What We Love
- A new and stylish boutique hotel two blocks from the French Quarter, with welcome drinksThe unique artworks in the hotel’s lobby and throughout the CBD, packed with galleries
- The jazz clubs and po’ boy joints of the French Quarter, just a few blocks away
- The French bistro and rooftop bar, under the chef behind hotspots Root and Square Root
- The write-up the hotel received on the Times-Picayune’s website
What To Know
- Opened in December 2016
- Homey touches like Jonathan Adler bath amenities and plush seersucker bathrobes
- Staff goes the extra mile to make guests comfortable
In medieval France, troubadours were poets who wandered the streets, composing and singing love ballads. We can’t promise the same of New Orleans’ recently opened The Troubadour, but its set of unique, stylish offerings – it’s a part of the joie de vivre collection, after all – may have you proclaiming your love to the hotel. The bistro-style eats at local chef Phillip Lopez’s Petit Lion are delicious and filling, rooms are equipped with Jonathan Adler bath amenities and seersucker bathrobes, the fitness center is open 24 hours a day, and there’s even a rooftop bar.
You’ll likely adore the location, as well: right in the Central Business District. Steps away are stops for the Canal and St. Charles streetcars, scores of art galleries, the Superdome, the Smoothie King Center and the Saenger Theater. The French Quarter is also just a two-block walk, for all the beignet eating, Sazerac drinking, praline tasting, house touring and jazz listening you could dream of. Now are you feeling a love song coming on? Head back to The Troubadour’s lobby, where – as noted in the Times-Picayune’s recent review – an interactive art installation invites you you pluck the metal strings of an oversized, reimagined guitar.
Your abode is bright and modern, with graphic fabrics, expansive windows and local artwork. Exclusive bath amenities are by Jonathan Adler, and you’ll even score a retro-compact Igloo refrigerator, for storing those Hurricanes you purchased to go.
Chef Phillip Lopez is the force behind The Troubadour’s culinary program, which comprises a full-service restaurant, open for three meals a day, and a rooftop bar. Bringing the same unique perspective that made his Root and Square Root restaurants so popular among locals, he’s come up with a menu of French-bistro dishes at the first and “food-truck favorites” at the second. For other eating and drinking options, step outside; the CBD and adjacent French Quarter are both major dining destinations.
The property resides in the Central Business District, just off of Canal Street. The neighborhood is adjacent to the French Quarter, so you’ll be just a few short blocks from the most popular bars on Bourbon Street and only a few more from the most iconic jazz clubs on Frenchman. Steps away are the Audubon Insectarium and stops for the two best-known streetcar lines, to take you to the Garden District or City Park.
How to Get There
This is my second trip to New Orleans and I used to live on the Mississippi coast, so I'm familiar with the areas.
This stay was a couples getaway with another couple for three nights. The other couple was visiting from Europe and they had me select the hotel for our stay. The hotel is on a one-way street and to get there from the interstate, we passed so many homeless in tents, under the bridge, which was a sad sight and made us uncomfortable. It somewhat set the tone for the visit, sadly.
I called reservations in advance to ask if we could have rooms on the same floor. They recommended I wait until arrival to ask for this. Upon arrival I asked again and there were no rooms for us to have together on the same floor. I was asked did I call the hotel direct, I called the troubadour hotel number and then pressed for reservations? That was somewhat frustrating. Check-in wasn't the friendliest. The clerk had just returned from his own vacation I was told this by him, and he wasn't quite "with it". We didn't get information about restaurants or anything upon check-in. It was quick but lack Lustre.
We valet parked which is pricy...but we figured safer and worth the cost. You have in and out privilege with valet and across the street at public parking where you pay at a kiosk, you do not. Oddly, I forgot something in my car and I had to be escorted to it to retrieve something. The vehicle was parked behind the hotel in what seemed to be a public parking lot as well, but there were ample spaces in the secure garage. I don't understand that and did think it the vehicle would be parked in a secure area...more secure than an open lot.
