Mid-City (Tulane Avenue)
A seemingly unassuming motel from 1956 in New Orlean's Mid-City district along Tulane Avenue was revamped into the present day The Drifter hotel. It features hip, eclectic interiors fusing nostalgic Americana with contemporary design via a collaboration with local cratives featuring custom-made furniture, troweled concrete walls, Oaxacan tilework, and artwork. In addition to a café serving up specialty coffee from La Colombe and various baked goodies, the culinary program sees a rotation of chic food trucks and on-property pop ups. There is also a courtyard garden with swimming pool where guests can enjoy frozen cocktails.
• 20 rooms (21m2 / 226 sq ft)
• Hotel opened: April 2017
• Architecture: Joel Ross
• Interiors: Nicole Cota Studio
• Bathroom amenities: Aesop
The DNA: After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Jayson Seidman, Zach Kupperman, and Alex Ramirez felt compelled to play their part in the regeneration of New Orleans—a city that has always had a special place in all three of their hearts. Drawing from their experiences in tech start-ups, real estate, finance, law, hospitality, and a number of other fast-paced industries, the trio joined forces—with a little help from the Nicole Cota Studio and branding guru Steven Klein. Inspired by the footloose lifestyle of the Beat Generation's post-war artists and writers, they envisioned a roadside hotspot for the new digital nomads of today, transforming an old abandoned motel into The Drifter. (Made by Originals, Design Hotels™)
✅Free on-site parking.
• downtown New Orleans & French Quarter: 10-minute ride by complimentary Linus bicycles
• Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport: 17-minute drive
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