Eight quirky hotels in historic New Orleans buildings


A mid-century monastery, children’s institution, and motel are among the buildings that have been converted into eight unusual and stylish hotels to stay in New Orleans.



Hotel Saint Vincent in the Lower Garden District, New Orleans, by Lambert McGuire Design

This red brick building, built in 1862, was formerly the St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum. Austin-based Lambert McGuire Design has converted it into a 75-room hotel that blends 20th-century Italian style with mid-century modern design.

Bathrooms have cherry-red bathtubs and psychedelic wallpaper, and the guest-only cocktail bar, the Chapel Club, is accessed via a dramatic neon-lit corridor.

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he Chloe in Uptown, New Orleans, by Sara Ruffin Costello

The Chloe in Uptown, New Orleans, by Sara Ruffin Costello

The Chloe is located in a former mansion designed by American architect Thomas Sully in 1981. Local decorator Sara Ruffin Costello created an atmospheric interior for the hotel, with inky blue walls and an alligator-print rug that leads up the stairs.

Antiques fill the hallways, and bedrooms have four-poster beds and freestanding bathtubs. Enjoy cocktails on the porch, which is lined with 19th-century tiles.

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Maison de la Luz in the Arts District, New Orleans, by Atelier Ace

Maison de la Luz in the Arts District, New Orleans, by Atelier Ace

Kelly Sawdon and Studio Shamshiri co-founder Pamela Shamshiri describe their design for the 67-room Maison De La Luz as “insane and funny,” with snake iconography and eccentric decor in a converted historic building.

The hotel includes Bar Marilou, a public bar painted in shiny red with fringed tiger-print bar stools. The private bedrooms are designed in quieter tones to encourage guests to relax and unwind.

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Hotel Peter and Paul in Marigny, New Orleans, by StudioWTA and ASH NYC

The Hotel Peter und Paul was originally a church, rectory, monastery and school from the 19th century and was used until the 20th century. New Orleans-based StudioWTA and New York-based ASH NYC have created a 71-bed hotel in the building, repairing the stained-glass windows and adding cypress moldings and marble fireplaces.

Religious iconography can be seen everywhere, including four-poster beds with crucifixes and paintings of saints hanging in bedrooms.

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The Eliza Jane in the Central Business District, New Orleans, by Stonehill Taylor

The Eliza Jane in the Central Business District, New Orleans, by Stonehill Taylor

New York studio Stonehill Taylor combed seven warehouses to create the 196 bed Eliza Jane Hotel. The buildings used to house businesses like the Peychaud Bitters factory and the local newspaper The Daily Picayune.

Antique typewriters adorn the bar area, and exposed beams and brickwork are a reminder of the building’s industrial past.

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Ace Hotel New Orleans in the Warehouse District, New Orleans, by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

Ace Hotel New Orleans in the Warehouse District, New Orleans, by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

The nine-story Art Deco furniture factory designed by Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth in 1928 was converted and expanded by the local company Eskew + Dumez + Ripple into a 234-room hotel of the Ace hotel chain.

Original terrazzo floors and dramatic columns have been restored and preserved in the lobby and restaurant, while rooms are decorated with dark wood furniture and a color palette of smoky blues and grays.

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Drifter in Mid-City, New Orleans, by Joel Ross of Concordia Architecture

Drifter in Mid-City, New Orleans, from Concordia Architecture

Concordia Architecture converted a modern mid-century motel into the 20-room Drifter Hotel, featuring tiles from Oaxaca, Mexico and a bar with tropical decor.

Contemporary furniture adorns the public areas, while the bedrooms have double bunk beds. In the background, a huge disco ball hangs near a pool on a brick terrace.

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Henry Howard Hotel in the Garden District, New Orleans, by Hunter Mabry Design

Henry Howard Hotel in the Garden District, New Orleans, by Hunter Mabry Design

Two townhouses originally designed for two sisters in the 1860s have been converted into the 18-room Henry Howard Hotel.

Large white-painted columns and walk-through windows line the exterior, while the interiors have high ceilings and an eclectic mix of furniture. Musical instruments in the bedrooms evoke the city’s jazz connections.

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