The rooms were slightly smaller than I pictured from the website. They were nice, modern, decorated nicely, I think, and accommodating though the mattress could have been better and wasn't as good as many other Hilton properties I have stayed at which was a dissatisfaction. The shower is massive and the vanity is not enough space for two people. Lots of Bar goods for a hefty price! Bring your own...
We did visit the rooftop bar two different nights. The first night it was pretty quiet and a weekday. Great view. The second it was Friday and was very busy with ample younger people who mostly seemed to come from the Holiday Inn, just across the street. We saw them coming in droves from there. I understand they need to make money and want a crowd, but it is a fairly small rooftop area and it was crowded. It wasn't friendly at the bar to get a drink and no one asked if we wanted food? Every one seemed to be behaving, but then after we left to sit down below on ground level, outside the entrance, two separate drinks came flying down and hit a car back windshield in the front valet parking spot. I didn't see anyone do anything about it. And over heard an employee say it probably got knocked off from up there. I was just up there and it's not really possible to just knock a drink off the rooftop area..it would have to be thrown to reach that distance..and two? It could have been very dangerous if it had broken the car windshield or worse, a person!? The drinks and shots are served in plastic cups for a reason, apparently.
We did not eat here, but the proximity was fairly close to the street car and then you can access lots of things in New Orleans easily.
I can recommend this hotel if you are young, want to party and if you get a good rate, but I think there are better options here.
On another note, we were very disappointed in the street shows in the French Quarter. We saw only two performances in two days there. Lots of pan handling and homeless wandering and sleeping here and there. Two years ago during the same month the city was clean and there was lots of excitement....too bad.
Check out the Upper Quarter Bar on Bienville St for a delicious crawfish boil at a great price....great beer....super friendly there!! And ask about the Cajun crawfish story of the lobster!
The room was nicely decorated. The bathroom decor was nice with a nice size shower. The room was considerably smaller then average. The hotel was clean. Staff was friendly. Location was ok, not the best. Near the french quarter.
I hosted a welcome to NOLA party for my sisters bachelorette weekend this past Saturday night. From the moment I was greeted at the elevator by the Manager Ian Julian, my Monkey Bar experience far exceeded my expectations. Not only was the city view breathtaking, but the atmosphere was everything! I was introduced to Raven who assisted me with everything I needed for the evening. My reserved Cabana was ready for my guests and perfect for a personalized VIP experience. The entire roof was a great party atmosphere, and our cabana gave us an intimate setting within the nightlife to be able to still do all of the "bachelorette party" games I had planned. Shelly was another awesome part of the team who helped us as well. Their synergy was flawless and service was seamless. It was as if we talked to one person on the team, everyone got the message. It even felt like Ian and his team were part of the party. So much so that they were able to help the bride make her final decision in the most fun game ever. There was not a moment we were lacking attention or service. Whenever we looked up someone was there to make sure that we were good. The food was delicious and the cocktails were amazing. The Monkey Bar staff rocks! We even went back the next day for more of the scrumptious signature cocktails that were hand crafted personally for us. I will definitely recommend them to anyone I know traveling to NOLA. This is a must do. Thanks Ian, Raven and Shelly for helping me outdo myself for my sister's weekend. She can't stop talking about it!
..........There was one half-bad issue, the housekeeping staff must have been gone for the night because the bathroom needed attention. Uhhhh toilet paper please.... and the trash is overflowing. But I get it. Business was pumping and I guess housekeeping just never got the message. However, once again Ian stepped up n got the toilet paper and the tissue up. That's what I consider great customer service.
The food and wine for the dinner on May 18, 2018 was wonderful. Chef Dana not only hit a home run with the food and wine but a grand slam. I have attended dinners as this at other fine dining restaurants in the city this was the best. It is a delight to have your server add to the experience as Denise did.
The hotel is amazing from the service to the location. The only thing I would say is that next time I will take full advantage of the bar and breakfast areas. I walked right past it but other than that it was a great pace