The 16 best hotels in New Orleans

Affectionately called the Big Easy, the city of New Orleans pulses with energy at every turn. From the French Quarter to the Garden District to the Tremé, New Orleans’ neighborhoods have their unique personalities. Each offers so many sights and activities it’s impossible to fit them all into a travel guide.

Then there’s the food. New Orleans’ culinary scene is full of delicious food showcasing a slew of Cajun, Creole and classic Southern dishes. It celebrates the city’s rich history, and you can taste it in every bite.

Unsurprisingly, hotels in New Orleans are equally as memorable. Accommodations here are exactly what you’d expect to find in a city brimming with culture, character and charm.

Whether you’re after a quirky boutique hotel with local flair or a chic outpost of a big-name brand, New Orleans’ accommodations have you covered. These are the best hotels in New Orleans — and what you can expect at each.

Hotel Monteleone

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Travelers who like to see for themselves whether hotels are haunted.

Why stay here: Home to a one-of-a-kind rotating bar and frequent reports of poltergeist sightings, this historic French Quarter hotel is unlike any other.

Best way to book: Book Hotel Monteleone directly through the hotel’s website for special rates, including reduced rates for I Prefer Hotel Rewards members.

Opened in 1886, Hotel Monteleone claims to be one of New Orleans’ last great family-run hotels. Less than a block from lively Bourbon Street, this Preferred Hotels-affiliated property gives guests easy access to many of the contemporary attractions and amenities for which this city is known. It doesn’t forget about its storied past, though.

The interior remains distinctly baroque in style. Details like crown molding, chandeliers and matching patterned fabrics on beds and draperies are on display in the 522 guest rooms and suites. Modern-day comforts like Keurig coffee makers, minifridges and plush bathrobes are also available, should you crave a few contemporary amenities when you travel. Splurge on one of the Literary Suites to sleep in a space that draws inspiration from famous American authors — such as Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner — with ties to the hotel.

Outside the rooms, you’ll find one of New Orleans’ quirkiest attractions: a rotating carousel bar. The first and only rotating bar in the Big Easy, this watering hole is a popular spot for both guests and tourists staying elsewhere. So, aim to arrive early if you want to sip your Sazerac or Pimm’s Cup from one of the 25 coveted bar seats. For more substantial fare, sit for a meal at Criollo Restaurant, where seasonal Southern dishes are on the menu.

If you are interested in the paranormal, be on the lookout for spooky encounters during your stay. Hotel Monteleone is considered one of New Orleans’ top haunted hotels. Visitors have reported locked doors opening and shutting on their own, elevators stopping on the wrong floors and apparitions of former guests appearing by rooms where they died.

Rates at Hotel Monteleone start at $239 per night.

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The Pontchartrain Hotel

Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Second- or third-time visitors who don’t mind staying outside the French Quarter.

Why stay here: The Pontchartrain Hotel’s location in the placid Garden District allows guests to explore another side of New Orleans without sacrificing history and charm.

Best way to book: Book The Pontchartrain Hotel directly through the hotel’s website for the best rates.

Occupying a former luxury apartment building from the 1920s, The Pontchartrain Hotel is a charming place to hang your hat in the quaint Garden District. The 106-room hotel’s decor complements the building’s 1920s facade through details such as rich fabrics in jewel tones, crystal chandeliers and old-fashioned room keys with red tassels.

Rooms continue the traditional, elevated design while drawing inspiration from the hotel’s surroundings. An array of colors, including black, mint green, pale pink and red, appear on everything from the walls to draperies to furnishings; the colors are a nod to the city’s Spanish-French roots and the Garden District’s romantic Spanish moss-draped trees and palms. In-room amenities include reading nooks, desks and Le Labo toiletries.

On-site amenities are limited, but guests can access a few food and beverage outlets. The Bayou Bar might remind travelers of the Prohibition era, as it’s adorned with dark wood and a piano. Jack Rose, the hotel’s only full-service restaurant, brings you closer to the 21st century with a painting of famous New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne pictured with a tie and a piece of cake. There’s also the rooftop bar, Hot Tin, which has strong cocktails and panoramic city views; at Silver Whistle Café, early morning essentials like coffee and pastries are available.

Rates at The Pontchartrain Hotel start at $169 per night.

