stay here in four bedrooms.
The Seventh Ward is a mainly residential neighborhood, but you can be in the heart of the French Quarter within ten minutes by foot, and the bars and restaurants of The Marigny are also at your doorstep.
One of the more flamboyant architectural looks in evidence in New Orleans is the Greek Revival style, and this four-bedroom mansion is a superb example. Dating back to the 1850s, this house’s interiors are stunning. Elaborate period chandeliers and fireplaces await, as do grand interior columns and classical artworks.
The furniture is a mix of actual antiques and high-end reproductions, and guests will love the elegant decadence of each room. Group meals will be a delight in the spectacular dining room and for after-dinner cocktails, the house has its own private courtyard, framed by tropical foliage and a bubbling fountain.
The house comes with all the usual modern conveniences, including Wi-Fi, and is located in a quieter, residential part of the French Quarter. All of the downtown attractions and dining are just out the door, and the sense of seclusion in the heart of the city is a real bonus.
From the lively French Quarter scene to the colorful boutiques of Magazine Street, New Orleans is a culturally rich city boasting some of the most enchanting historic neighborhoods anywhere in the world. Add world-class music and culinary scenes, a year-round festival circuit, diverse heritage, and a bohemian reputation, and you have quite the destination.
The city has long been a hugely popular tourist destination with over 18 million annual visitors in recent, pre-pandemic years – a million and a half of these coming for the city’s biggest event, Mardi Gras. This, coupled with a healthy convention industry, has driven strong hotel growth.
Preservation restrictions forbid the construction of large hotels in the French Quarter itself, but a rash of new properties have opened up in the neighboring Central Business District (CBD), with many large national chains, as well as smaller, character-filled boutique properties in converted historic buildings. Many brands pick New Orleans to try out niche collections.
Of course, COVID-19 largely affected all that, and this year there won’t be any grand Mardi Gras parades. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy King Cakes, stroll along the lake, and stay at a top-notch hotel. Plus, due to the lower occupancy levels, instead of the usual surge pricing, many hotels are currently offering steep room discounts, and serious value can be found from budget stays to luxury hotels throughout the city.
However, it’s vital to keep in mind there’s still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC and WHO and practicing handwashing, social distancing, and mask-wearing in all public areas. If you’re wondering if hotels are safe at all right, experts note that it depends on a variety of factors, including how crowded the hotel is and what new policies they have in place. To help with this, we’ve also outlined the current COVID-19 protocols in place for each hotel on our list below.
And if you feel more comfortable staying in an Airbnb, which experts and the CDC have noted as lower risk options right now due to reduced contact with other people, we have you covered with our guide to the best Airbnbs in New Orleans.
With all that in mind, I’ve been visiting since 2001 and have lived in New Orleans since 2011, and the variety of hotels is impressive.
I’ve chosen properties based on my own experiences, based on the following criteria:
With affordability in mind, I’ve chosen hotels at a range of price points to suit various budgets, starting from just $71 and rising to $350 per night.
While I’ve personally stayed at all of these hotels, and each has a more in-depth review you can read, all are also well-rated on trusted travelers sites such as TripAdvisor and Booking.com.
Most are newer, contemporary, and design-forward to create a real sense of place, though some are wonderful historic hotels, and others are familiar corporate brands. In their own ways, each reflects the culture of New Orleans.
Every property listed offers value as strong and attractive as the city itself.
Keep reading to discover the best hotels in New Orleans, sorted by price from low to high.
It’s not every day you get to stay in a converted chandlery (maker of supplies for ships) but this art-forward, converted 19th-century warehouse in the CBD offers guests that exact opportunity.
The interior boasts refined dark wood fittings that contrast with exposed brickwork, and a rotating display of work from local and regional artists creates a reassuringly cultural space. There’s even a vending machine with miniature pieces of original art.
