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Let the Good Times Roll Inside New Orleans's Most Charming Hotels

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on March 25, 2020

New Orleans’s hospitality scene has been, bar none, one of the best in the country — after all, the Big Easy was home to some of the first luxury hotels in America. Southern charm and European flair coalesce to form exquisite, independent properties that span a majority of the historical French Quarter, but newer properties in neighboring Marigny and Central Business District are catching the attention of guests looking to explore beyond the tourist-infested Quarter. Pin-pointing the best lodgings in the Crescent City is near impossible (hint: they’re all pretty amazing) but these continue to be some of our favorites time and again.

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Revitalize your spirit and elevate relaxation in a room with sophisticated decor, a marble bath and a minibar. Then get fancy pampering at the spa or workout in the fitness center before heading to the rooftop pool to enjoy some stunning river views.

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Polo Club Lounge, jazz performances nightly, The Grill Room

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Located in the Daily Picayune’s former offices in the Central Business District, this historic hotel feels perfectly modern. Red brick and arches mesh with luxurious beds and soaking baths, while the open air courtyard lets you linger over coffee.

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The shiny marble and glittering chandeliers of the grand lobby set the scene for this elegant landmark hotel. Experience Southern hospitality as you chill with a cocktail at The Rooftop Bar and dine in the award-winning Domenica Italian restaurant.

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Sitting in a quiet side street near the French Quarter, this renovated Creole townhouse provides a homely environment with a Peruvian vibe. As the sun goes down, grab a pisco-based cocktail and chill on the rooftop terrace at this city hideaway.

No two rooms are the same at this former church-turned hotel. Canopy beds, clawfoot tubs, thick drapes, monastic oil paintings. and antique fireplaces are only a few of the theatrical elements in area's first boutique. Never kitsch, always elegant.

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This luxury boutique hotel in the scenic Garden District began life as a grand townhouse designed by its namesake. A warm welcome awaits behind the fresh white exterior with front desk staff happy to mix a cocktail while advising on places to visit.

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Make yourself at home in this delightful boutique hotel which has all the appearance of an archetypal 19th century French Quarter mansion. Rooms individually furnished and sporting genuine antiques open onto a walkway that overlooks a lush courtyard.

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