The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Central Business District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Hilton Honors loyalists who enjoy modern decor and hipster vibes.

Why stay here: The Troubadour Hotel’s location in the central business district allows travelers to experience a real reprieve from the energy of the French Quarter at the end of the day.

Best way to book: Book The Troubadour Hotel directly through Hilton’s website to earn and redeem points and enjoy elite benefits.

Situated in New Orleans’ central business district, The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans is a clean, modern hotel that offers proximity to the bustling French Quarter neighborhood without sitting directly in the action.

Bookable with Hilton Honors points, this Tapestry Collection property is made for cool, trend-following travelers who desire modern yet timeless accommodations. All 184 rooms and suites pay homage to the art deco style and the 1970s through a mix of warm wood and leather furnishings, colorful local artwork, denim blue-hued headboards, throw blankets and carpets.

When you’re not mixing up a drink with ingredients from the in-room cocktail kit, head to the laid-back Troubadour Lounge & Listening Room to hear some tunes and chill out while sipping a beverage. There’s also the rooftop bar, Ingenue, where classic cocktails like peach bellinis, mojitos and Palomas come with a fresh twist.

A 24-hour fitness center is also available on-site, should you wish to maintain your fitness regimen during your stay.

Rates at The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans start at $114 or 35,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

The Windsor Court

Warehouse Arts District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Travelers looking for a bit of history who value classic luxury.

Why stay here: The Windsor Court is a great option for travelers who demand high levels of service.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits. You can also reserve through American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts for value-added benefits like upgrades and late checkout based on availability, plus on-property statement credits.

One of the most interesting facets of The Windsor Court is its art collection, worth more than $10 million, which is displayed throughout the property. However, this impressive feature is only one of many reasons to visit this luxurious hotel.

Found in downtown’s central business district, this member of the Preferred Hotels family offers all kinds of upscale amenities. This includes a tranquil rooftop pool, a well-equipped fitness center, concierge service that’s practically guaranteed to get you a reservation at any restaurant in town and a full-service spa with customized facials designed by biomedical expert Augustinus Bader. Even pooches and felines are cared for when they stay thanks to the property’s Pampered Pets Program; it spoils four-legged friends with perks like plush beds.

The 316 guest rooms and suites are also well appointed; they offer dark wood furnishings, floral prints on curtains and throw pillows, finely patterned taupe carpeting and pops of pale blue throughout. All accommodations come with fully stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms, plus private balconies or bay windows with views of the Mississippi River or the city skyline.

As for dining, you’ll find three restaurants on-site: The Grill Room (which serves American cuisine), The Polo Club (with elevated pub fare and live jazz music) and the seasonal Pool Bar (where salads, sandwiches and frozen cocktails are on the menu). A salon serving afternoon tea on weekends and a grab-and-go cafe with caffeinated beverages, homemade sweet treats and more are also available.

Rates at The Windsor Court start at $305 per night.

One11 Hotel

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Staying in the French Quarter but far enough away from the action to feel like you’re getting a break from the party vibe.

Why stay here: One11 Hotel is an inexpensive lodging option that still has charm, comfort and a sense of place.

Best way to book: Book One11 Hotel directly through the hotel’s website for the best rates.

One of the newest hotels in the French Quarter, One11 Hotel offers the perfect blend of solitude and convenience. This boutique property has a phenomenal location at the eastern end of the lively French Quarter neighborhood. It gives guests enough peace and quiet to get a restful night’s sleep without keeping them too far away from the action on Bourbon Street.

Housed in a former sugar warehouse, the decor combines contemporary design with original features. Each of the 83 guest rooms and “sweets” (a playful nod to the property’s history) has a neutral color scheme that lets original details — like exposed brick walls, high beamed ceilings and natural timber pillars — shine. Expect modern essentials like glass walk-in showers, flat-screen TVs and pillow-top mattresses.

For a boutique hotel, One11 Hotel offers quite a few property amenities. A courtyard with a fire pit and pool is available for lounging. Additionally, guests can venture eight stories up to the rooftop terrace for incredible views of the neighborhood and the Mississippi River. Visitors can enjoy complimentary access to a fitness center located across the street.

When you start to get hunger pangs, head to the first-floor Batture Bistro + Bar, which serves New Orleans-inspired fare for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Small plates and cocktails are available later in the day as well for those who need some sustenance after a day of exploring the French Quarter.

