Henry Howard Hotel
What We Love
- Its dynamic Garden District location, just a block from the Mardi Gras parade route on St. Charles Avenue
- The light-drenched parlor, ideal for an evening cocktail
- Tongue-in-cheek portraits by Southern artist Hayley Gaberlavage
What To Know
- The hotel is a ten-minute cab ride to the French Quarter
- In its past life, this 1860s home was built for the two daughters of a steamship owner
- Whether you’re on the hunt for Nola’s finest po’ boy or the best outdoor jazz venues, the knowledgeable staff here always delivers with their insider recommendations
Though you’ll be staying in a storied New Orleans landmark, the late 19th-century vision of esteemed Ireland-born architect Henry Howard, there’s nothing outdated about this 18-bedroom boutique hotel. With its Corinthian columns and wrought-iron balconies, the Greek Revival mansion was treated to a modern makeover that shows off New Orleans’ sassier side: chandeliers and gilded oil paintings are offset by boldly patterned wallpaper in the lobby and geometric canopy beds are juxtaposed with antique armoires in the rooms. Meanwhile, some of the building’s original elements have been inventively repurposed—its column capitals now exist as coffee tables scattered throughout the property—proving that the contemporary and traditional can comfortably (and stylishly) coexist.
Plenty of NOLA muscle was brought in to infuse a distinctly local flavor to the hotel’s interiors—think toile wallpaper splattered with steamboats and streetcars, historic maps, and brass instruments playfully placed over customized iron beds (branded with “Hs” after the original architect). Other flourishes, like kaleidoscopic Persian rugs and embossed curtains, add just the right dose of contemporary cool.
Aside from snacks and morning pastries, the hotel’s Parlor Bar doesn’t serve food. Fortunately, you’re surrounded by a plethora of options, including area mainstays like Commander’s Palace and newer players including Square Root, known for its experimental New American chef’s tasting menu.
The hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the Garden District and its famed collection of antique shops, live-music joints, and grand mansions. Not to mention the nearest tram stop is a snappy two-minute walk away.
How to Get There
We've been going to New Orleans for 20 years now and have moved away from staying in the French Quarter to the Garden District. This place is a gem- just a block off the St Charles St Streetcar makes it very convenient to get around. NOLA is a hoot at Halloween but resetve early- we were lucky to get in. We can't wait to go back and stay here again
We booked the Henry Howard hotel for 2 rooms for my daughter’s wedding day where she and her 12 bridesmaids could get ready, and then she and her new husband to stay on their wedding night. The rooms and hotel are beautiful! Such a historic New Orleans feel and charm. And the service was amazing, Rochelle did everything she could to help us with our large group to make this a special stay. I would recommend this hotel to anyone local like me for special occasions or for any out of town guests!
There were three of us that stayed in the Double Deluxe Room, room 102. It was overall a fabulous choice to stay at the Henry Howard Hotel during our stay in NOLA! We did our research on hotels - a lot of it - and our research certainly paid off.
The Henry Howard Hotel is beautiful - lovely exterior and interior, a place with personality, and is very inviting. Our room was wonderful: tall ceilings, plenty of space for up to four people (we had three), and with lovely decoration. Every part of our room was very clean. The bathroom was spacious and has multiple fan options, including a heating fan. The beds were very comfortable, and again - very clean.
Extremely friendly staff interactions starting at the time I booked my reservation. They work with you in advance to make you aware of tours and places to see that align with your interests or if you are you just new to the area and desire general tourism advice. I spoke with Monika the most; she was polite and very helpful with all questions relating to site-seeing, room specifics, payment questions, etc. She even made herself available to us if we had any questions or concerns at non-traditional hours!
Our group arrived past midnight on 11/17/2018, and we were greeted with a sincere welcome from the gentlemen on staff! There were even fresh-baked cookies in the evening, and complimentary drinks for our two-night stay.
We made a great decision to stay there and will certainly return when we are back in that area. Our room was lovely, spacious and made us feel as if we were at home even while on vacation; we especially enjoyed having a room in the main house close to the lobby.
Thanks again to the Henry Howard Hotel Staff - looking forward to seeing you again next year for our annual trip to NOLA.
This place is a great quality for what you will pay. We were close to Magazine Street which has a lot to explore. We had rented a car for this trip and an extra plus is there is street parking available so you don't have to pay $30-$40 per a night for parking! We enjoyed being away from the French Quarter by a small distance. We explored easily ten neighborhoods of New Orleans from the Garden District to everything east (Uptown, lower Garden District, Central Business District, Warehouse/Arts District, Mid City, Treme, French Quarter, Marigny, Bywater, Gentilly, Ninth Ward, etc.). We were able to see what makes New Orleans beautiful, lends to the history of the city, and have the personality it has today - within a reasonable distance to The Henry Howard Hotel! If you don't have a car, the street trolley is walking distance and will lead you to a number of places! Also, there is an abundance of food options that are walking district (including vegetarian and vegan options).
They have a great 3 bedroom suite on the top floor if you need a lot of space for your family or friends. There is no food at the hotel which can be a bit of a hassle. Coffee and croissants in the morning and that is all.
My brother and I came to visit NOLA for Halloween - Big thank you to Monica and staff for making this a memorable for visit! The hotel itself was amazing! So beautiful, clean, welcoming and the service was the fantastic. Monica made sure we were taken care of from the second we stepped in the door, and helped us to find an array of great tours and restaurants in the area. The hotel itself if situated in the lovely Garden District, a great break from the bustling French Quarter. The trolley (on St. Charles) is conveniently situated around the corner, making a trip downtown/FQ about a 15 min ride/30 min walk. The neighborhood itself is absolutely fantastic - lots of restaurants and beautiful sights nearby.
In short, I highly recommend a stay here, and will definitely return on our next visit! Thank you Monica :)
PS fresh baked cookies on your bed stand each night, doesn't get any cozier than that!