Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans

One of America’s biggest party towns which has a worldwide reputation for having a joie de vivre quite like no other place on earth, New Orleans bewitches many a traveller who visits this famous Louisiana city. Located on the Mississippi River, the “Big Easy” is a vibrant melting pot with a dizzying array of vibrant cultures and influences including French, African and American. People visit for its unique French colonial architecture, the incredible round-the-clock nightlife, an ultra-lively music scene, its famously spicy cuisine and of course Mardi Gras, which is filled with a colourful riot of costumed parades and street parties. Also, of course, a place dedicated to the making of merriment is going to have some equally fabulously hotels, so for a unique and hip New Orleans stay, here the best cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans (in no particular order)…

Henry Howard Hotel – stylish and quirky Southern charm

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Low-key, laid-back but still very trendy and stylish, the highly rated Henry Howard Hotel is a converted mid-19th-century townhouse, located in the hip Lower Garden District. Immaculate both inside and out, the chic New Orleans hotel impresses with hip monochrome bedrooms complete with four-poster beds (and some have balconies), unique custom and vintage furniture, walls that are adorned with old wind instruments and cute and quirky retro photographs of the owner’s family. The calming, upscale vibe is the perfect retreat from the crazy nightlife of New Orleans. Chock full of Southern charm and hospitality, the staff are friendly and attentive and you will want for nothing here. Whilst there is no kitchen or bar in the hotel itself, the Lower Garden District is full of cosy restaurants and bars all within walking distance.

Loft 523 – ultra hip loft-style suites

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Minimalist loft spaces and cool East Coast charm can be found at the exceptionally rated Loft 523 Hotel, making an interesting chic and sleek contrast to the many more traditional New Orlean hostelries dotted throughout the city. This hip New Orlean abode is housed in a restored warehouse just a short walk from both the famous French Quarter and the Art District, these luxurious lofts are calm and contemporary and some have luscious limestone soaking tubs and the penthouse suites have terraces with ponds, fountains and superb city views! With dark wood furniture, thick rugs on bare floors and low-slung designer bed frames, design-conscious interiors come as standard. There is no restaurant onsite, but the Loft 523 has its own lounge and bar – Gravier Street Social – which serves cool drinks and hot music in the secluded A-List retreat!

  • Prices from $110 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Loft 523 Hotel

Hotel Modern – colourful contemporary boutique

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

A true boutique hotel for urbanites of all ages, the very reasonably priced Hotel Modern is located on St Charles, deep in the heart of the very cool Garden District. Offering a heady mix of eclectic modern design and old world charm, you will sleep well in colourful bedrooms offering cool comfort by the bucket load. Opt for a suite and expect vintage artworks, wet bars and separate seating areas. When the 24-hour party scene gets too much, you can retreat back to this trendy New Orleans hotel to enjoy free WiFi, 42 inch TV’s and iPod docking stations while you catch your breath before your next big adventure in New Orleans. There’s a 24-hour gym but no restaurant onsite, but you only have to step foot outside to be within reach of a never-ending array of bars and eateries, all looking as good as the next!

  • Prices from $70 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Modern

The Saint Hotel – stylish and hip themed fun

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Within walking distance of the famous Bourbon Street in the French Quater, the fabulous and very highly rated 4 star Saint Hotel encourages guests to “play naughtily but sleep saintly”! The upscale interiors at this trendsetting New Orleans Hotel look more like a nightclub than a hotel and offer a truly wonderful mix of crushed velvet, retro furniture and unusual artwork and a cool theme throughout. You can enjoy traditional southern Louisiana food in the aptly named Tempt restaurant, or sip a drink and listen to live jazz music in the Burgundy Bar. The standard guest rooms themselves are just as well designed with cool white linens, oversized leather headboards and marble bathrooms, or – if you really want to get into the whole angels/devils theme that is going on here – you can book the presidential Lucifer Suite with deep red walls (and some glass walls) plenty of black leather and probably the sins of previous occupants too! Just fabulous darling!

