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
Stayed here overnight and decided to due to price. Well, it's priced low for a reason. Starting impressions is that the "valet" starred at us, yet never approached the car, offered to grab our bags, offered to get the car door, or even acknowledged us. They then made us travel down the street to find an atm to pay for valet, as they only accept cash, there's no cash at front desk, and no atm at the hotel. I've never been to a hotel that doesn't allow you to pay for a valet on hotel charge. Which is your only option as there's no included parking. The room wasn't "dirty" but bare minimum. The chair you have to sit at the desk is worn and should have been thrown away many years ago. I thought the shower looked good until I took a shower. The shower head sprays everywhere, including the walls and ceiling. I looked and tried to fix but it didn't even looked screwed on and trying wasn't making it better. So there's zero water pressure and your shower isn't relaxing but like a child's water toy. The bathrooms aren't cleaned well. Under the sink and on the sides and back of the toilets haven't been cleaned in years. Our room faced the front so noise outside could be heard all morning and night. If you just want a place to lay your head, it'll be fine. But dont expect a friendly valet, or a really nice room. It's worn out.
Great hotel centrally located in New Orleans. Rooms were quiet and clean. Fitness room was well equipped and the roof top bar very inviting. staff were a nice and the restaurant as expected for this caliber hotel. Had to kill a little time before shoving off the airport and found the lounge to be the perfect spot. Overall comfortable and upbeat decor.
I am so glad I chose this hotel last time I was in New Orleans. Less expensive than a Kimpton, but just as hip! Walking distance to Cafe DuMonde and Saks. I mean...
(By the way, also walking distance to Smoothy King Center.) Food very good, too.
Man, where to start. Here on business and used Hilton points, awful. Hilton should be embarrassed. I observed the manager (or at least the manager on duty) arguing aggressively with 2 different customers (one of which that couldn’t find her reservation). I have never seen such u organization and awful rudeness by any hotel, ever. After waiting 45 minutes for my room (15 outside for the valet that never came) I had to stalk the manager to get my room. They sent me a bottle of champagne after I called to complain to Hilton but they woke me up by loudly knocking on the door. I never drank their champagne. How about this? Check people in, treat them with respect and be professional. This hotel needs to fire everyone and start over. I would sleep in my car rather than stay here again.
No Valet parking discounts for handicapped. No room in frig to put personal items. A/C didn't work. Valet attendants were pushy and too rushed. No continental breakfast. Amenities were pitiful. On a positive note, room was clean.