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New Orleans landmark, the late 19th-century vision of esteemed Ireland-born architect Henry Howard, there’s nothing outdated about this 18-bedroom boutique hotel.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 had a marvelous time. The hotel is pristine and a break from the bustle of New Orleans. And Monika at the desk connected with me before we arrived and set up everything we could ask for -- car services; two marvelous private guided tours; a perfect reservation at Commander's Palace; and transport to/from an amazing swamp tour with reservations too -- before we even got there. She's polite and a delight. I travel a lot, here and abroad, but this was one of the nicest trips I've had.
While helping my daughter relocate to NOLA, we arrived before her furniture and had to scramble for accommodations. Luckily, she found this lovely little treasure near the garden district. The room was luxurious and spacious, the staff incredibly helpful. Will stay here whenever we go to visit
My one night stay at the Henry Howard was so nice---it just should have been longer. The hospitality was incredible---very warm and friendly, making sure all our needs for the evening were addressed. Fruit, water, and coffee were offered in the lobby upon our arrival. Later we enjoyed cocktails on the upstairs deck overlooking a quaint side street. Our room had excellent beds, sitting area, and a beautiful bathroom. The hotel is beautiful and well taken care of by the hostesses and Monica, the manager. She was so friendly and gave us a tour of the 3-bedroom suite on the top floor...would be a great place to stay with the family for a holiday or special occasion in New Orleans!