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Cool NOLA Hotel Is Sure to Let the Good Times Roll

by Jeralyn Gerba
Josephine The most comfortable seat in NOLA is a seat at the bar. All photos courtesy of Ace Hotel New Orleans.

Ace Hotel New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Trendy, $$

We don't know how they do the voodoo that they do, but the trendy Ace hotel group has successfully managed to capture the soulful, sweltering, languid, lush atmosphere of the Crescent City in every corner of its Warehouse District destination: Ace Hotel New Orleans. Instead of opening in the middle of the French Quarter, they chose to reinvigorate old bones on a quiet street in the Warehouse District, drawing in collaborators from near and far to fill in retail gaps on the street (boutique, barber shop, coffee spot), take over the stage of their music venue, showcase art work on their walls, and shuck Gulf oysters for their supremely charming seafood restaurant. Drawing inspiration from Paris, the 1920s, Creole folklore, and NOLA magic, guests will feel like they've gotten a dose of the Big Easy before they've even left their hotel room.

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At a Glance

The Vibe: Modern Creative 'Nawlins (by way of Portland).

Standout Detail: Warm, well-worn, relaxing interiors designed by Ace's "spiritual soul sisters" Roman + Williams.

This Place Is Perfect For: Mix-and-minglers, birthday partiers, raw bar enthusiasts, and travelers who want to dig into NOLA the minute they drop their bags.

Rooms: There are 234 rooms (a mix of Double Double, Medium, Large, Corner King, and Suite) and classic Ace accoutrements (musical instruments, curated magazine selection, leather chairs, mini bar with locally procured items). Cute Smeg fridges are painted "French Quarter Green," and room service is of course available.

On Site: Classic Ace Lobby Bar (and accompanying lobby scene), rooftop pool and bar, four event spaces, Three Keys performance venue, and plenty of lounge space for socializing, hanging out, or "working" on a laptop.

Food + Drink: At Josephine Estelle, chefs get the James Beard nod for bringing together Italian and Southern traditions on a plate. Seaworthy, a darkly lit and wildly cozy Creole cottage, offers wild-caught specialties, fruits of the sea, and fancy cocktails. Alto, the rooftop bar by the pool, serves daily drink specials, pizzas, and burgers. Lovage is the all-day cafe where the pastries, salads, and sandwiches are made with farm-fresh, responsibly-sourced ingredients and the coffee is Stumptown.

What to Do Nearby

Locally made T-shirt shop Defend New Orleans, menswear boutique Friend (casual, contemporary, culture-driven), barbershop Parker Barber (inspired by yesteryear), and Marfa import Freda (for high desert lifestyle goods) are immediate neighbors and Ace Hotel friends. Over the last several years, this once incredibly sleepy area is drawing in more street traffic. The Crescent City Farmers Market is down the block, and several beloved museum institutions (Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The National WWII Museum, Contemporary Arts Center) are a ten-minute walk from the hotel. Stroll through the Lower Garden District to see mossy vines, palms, and blooming magnolias as well as architectural beauties — American townhouses, shotguns, Creole cottages. 

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This article was originally published in 2019 and was updated in 2022.

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