The Vibe: Charm, sophistication and a touch of the unknown.
The Area: On St. Charles Avenue, a grand thoroughfare lined with centuries-old live oaks, ornate mansions of all eras, and the St. Charles streetcar The area, Uptown, is a whole different vibe than downtown and the French Quarter. It’s leafy and quiet and very residential.
The DNA: The first hotel from restaurateur Robert LeBlanc of LeBLANC + SMITH, guests enter the palatial spaces within through wrought iron gates, onto the 19th-century Victorian-era mansion’s expansive brick patio and front porch, before arriving at the lobby; where they’re greeted with an abundance of Southern hospitality and a signature cocktail before checking into their room. Interiors combine moodier themes signature to New Orleans – such as mysticism and the natural world – with distinctive and decadent design touches, dim lighting, dark hues, winding spaces and hidden rooms are de rigueur; adding a true of excitement and mystery to an overwhelmingly luxuriant experience. Outside, an inviting pool and herb garden run adjacent to the outdoor bar area, the perfect space to enjoy the Louisiana sunshine and a cocktail before freshening up and enjoying New Orleans classics at the hotel’s impressive restaurant.
Suite-Me-Up: Climb the red carpeted staircase with its characterful ‘gator to the first floor, where the 14 rooms – complete with essence of whimsy and wonder – are all decorated and furnished independently, highlights including modern soaking tubs, four-poster beds, and photography and artwork. Generally speaking, the rooms are light and elegant with fabrics from House of Hackney, lighting fixtures from Urban Electric, and hand-thrown toiletry holders by Baton Rouge-born ceramicist, Demetria Chappo. Vinyls from famed local record store and neighbour, Peaches Records, await each guest, all based on local legends such as Louis Armstrong, Lil Wayne and the musicians they’ve influenced.
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2021
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 14 rooms • hotel opened: 2020 • interior design: Sara Ruffin Costello • bathroom amenities: Five Wits, Oxalis ✅ free off-site street parking • pets allowed