Rates at One11 Hotel start at $199 per night.

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The Higgins Hotel New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton

Warehouse Arts District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Visitors checking out The National WWII Museum and other local museums while in town.

Why stay here: This is a comfortable hotel for travelers who are more interested in New Orleans’ museums than its nightlife.

Best way to book: Book The Higgins Hotel directly through Hilton’s website to earn and redeem Hilton Honors points and enjoy elite benefits.

If you’re planning to visit The National WWII Museum (or another attraction in the Warehouse Arts District), The Higgins Hotel New Orleans should be on the top of your hotel list. This Curio Collection property, named after a local entrepreneur who built more than 20,000 boats used during World War II, is the official hotel of The National WWII Museum. It features art deco decor inspired by the time period. In addition to The National WWII Museum, it sits within walking distance of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, making it an ideal spot for museumgoers.

The Higgins is also only about a mile from Bourbon Street’s bars and restaurants, though its drinking and dining establishments are worth sticking around for. Rosie’s on the Roof serves up city views and delectable small plates like crab beignets, while the French-inspired Café Normandie is open daily for breakfast and lunch. Additional options include Kilroy’s Bar & Lounge, a terrific spot for happy hour, and Provisions, a grab-and-go cafe with drinks, sandwiches and salads.

Once you’ve satiated your appetite, retreat to your room or suite. All 230 accommodations offer at least 360 square feet of space and come equipped with minifridges, 55-inch TVs, walk-in showers and custom linens with red, white and blue piping. Book one of three suites named after former presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt to enjoy extras like a spacious terrace, a kitchenette, a soaking tub and an entrance foyer.

Rates at The Higgins Hotel New Orleans start at $141 or 38,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Maison de la Luz

Warehouse Arts District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Travelers who value a sophisticated vibe and high-end design.

Why stay here: Maison de la Luz is a destination in and of itself, transporting guests to a new experience in each custom-designed room.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits. You can also reserve through American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts for value-added benefits like upgrades and late checkout based on availability, plus on-property statement credits.

With just 67 rooms and suites, Maison de la Luz feels more like an intimate guesthouse than a traditional hotel you’d find in any city in America.

Every corner and detail has a thoughtful design, with an eclectic mix of decor styles combined to a beguiling effect. The concierge desk looks like a 1920s Hollywood movie palace concessions counter; the Breakfast Room is flooded with light that sets the royal blue furnishings and blue palm wallpaper off to dazzling effect. The Living Room lounge is a snapshot of a vintage Egyptian hotel lobby with bold patterned rugs, African-inspired wall art and brass chandeliers with pink shades.

Spacious guest rooms are just as thoughtfully adorned as the rest of the property, with wavy, blue headboards, various mismatched light fixtures and huge windows that let ample light pour in. Room rates also cover several extra touches, including a daily pot of coffee, a carafe of filtered water and a post-breakfast glass of iced tea; a nightly wine and cheese reception; concierge service; and use of a pool and gym at the adjacent Ace Hotel New Orleans.

On-site dining options are limited but include 24-hour room service as well as buffet and a la carte breakfast options at the aptly named Breakfast Room. Guests also enjoy priority access to neighboring establishments like Bar Marilou, Josephine Estelle and Three Keys, so don’t be afraid to ask the concierge to put your name on the list. You’re a guest, after all.

Rates at Maison de la Luz start at $280 per night.

The Chloe

Uptown, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: A second or third trip to New Orleans where you don’t mind sacrificing proximity to tourist-filled neighborhoods like the French Quarter.

Why stay here: Set a few miles away from the French Quarter and the Garden District, The Chloe is a boutique hotel full of New Orleans character.

Best way to book: Book The Chloe directly on the hotel’s website for the best rates.

Housing only 14 rooms, The Chloe exudes New Orleans charm from the moment you arrive. Occupying a 19th-century mansion, the hotel displays (and sells) all kinds of local art and sundries to bring more genuine flair.

The hotel is dated, but in many ways that also makes it feel like a home away from home. There are rich green walls and busy fleur-de-lis bar stools in the lobby bar; meanwhile, blush pink walls, upholstered booths with vibrant floral patterns and an assortment of hanging plants await patrons in the property’s Creole restaurant. A classic pool bar with a beachy blue exterior, wicker barstools, wooden accents and a collection of straw hats is also available by the small outdoor pool.

