During the pandemic, many Texans really knew what it was to miss New Orleans. how the song goes. For those ready to return, the Crescent City has some stunning new (or, in one case, newly renovated) hotel options, all in historic buildings.
What could be more New Orleans than living in a 19th-century mansion on St. Charles Avenue on the passing streetcar? The intimate Chloe, which opened in October, has fourteen rooms – each with different features and perhaps a surprise or two (a trick bookcase; a wardrobe that doubles as an entrance to a private bath) – plus a restaurant and one Poolside terrace and bar. Each room has a record player. Guests can borrow from the hotel’s vinyl collection, curated by Peaches Records. Prices start at $ 350.
Just three blocks from the Chloe in St. Charles, the Columns were recently renovated to restore and modernize the famous hotel, which, like the Chloe, was originally a 19th-century mansion designed by New Orleans architect Thomas Sully . Known for its cocktail-perfect veranda, the 20-room pillars reopened in October after being purchased by hotelier Jayson Seidman in 2019. The highly regarded restaurant and bar are now run by Michael Stoltzfus, the chef and owner of Coquette. Prices start at $ 350.
Hotel Saint Vincent
Texas hotelier Liz Lambert– known for Austin Hotel San
Joseph and Marfas El Cosmico – and Austin restaurateurs Larry McGuire (Perla’s, Elizabeth Street Café) are the team (via the newly founded Lambert McGuire Design) behind one of the most anticipated new accommodations in town. Planned for
Opened in late spring, the Hotel Saint Vincent on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District will have 75 rooms, a guest-only lounge and the San Lorenzo Italian restaurant. In past lives the historic property was an orphanage and a guest house. Prices start at $ 289.
Kimpton Hotel Fontenot
Visitors looking to stay in the trendy Arts / Warehouse District will have a new option starting May. Kimpton’s recent adaptive reuse project has reinterpreted several historic buildings and transformed them into the 202-room Hotel Fontenot, which offers modern and sophisticated design while also taking into account the city’s rich cultural history. The heart of the property is the Peacock Room, a jewel-colored Bohemian wonderland with an extensive cocktail menu. Prices start at $ 219.
This article originally appeared in the May issue of Texas Monthly, titled “Book a Room.” Subscribe today.