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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Staff with exception of the restaurant hostess is truly wonderful. Rooms are spacious but floors in the room are very slippery. They are beautiful hard wood floors with many coatings of wax and sealer so proceed with caution in socks. Bathrooms are very small. Great location. Cool bar and great coffee area (NO coffee maker in the rooms which is a bit odd). 3rd time staying at Old 77 and will go back.
My husband had a conference at the convention center and luckily, the hotels connected with the convention center, ie Hilton, was booked. We chose Old 77 for the location close to the convention center and for its proximity to French Quarter, shopping etc. We didn't have a car at our disposal thus walking was our mode of transport. I thoroughly enjoyed the location of this hotel and the boutique feel. WE have stayed at quintessential Nawlins hotel on Bourbon AND French Quarter. I am glad to find this hotel. It is less noisy. THe front desk were very nice and provided us with umbrellas during a very big rain/thunders storm. I had room service (coffee/beignet- breakfast -lunch pasta ) and the service was prompt, however, the food was just okay.
The Old 77 definitely has a lot of character and charm and the owners did a great job restoring the property to it’s current status. Check-in was a breeze and our room met all of our needs. Please note, the cheaper room options are in the middle of the hotel with no windows and close to the main hallway activity. Luckily, we had a room in the back corner with 2 big windows and almost no food traffic coming through.
I really like that they have local handcrafted goods for sale on the main floor and the restaurant, Compere Lapin, is by a former Top Chef contestant and currently won a James Beard.
Downsides: While the Valet was very friendly, it took foreverrr to get our car each day. We had a wedding in Baton Rouge to attend (90 minute drive) and our car took nearly 30 minutes to acquire. We made it to the wedding with minutes to spare. Even when we planned extra time, the Valet took quite awhile. Maybe a more efficient process or extra staff is needed? Also, I know that the building is old but the windows are very drafty- you can literally feel the air blowing straight through! Lastly, while the check in, valet, and coffee staff were friendly, the housekeeping staff was a different story. No greetings or smiles and so loud in the hallway while conversing with each other. Meh.