The Vibe: Visual feast.
The Area: Downtown, in the city’s revitalised Arts District – filled with art galleries, fine restaurants, and world-class museums. It is next door to the Ace Hotel, and run and designed by the same group.
The DNA: Maison de la Luz is set in New Orlean’s former Beaux Arts City Hall Annex. Here, classic hospitality, Southern grace and understated elegance meet – revelling in the finest details; from historic grand staircase banisters to silk-tasseled keys and hand-embroidered linens. New Orleans-sourced antiques sit alongside bespoke wallpaper, Christopher Farr x Shamshiri rugs, and art by local artists. Those who choose to rest their heads here will find beauty in the curious, and generous amounts of spirit. Bar Marilou brings the European apéritif culture and warmth of Caribbean spirit and flavour to The Big Easy; French hospitality group Quixotic Projects mixing cocktails with French-inflected fare until late each day.
Suite-Me-Up: The detail-heavy interior design doesn’t stop in the lobby, but extends into the guest rooms and suites. Dark blue fabrics of the bed and armchairs, burned orange oversized rugs, bright daylight and high ceilings. Lampstands made of champagne coups, shower handles a sculpted snake, ice buckets a golden pineapple, the coffee table etched with runes and zodiac signs – and atmospherically spooky artwork.
Seen: Archello, Architectural Digest, dezeen, Wallpaper*, WeHeart
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2020, Wallpaper* Best Urban Hotels 2019
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 67 rooms & suites (35-56m2) (377-603 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 • interior design: Studio Shamshiri • bathroom amenities: custom • parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible