For years and years, maybe during my formative years, my desire to stay within the thick of things when traveling was of utmost priority. Up until a few years ago, I’ve always gravitated towards the most densely populated part so the city I was traveling to. I wanted to feed off the energy and dart out of the hotel and into the world I was visiting.
It actually doesn’t get any more New Orleans than NOPSI. Short for “New Orleans Public Service, Inc.”, NOPSI was who you paid back in the days for your utility service in Nola. Such an institution for so long! The original 1927 constructed building where folks used to among many other things, pay their utility bills every month, has recently been transformed into one of the cities premier luxury hotels.
In my humble opinion the New Orleans CBD is where it’s at. A resurgance of entertainment in The Civic, The Orpheum, and Saenger Theatres along with developements like South Market District and the like has really helped turn the CBD into a true cosmopolitan destination in town. Just blocks away from the French Quarter and right down the street from my favorite venue, The Orpheum Theater, The Troubadour Hotel (1111 Gravier Street) has become one of the hottest properties as of late. I recently stayed over for a night, and was blown away by how centrally located it was. I caught a show down the street, met some friends at…
There’s really nothing better than a staycation. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I cherish those special Red Bull fueled roadtrips and long flights to places I’ve never been just as much as the next guy, but it’s a staycation that really helps to refresh, renew, and revive, without the ride back. With that said, what better place to stay than in New Orleans. I was thrilled to have recently played tourist in my own little staycation with The Loews Hotel at the foot of Poydras St. (300 Poydras St.) in the heart of, well everything. I have to admit that the staycations I embark on are super special and rid…
Rumors, construction, and total excitement finally led to the opening of The Ace Hotel in New Orleans. It's been a long time coming and we're stoked for it be here.
I was downtown for the weekend mainly because of Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer and for a long time I wanted to stay in the Q&C Hotel/Bar (344 Camp St.). Located in the CBD, and just blocks away from Champion Square, as well as tons of New Orleans attractions, the Q&C proved to be a perfect home base.
We're at an interesting crossroads in New Orleans. Now more than ever, we're starting to see a serious influx of international boutique hotels popping up around town, and more importantly, giving folks a great alternatives to the grand and traditional Nola stalwarts. Brands like Le Meridien and Marriot are doing a fantastic job building out fantastic spaces and offering clean and modern amenities that are meant to full integrate within the culture and community. Located in the CBD, The AC is blocks away from some of the best food in the city as well as walking distance to the center of the French Quarter.
For years, The W Hotel at the end of Poydras (where the French Quarter meets the CBD) was the pinnacle of modern hotels in New Orleans. Don't get me wrong, there are some tremendous modern and chic boutiques around pre-k, but it was SPG's W hotel which ushered in a new modern era. As a city we've evolved since the opening of the W on Poydras and so has SPG's plans for the space.
In my opinion, historically, there’s no other New Orleans hotel more regal in stature than The Hotel Montleone. Of all the historical properties around town, or even in the French Quarter, The Montleone is New Orleans. From the moment I stepped through their storied doors, I was met with comfort and enthusiasm from the staff, and was very well taken care of. For the most part, as a tourist in other cities, I don’t ask for much or for that matter need much. I always had fresh towels and toiletries, never waited more than a few minutes for my vehicle when I needed it, and the high speed wireless internet was…
Of all the addresses in the city, Lee Circle is quite possibly one of New Orleans most interesting and cherished spots. The Circle is home to one of the best views of carnival as well as one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in town. In the center of it all is The Hotel Modern which has become just as much a landmark property as The Roosevelt Hotel or The Monteleone. What The Hotel Modern lacks in capacity and age, it makes up for it in it's millennial approach to everything they do.