New Orleans is home to some of the world’s most unique hotels. Embodying all qualities of the Big Easy’s French Quarter, the hotels live in the architectural heart of the city, bursting with the glamour, charm and bohemian aspects that typify the city. Culture Trip picks the top 10 hotels in the Quarter, all offering their own unique vision of the city and steps away from the most iconic New Orleans spots.
The Frenchmen Hotel offers a fun, bohemian atmosphere, reflective of it’s enviable location on Frenchmen Street. Full of jazz bars, street musicians, galleries and cafés, Frenchmen Street’s location in the Quarter is perfectly situated next to the alternative Faubourg Marigny. Only minutes away from the French Quarter’s essentials such as Bourbon Street and Café du Monde, the hotel also offers a heated pool in their stunning courtyard for lazy Southern afternoons with old and new friends, as well as a sky deck with views of the Mississippi River. When you’re finally ready to call it a night, the elegant, cozy rooms are perfect for some well-deserved rest after a night on the town.
A restored 19th century Creole mansion, Lafitte Guest House captures New Orleans’ reputation for the city’s particular brand of French and Southern elegance and creativity. Case in point – the hotel has an art gallery for visitors, complete with dark wood accents and luxurious sofas, that is constantly exhibiting new work. Overlooking Bourbon Street, Lafitte offers repose from the partying outside without leaving the scene. As well as sitting directly in the heart of the French Quarter, the rooms come equipped with both shared and private balconies allowing unprecedented view into the streets below. Spend some time in Lafitte’s penthouse, room forty, for some peace and quiet and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the hotel’s resident ghost.
For those looking to indulge, the four-star Hotel Monteleonehas occupied Royal Street since 1886 and has earned a reputation for being one of New Orleans’ most culturally significant sites, having hosted Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and William Faulkner, among others. With marble and granite bathrooms, Keurig coffee brewers, Jacuzzi tubs, pet friendly rooms and a day spa, Hotel Monteleone comes equipped with all of the amenities of luxury service for a truly decadent stay in the French Quarter.
The Cornstalk Hotel boasts a distinguished, quiet, Victorian charm, featuring extravagant period décor from stained glass to antique furnishings, all situated on the ever-refined Royal Street. This central location removes guests from the noise of Bourbon and offers a more traditional New Orleans visit. Featuring bright, fully furnished rooms with additional fireplaces and chandeliers the hotel itself acts as a time machine into the Old South. Well-suited to the more traditional traveler, looking to spend some quality and classy time in the city, the Cornstalk is enjoyed best by waking up for coffee on the communal balcony before heading out to embrace the Quarter.
Hotel Villa Convento‘s position on Ursulines Avenue is only just around the corner from the French Market and the lively Decatur Street. With wonderful balcony views of the French Quarter, Hotel Villa Convento is also rumored to be the legendary House of the Rising Sun, a song made famous by the Animals and Dolly Parton. Architecturally a Creole Townhouse in traditional French Quarter style, listen as the history tours below discuss the building on a quiet evening or relax in the brick courtyard open to visitors.
Located in Jackson Square, the Place d’Armes Hotel is ideally located for those looking to be directly among the tourist highlights of the French Quarter. The hotel offers rooms with balcony views looking out to the streets, as well as rooms overlooking their lush, exotic courtyard and pool. For location, Place d’Armes places guests in the most convenient position for the shops and restaurants in the center of the Quarter and envelops visitors completely in the bustle of the stunning Jackson Square.
The historic Andrew Jackson Hotel, located on Royal Street, operates like a Southern home, with a welcoming atmosphere that makes guests feel that they are truly a part of the French Quarter community. Boasting two swimming pools and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Andrew Jackson is a fantastic example of the important role that history places in the continuing charm of the Crescent City and is well suited to those looking for a relaxed, Southern experience during their stay.
Le Richelieu Hotel‘s constant redecoration means that it is reliably up to aesthetic and modern standards. The hotel relies on luxurious decoration, oil paintings, Persian rugs and antique furniture to embody the luxury and glamour associated with New Orleans’ historical cosmopolitan appeal. It is entrenched in the city’s narrative, as the location has played a part in the October Rebellion of the 18th century and was the home of The Beatles’ Paul McCartney for several months during his stay in New Orleans. Living up to it’s reputation for luxury, the hotel boasts a café for guests, a gorgeous lobby and a saltwater swimming pool.
The beautiful Olivier Guest House Hotel perfectly embodies some of the more Gothic elements of the French Quarter, with a deep red exterior accented with black wrought-iron balconies. With spacious red brick rooms and plenty of access to outside areas, the Olivier is a great place to interact with other travelers and to hang out between adventures in the Quarter. Amenities include 24/7 access to their brilliant coffee and pet-friendly rooms, in case a family pet should wish to join in on the action.
Hotel Mazarin, a luxury boutique hotel, is distinguished by their tradition of fantastic service and their role as a social spot. They not only boast La Louisiane, their events center with Speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar 21st Amendment, once owned by New Orleans mobsters Diamond Jim Moran and Carlos Marcello, but also the French Quarter’s only wine bar, Patrick’s Bar Vin. Their spacious and traditionally decorated rooms make the Hotel Mazarin a wise choice for those looking to escape the overwhelming crowds of the Quarter into an equally social but more relaxed and intimate environment.