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What We Love

  • The varied selection of reasonably priced craft beers
  • The food pop-ups and food truck rotations are always interesting
  • Clearing away the cobwebs with Sunday morning poolside yoga

What To Know

  • Be prepared for "top-tional" swimming at the pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free bikes on loan
  • Rooms are arranged, California-style, around the pool, which is a weekend party spot
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Stylish homage to mid-century America, with a serious pool scene and an appealing, nostalgia-heavy design

The Lowdown

The 1950s motel vibe of the exterior belies the room interiors, which are cool and crisp. Tiled floors and concrete walls, polished wooden desks and soft pastels are calming and you get your modern needs met, too – protein bars, seaweed snacks, wifi and Aesop toiletries. You’ll mostly be headed off-site for food, as there’s no real restaurant, though the bar has all the fruity cocktails you could want and a choice of instant noodle bowls. Weekends see food trucks setting up shop, which is a good way to soak up all those poolside drinks. Mid-week, things can be quiet and you can chill in a lounge chair in peace, but don’t book over a weekend if you’re not up for topless swimming, DJs and a raucous atmosphere. Alternately, if those things are up your alley, definitely book over a weekend.

In the Area

You don’t stay at The Drifter if you’re planning to spend your time hitting up the established New Orleans tourist draws like Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. Although these are just a streetcar ride away, The Drifter is in Mid-City, a neighborhood where gentrification is happening at light speed, with cool new hotels opening and some of the best restaurants in the city walking distance away. (There’s a Bitcoin ATM around the corner if you need further proof.) Trèo is a must-visit, with its clever cocktails, menu of fried catfish and jambalaya, and frequent art events; it’s just three blocks from the hotel. Twelve Mile Limit is a five-minute stroll and has fab cocktails in a dive bar-ish atmosphere. Right across the street is Boswell’s, a casual Jamaican spot dishing up good jerk chicken and calaloo.

How to Get There

The Drifter
3522 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119 United States


3.5 Average 15 Reviews
Hidden Gem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Minimal room, but that’s all you need. Clean & comfy! Every single staff member was very nice & helpful. Great laid back vibe throughout. Pool is the highlight of the property! Yummy food popups and trucks were a nice bonus! ONLY downside is there is no reserved seating for overnight guests at the pool. There are so many day pass people at the pool you have a hard time even finding somewhere to lay your towel down. It would be nice if they could put some old school fold out chairs in the room, reserve some for guests, or charge the day pass people a higher premium to rent the chairs so that the people actually staying with them could enjoy them.

It was very busy during our stay, and the staff worked very hard to keep everything clean. My boyfriend is a light sleeper, and we had no issues with noise that previous people have complained about. In fact, we didn’t encounter any issues that previous posters have complained about! Nice location. Free parking (unheard of in Nola)! Great room rates. Overall it’s a little hidden gem. I will definitely stay here again any time I visit Nola! Thanks for a great weekend Drifter!

Loved our stay.
Reviewed 2 months ago

The Drifter is the best place for laid-back relaxation. Julian at the bar is awesome, the pool is warm and City Park is a short walk away.There was also an awesome vegan sushi pop-up while we were there.

What a suprise
Reviewed 2 months ago

Wow from the front I was like , what have I booked , I walked into a really nice guy who could not help me enough. The room was spotless, the beds were so comfortable, no tv was great just a funky little radio . Very nature friendly products . Simple perfect room , great little bar with a bit of the New Orleans music feel , well done owners you got this.

What a pleasant surprise!!
Reviewed 6 months ago

The reviews here are very mixed. Wasn’t sure what to make of it, but I booked it as it was $125 nite versus $300 in the French Quarter. Coming from the airport at nite, the neighborhood looks a bit gritty, but once I checked in - the rooms are nice, clean, and modern. A 10-minute Lyft ride took me downtown quickly. The staff were very friendly. And the rooms and bathroom were very nice. A very pleasant experience!! And much more affordable than expensive areas. The shower is new and modern and they use Speakman shower heads. The bed was very nice too!!!

Everyone should go there at least once in their life and if lucky enough plenty more times
Reviewed 8 months ago

This place is amazing. The guys that work there create the magic from the moment you arrive. They really are the true gems of the place. On top of that the pool area is amazing, the food pop ups are some of the best food in New Orleans (which is saying something!) and the general atmosphere is super friendly and being happy there is contagious. You get a real opportunity to meet the locals who hang out there at the weekends. It feels super safe and at points I was a girl on my own and felt really safe and part of the Drifter family. If this isn't enough of a review then Chappy makes the best Bloody Mary's I've ever had and she will write you the best itinerary for your trip to make sure you have a jam packed schedule of seeing the best bits of NOLA. I can't not give a high shout out to Ethan Anthos who ensured we left after two weeks feeling like we were leaving family. Thank you so much and well done to the owners on achieving such an awesome environment.