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New Orleans landmark, the late 19th-century vision of esteemed Ireland-born architect Henry Howard, there’s nothing outdated about this 18-bedroom boutique hotel.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
I’m not normally one to write reviews but can’t resist writing a review for the Henry Howard for one main reason- the incredible service from Monica!!!
As soon as we arrived she was so lovely and welcoming and gave us so many amazing tips that made our short visit to New Orleans extra special. She organized all our reservations and was even on hand via text to answer any questions we had!!! I’ve never experienced such personalized and special service from a hotel before!!!
Our room was beautiful with stunning intereriors. There was a gorgeous balcony complete with rocking chair that we sat out on in the morning and enjoyed the complementary coffee. A true 5 star experience in New Orleans. We will be back for sure!!!
We spent 2 nights on this hotel and it was great. Is located close enough from shops and restaurants but not close enough to go crazy with the noise.
Their hostess is very helpful willing to give you suggestions of places to go and do.
The room was very clean, lovely bed and pillows.
I just noted the price during Mardi Gras.. wow. We were lucky to go in ‘off season’ I guess.
Love the place, super safe (you need your key for every door in this place), the streets in the vicinity feels safe and only $8-14 uber/taxi drive from bourbon st.
I recently stayed for four nights - in two different rooms - at the Henry Howard while visiting my best friend in New Orleans. The hotel is located in the beautiful garden district. A quick Lyft or Uber ride to the French Quarter, Magazine Street, Bywater, & any other neighborhood you could wish to see in NOLA. The first room I stayed in was quite small and toward the back of the hotel close to a nearby venue, which unfortunately kept me awake all night. The incredibly accommodating owner switched my room for the remaining three nights to a larger room toward the middle of the hotel which was far more quiet and comfortable. The beds & linens were cozy, and the rooms were clean and tidy. Turndown service included a freshly baked cookie, and cool cucumber water was always nice to sip in the beautiful lobby that was filled with vintage paraphernalia. The bathrooms were a bit dated - it would have been nice to have new shower heads installed, but they were clean and functional nonetheless. The owner offered to share her local expertise of New Orleans and was very attentive in answering questions & addressing concerns. The staff members were friendly and lovely to get to know during the course of my stay.
We stay here every time we come to NOLA if there are rooms available. The service is incredible, the amenities are fantastic, and you can't beat the location. This is a true NOLA experience without the chaos/noise of Bourbon Street... but it is only a quick Lyft or Uber ride away from that fun. Monika goes above and beyond ensuring our stay meets/beats our expectations every time. We always come back to the HH... you just can't beat it.
My wife and I stayed two nights at this New Orleans Garden District gem in early February. Nothing but great things to say. The hotel is pretty and historic, in a quiet neighborhood but just a streetcar ride away from the bustle of the French Quarter. It’s nestled among beautiful mansions, huge trees and a nice walk away from Magazine Street shopping, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and the Commander’s Palace restaurant. Our room at the hotel was not huge, but very well kept and plenty comfortable for us. We loved staying here and would absolutely come back!