With a reputation as the party capital of the USA, New Orleans attracts plenty of tourists from all around the country and the world. Younger crowds come here to have a blast with their friends, and older crowds come to indulge in the city’s wonderful jazz music scene, diverse and intriguing history, and top-rated Southern cuisine.
If you’re going to a city like New Orleans, known for its hospitality and energy, you should pick a cozy, comfortable hotel geared towards your needs for your stay.
To help you decide which places to book, here is a list of the top boutique hotels in New Orleans.
1. Maison Dupuy Hotel
If you want a boutique hotel with a luxurious feel but affordable prices, check out the Maison Dupuy Hotel. This hotel gets top marks for location, as it’s right in the French Quarter just two blocks from Bourbon Street. However, the hotel itself is just as great, with ultra-comfortable beds and HD TVs in the rooms, as well as a heated pool and wonderful restaurant (Bistreaux) downstairs.
2. International House
When you’re in New Orleans, you want a hotel from which its easy to head out on the town, and the International House provides exactly that for its guests. Bars, restaurants, and live music venues surround this hotel in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The International House also takes care to pamper its guests with yoga classes, massages, and a fully equipped spa. End your day with a nightcap at Loa Bar, a chill lounge in the hotel lobby.
3. Lafayette Hotel
You will get extra special attention from the staff at the Lafayette Hotel, since the building boasts only 44 rooms and a membership in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Association. The hotel is close to Bourbon Street, and the owners have gone the extra mile to sound proof the rooms, so guests can enjoy the central location without the accompanying noise when they want to rest. If you want access to New Orleans and top-notch service, book a stay at the Lafayette Hotel, especially if you want to bring your family pet along (pets under 50 pounds are allowed in the rooms).
4. Blake Hotel New Orleans
For visitors who want to explore New Orleans’ historic and cultural side, book a room at the Blake Hotel New Orleans. You will be just steps away from Lafayette Square and St. Patrick’s Church. This family friendly hotel provides a fitness center, restaurant, café and bar for all its guests, and allows pets. Enjoy the free WiFi so you can stay up to date on business matters, while the kids entertain themselves with the iPod docking stations and LCD TVs in the room.
5. Whitney Hotel in New Orleans
The Whitney Hotel is a historic landmark in the Central Business District of New Orleans. Of all the New Orleans hotels included in this list, the Whitney is the best for business travelers, due to its location and its chic, urban style. Each room includes a large work space, and the hotel itself has a large business center. Unwind at the end of the day at nearby Harrah’s Casino or the Warehouse and Arts District.
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