Making your stay in the Big Easy just that, here’s our round-up of the seven coolest hotels in New Orleans.

From the French Quarter to the Arts District: stay in New Orleans’ best boutique hotels

Maison de la Luz

Giving off major Gatsby vibes, this converted city hall annex combines an easy elegance with art-deco design. Found in downtown New Orleans, Maison de la Luz is a lighthouse for A-listers, granting guests priority access to some of the best cocktail bars and seafood joints in town.

Soniat Hotel

Located in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, Soniat House is a cocktail of history and luxury; the colonial-Creole exterior houses ultra-modern suites with custom-colour palettes and French antiques. Soak up some rays in the courtyard or head to the bar for a glass of sparkling champers after dark.

Henry Howard

Keep it low-key in the Lower Garden District. Signed, sealed and delivered by famed-architect Henry Howard, this aptly named hotel is a short walk from the Mardi Gras parade route. Stroll past sprawling oak trees and grand-dame mansions on your way to the hustle and bustle of Magazine Street.

Hotel Peter & Paul

A vintage-lover’s dream, this restored church and school house is brimming with artisanal furnishings and European antiques – it’s seen a thing or two in its 150 years. Stop by The Elysian Bar for shareable bites and niche wines before retiring to the parlour for a nightcap.

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

Based in NOLA’s vibrant Arts District, this brick-and-concrete boutique channels warehouse chic with loft-style rooms and a rotating art gallery. Serving up Caribbean cuisine, Compère Lapin is helmed by chef Nina Compton, whose menu combines Gulf ingredients with French and Italian techniques.

Catahoula Hotel

The Catahoula Hotel is living proof that less is more. Built in 1845, the Creole townhouse retains its retro character with original windows, courtyard-facing balconies and exposed-brick interiors. For libations, head to the hotel’s Pisco Bar and raise a toast to Peruvian cocktail culture while tucking into Tawainese comfort-food, or make your way up to the rooftop terrace.

The Drifter

Created for the contemporary traveller, this alternative space is more than just a hotel – it’s a mood. Worthy of a Tarantino flick, The Drifter is a forgotten 50s motel kitted out with modern nostalgia and surrounded by Cuban food trucks. It’s a network for local creatives, so turn up for album release parties and yoga round the pool.

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