Checking In: New Orleans' Henry Howard Hotel

by  Anne Roderique-Jones | Feb 26, 2016
Lobby at Henry Howard Hotel
Lobby at Henry Howard Hotel / Courtesy of the Henry Howard Hotel

New Orleans certainly isn't lacking in the hotel department. But what the city is missing are hotels outside of the French Quarter. Henry Howard Hotel has filled a void in Uptown properties: particularly in the Garden District. Take a peek into this historic 1860s mansion-turned-boutique hotel and see why it's one of our favorite properties in the Crescent City.

The Basics

Budget Level: Moderate (rates from $189 per night, depending on the season)

Lodging Type: Boutique Hotel (18 rooms and suites) 

What You Need to Know

The Look

The 18-room hotel is named after famed New Orleans architect, Henry Howard, who built the Greek revival mansion back in 1867. You'll notice the sleek (yet completely subtle) branding throughout the property.

The Vibe

Guests are welcomed into the lobby, outfitted with vintage finishes and soaring ceilings. This is where you'll check-in. The front desk hosts serve as your personal concierge throughout your stay. They'll help with everything from reservations to tour suggestions, to dry cleaning. 

Nearly everything in the hotel is locally sourced, including the furniture that's unique to each room. We love the curated mix of vintage and modern touches. Custom wallpaper is printed with a New Orleans theme. Additionally, there are second-line instruments hung on the wall above the super-comfortable, four-poster bed. More to boast about: local artwork from Hayley Gaberlavage, locally produced snacks, and Beekman 1802 toiletries.

Guest room at Henry Howard Hotel / Courtesy of the Henry Howard Hotel

Who Will Love It

Couples and friend groups dominate the crowd. 

Who Might Not

Those looking for the all-day party atmosphere of the French Quarter might get bored. 

Best Amenity

Design lovers will fall hard for this property. The custom design details like the discreet "H" on the bed frames or wallpaper. Royal king gallery rooms feature the original windows that open onto a private balcony. Don't forget to look up: The porch is painted a sky-blue: a tradition in the South. 

Exterior of Henry Howard Hotel / Courtesy of the Henry Howard Hotel

Money Matters

What’s Included

Your stay includes complimentary wifi, premium TV channels, snacks, and Beekman 1802 toiletries.

How to Get a Deal

The best way to get a deal is by checking the hotel's website; we found prices at $139 per night. Visit in the summer if you're looking to score extra-low rates. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood

The property is located on Prytania Street, just a block from the St. Charles Avenue and an easy stroll to six-mile Magazine Street. 

Nearest Airport

The hotel is 15 miles (25 minutes) from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MYS), eight miles from Lakefront Airport, and 55 miles from Baton Rouge. A ride share from MYS costs about $36. 

The Bottom Line

For design lovers who prefer to live like a local, the Henry Howard Hotel fits the bill. 

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