Fodor's Expert Review Pelham Hotel

444 Common St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, USA See on Map

Cameron Todd

A small, pleasant hotel with a green marble lobby and quaint 19th century features throughout. The Pelham offers the convenience of a close location to the French Quarter, casino, and riverfront, with out the madness or crowds of a larger hotel.


Rooms are cozy with period piece decor, gold-rimmed mirrors, exposed brick, and four-poster beds. Many rooms have large windows looking out onto the street.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Most "Interior" rooms do not have windows. While some guests might find it helps sleep off a long night on Bourbon Street, specifically request a room with windows if this is a problem for you.


Bathrooms have generously sized shower heads, large mirrors, and marble vanities.


Chandeliers, marble floors, and slightly odd historic portraits decorate a small parlor area in the lobby.


Popular local brunch chain The Ruby Slipper Cafe serves breakfast and lunch on the lower level.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Many restaurants in the immediate area, including Ruby Slipper, cater to a business lunch crowd and close at 2 p.m.


There's no bar in the hotel, but Ruby Slipper can help you out with Bloody Marys and brunch cocktails.


Getting Around

Both the St. Charles and Canal Street streetcar lines are about a block away, and can transport you to other neighborhoods like Uptown, Garden District, and Mid City. The hotel is also a little less than a mile from the Union Train and Greyhound bus stations.


Commerce Restaurant (3-minute walk) serves Southern comforts and classic diner specials, and John Besh's August (2-minute walk) still deserves its reputation as the finest French cuisine in the city.


There are quite a few drinking options while you gamble at Harrah's (4-minute walk). Compere Lapin (6-minute walk) has a chic, welcoming bar for enjoying a martini or one of the bartender's delicious inventions.


It's a great bargain for the location, and a nice break from the typical chain hotel.


Local Flavor


Phones: 504-522–4444;888-856–4486

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