The Pontchartrain Hotel
What We Love
- A revamped, historic luxury hotel in the elegant Garden District, with a rooftop bar
- Being right next to the St. Charles streetcar that inspired A Streetcar Named Desire – written here
- Sipping a whiskey at the bar where the New Orleans Saints football franchise was christened
- Staying where Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and the Doors all stayed
What To Know
- The Hot Tin rooftop bar is the place to be for happy hour sundowners
- Located along the streetcar route, so it's very easy to get around
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Stay among the who’s who in the bayou at Pontchartrain Hotel. This property’s past visitors include Frank Sinatra, The Doors, Rita Hayworth, presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush and most notably, Tennessee Williams; The playwright famously lived here while writing A Streetcar Named Desire, which was inspired by the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line just outside. Though the hotel underwent a massive renovation, the history still shines through in the cuisine, the cocktails, and the painstaking attention to design details. Just beyond the front door is the historic Garden District, while the French Quarter is a streetcar ride away. But within the hotel’s doors, an eclectic mix of deep-south and European influences come together in the cozy rooms, featuring romantic palettes and Moroccan rugs and antiques, while the building’s history and local culinary culture receive a fitting tribute in Hot Tin Rooftop bar. There’s also Bayou Bar, where the New Orleans Saints football franchise was christened, plus a café formerly patronized by local judges and tycoons. Who said you even need to take the streetcar to experience the Big Easy’s best? Simply hop on the Pontchartrain train – it’s all right here.
In the Area
In the heart of the historic Garden District, this boutique hotel puts you amid scores of elegant Victorian homes and just a streetcar ride from the action. Shop on Magazine Street or relocate to the French Quarter to check out the iconic dining, live music and buzzing nightlife scene. And learn about the city’s famous history and culture at spots like Artillery Park, the Cabildo (The Louisiana State Museum), and the St. Louis Cathedral.
How to Get There
25th anniversary indulgence. Location is a plus. New Orleans is so much more than the French Quarter. Garden District is beautiful. Take the streetcar either way, it's an adventure, and if you end up on Canal next to the French Quarter, that's cool, too. Don't miss the Tin Roof Bar on the 14th floor and its unique panoramic view of downtown from the Superdome to the bridge.The people watching is good, too.
Friendly and immediate greeting upon arrival. Wonderful historic building with character and a lively and fun vibe. The room was very clean and cheerfully appointed. The location in the Garden District is an excellent base for exploring the city...close enough to get to the Quarter and adjacent neighborhoods (about 10 minutes away) but far enough away to avoid the noise at night, right on the St. Charles streetcar line. The view from The Hot Tin Rooftop bar is incredible.
We had two couples come to N.O. to celebrate a birthday and go out to dinner in the Garden District. The location was perfect to allow us to take the street cars for a view of the beautiful homes along St. Charles Ave.