Where to Stay in New Orleans

A French Quarter hotel with white-gloved doormen, an office building reimagined as a contemporary-chic stay, and luxury suites once frequented by royals and presidents are all options for visitors spending time in the Big Easy.

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No American city has the architectural diversity of New Orleans, and yet for years the city’s hotels tended to fall into two categories: opulent grande dame (Windsor Court; The Roosevelt) or the mass-market chain—Hiltons, Sheratons. That’s slowly changing as a slate of stylish high-end properties open in restored industrial or commercial buildings in the CBD. International House, in a handsome 1906-built Beaux Arts former bank building started the trend pre-Katrina, but since then the Loews New Orleans (in a former office building) and Old No. 77 & Chandlery (an old tobacco warehouse), have reimagined the possibilities. At the same time those opulent grande dames have had major facelifts—The Roosevelt to the tune of $145 million—while boutique Garden District inns like the new Henry Howard and the renovated Pontchartrain Hotel, and elegant Creole auberges such as Soniat House in the French Quarter, offer necessary alternatives.