Fodor's Expert Review The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
535 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, USA See on Map
Simple and elegant, Old No. 77 is a boutique hotel with a world-class restaurant. The hotel is located inside an 1854 warehouse and former chandlery, and mixes industrial touches with modern decor, hosts unique artwork and local collaborations, and serves fine food, coffee, and cocktails.
Details from the building's original purpose as a warehouse carry over into the hotel: some quirky, like creaking floors, winding hallways, and varying room size, and some quaint, like high ceilings and exposed brick in every room. Decor and artwork are understated and tasteful, and furniture is modern and clean, overall leading rooms to feel large and pleasant. For $500 a night, book an Artist’s Loft: spacious, select suites where artwork and decor are curated by a local artist.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Certain guests will find it unnerving that a number of rooms in this hotel do not have windows. While advertised at the lowest rate as “Sleep Late!” rooms that could appeal to some, request a window when making your reservation if it’s a deal breaker for you.
Bathrooms come with hotel’s signature amenities. A basic queen room has a walk-in shower, and deluxe rooms come with a choice of walk-in shower or tub.
The lobby features the best of the former warehouse's architecture, with soaring ceilings and plenty of natural light. Adjacent to Tout La, the coffee bar, you’ll find pleasant, modern seating, and work areas. The chandlery stays true to its name, with a unique lobby shop selling boutique items (candles, soap, jewelry, and clothing) from local vendors.
There is a small fitness center, with a treadmill, bike, a few Precor machines, and other workout essentials.
Since opening in 2015 , Compere Lapin has consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in New Orleans. The menu combines flavors from Chef Nina Compton’s St. Lucia home with sophistication and flair that Compton picked up over the years as a gourmet restaurateur and Top Chef contestant (and runner up). Among favorite menu items are the curried goat with sweet potato gnocchi and the conch croquettes. Tout La, to the right of check-in, offers good coffee, fresh pastries, and light breakfast options throughout the day.
The hotel offers several packages, including a "Dine at Compere Lapin" special, where guests can purchase a $75 giftcard to the restaurant while booking their room at a slightly discounted rate.
The Compere Lapin bar is an inviting place to sip craft cocktails, sample bites from the kitchen, or cap off your night, though the bar area can get busy and noisy during restaurant hours. Bartenders here are inventive and knowledgeable.
Venture on foot and you can’t go wrong, with the french quarter a 10-minute walk, the Marigny 15 minutes, and the Bywater just beyond that, or the CBD and Lower Garden District in the other direction. There are plenty of Ubers and cabs to find in front of the hotel, and valet parking service.
Carmo (6-minute walk) is a local favorite for casual vegan and fresh tropical fare, and Peche (6-minute walk) has the best raw oysters you might find in the city. The Argentine steakhouse La Boca (5-minute walk) is excellent for atmosphere, malbec, and meat.
It’s a 15-minute walk down Magazine Street to cross the CBD into the Lower Garden District. Here you’ll find a few great local bars like Barrel Proof, with its extensive whiskey collection and delicious food pop-ups, Courtyard Brewery, a small, fun-packing beermaker with a courtyard seating area, and Bakery Bar, serving some of the city’s best dessert—and pretty fine cocktails, too.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We like a hotel with a personality, and this one has it: Compere Lapin is nothing like hotel dining you’re used to, and the architecture, art and decor throughout the space have unique touches, from historic significance to modern style. The hotel’s support of the arts is more than surface-level: No. 77 hosts several programs supporting local arts including NOCCA, the city's not-for profit arts school, even featuring artwork from NOCCA students throughout the lobby and rooms. Every July, the hotel hosts a residency, inviting an out-of-town artist to stay, create, and display their works at the hotel.
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