  • Prices from $100 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Saint Hotel

Ace Hotel – cool, unique and music themed

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Located in the trendy central Warehouse District, the 4-star much loved Ace Hotel really plays a trump card when it comes to hip hotels. Minimalist digs with more than a touch of Southern Charm makes for low key interiors that ooze a lounge club style. The stylish guest rooms are equally as cool with bespoke bed linens and handcrafted furnishings and many have awesome details like turntables and acoustic guitars. The bi-level suite offers a terrace and a wet bar. The very cool New Orleans Hotel has five chic restaurants to choose including the Josephine Estelle, which has the feel of a French brasserie and serves traditional Amercian fayre and delicious desserts like peanut butter pie budino. The trendy accommodation also has a buzzing bar that stays open until very late and a branch of the ultra-hip Stumptown Coffee for finely crafted hot beverages to perk up flagging tourists. There’s also an onsite cute retro booth, onsite entertainment, a 24 gym and for cooling down there is also a fabulous pool and sundeck up on the roof!

Moxy Hotel – reasonably priced industrial-chic

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Billed by its owners the Marriot Group, as ‘a bar with rooms’ this budget bolthole is a 24-hour drinking den very much designed with the younger demographic in mind. The quirky interiors at the very highly rated Moxy Hotel are perfect for the Instagram generation and the entrance lobby and communal spaces all focus around the bar that is the central hub of this young and funky New Orleans hotel. The rooms are utilitarian but chic and have swapped out wardrobes for pegs and each one comes with more unusual features that will make for great hashtags. The cafe serves coffee and basic snacks, but being located in the Central Business District just a 6-minute from the iconic Bourbon Street you are never going to be far from plenty of great restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There’s also a modern gym, a buzzy cocktail bar and a contemporary, open-plan lounge/library.

  • Prices from $80 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for the Moxy Hotel

Magazine Mansion – quirky and unique comfort

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Set on the corner of the central Magazine St & Felicity St these four eclectically styled units are in a prime location for shopping, dining, and bar hopping, and can sleep you and up to 19 of your nearest and dearest in the sought after Saint Thomas Development. Each unit at the exceptionally rated Magazine Mansion has a private entrance but you can open them up for large group bookings and party your own way in the Big Easy. Cool interiors, a private courtyard with a jacuzzi, TV and BBQ pit makes al fresco dining a breeze, while all units have their own kitchens, Wifi and cable TV. Sip cocktails on the balcony at this trendy New Orleans accommodation before you head on out to explore the French Quarter and Bourbon Street which are just a short cab ride away from Magazine Mansion.

  • Prices from $80 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Magazine Mansion

Hotel Le Marais – funky, modern and colourful

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

A hotel that blurs the line between modern contemporary and hipster retro, the very highly rated Hotel Le Marais located just half a block from iconic Bourbon Street and also very near the historic buildings in Jackson Square is a colourful combination of function and design. With a concept designed to attract a younger, upwardly mobile clientele, it is set back ever so slightly from the bustle of the French Quarter to ensure that millennials on a mission can still enjoy a good nights sleep. Colourful design touches, a purple lobby and black and white wall art give the unique New Orleans hotel an edgy feel without distracting too much from the quality of the trendy accommodation on offer. Breakfast is included, there’s a heated outdoor swimming pool complete with a cool patio bar, a 24-hour gym and a chic lounge with a weekday happy hour.

  • Prices from $120 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Le Marais

Q&C HotelBar – chic and charming boutique

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

A historic building in the heart of the Central Business District, the highly rated Q&C HotelBar which is part of the prestigious Autograph Collection is a beautiful boutique hotel close to the French Quarter. The guest rooms offer old world charm beautifully combined with contemporary lines and all have free WiFi and wall-mounted TV’s as standard, some have feature city skyline views. A chic and trendy New Orleans hotel that works well for business travellers and holidaymakers alike, the Q&C is clean and comfortable with an upmarket ambience. The Q&C Bar serves handmade cocktails and has a daily happy hour, as well as a good selection of light meals and snacks. If you overindulge, the onsite fitness centre is there to help you keep fit while away.