The brickwork continues as a visual motif into guest rooms themselves, which also come with a pleasing amount of space and light. Expect some cheeky modern art, a very comfortable white-tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower, and the option to order a selection of pillows and inspirational books.
Downstairs, the Caribbean brasserie of Compere Lapin is one of the city’s most exciting restaurants, complemented by a bar with a well-curated craft cocktail menu.
This intriguing property lies at the far edge of the CBD, and outwardly, seems to be just a fairly nondescript 1960s office block. But through the doors is a different story, with a kaleidoscope of colorful, sleek retro interiors and patterns, striking sculptures of musical instruments, and design flourishes that switch between decades seamlessly. There are plentiful sofas for lounging on the ground floor and mezzanine, some nooks feel futuristic, others are straight out of a scene in Mad Men.
The rooms are a delight and the entry-level Troubie King dazzles with floor-to-ceiling windows and visually exciting geometric patterns amid blues and gray tones. Light fittings are just shy of kitsch, as are the locally-sourced artworks, and there are aspects of both 1970s and contemporary luxury about the place. The self-service cocktail kit and huge walk-in shower feel decadently adult.
The rooftop bar, Monkey Board is as sexy as any in the city, with its taco stand and views, and restaurant Jayne has a great selection of elevated casual favorites.
A sister property of Maison de la Luz, the Ace Hotel New Orleans offers a reassuringly familiar experience to those familiar with other hotels under the brand in other major cities. As a relatively small national chain that enjoys a reputation for its minimalist-chic presentation and casual ambiance, there’s an experiential consistency that young, out-of-town travelers are drawn to.
All of the room categories share the hotel’s aesthetic, branding being high up on the list of Ace’s priorities. Traditionalists may find them somewhat on the stark side, but minimalists will be much more at home. The bohemian aesthetics and colorful touches, like hand-painted wardrobes and matelassé quilts, add a level of character that isn’t found in the international chains that make up the hotel’s peers in the CBD.
The hotel also boasts an excellent rooftop with a pool and an excellent on-site Italian restaurant. During non-pandemic times, locals and visitors alike can be found spending evenings at the buzzing cocktail bar and music venue.
Pros: The Ace brand definitely has its loyal followers, many of them Instagram-happy millennials who enjoy the vintage look and quirky design flourishes. The music venue and rooftop pool are particularly standout on-site offerings.
Cons: Unfortunately, the music venue and cocktail lounge are not currently operating due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and has new policies in place, including:
The hotel is implementing deep cleaning and sanitation of public spaces on an hourly schedule.
All staff and guests must wear face coverings in public areas — they have some available if you forgot yours.
Each of the team members undergoes a temperature check before each shift.
They posted social distancing guidelines throughout the hotel that we ask both staff and guests to follow.
Touchless hand sanitizers and wipes are available throughout the hotel.
Complimentary health and safety kits are available at check-in.
Guest rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and then sealed for your safety for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the next guest arrival to allow for proper deep cleaning.
The Marigny is a mostly residential neighborhood next to the French Quarter, and this hotel a considerate, discreet addition to its streets. Housed in a converted church, both the sacred space and the associated properties such as a school house, rectory, and convent were all repurposed to welcome guests.
The original architecture still very much on display and interiors pay dutiful homage to the former lives of the buildings. Stained glass windows and swathes of richly colored fabrics frame the spaces and there’s a casual holiness to the captivating ambiance.
The rooms are spread across three of the buildings, and given that the original structures have been preserved, come in a wide array of styles and sizes. There’s a pastoral feel to most, with contemporary rustic decor and gingham furnishings. Religious iconography pops up, landing the rooms somewhere between a farmhouse and a seminary.
The Elysian Bar is a destination spot with its decadent wall hangings and the striking curved and colorful columns of the bar itself.