The guest rooms offer simpler (yet stylish) designs that are mostly white with pops of blue or black. While each room category is slightly different in appearance, all come equipped with locally sourced touches like record players with vinyl records, handwoven robes, chocolates, bath salts and oils. Breakfast is complimentary every day as well.

Rates at The Chloe start at $319 per night.

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Warehouse Arts District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Creatives who want to kick back after meetings.

Why stay here: Ace Hotel’s intentionally austere design is blunt but adds a unique aesthetic to the city’s sometimes overwrought hotel scene.

Best way to book: Book Ace Hotel New Orleans directly through the hotel’s website for the best rates.

The vibe at Ace Hotel New Orleans is trendy, hip, mature and, some might say, ascetic. It might not have the bold colors or plush fabrics of some other hotels on this list, but its affordable price point and pared-down design draw many visitors.

The hotel is home to a second-floor gym and Three Keys, a music venue where you can listen to live jazz, rock and blues performances. The Ace also features five dining outlets, including one in Alto — a rooftop garden with a heated pool, fire pits and lounge chairs for enjoying cocktails and small plates. Additionally, guests can head to Lovage for drinks and pastries on the go, the lobby bar, a seafood-focused eatery and Josephine Estelle, which dishes up Southern cuisine with an Italian twist.

Inside the 234 rooms and suites (which are all pet-friendly), you’ll discover boho-chic midcentury modern furniture, plus large windows and moody black, gray and brown color schemes. Standard amenities include wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, custom bathrobes, Smeg refrigerators and fully stocked minibars with local treats. Music lovers will want to pay extra for a suite, as they’re also outfitted with Martin guitars and turntables with various vinyl records.

Rates at Ace Hotel New Orleans start at $144 per night.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Luxury travelers who want to close to the French Quarter but also seek peace and quiet.

Why stay here: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans seamlessly blends historical New Orleans character with modern luxury.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits. You can also reserve through American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts for value-added benefits like upgrades and late checkout based on availability, plus on-property statement credits.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is located on Canal Street, just one block from the French Quarter. Housed in the former Maison Blanche building, this Marriott outpost wows with its beaux-arts design. Resembling the Garden District’s pre-Civil War mansions, the property is packed with eye-catching details, ranging from marble floors and ornate chandeliers in the tall, light-filled lobby to verdant plants surrounding a bubbling fountain in the tranquil courtyard.

Unsurprisingly, amenities here aim to attract guests who prefer the finer things in life but still want a taste of New Orleans while on-site. The property is home to the largest spa in the city. You’ll find a whopping 20 treatment rooms for locally inspired spa services such as the Voodoo Ritual and a couples package that incorporates coffee and praline (two New Orleans staples). Additionally, guests can enjoy farm-to-table fare at the fine dining restaurant M Bistro, or enjoy cocktails or afternoon tea in the elegant Davenport Lounge.

As for accommodations, you’ll have your pick of 527 rooms and suites that continue the luxe New Orleans theme. The decor varies by room category, but expect Big Easy touches like headboards with accents that resemble fleurs-de-lis as well as vibrant throw pillows and curtains in Mardi Gras-appropriate colors. Some suites have balconies or terraces overlooking the Mississippi River; others have exclusive access to a lounge with concierge services and culinary offerings throughout the day.

Rates at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans start at $264 or 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Hotel Saint Vincent

Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Design lovers looking for bold decor.

Why stay here: Despite being one of the oldest hotels in New Orleans, Hotel Saint Vincent celebrates the city’s eccentric side with a modern design that’s both memorable and hard to miss.

Best way to book: Book Hotel Saint Vincent directly through the hotel’s website for the best rates.

Opened as an orphanage in 1861, Hotel Saint Vincent invites guests to branch out beyond the elegant, traditional decor commonly found in Garden District accommodations. The property’s interior is not for the faint of heart. Guests will either love or hate the pink tiled bathrooms and bright, kaleidoscopic wallpaper — it’s retro, 1970s style at its boldest.

The 75 rooms are on the small side: Measurements start at 252 square feet for basic Crescent King rooms and measure no more than 589 square feet for the largest suite available, the Mary Suite. However, they come with all the essentials, including walk-in showers, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Plus, some offer private furnished verandas or direct access to the hotel’s courtyard, where the pool and pool bar are located.

