White-washed corridors suddenly lend way to art installations and homages to Bukowski at this subtly hip, mid-sized hotel nestled in the CBD. Each year the hotel invites guests to join in seven seasonal rituals, like Carnival, St. Joseph’s Day, and a celebration of Mary Magdalene. Loa, the award-winning lobby bar, likewise honors a mix of voodoo and local tradition, modern art and style.
The bar and lobby caters to late night revelers, but don't worry: it's a low key atmosphere, and generally not a noisy hotel.
Quality linens and comfortable beds can be expected in each room, and size and decor goes from simple to more adorned as you move from Standard to Suite. Rooms are equipped with iHome stereos, and Apple TV (and cable/movie channels in other rooms) in select "Apple King" rooms.
Aveda products, with deep, full-sized bathtubs (no dinky motel tubs!) or stand in showers.
Spot guests lounging on the ample plush couches in the lounge area, or playing chess at the long work table well into the night. In the mornings, enjoy complimentary fruit and coffee, and lemon water throughout the day.
The spa offers several types of massages, and can arrange yoga sessions for guests.
The gym has a selection of cardio and weight machines, as well as a full size punching bag (ask the desk for boxing gloves).
The hotel is at work on a new dining space.
In a low lit, romantic room off of the lobby, Loa provides multi levels of low cushion seating and tables, voodoo-esque decor and a rare and intriguing liquor selection and cocktail menu. It’s a pleasant atmosphere and drinker’s delight, where bartenders are welcoming from happy hour well into the late hours of the night.
From 4-6 p.m. try Loa's "Early Menu," a seasonal selection of craft cocktails available at a discounted price.
It’s an easy 25-minute trip from the airport to the International House Hotel, and the hotel is located centrally within the CBD, equidistant from galleries and museums and the French Quarter.
The New York street staple Halal Guys (2-minute walk) has an outpost around the block and is great for cheap eats at any hour. Mother's (5-minute walk) is the place for greasy po boys, and Lüke (4-minute walk) for fresh seafood and a burger fix.
When you're sick of craft cocktails, you can head to Barcadia (7-minute walk) for games and a fratty atmosphere, or Lucy's Retired Surfer Club (7-minute walk) for cheap Coronas and people-watching.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It has the convenience of other hotels in this neighborhood, but with its own personality. It's worth coming at a time when you can witness the elaborate altars and decor of one of the seven rituals, and Loa is a bar you'll be glad to have in such close proximity.