This hotel reopened in 2016 after a 60-year hiatus and the refurbishment was a panoramic triumph. Though the hotel is away from Downtown in the Lower Garden District, it’s a true destination property with 1940s glamour that was lovingly recreated throughout the building. Details such as the gold leaf in the original elevators, staff uniforms, antique mirrors, curated art, and the cinematic period front desk that issues actual metal door keys to guests, all curate a retro aesthetic that is completely on point.
Guest rooms are equally vintage feeling and unmatched in style in the city. European and Caribbean influences are apparent with tiki-style decor, velvet headboards, and chaise lounges that add to the plush feel. Antique medicine cabinets in immaculately-tiled bathrooms and original wardrobes complete the aesthetic.
Stand-out food and beverage options include the artfully decadent Jack Rose restaurant, but the real jewel is the rooftop bar, Hot Tin, which serves up the best views of the city alongside craft cocktails.
Not many hotels in the world can say they are the sister property to a museum, but that’s the case here at this unusual property. Neighboring the National World War II Museum, The Higgins reflects a retro 1940s chic feel. The imposing, Gothic exterior gives way to a glorious lobby, with Art Deco aesthetics and huge, floor-to-ceiling murals. Wartime artifacts and music from the period create an impressively evocative atmosphere, all designed to welcome the veterans and history buffs that make up most of the clientele.
The entry-level rooms are impressive, with inviting royal blues and gold hues in King Rooms that complements the military precision of clean lines and general tidiness. There’s wartime-inspired artwork and kitsch posters as well as panoramic city views.
The hotel’s amenities continue the theme, with Kilroy’s lobby bar and rustic French restaurant Café Normandie both offering additional military aesthetics. Hilton Honors members can use the lounge, which boasts General Patton’s piano.
There are odd touches of class to be found along New Orleans’ tackiest thoroughfare, Bourbon Street, and this grand dame of a hotel is one of them. Taking up a whole city block, stepping inside immediately transports you away from the neon and noise outside into an elegant Art Deco lobby, replete with floral arrangements and sleek sofas. The hotel boasts a 6,000-piece art collection, making it the most cultural spot on the street.
Thanks to a 2016 complete renovation, the rooms feel fresh with royal blue bedding, maroon flourishes, and decor that feels whimsical without straying into pretension.
The hotel’s flagship restaurant, R’Evolution, is one of the finest in the city providing a gourmet romp through the best cuisine in the South. There’s an on-site jazz lounge for taking in the local music scene, and an outdoor heated pool that’s a blessing year-round.
Operational since 1886, this hotel is one of the very few family-owned properties of its kind, now under fifth generation management. Exterior lights up Royal Street with elegant Italianate architecture, and the lobby feels alive with old-school European charm. Exhibition cases show off a proud literary history with artifacts from Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Service harks back to the Golden Age of travel, and the hotel’s famous Carousel Bar (literally designed around a slowly-rotating carousel bar) is a major tourist draw and has been welcoming guests and locals for cocktails for over 100 years.
There’s a traditional, almost imperial feel to the rooms with brocaded curtains and striped wallpaper, but it’s the hotel’s public spaces that really shine. As well as the Carousel Bar, the flagship restaurant Criollo serves Southern Classic and live jazz. On the rooftop, one of the city’s best pools awaits guests, and the day spa, Aria, is also suitably welcoming.
This large convention hotel – still fresh from a $275 million renovation – lies in a plumb spot just behind the Louisiana Superdome. In terms of service and breadth of amenities, it stands alone in the city. Seven award-winning dining options and an outdoor saltwater pool are just a couple of the highlights. The interior is a symphony of glass and steel, with futuristic elevators and striking windows that are a work of art in themselves and stretch for several stories with views of the stadium beyond.
There are 1,200 rooms, arranged in a horseshoe pattern around the central public space. They are cleaned to hypoallergenic standards and deliver everything you might expect from a successful international brand including a high standard for business design, with gold and ivory accents and a tech-forward feel.
The restaurants run the gamut of high-end to casual, with coffee shops, stores, and a 32nd-floor gym, meaning you don’t have to leave the property if you don’t need to.
