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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.