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The New NOLA

BY By Misty Milioto | November 8, 2016 | Feature Features National

The Big Easy continues to evolve with a bevy of hip hotels, award-winning restaurants and an energetic arts scene.
Located in the Garden District, the Henry Howard Hotel has just 18 luxe rooms in the double gallery townhouse built in 1867.

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If you’re an art enthusiast, head to the Lower Garden District. The Henry Howard Hotel, named after the renowned New Orleans architect who built the 1860s Greek Revival mansion, features 18 luxe rooms calling your name. The hotel includes gorgeous galleries with walk-through windows, a curated mix of vintage and custom-designed furniture, commissioned artwork and custom iron beds, plus a parlor bar and a backyard courtyard that is perfect for enjoying with a drink in hand. Stylin’! Overnight rates from $189, henryhowardhotel.com

An edgy new hotel known as Moxy New Orleans recently opened in the heart of the Central Business District, with 108 tech-enabled rooms. Moxy Hotels is Marriott International’s new millennial-focused brand; the New Orleans location is only the second to open in the United States (after Tempe, Ariz.). The boutique hotel sports an industrial-chic aesthetic with polished concrete floors, exposed concrete columns and open ceilings; mobile check-in and check-out; internet TVs; and vibrant lobby spaces. Cool local DJs and acupuncture happy hours are de rigueur. Overnight rates $129-$299, moxyhotels.com

Ace Hotel New Orleans recently arrived on the scene in the popular Warehouse District. The lobby features a palette of dark grays, greens and eggplant; custom and found lighting; restored terrazzo flooring; and bespoke furnishings inspired by the art deco building, which was originally built in 1928. The 234 guest rooms feature bespoke sofas, large shuttered windows, area rugs and full wet bars. The hotel also features a courtyard, Josephine Estelle (an osteria-style restaurant from James Beard Award-nominated chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman), Three Keys (a happening music venue), Alto (a rooftop garden with poolside dining, cocktails and panoramic views of the city), Stumptown Coffee Roasters (a classic cafe) and a gallery space. Next door to the hotel (and part of its offerings) is Seaworthy, featuring a variety of oysters from the Gulf Coast, East Coast and West Coast, plus a seasonal selection of sustainably sourced seafood and handcrafted cocktails. Overnight rates from $149, acehotel.com/neworleans

Another new boutique hotel to debut in the CBD is the Catahoula Hotel, featuring 35 rooms in a restored creole townhouse that was originally built in 1845. Here you’ll find custom beds, vanities made from Louisiana cypress wood, exposed brick and plaster walls, flat-screen TVs and bath products by Aveda. The Catahoula features a rooftop terrace with wooden deck and pergola, lounge furniture, large palms and skyline views of the city. There is also a cafe with an attached courtyard in which to enjoy the hotel’s boutique coffee program from PT’s Coffee. The food and beverage program includes a Peruvian-themed menu and pisco cocktails. Overnight rates from $129, catahoulahotel.com

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