Pros: Solid quality accommodations with so many amenities that leaving the hotel isn’t necessary. The Trip Advisor ranking belies how good the value of this hotel is.
Cons: If it’s a sense of place and character you’re looking for, a smaller boutique property would be better. This is definitely a chain business and convention hotel and feels as traditional as you’d expect from a big name.
COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and, as a Hyatt property, the hotel is adhering to the brand’s policies that include:
GBAC STARTM cleanliness and training accreditation process through the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) at all Hyatt hotels.
Trained Hygiene & Wellbeing Leader or team at all locations, responsible for their hotel adhering to new operational protocols and training.
Sanitizer stations prominently placed throughout hotels.
More frequent cleaning of public spaces and guestroom surfaces.
Enhanced food safety and hygiene protocols.
Colleague temperature checks at Hyatt hotels globally, and guest temperature checks at some locations in compliance with local government requirements and in light of local situations and practices.
Removal of certain high-touch items from the guest rooms.
Loews New Orleans Hotel is a NoLa darling, known for its pool and spa, as well as a beloved restaurant and bar that’s among the higher ranks of New Orleans four and five-star properties.
It sits in a small cluster of luxury hotels at the end of Poydras Street, just on the outskirts of the historic French Quarter. The Mississippi River is on the doorstep, and its understated elegance merges together with alluring amenities.
The Loews New Orleans Hotel has seven room categories, all with similar artwork and amenities, just varying sizes and views. A contemporary luxe aesthetic carries through all of the rooms and suites, mostly neutral greys, creams, and whites with royal blue accents and sleek decor that blends in rather than standing out. Those seeking exceptional views will want to make sure they book a River View room.
Pros: Offering competitive prices for a luxury hotel, the on-site amenities are particularly fabulous, including the beloved restaurant and bar and the indoor heated pool.
Cons: Street performers on Poydras Street can cause a certain amount of noise, especially if you’re staying on a lower floor.
COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and following Loews Hotels standards, which include:
Upon arrival, all guests will be asked to have a face covering/mask on, prior to entering the hotel.
Everyday cleaning standards include cleaning guestrooms, meeting rooms, outlets, corridors, and public areas with a Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant, an EPA approved product effective against emerging viral pathogens and COVID-19, including the frequent cleaning of “high touch areas” such as telephones, remote controls, door handles, light switches, elevators, and tabletops.
High alcohol content hand sanitizer stations have been added to front desks, spas, fitness centers, elevator landings, meeting rooms, and other high traffic guest areas.
The hotel limits the number of passengers for each elevator ride. Face coverings/masks are required in elevators. The elevator buttons and handrails are disinfected every hour and we have also added hand sanitizer stations on all landings throughout the hotel.
One of the oldest hotels in New Orleans (it dates back to 1893), this magnificent building combines architectural styles from the Gilded Age, as well as Art Deco and Beaux-Arts flourishes. The block-long lobby is stunning, all done up in golden sophistication with murals, elaborate light fixtures, and period furniture. Uniformed lobby staff dart between guests, and there’s an ambiance of a grand, European hotel, including old-school touches such as a shoe-shine stand.
Off the lobby are famed local institutions, such as the wood-paneled Sazerac Bar and legendary event space, The Blue Room, while live jazz music floats from The Fountain Bar. There’s a traditional feel to the rooms, with dark woods and floral patterns, and suites offering a particularly good value. On-site restaurant Domenica offers upscale Italian classics, and the Waldorf Astoria-branded spa and rooftop swimming pool are elegant relaxation areas.
The New Orleans branch of the global luxury brand dominates a city block on Canal Street and the edges of the French Quarter, in an imposing Beaux-Arts building. Once a high-end department store, it’s now a sprawling, five-star property with all the amenities and comforts visitors would expect of a brand such as The Ritz. The elevator to the lobby delivers a reassuring degree of exclusivity, and the lower floor is dedicated to the hotel’s high-end spa and gym.
