For those looking to stray away from the French Quarter’s hustle and bustle, here are the five best boutique hotels near the Uptown area.
Designed and built in 1883 by one of New Orleans’ greatest architects, Thomas Sully, the 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 overnight 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 remarkably 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, Sunday jazz brunch and a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside a 20th century New Orleans landmark.
Prytania Oaks Hotel
The Prytania Oaks Hotel, a boutique hotel housed in a mid-1800s Greek Revival double gallery house, is an adults-only oasis located in NOLA’s Garden District. Offering 16 rooms with 12-14 foot ceilings and red heart pine floors, this hotel is the perfect choice for those seeking to explore a mixture of Old World architecture that is complimented by 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, high-speed DSL Internet, and flat screen TVs.
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 the entire compound, 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 beddings.
Henry Howard Hotel
The Henry Howard Hotel is a unique boutique hotel surrounded by Greek revival architecture and true Southern hospitality. Inside this luxurious Garden District compound, which was designed by famed 19th century New Orleans architect Henry Howard, is a double gallery townhouse that was constructed in 1867. While the hotel features 18 stylish bedrooms that pair old world elegance with modern comfort, it also maintains the authenticity of an 1860s townhouse. This hotel is service driven and offers guests a 24-hour front desk, a stylish bar/lounge, in-room entertainment, cable TV and free internet services.
By Rebeca Trejo