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New Orleans landmark, the late 19th-century vision of esteemed Ireland-born architect Henry Howard, there’s nothing outdated about this 18-bedroom boutique hotel.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
Excellent! Everyone was very eager to help in any way.
Monika,the concierge was outstanding,her knowledge of the city was terrific.
Rooms impeccable, everything perfectly executed.
Thank you to the whole staff.
Several days before our scheduled stay in NOLA I was contacted by Monika. She was a blessing! I had not and would not have had time to schedule any activities/adventures/reservations prior to our arrival. She sent me many ideas to choose from including tours, sightseeing, dinner reservations and transportation. I picked what looked good and she took care of the rest. We had something to look forward to every day. Not to mention she gave us time in between adventures to add shopping and museums we didn’t want to miss. She answered questions via text ALL the time - even on her day off!!!!! Monika made our vacation memorable! We could not have done that without her!
We loved this beautiful, elegant hotel. It has a gorgeous, breezy, shaded balcony and the most helpful staff ever. Monika will expertly help you plan your NOLA adventures. So comfortable and relaxing!
As some others have mentioned, it was Ok but not what I'm normally used to. First let me say the staff was friendly and Monica very helpful. The first problem was parking, which was on the busy streets. You never knew when you went somewhere wether you'd have a place to park when you got back. Secondly, our room was underwhelming. All the pics show large canopy beds, some with fireplaces and other niceties. Our room was tiny. We probably had two feet of space on each side of the bed and maybe three at the bottom. It was almost claustrophobic. A little bathroom.
The breakfast wasn't much to write home about. Coffee when it was available and croissants. As some others have said, a lot of money for what your getting.
Restaurants within walking distance were pricey as well. Seafood platter $65. Prime rib $37. Burgers $14 and I'm talking about a very casual nothing fancy.
Overall, wasn't a good experience. Probably would go for another location in the future.
Sorry guys and gals!
Location: Perfect location in the Garden District to be able to have a respite from all the hard core fun in the city. One block to streetcar and St. Charles St. businesses. Close to Magazine Street shopping and restaurants.
Services: Monica and her staff were beyond helpful. We had her book two great tours for us, and she even packed a snack bag.
Staff: The nicest and most helpful staff.
Room: The room was the weak part of the stay. There should really be more in the way of shelving and closets. The room was big enough that they could add a dresser or some drawer units. The armoire for hanging clothes was not well equipped with hangers or usable space. The bathroom had no shelves for holding personal items and we had to put things on the sink, risking water splashes and slippery surface.