It seems that with each passing week, there’s a new hotel opening in New Orleans. The city—especially the CBD and Lower Garden District—is chock-full of new properties and we’ve got the scoop. From a swanky new hostel to a historic luxury hotel, here are three new properties in NOLA that are sure to fit all budgets.
Located on historic Saint Charles Avenue and steps from the streetcar, The Quisby offers a fresh take on the hostel concept with both shared and private rooms. Opening its doors in January 2017, the 80-year-old former Audubon Hotel has since been restored after a year-long historic restoration. Aesthetics are at the forefront here with custom-made beds by Heinz Gatuschi, an expert woodworker originally from Switzerland whose shop is just a mile from the building. There’s the full, white concrete bar downstairs, molded by James Moulton, a local concrete casting expert. And walls throughout the building feature work by Milagros, a traveling artist collective that stopped in New Orleans to work on The Quisby; Guestroom doors feature hand-stenciled butterfly graffiti by Joseph Konert. The six-person shared room starts at $27 per bed; co-ed or female-only shared quad rooms start at $30 per bed; Private quad rooms start at $115 per room; and you can get a private double at $70 per room. A free breakfast is included.
The Troubadour Hotel
Situated in the CBD, The Troubadour Hotel opened just after the New Year. Here, rooms boast expansive windows with a view, super hip decor with local art, Jonathan Adler bath amenities, and signature seersucker robes. And because it’s New Orleans, the food is fantastic. Chef Phillip Lopez helms the kitchen at Petite Lion, serving everything from buttermilk pancakes with spiced butter and bourbon barrel-aged syrup to Steak Au Poivre-Frites with Calvados apple brandy and Dijon sauce. The rooftop Monkey Board is buzzing, and a great place to grab a cocktail with a view. A DJ spins Tuesday though Saturday. We found room rates on a September weekend for $159 per night.
The NOPSI Hotel in downtown New Orleans stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., and once served as the city’s power and transportation company. After sitting dormant for more than 20 years, the NOPSI has been restored to its current 1920s-era glory. With a stately lobby—often featuring with live entertainment—along with spa suites, a rooftop pool, and a fantastic restaurant and bar, the hotel has become a new luxury option in the city’s Central Business District. What we love: Nods to the original building are everywhere from meeting rooms named after streetcar lines operated by NOPSI to coasters featuring iconic images; and the original payment center remains in what’s dubbed “The Avenue.” Each evening at turndown, guests are gifted menu cards with recipes inspired by an old NOPSI cookbook and a spice pack. Really looking to splurge? The Power Suite is the NOPSI’s version of a Presidential Suite with a wraparound terrace and incredible views of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Rates start at $229 (we found weekend rates in September for $240), and the average room rate is $359.