The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
What We Love
- Signature amenities include books for guests to borrow and curated Spotify music
- Pets are not only allowed but made welcome with special treats
- Compère Lapin restaurant showcases chef Nina Compton’s French-Louisiana-Caribbean style of cooking; try the curried goat with plantain gnocchi and marinated shrimp with roasted jalapeño
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- There’s a charge of $45 per stay for pets; a 50-pound weight limit applies
- The lobby café, Tout La, offers a more informal noshing experience, dishing out strong coffee, homemade pastries and adult beverages like mimosas
- The hotel opened in spring 2015 and is located in a historic 1854 warehouse in the downtown Arts District
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Just a few blocks from the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, this spanking new boutique sleep is housed in a historic 1854 warehouse in the downtown Arts District. Both the building’s heritage and the artsy setting are reflected in the funky decor throughout the 165 guestrooms. Think hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, vintage brass lamps and retro chairs in bright colors, along with quirky contemporary artworks. Even the bathrooms sport nostalgic motifs, like showers lined with white herringbone tiles. Expect cozy, homey touches like glass jars holding fresh flowers and glossy New Orleans–themed books. (Speaking of books, the hotel offers a wide range of spiritual texts, along with tomes on more esoteric interests like dog massage and pet psychology.) Sample the culinary stylings of chef Nina Compton, a runner-up and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef in season 11, at her chic restaurant Compère Lapin. The St. Lucia–born Compton blends influences from her Caribbean heritage and the culinary melting pot that is her adopted home to create dishes like curried goat with plantain gnocchi and marinated shrimp with roasted jalapeño. The lobby café, Tout La, offers a more informal noshing experience, dishing out strong coffee, homemade pastries and adult beverages like mimosas.
In the Area
While you’re in the charismatic Warehouse/Arts District, check out some of the Big Easy’s best galleries and museums, starting with a Southern primer at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Camp Street; the museum also offers an after-hours program showcasing live music. Don’t miss joining the cultural conversation at the neighboring Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, which aims to bring thought-provoking installations, performances and multidisciplinary modern art to downtown NOLA. Mull over all you’ve seen at Pêche, a James Beard Award-winning seafood joint that not only serves delicious Southern grub (gumbo, grits, catfish) but also supports small scale farms and artisanal producers around the country. Afterward, take a nostalgic spin around another Warehouse District institution, Barcadia, where you can juggle happy hour drinks while testing your skills on the establishment’s many classic arcade games.
How to Get There
Great ambiance and style, clean and quaint. Room had high ceilings, ceiling fan was a plus. AC super quiet, took a while to cool to temp. Our room was huge with 2 queens, hard wood floors, but oddly and interior room with no window - which makes for great black out conditions for sleep. Quiet location off Poydras, easy to access all by foot. Friendly staff, on floor ice and water machine to refill your bottle. Not specifically kid friendly but my 9 and 13 year old loved it and it was fine. Style is more masculine, even the soap/shampoo scent. No complaints, we really loved it. hallway and upstairs noise was evident but short lived when it did occur.
Stayed here with a girlfriend during Mardi Gras time for a ball. The room was ok in size for just sleeping. I’m glad I didn’t have to stay longer. The hotel seems to be a boutique hotel of the sort but the room I was in was anything but unique. It was simple, drab and just shy of a dorm room. My window was facing the street at eye level where people could just look in if I opened the curtain. When I got in my room there was a stain on the sheets but housekeeping was quick to come change them out. The walls.... the walls the walls the walls.... they are paper thin. I swear I could here the people in the room next to me breathing and worst of all I heard every door housekeeping knocked on in the morning. Overall it was ok for 1 night, but honestly I’d only book again if I had no where better (a Marriott would be better or for a boutique hotel I’d choose The Saint).
Liked the hotel enough but my experience will be tainted by the strangest experience i've ever had. I must preface this by saying I don't believe in ghosts. That said, I heard strange footsteps and noises inside my room at 1:30 am. I tried to go back to sleep and ignore them thinking it was the floor above me. but the sounds got louder and sounded like someone was walking around inside my room. Then, i heard the sound of a marble slowly rolling on the wood floor in my room and then doors closing. I finally turned on the light and checked outside to see if someone was walking around. I waited for 5 minutes Nothing. After finally acknowledging the presence or whatever it was, the noises finally stopped.
The next morning I asked the front desk person if anyone had ever reported weird sounds in the middle of the night. she proceeded to tell me the hotel kept a log of reported disturbances. It was so weird and creepy that i'll never stay here again. just for that reason. I was in room 207. Rooms she mentioned having reported things were rooms 217 and room 201.
What a GREAT place to stay..Within walking distance to French Quarter, WW2 Museum and the Warehouse district....Great accommodations, breakfast and Valet!!!!
Room was clean and had a NOLA charm. Safe in room was helpful as was the small fridge!!!
Locate was good. We had the queen with no window room it was comfortable. Need to update the elevator.. It was slowwwwwwwww. Other wise it has alot of old character, rooms look charming. Staff was helpful