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
Staying at Old No. 77 and loving the historical charm and cool vibe of this bar, restaurant and hotel. Got a great room on the ground floor which is spacious and simply furnished. Despite being on ground floor it is quiet. The restaurant bar is excellent and there is a great restaurant. Location is good, close to exhibition center, Riverwalk and Mississippi. Brilliant place to stay
My husband and I are regular travels (and low maintenance). We stayed at Old No. 77 because it's the host hotel for one of our friend's wedding.
1--Modern lobby, bar, restaurant
2--Great location (easy walking to all kinds of stuff)
3--Comfortable bed/nice linens
1--Staff isn't particularly accommodating (due to the loudness of a ground-floor room right off the main street), we inquired as to whether or not we could switch to a higher floor; without skipping a beat, the front desk employee said "no."
2--The night we arrived, we tried to get a table (for 2) in the hotel's restaurant. We were told they had no availability and to try to find a seat at the bar (which we did). During the 1.5 hours we sat at the bar, AT LEAST 1/3 of the tables in the restaurant went un-used. I'm not sure who they were reserved for, but they didn't arrive.
3--Ground-floor rooms with a window to the street are loud at night (street traffic, pedestrians, etc.). We had the pleasure of having a room next to the exit where the hotel staff take out all the hotel's garbage at night. The door was opening and slamming closed throughout the night.
4--Rooms are updated but ours was a bit "dank." Felt like we were sleeping in a wet cave.
5--Bathroom is very small (only one person at a time can get ready in it). Bathroom door (when open) blocks the entire sink, mirror, etc.). Bathroom light over the sink didn't work (we requested the light bulb be replaced but it never was).
No drama on our end, but we won't be back (and won't suggest it to any of our friends). NoLa has a bunch of great options. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
Paid very good money for my birthday weekend at this hotel based off of our friends stay here for their birthday. Reserved the same room was told on the phone it was a big room hard wood floors nice view interior brick walls the whole 9. Well that wasn’t the case when I walked into the room. It was a small room with carpet and I guess if looking at the parking lot is a nice view we had that. Went back downstairs and told them it wasn’t the room that we reserved and they said it was and I argued that it wasn’t . Finally they tell us they will change our room but we will lose the “view” on that’s fine with me change the room we wanted the BIGGER room. We get to the new room and it’s the same room as far as size but has the hardwood floor and now we are lookin at the alley instead of the parking lot. The whole reason I booked here was for that particular room and I paid good money for it and guess what I still don’t have it. Thanks old no 77!