Rooms err on the traditional side, with opulent curtains, oversized embroidered headboards, and a plush blue velvet armchair that create a certain antebellum charm. There’s a club level in its own annex with even higher levels of indulgence.
M Bistro, the flagship restaurant, has a Southern menu that locks in a sense of place, and the Davenport Lounge sees local jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport entertain with classic songs for free on weekends.
Pros: There’s an assured confidence of booking into a Ritz Carlton property and the standards that come along with that. This outpost certainly does not disappoint.
Cons: The Ritz Carlton New Orleans is one of the more expensive options and the interiors don’t really reflect the city in a very noticeable way.
COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open. The hotel is under the Marriott Bonvoy brand and will be following Marriott’s new ‘Global Cleanliness Council’ policies that include:
New cleaning technologies that include electrostatic sprayers for touchless disinfecting capabilities and cleaning processes.
Surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and cleaning is done with increased frequency.
In guest rooms, Marriott has added detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. The company will also be placing disinfecting wipes in each room for guests’ personal use.
Signage in lobbies will remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
Added partitions at front desks provide an extra level of precaution for guests and associates.
More hand sanitizing stations around Marriott’s hotels particularly near the entrances and front desks, elevator banks, fitness areas, and meeting spaces.
This new (opened 2019) luxury hotel is a side venture from the Ace Hotel brand, and The Ace Hotel New Orleans is just across the street.
This newer concept, however, is not like the minimal mod Ace properties you’ve come to know. Rather, it’s far more exclusive and luxurious. The 67-room property feels like you’ve slipped into the townhouse of a global traveler, who returned to New Orleans and decorated her property with curios she collected. The lobby is framed by glorious twin staircases and retro Art Deco flourishes complete the look.
The rooms enjoy expert interior design, as well as indulgent amounts of daylight with high ceilings and huge windows. Quirky touches such as zodiac-themed coffee tables and sculpted snakes for shower door handles ramp up the visual curiosity, while stand-alone tubs and high-end mini-bar liquor reflects the 5-star status.
The lounge and restaurant downstairs evoke feelings of an Egyptian museum and French brasserie respectively, and the scarlet library of front bar Marilou is a decadent escape that also houses a secret bar within a bar behind a bookshelf for hotel guests.
Pros: The hotel has truly elevated the level of exclusive luxury in the city, and there are no properties quite like it in town.
Cons: Maison de la Luz is priced higher than most New Orleans hotels, and besides the bar and restaurant, there are no real amenities. For a pool or exercise room, guests need to use those at the Ace Hotel, though this is only a minute’s across the road.
COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and has new policies in place that include:
Implementing deep cleaning and sanitation of public spaces on an hourly schedule.
All staff and guests must wear face coverings in public areas — masks are available upon request.
Posted social distancing guidelines throughout the hotel that both staff and guests must follow.
Touchless hand sanitizers and wipes are available throughout the hotel.
Complimentary health and safety kits are available at check-in.
For an unlikely slice of British refinement in the CBD, this 5-star hotel comes complete with afternoon tea service and fine art depicting hunting scenes and high society.
The exterior is unswervingly modern, but inside offers a traditionally luxurious experience following a $22 million refurbishment. The public spaces feel like a private members club with leather sofas and a lingering air of refinement and the heated pool is easily the most alluring in the city.
The suites (it’s an all-suite hotel) scream classic English vogue, with blue and gold overtones accentuating traditional patterns and views of the river from small private balconies. The all-marble bathrooms elevate the ambiance even more, and though the rooms are decidedly unflashy, they reflect a high standard of design.
The restaurant, The Grill Room, is one of the highest-rated in the South, with its murals and leather-backed chairs, and the Polo Lounge is a sophisticated spot for an after-dinner cocktail.