When you’re not taking a dip in or lounging by the small outdoor pool, browse the local textiles and jewelry sold at the ByGeorge New Orleans Boutique. Or, head to the guest-only Chapel Club lounge for drinks.

To satiate your appetite, enjoy pastries and specialty dishes like dumplings and noodles at Elizabeth Street Café, a French-Vietnamese eatery. There’s also the signature San Lorenzo restaurant, where menu items combine Italian and New Orleans flavors.

Rates at Hotel Saint Vincent start at $224 per night.

The Eliza Jane – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Warehouse Arts District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Travelers who prefer boutique hotels with a hint of history.

Why stay here: The Eliza Jane not only sits in a great location but also offers distinctive decor that makes it feel more like a stylish friend’s house than a hotel.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits. You can also reserve through American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts for value-added benefits like upgrades and late checkout based on availability, plus on-property statement credits.

This Hyatt property — part of the brand’s Unbound Collection — is conveniently located in the Warehouse Arts District, placing guests just two blocks away from the bustling French Quarter. Situated inside seven historic warehouses that once housed local businesses like the Gulf Baking Soda company and The Daily Picayune newspaper, The Eliza Jane is named for Eliza Jane Nicholson — The Daily Picayune’s first female publisher.

Several parts of the 196-room property pay homage to the building’s rich history. At The Press Room — the hotel’s lobby lounge full of antique typewriters and original architectural details — guests can ease into their day with a cup of coffee and a newspaper; or, they can mix and mingle while enjoying snacks and cocktails. Couvant, The Eliza Jane’s signature restaurant, also takes cues from its past: It serves French-inspired specialties in a dining room full of art from the Peychaud Cocktail Bitters factory that once occupied the space.

Beyond the food and beverage outlets, visitors can access a 24-hour fitness center with various machines, including a Peloton bike. The property also sports a charming courtyard with a gas lantern and a bubbling fountain as well as a small business center with a tablet, printer and fax machine.

Given the array of structures that comprise the property, each accommodation features a unique design and layout. However, there are a few commonalities, including bathrooms with white subway tiles, tufted leather headboards, polished brass fixtures, and accent walls or furnishings with floral prints and patterns. Some rooms and suites also have exposed brick walls (painted or in their natural state) and wooden beams.

Rates at The Eliza Jane start at $146 or 12,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

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Kimpton Hotel Fontenot

Warehouse Arts District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Spacious guest rooms and affordable pricing without sacrificing personality.

Why stay here: Health-conscious travelers and those with pets will enjoy the property’s complimentary wellness amenities and lack of a pet fee.

Best way to book: Book the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot directly through IHG’s website to earn or redeem points and take advantage of elite benefits.

Kimpton Hotel Fontenot brings IHG’s whimsy brand to the up-and-coming Warehouse Arts District — and it’s pet-friendly to boot. Like other Kimpton properties, this New Orleans location’s nightly rates cover all kinds of amenities, including use of in-room yoga mats, a 24-hour fitness center and loaner bikes, plus a wine reception every evening.

Guest rooms and suites here are spacious and stunning, offering light and airy interiors with pops of light blue and pale pink; the metal and wicker beds are dressed in Frette linens, and the curvaceous art deco-inspired chaise lounges are upholstered in velvet. The 202 accommodations also come outfitted with minibars stocked with local items, plush bathrobes, Bluetooth speakers and Atelier Bloem toiletries.

The gorgeous design continues in the two on-site bars. The ornately decorated Peacock Room bar serves craft cocktails and small plates like local oysters and chorizo-stuffed dates in a chic space; its murals and deep blue banquettes nod to its namesake bird. Meanwhile, Gospel Coffee and Boozy Treats is an interesting take on the typical cafe: You can add a shot of alcohol to any menu item, whether you enjoy it in the cool black-and-white space or take it to go.

Rates at the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot start at $128 or 23,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans

Central Business District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Travelers who want the upscale amenities of a Four Seasons hotel and a dose of genuine Southern hospitality.

Why stay here: A stylish hotel in downtown New Orleans, the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans is a fantastic option for travelers who appreciate the finer things in life.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits. You can also reserve through American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts for value-added benefits like upgrades and late checkout based on availability, plus on-property statement credits.

