The Whitney Hotel
610 Poydras St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, USA
This boutique hotel just far enough away from Bourbon street mixes modern comfort with the best features of its historical 1909 Whitney Bank Building. Business travelers will enjoy conferring in the Vault Board Room, the old bank vault now converted into a meeting space.
Gilded picture frames and gold curtains compliment the bank's original features, and pillow top mattresses and ergonomic chairs provide comfort in all rooms.
Bathrooms have marble counter tops and bath/shower combinations.
The original bank features, like crown moldings, soaring ceilings, and marble floors give the lobby a unique, but business-like feel.
There is a small fitness center with a few cardio and weight machines.
Sadly, while the hotel once had a section of the bank's old lobby converted into a beautiful restaurant and bar, it is currently between restaurants. The hotel still offers a light (complimentary) continental breakfast.
It's easy to get around this section of town, that's busy while still being quieter than other sections of the CBD, or the French Quarter. There is a streetcar a few blocks away on St. Charles that goes Uptown or to Canal Street, and it's easy to catch cabs from Poydras Street.
Company Burger (7-minute walk) is one of the best burger spots in the city and a local favorite. Maypop (8-minute walk) serves up inventive Southeast Asian-inspired small plates, and when you need a break from the typical New Orleans indulgences, The Daily Beet (8-minute walk) has fresh juices, veggie bowls, and other healthy vegan fare.
Ace Hotel New Orleans (4-minute walk) is a popular nightlife spot in the neighborhood, for music, cocktails and more, and The Little Gem Saloon (7-minute walk) has live jazz or local music most nights. From March through May, there is free live music at Lafayette Square (2-minute walk) every Wednesday, with a selection of food and drink vendors.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel is renovated for modern comfort, but still maintains the majesty of its original historic building. If you're here for business or pleasure, this is a unique, comfortable stay in a calmer area than the French Quarter or closer to Canal Street.
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