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 hotel was great, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The room was small but comfortable with a nice view of New Orleans. The location was in a perfect spot with $25 a night parking right across from the front door.
My husband booked this hotel for a 2 day get away we planned. We knew it was in the business area and thought we would be ok with that. Honestly, it's too far and we didn't feel comfortable walking to the hotel at night. The area of this hotel is pretty abandoned and your about 5-7 blocks from the action. I would recommend staying closer especially when it's so crazy hot. When it's 80% humidity and 100 outside, you don't want to walk. Plus they don't sell any drinks or snacks at this hotel. Plus the restaurant is closed 70% of the day. The cleaning staff also isn't good. A lady aggressively knocked on our door at 10 am. Despite us telling her we would be leaving out room in 20 min and asking her to come back (she seemed really annoyed despite us trying to be nice) she never did come back so our room had no fresh towels/soaps and no housekeeping service...not that the room was clean when we checked in. Fingerprints on everything (tv, windows, glass table and mirror). Over all this was a disappointing stay at a Hilton property. Outside of one nice young doorman and a very friendly young waitress and restaurant manager working breakfast on Sunday morning, the rest of the staff of this hotel isn't friendly.
Advise to hotel staff: When you're in a service industry, try being nice! It will result in tips $$
From the moment we arrived to the time we left, we had a fantastic experience at this hotel. Upon arrival we were greeted by valet who quickly helped us with our car. In addition, he provided us a a recommendation for a restaurant nearby that turned out to be a fantastic choice that both me and my wife enjoyed. The room was clean and everything worked as expected and the hotel staff were very pleasant and helpful. We couldn't ask for a better experience.