This quaint hotel in an early 1800s white-columned Victorian is famous for its wide veranda, where visitors come from all over to drink Pimm's cups from the bar while looking out over St. Charles Avenue.
Some features of rooms at this old B&B are more charming (large rooms, antiques, four-poster beds) and some more quirky (shabby carpet, mismatched decor, thin walls). Rooms are priced reasonably for what feels like a uniquely New Orleans experience.
Room 9, and the "Sweetheart Suite" both have private balconies overlooking St. Charles Avenue.
Rooms have small private bathrooms with showers or shower tub combos.
There is a library and several indoor parlors on the ground floor of the hotel, though the veranda is definitely guests' favorite public space at this hotel.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The bar and veranda are public restaurants, and you don't need to stay at The Columns to enjoy these perks.
A full breakfast is complimentary and includes Southern specials like grits and biscuits. Be sure to catch one of the hotel's Sunday Jazz Brunches, a three-course musical affair for $40/person (includes a glass of bubbly).
Guests can book private, catered dinners for events at the hotel.
Driving is manageable in this part of town, with free parking on much of St. Charles and side streets. The St. Charles streetcar passes directly in front of the hotel and will take you Uptown or to the French Quarter.
Experience old school charm and live oyster shucking at Pascal Manale's (11-minute walk). Cavan (11-minute walk) serves inventive local seafood dishes in a restored mansion overlooking Magazine Street.
The Prytania Bar (6-minute walk) is a chill local spot that often hosts live, locally popular musicians. Enjoy specialty cocktails in an intimate, classy environment at Bouligny Tavern (10-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hotel is perfect for guests tired of the typical chain hotel, looking instead for a unique stay and a step back in time. We love the sophisticated hush of St. Charles Avenue in this section of the Garden District, where you can experience a historic neighborhood of lush gardens and gorgeous mansions, with shops, restaurants, and public transportation all conveniently nearby.