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New Orleans landmark, the late 19th-century vision of esteemed Ireland-born architect Henry Howard, there’s nothing outdated about this 18-bedroom boutique hotel.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
My girlfriend and I took our first trip to New Orleans during Halloween 2019. The staff were more than helpful, we felt like family staying in this beautiful hotel.
The room was spacious, well decorated and comfortable. The balcony was a special treat, able to have lunch and quality time in the fresh air was a nice touch. The best part was the bed. So comfy, cozy and comfortable. We didnt wanna leave!
I recommend this hotel for several reasons. Location - being outside the french quarter was such a blessing. We were still close to everyplace we wanted to go and when we wanted to escape the insanity, all we had to do was go back to this sanctuary of a hotel.
Service - the staff were great. Always looking to help and give advice.
Value - when looking for hotels for our trip, there were cheaper options, but we were not dissappointed with this choice.
Not only is the hotel incredibly cute, very clean and easy on the eyes, the staff was phenomenal. Prior to staying, I spoke with Monica several times about reservations, tours and her recommendations on restaurants. She booked all of our tours for us so I didn't have to worry about it and offered to make dinner reservations, too. She was so accommodating and checked in after each tour. The other staff members we encountered weren't much different. Beth was helpful every night, and then the hotel "butler" was so friendly and offered help however he could. For such a simple breakfast, the croissants were delicious and the nightly cookies were so soft and warm. I've already stated several times that I don't think I'd stay in any other hotel if I come back. I 100% recommend staying here, it truly helped make our trip better. It's also in a very good location, convenient for several restaurants and stores and close to a street car stop.
One of my lifelong desires was to visit NOLA and my son surprised me with this trip! He wanted to make sure the trip was everything I wanted it to be, so he contacted Monica and she ran with it - she suggested and set up our bike tour, ghost and cemetery tours and they did not disappoint!! She is very good at her job, and took the initiative with his information and helped him plan everything out. The rest of the staff also made sure we had everything we needed. We definitely need to give a shout-out to Brian, who painstakingly put together a cocktail that was amazing. So much attention to detail! Nice. The room was spotless, bedding comfortable and WiFi connection was perfect. The porch has rocking wicker chairs which were a nice relaxing break. Will definitely stay here next time we’re in town.