It’s easy to walk right past this early 19th-century complex of high-end Creole cottages tucked away on a tranquil, residential stretch of the French Quarter.
Stepping through the door, though, guests see flickering gas lamps and tropical foliage framing a stone-flagged courtyard. Wrought iron balconies and public spaces bedecked with period antiques hint at the levels of sophistication within, and the hotel serves as a timeless iteration of Southern elegance.
The 31 accommodations differ in size and layout but all reflect a rustic sophistication. Entry-level cottages come with canopy beds, gold and green color palates, chandeliers, and antique ornaments. Doors open out onto the courtyard, where guests can enjoy freshly-baked biscuits, preserves, and freshly-squeezed orange juice for breakfast, and there’s also a well-stocked honor bar in a plush guest lounge for pre-dinner cocktails.
Though it often doesn’t get as much buzz as other storied properties in New Orleans, the Troubadour Hotel is a sleeper hit in the Central Business District that boasts surprisingly stylish interiors and exceptional value thanks to entry-level rooms starting below $100 per night.
The Troubadour Hotel doesn’t exude much charm from the outside, but it opens up into a more exciting and aesthetically pleasing space as soon as you step through its doors. The hotel is part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, a brand within a brand that is reserved for properties with a little more visual flair and elevated service levels.
It’s 184 chic rooms and suites, convenient location, and (during non-pandemic times) hopping rooftop bar and restaurant rightfully earn it a spot on the list of the city’s best hotels. The Troubadour is ideally situated to be close enough to most of New Orleans’ downtown attractions while retaining a tasteful distance from the clamor of the French Quarter.
I recently booked a mid-week stay in a King Room, affectionately called a ‘Troubie’ on the hotel’s own website, for just $90, plus taxes and fees. While some hotel rates have dropped amidst the pandemic in an effort to lure travelers back, this rate is comparable to price during non-pandemic times, which just goes to show what great value this hotel is year-round. The entry-level rooms are plenty spacious, but the hotel’s suites are also a steal, with a Junior Suite starting at $179 per night, and the impressive, top-of-the-line King Suite available for as low as $279 per night.
Although the hotel’s restaurant, Jayne, was closed, the rooftop Monkey Board bar and restaurant was open, albeit with distancing and capacities in place. As a Hilton property, the hotel has also implemented the brand’s Hilton Cleanstay protocols. I was thoroughly impressed with the new measures and my stay reaffirmed that I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone visiting New Orleans.
Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by the Troubadour Hotel.
On approach, the Troubadour Hotel looks like what it once was: a rather bland 1960s office building. A discreet awning is the only real sign that a hotel lurks beyond the prosaic exterior. It’s a misleading impression, though, and the ruse ends as you step through the doors and gives way to a whimsical and colorful interior.
I was immediately hit by retro-looking, geometric patterns and striking vintage furniture. Three-dimensional murals that represent parts of guitars and other instruments crept around the walls and bright abstract artworks framed the space.
It was quiet, with just one lone assistant behind the desk, which included plastic shields as a safety measure. I also noticed a couple of hand sanitizer stations and signage reminding guests to socially distance, especially in the elevators (limited to two people or one family/pod).
I had arrived an hour before the official check-in time, but didn’t have to wait around. I was allocated a King Room, as booked, on the tenth floor, and it was ready immediately. The front desk clerk explained the dining situation before handing me my keys. The rooftop bar, Monkey Board, was open in the evenings, but their restaurant, Jayne, was closed. A nearby food court (The Pythian Market) was offering free delivery to guests, so that was another option.
The desk clerk also explained that the minibar offerings had been removed from the rooms, but the front desk had an array of items that would normally be offered available to buy from them directly. Keys in hand, I headed to the tenth floor.
My King Room was at the very end of the corridor. I saw as I went to open it that it had been closed with a Hilton Cleanstay seal, meaning that nobody had entered the room since it had been sanitized by the housekeeping staff.