Originally home to the World Trade Center and International Trade Mart, the 34-story Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans now welcomes guests interested in enjoying all New Orleans has to offer. Inside the historic modernist building — designed by highly regarded architect Edward Durell Stone to commemorate New Orleans’ 250th anniversary in 1968 — visitors will find 341 accommodations, 61 of which are suites.

The modernist decor is a breath of fresh air that contrasts nicely with both the city’s 19th-century character and the more classic look of other luxury hotels in the area. Each spacious room offers at least 438 square feet of elbow room, plus a clean, bright look; decor includes white shiplap walls, a light gray chaise, blond wood furnishings and a bathroom covered in marble. All have walk-in showers, Nespresso coffee makers, iPads for service requests and minibars stocked with a selection of soft drinks, wine and snacks; select upgraded accommodations also come with freestanding bathtubs and walk-in closets.

Even the pickiest of eaters will find plenty to enjoy here. The hotel has two restaurants to choose from, including Miss River — which serves elevated New Orleans fare like blackened snapper with creamy rutabaga and pecan chimichurri — and Chemin à la Mer — where patrons can savor a variety of Louisiana-inspired dishes while taking in picturesque views of the Mississippi River. The Chandelier Bar, a chic lobby-level hangout, is also available for classic New Orleans cocktails and gourmet snacks such as caviar, duck liver pate and fried oysters, among other options.

For even more pampering, head to the hotel’s spa, which houses a sauna and a steam room. No visit would be complete without a dip in the crescent-shaped pool on the hotel’s fifth floor.

Rates at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans start at $355 per night.

Hotel Peter & Paul

Marigny, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Vacationers who prefer quirky accommodations and don’t need standard hotel facilities like a gym or spa.

Why stay here: Hotel Peter & Paul is unique in that it occupies a renovated Catholic complex that includes a former convent and an old schoolhouse.

Best way to book: Book Hotel Peter & Paul directly through the hotel’s website for the best rates.

The cheekily named Hotel Peter & Paul is housed in a renovated complex featuring a former church, schoolhouse, convent and rectory. It gives guests the unique opportunity to sleep in a one-of-a-kind apostolic hotel. The 71 rooms are just as eclectic as the Maligny neighborhood in which the property resides, offering old-fashioned details fitting of a converted church.

No two rooms are the same, but you can expect to find traditional touches such as plaid textiles in yellow, green, red or blue hues, black rotary phones and antique furnishings perfectly polished to make any sexton proud. Know, though, that entry-level rooms are tiny, with some only measuring 200 square — enough space to squeeze in a set of twin bunk beds or a full or queen-size bed.

For more elbow room when you’re not sleeping, visit The Elysian Bar. Open daily for breakfast and dinner, the eatery offers an assortment of pastries and caffeinated beverages in the morning; it transforms into a sit-down establishment at night. Highlights from the dinner menu include oven-roasted beef bone marrow and roasted Gulf shrimp with Calabrian chile butter.

Rates at Hotel Peter & Paul start at $159 per night.

Henry Howard Hotel

Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Best for: Minimalist design but high style in the genteel Garden District.

Why stay here: This intimate property is made for travelers who like a boutique hotel that doesn’t skimp on style.

Best way to book: Book the Henry Howard Hotel directly through the hotel’s website for the best rates.

This townhouse-turned-boutique hotel, the Henry Howard Hotel, sits in the verdant Garden District. Unlike other properties in the neighborhood, you’ll discover a mishmash of styles here. This includes everything from Greek Revival elements (think: tall columns and crisp white paint) on the facade to a parlor with Italianate details (like an ornate chandelier and period-appropriate furnishings). Yet despite the blending of styles, every aspect of the property somehow works together.

Inside the 18 rooms, you’ll find a mix of modern and vintage furniture atop hardwood floors. Accent walls with patterned wallpaper depict city scenes and brass instruments serve as wall art. The compact but beautiful bathrooms have pedestal sinks and Beekman 1802 Fresh Air bath products.

Property amenities are limited, but guests can relax in the parlor, on the front porch or in the courtyard when they’re ready to venture outside their rooms. Coffee, pastries and cocktails are available daily in the parlor.

Rates at the Henry Howard Hotel start at $179 per night.