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The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in New Orleans

Cameron Todd | December 21, 2017

The best boutique hotels in New Orleans are opulent Garden District mansions, historic French Quarter townhouses, revamped motor motels, chic downtown hideaways, and anything but run-of-the-mill stays.

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Pontchartrain Hotel

Why it made the list

The goal of this St. Charles Avenue hotel's reopening was to honor the spirit of the original 1930s hotel. Each outlet, from the coffee shop to the rooftop bar, includes a funky mix of history and modern design. The parlor to the left of the check-in desk, with its Lil' Wayne portrait framed by florals, velvet and rattan furniture, is a perfect example of the idiosyncratic melding of what the city once was, and is today.

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The Drifter Hotel

Why it made the list

While the Drifter is known around town for its pool parties, gorgeous added details, like the hand-tiled floors the owner picked up from Guadalajara, make this renovated motel a unique, gorgeous boutique stay in its own right. Many nights poolside you can expect avant-garde, close-to-the-local scene entertainment: water ballets, drag fashion shows, DJs, and local food pop-ups.

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Catahoula Hotel

Why it made the list

When the small kitchen isn't dishing out fresh ceviche and plantain chips, it is hosting eclectic local food pop-ups (vegan sushi is our personal favorite). The decor is chic without being overly precious: an old piano, espresso bar, classic French tiled floors, and larger-than-life local art out in the courtyard. The rooftop often hosts movie nights and other fun events with some local flair.

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Henry Howard Hotel

Why it made the list

This mansion includes a mix of historic touches, like original Mardi Gras costume displays, and chic contemporary design, like its signature Magritte-style portraits, making it a nice balance between historic stay and modern boutique. One of the greatest luxuries is donning a waffle robe, offered in every room's armoire, and taking your complimentary morning coffee out to the second floor balcony, where views of the quiet street's live oaks and gorgeous architecture make for a blissful morning ritual.

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