My room, known by the hotel as a ‘Troubie’, was very generously sized. Offering 330 square feet of space, these rooms are among the biggest entry-level options in the city. Even as a couple traveling with luggage, there’s room to spread out in the Troubie. The low-slung bed and soft wooden tones further accentuated the amount of space.
Booking into an entry-level room at a Hilton-branded property might not fill you with inspiration, but that’s where the Tapestry Collection difference comes in. I loved the design of this room, and I would argue that it’s the most thoughtfully put together and interesting room you’ll find at this price point in New Orleans.
There was a steely patina to the background color palette, with greys and metallic blues mixing with off-whites. Statement fixtures took the room to the next level, including bright orange lamps that hung above the dark blue fabric headboard.
The furniture was similarly impressive. Sleek retro lines were the name of the game from the white chairs at the glass desk to an Art Deco-inspired cocktail bar. (It’s just the ice bucket, mixing glass, and spoon during COVID, but there’s usually a full kit complete with liquor.) All of this was against a background of translucent white curtains with just a hint of a geometric pattern.
There was an open hanging space situation for storage rather than a true closet, which might not appeal to some. However, it seems to be a feature of most modern boutique hotels and I personally didn’t have a problem with it, especially for one night.
The in-room amenities were confined to a small Keurig coffee machine and a few sanitizing wipes, both of which were welcome. There was a small, raised table to work from or a longer desk, both with plenty of regular and USB charging ports available.
The King Bed itself was set low to the ground and was very firm and comfortable. The hotel isn’t located on a particularly busy street, but the sound insulation was effective and I didn’t hear any ambient noise.
In the bathroom, contemporary fixtures mixed with Art Deco flourishes, such as the spherical hanging lamps and bright orange tissue and soap holders that popped against the white countertops. The bathroom products were by Crabtree & Evelyn, again a step up from the usual chain offering.
The walk-in shower was very spacious and the controls for the water and temperature were not located directly under the showerhead — a sensible design feature that hotels everywhere would do well to follow so you don’t have to stick your head under the faucet to adjust the settings. The only letdown was that the hot water took quite a while to arrive, but once you knew that this is the case it was easy to work around, though it would have been a bigger inconvenience for a longer stay.
For $90, I felt like this was an exceptional value that delivered thoughtful design and memorable features. Entry-level rooms are more than spacious enough for most guests, but those with a special occasion or a need for more space might consider the extra 100 square feet that comes with a Junior Suite for $80 more per night. And, as previously noted, if you’re looking for a spot to go all out without breaking the bank, the King Suite starts at $279 per night.
Throughout my stay, it was clear that the Troubadour Hotel was maintaining a careful balance of keeping some amenities open while ensuring employees and guest safety.
Sadly, the hotel’s excellent signature restaurant, Jayne, was closed. It’s usually an excellent casual spot and their elevated breakfasts are a particularly great value. The breakfast alternative was a grab-bag of a muffin, fruit, a hard-boiled egg and coffee, available at the front desk. This was complimentary if you were a Hilton Honors member, or $9 otherwise, which felt like a fair price.
The hotel’s excellent rooftop bar and restaurant, Monkey Board, was open for business from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and until 11 p.m. on weekends, including Sundays.
If you want to dine in, reservations are recommended because of possible capacity limitations, but I ordered my burger to go. I grabbed a quick cocktail while I waited for the food to come out, and enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere. Tables were well spaced and there was a good number of couples and small groups enjoying drinks and dinner. There was plenty of room, and the staff were all masked, which was reassuring.
If you need some quiet work or lounging space that isn’t in your room, there’s a lovely, little-used Mezzanine level that has comfy couches and tables, and is framed by some genuinely impressive large format photography by Hawaiian photographer Christy Lee Rogers.
There’s an excellent food court nearby, The Pythian Market, that has signs about the hotel offering free delivery to guest rooms. Menus were available via QR codes.
