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Maison de la Luz

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Photo: Bar Marilou at Maison de la Luz / Courtesy of the property/Stephen Kent Johnson
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Photo: Maison de la Luz guest room / Courtesy of the property/Stephen Kent Johnson
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When Atelier Ace set out to create a distinct, design-driven five-star hotel in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, they brought something new to the luxury market: a bespoke, high-end hotel that feels more like a home. The 67-room guest house (as the property calls itself) recently opened in a renovated 1908-era historic building that was once an annex for City Hall.

The property thoughtfully preserves original architectural details but marries modern design with the help of LA-based Studio Shamshiri. Guests are greeted by the concierge desk (who will curate entire personal itineraries) and handed a tasseled key — just a peek into the unique details that are to follow. Here's our review of the brand-new New Orleans hotspot. 

It's All in the Details

What You Need to Know

The Look

Guests are dazzled the moment they walk into the foyer, which is complete with black-and-white-checkered floors and dramatic dual staircases with original patina’d banisters. To the right, you’ll find a bespoke honor bar — which serves light bites and drinks — in what’s known as the “Living Room." Meanwhile, guest rooms have high ceilings with large windows to let in plenty of natural light. The beds and linens are classic white but feature intricate details, including a hand-embroidered crest on the bed’s coverlet. You’ll also find custom wallpaper, stylish settees, a zodiac table, New Orleans-sourced antiques, and original works by local artists. The oversized bathrooms are equipped with a deep soaking tub and a shower (the latter of which is complete with a sculptural handle in the form of a serpent). Rooms range from a double bedroom to a deluxe one-bedroom suite, which has a separate living room area and a large bedroom with a king bed. (It’s a favorite among visiting celebrities.)  

The Vibe

Imagine a French designer’s Southern mansion where the city’s coolest come for cocktail hour. Throughout the hotel's public spaces, you’ll spot hip couples and friends groups (and, if you're lucky, perhaps even a celebrity!). 

Who Will Love It 

Stylish travelers will appreciate incredible design. Maison de la Luz is certainly a place to see and be seen. 

 Who Might Not 

The hotel welcomes children, but the atmosphere is better suited for adults.

Best Amenity 

The on-site bar, Bar Marilou, pays homage to ‘70s French drinking culture and is open to the public. But, there’s a private secret entrance and lounge exclusively for hotel guests. Here, cocktails are ordered by the flip of a light switch. Even cooler? The drinks are served behind a hidden painting. 

Money Matters

What’s Included 

Twice-daily housekeeping; evening turndown service; fresh coffee delivered to your room; a carafe of water replenished nightly; iced tea; nightly wine, cheese, charcuterie, and fresh fruit in the living room (from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m); luxury toiletries and linens; pool and gym access at Ace Hotel New Orleans; wifi; and exclusive access to Bar Marilou’s private salon. 

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About

Overnight valet parking is $39 per night, plus tax.  

How to Get a Deal 

In general, rates start at $389 per night. Check the hotel’s offers tab for the best rates and packages. Also, you're likely to find the lowest rates in the summer months (but, you must be willing to brave the New Orleans heat). 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood

Located in the city's Warehouse District, the hotel is within easy walking distance to art museums (The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a favorite), galleries, shops, restaurants, and live music venues. The location also serves as the halfway point (give or take) of the Garden District and the French Quarter — the ideal happy medium. 

Nearest Airport 

Maison de la Luz is eight miles from the Lakefront Airport, 15 miles from New Orleans International Airport (MSY), and 55 miles from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. A ride-share from MYS costs about $35. 

Nearest Public Transit

The hotel is just steps from the historic streetcar, as well as the RTA city bus.   

 The Bottom Line 

Maison de la Luz is a refreshing addition to New Orleans’ hotel scene and offers luxury accommodations with plenty of French-Southern flair.  

It's All in the Details