The Best Boutique Hotels in Uptown, New Orleans

Uptown offers an eclectic mix of shopping and dining opportunities
Uptown offers an eclectic mix of shopping and dining opportunities | © Enrico Della Pietra / Alamy Stock Photo
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5 November 2020

Uptown, New Orleans, is a 19th-century urban residential neighborhood and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Featuring a grand mix of meticulously cared for mansions along the St Charles Avenue, Uptown hosts an eclectic mix of shopping and dining on Magazine Street, as well as Victorian-styled boutique hotels to satisfy every traveler’s needs. For those looking to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, here are the five best boutique hotels near the Uptown area.

Prytania Oaks Hotel

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The Prytania Oaks Hotel, a boutique hotel in a mid-1800s Greek Revival double gallery house, is an adults-only oasis in NOLA’s Garden District. Offering 16 rooms with high ceilings and red heart pine floors, this hotel is the perfect choice for those seeking to enjoy a mixture of old-world architecture and contemporary lodging. Adjacent to the beautiful St Charles Avenue, the Prytania features lush landscapes, 24-hour front desk staff services and a range of amenities including cable TV, wifi and flat-screen TVs.

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Hotel Indigo

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Built in 2012, Hotel Indigo is a brand new luxury hotel surrounded by oak trees in the historic Garden District of New Orleans. This upscale boutique hotel, which features new modern conveniences throughout, is the newest Intercontinental Hotel Group hotel to land in the city. Because it sits only a streetcar ride away from the famous French Quarter, it has become one of the most convenient stays for those looking to explore downtown New Orleans while still being able to enjoy the tranquility that defines Uptown. Guests can enjoy a contemporary-chic ambience with an elegant mix of French-styled furniture, as well as oversized rooms, interpretive photographic murals, spa-styled bathrooms and plush bedding.

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  • The Pontchartrain Hotel

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    Luxury and old-school Southern charm make the Pontchartrain Hotel one of the most popular in the city. Housed in an architectural gem from 1927, it’s regularly been voted among the best hotels in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Rumor has it that Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth both stayed here in the 1940s. Inside, the colorful plush interiors reflect the vibrant city outside. There are dozens of comfortable suites to choose from, plus four restaurants, including the Hot Tin Rooftop Bar.

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    Henry Howard Hotel

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    The Henry Howard Hotel is a unique boutique hotel surrounded by Greek revival architecture and characterized by true Southern hospitality. The luxurious Garden District compound was designed by famed 19th-century New Orleans architect Henry Howard, and inside lies a double-gallery town house that was constructed in 1867 and features 18 stylish bedrooms that pair old-world elegance with modern comfort. This hotel is service-driven and offers guests a 24-hour front desk, a stylish bar/lounge, in-room entertainment, cable TV and free wifi.

    Columns Hotel

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    Designed and built in 1883 by one of New Orleans’s greatest architects, Thomas Sully, Columns Hotel is a historic New Orleans icon located in the beautiful upper Garden District. Offering a unique blend of modern amenities inside an Old South architectural gem, this hotel features 20 affordable rooms, a dramatic mahogany stairwell that raises to meet a domed stained-glass skylight, a Victorian lounge and the original built-on breakfront. This Uptown spot is special, not only because it’s the only surviving piece of its kind in any residence designed by Sully, but also because it offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a Southern breakfast every morning, a Sunday jazz brunch and a daily happy hour from 5pm to 7pm inside a 20th-century New Orleans landmark.

    These recommendations were updated on November 5, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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