Additionally, the small exercise room was available for use as long as social distancing could be observed.
The Troubadour Hotel is located in the city’s Central Business District. It’s just two blocks from the historic French Quarter and the notorious nightlife found there. Guests can also walk to the banks of the Mississippi River within a few minutes.
The shops and malls of Canal Street and the art galleries of Julia Street are both within easy striking distance, and it’s not much further to the world-class National World War II Museum. Similarly, antiquing on Royal Street in the Quarter is an easy stroll.
The hotel is well placed for public transportation, with bus terminals just a minute or two away and streetcar lines to Uptown and other city spots all also easily reached by foot.
This may seem low, but almost 600 of the reviews are marked “Excellent” and the hotel did, unfortunately, go through a period of managerial instability that has long since been improved upon.
The hotel’s looks are a big hit among the people that have enjoyed staying there, with one recent reviewer saying, “I found the eclectic decor of the rooms to be my favorite attribute of the rooms. They were decorated so uniquely and beautifully. Most rooms have a small living area, well-curated art, and local books, a minibar of local NOLA delights, and a small cute cocktail-making bar set. I felt as if I was staying in a studio apartment.”
Some guests are less impressed with the storage space situation and bemoan the lack of actual closets in some of the entry-level rooms, but fans of modern hotel room design will be more at home.
Who stays here: Guests who like the reassurance of staying in a Hilton-branded hotel, or who want to use their loyalty points, but also want to enjoy rooms designed with a little more imagination than standard chain properties.
We like: The rooftop space, Monkey Board, which has a great elevated bar food menu and decent mixed drinks, as well as lovely views of the downtown skyline.
We love (don’t miss this feature!): The striking and original design of the rooms. Combined with the generous amounts of space, it makes for one of the best entry-level rooms in town at a steal.
We think you should know: If you’d like a full breakfast you’ll have to find a spot off site for now. There are plenty of local options, though.
We’d do this differently next time: Take time out and read a book or work for a while on the Mezzanine, and take in the art found there that most guests don’t ever see.
Hilton-branded hotels have a company-wide COVID policy called CleanStay, which you can find here.
From the Hilton CleanStay Room Seal to focused disinfection of high-touch areas in the guest room, we’re committed to providing guests with a clean, comfortable space.
Hotel housekeeping services can be tailored to the individual guest experience for individual comfort levels.
From social distancing, increased scheduled cleaning of public spaces, and changes to our amenities and services, the hotel is committed to protecting guest wellbeing while using public spaces.
In addition to changes to in-room room dining services, breakfast and dining options, the hotel is providing designated locations and guidelines for contactless food delivery.
I generally felt that the Troubadour Hotel was doing a good job of implementing social distancing and hygienic protocols across all of its amenities, and I felt safe at all times. I appreciated the signage and sanitizing stations throughout the public areas, as well as the plastic screens and the sanitizing stations at check-in. The hotel did a nice job upholding its hygiene commitments while still offering guests a safe dining experience.
The Troubadour Hotel is an oft-overlooked property in New Orleans, but it shouldn’t be. It delivers memorable interior design, spacious entry-level rooms, and a fantastic location — all under $100 per night. Plus, as a member of the Tapesty Collection, Hilton loyalists can enjoy a stay earning or using points at a hotel that feels anything but chain.
Despite reduced staff, the hotel’s customer service levels held up well, and I was pleased with the COVID-19 protocols that included plastic screens at the front desk, sanitization stations, signage throughout the common areas, complimentary in-room wipes, and room safety seals.
While favorite restaurant Jayne is sadly closed right now, keeping Monkey Board open instead was a sensible decision as it easily copes with distancing requirements and retains one of the hotel’s best features.
I would gladly book my same room again, though I may even be tempted to upgrade to a suite given that the starting price of $179 is still relatively affordable. With these starting prices and the thoughtful touches found throughout the entire property, this hotel is hard to beat.