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New Orleans landmark, the late 19th-century vision of esteemed Ireland-born architect Henry Howard, there’s nothing outdated about this 18-bedroom boutique hotel.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 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!
This beautiful hotel is located in the Garden District - a charming and peaceful place away from the noise and crowds of the French Quarter.
Booking was really easy and a few days prior to my arrival, Monika reached out to me to help plan out my activities and tours during the stay. From start to finish she was always available and more than happy to help out with suggestions for activities as well as to help in booking them with reputable tour companies - it made the whole trip so smooth and hassle-free.
The design and decor combines a vintage aesthetic with all the modern conveniences that one requires.
The rooms were immaculate and comfortable; wifi was superfast (and free!). The daily turn down service of freshly baked cookies was a real treat. The streetcar station is just a minute away. I also recommend doing a self-guided tour of the Garden District that is put together by the hotel.
I can’t imagine staying anywhere else the next time I come here.
We enjoyed staying at the Henry Howard Hotel. Monica was very helpful and had lots of good tips on what to do and see while we were in New Orleans. We stayed in a room on the first floor which was very charming.
I had the pleasure of staying at the elegant HHH a few weeks ago. Upon arriving I was invited to view the rooms in person as I had been offered a choice of rooms during booking and I was concerned about potential noise on the stairwell and entrance of one of the available rooms. I was permitted to change my reservation on the spot. I thoroughly enjoyed the antique setting of high ceilings and door frames, shimmering chandeliers, the jazz theme of well-used instruments adorning walls, sleeping on a cloud-like bed with very white, quality linens. This is not your typical hotel; it is an original historic building and each room is unique in layout. While there I wanted to exercise and was directed to a small gym on Magazine, Franco's Athletic Club, where I was welcomed and joined a small group class that provided a solid workout. In spite of being fully booked the hotel never felt crowded and was quiet. Guests enjoyed sitting on the porch with coffee in the morning sun and exchanged a few pleasantries and restaurant tips. The staff is warm and helpful, Andrew makes a great cocktail, Harold selects nice jazz music that plays softly in the main salon, Rochelle so patiently reviewed available rooms during booking and provided pleasant conversation during my visit, and the highlight for me was meeting Monika who made herself indispensable. Warm croissants, a bowl of apples and oranges and coffee are offered in the morning- oh how a cappuccino would be a welcome addition to the morning offerings!
Place is a great find.
Shhh, don't tell may people.
Very friendly staff!
Rooms are good sized & always very clean.
Each room is different in it's own way. Have stayed in several.
Great location to where we want to be!