  • Prices from $90 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Q&C HotelBar 

W New Orleans – hip and swish contemporary hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Set back from the main thoroughfares of the French Quarter, this stylish and secluded retreat is a resort location in its own right. The stunning courtyard at the exceptionally rated 4-star W Hotel New Orleans could be anywhere in the world and the cabana laden pool area is the perfect escape from the madness of the Big Easy. The interior is typical of the W hotel group so you know it’s going to pretty swanky. It has a chic artsy vibe with low lighting, funky modern fittings and tech-friendly amenities all come as standard and upgraded rooms include private balconies with hot tubs lit by a chandelier. Although it’s arguably the beautiful French Riviera-inspired courtyard and swimming pool that sets this hotel apart from its contemporaries. With more than a hint of the Mediterranean about the place, the W New Orleans aims to attract younger urban visitors with a fitness centre, SoBou restaurant and craft cocktails in the lively, late-night bar.

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – elegant, hip and arty

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Housed in no less than three restored 19th-century warehouses this is a truly bohemian base in the heart of the hipster adorned Art District. The highly rated Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery combines bohemian beauty with first class facilities. As a cleverly converted 19th-century warehouse, the space at this hip New Orleans abode is designed to offer a creative feel and includes original contemporary works of art throughout. The unusual light fittings, exposed brick and wooden beams, wood flooring and original features give the hotel a modern industrial feel that is unusual to find in a city where the Creole flavour is favoured. Quirky extras like a pillow menu and spiritual books are interesting, as is the Caribbean themed restaurant that serves spicy cuisine to a hip and happening clientele. There’s also a 24-hour gym, renowned dining and a cool onsite bar – not a bad choice at all! 

The Natchez – swish and trendy vacation rentals

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

The Natchez offers a choice of 2, 3, and 4 bedroom suites just steps away from the French Quarter. A 1830s traditional Creole building has been transformed into comfortable, modern New Orleans accommodation that perfectly blends both the old and the new. Exposed brick walls, polished wooden floors and lots of high tech conveniences await guests at The Natchez and all suites come with state of the art kitchens and contemporary interiors. There is also a fabulous heated pool, with both salt and fresh water hot tubs, as well as a sundeck with cabanas for catching your breath when the French Quarter gets too hectic. The highly rated Nachez offers affordable and cleverly crafted self-catering accommodation at the heart of the city.

  • Prices from $200 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Natchez 

Audubon Cottages – oodles of chic period Southern Charm

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

This is an intimate 18th Century Creole Inn located right in the heart of the French Quarter. All seven of the period 19th century 4-star exceptionally rated Audubon Cottages are set around a lush green garden with a stunning saltwater centrepiece, and are so tranquil it is easy to forget that you are just a short walk away from Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Galatoire’s and Lafitte’s, Canal Street, the CBD and the St Charles Streetcar. The unique New Orleans accommodation offers comfortable Creole style interiors full of rich colours, all mod cons mixed with antiques and oil paintings and balconies that overlook the courtyard and a heated outdoor pool. A truly magical place to stay, and one that doesn’t need to offer a bar or restaurant as you only need step outside to find the very best bars and eateries in the city.

  • Prices from $200 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Audubon Cottages

Royal Frenchmen Hotel and Bar – vintage style boutique

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

What was once two Creole townhouses near the fabulous restaurants and music clubs on lively Frenchmen Street is now a luxury boutique hotel with well-appointed guest rooms and real quality feel throughout. The very highly rated Royal Frenchman Hotel has a cool vintage vibe and is adorned with marble floors and a grand staircase, along with leather sofas and velvet easy chairs transform the lobby into an inviting space. Upscale but understated the bedrooms have a traditional feel with Creole artwork adding authenticity. The interior courtyard offers respite from the bustling streets of the Big Easy and is just right for sipping an artisan beer or wine from the cosy Royal Frenchmen cocktail bar.

Catahoula Hotel – sophisticated and hip

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in New Orleans Global Grasshopper

Quirky, stylish and kitsch, the Catahoula is both a boutique hotel and a popular meeting spot for trendy young things meeting up in New Orleans. The cleverly converted 19th-century Creole townhouse offers a lobby that looks like a trendy coffee shop and plenty of brilliantly thought out retro touches. Cosy and cute, and only offering 35 rooms in total, you will feel very much at home in the bedrooms with their blend of traditional exposed brick and contemporary walk-in concrete showers. The Piscobar serves an array of Pisco-based cocktails to both guests and locals, while the Rooftop bar specialises in South American wines and cocktails – yum!

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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