When it comes to New Orleans, it’s not so much a matter of telling people they need to visit. The Big Easy is on practically everyone’s travel list. Instead, what’s key is knowing where to stay in New Orleans—and the answer is the Ace Hotel New Orleans.
On the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette, one of the coolest hotels in one of the liveliest cities waits for you to start the vacation of a lifetime. Tucked in the perfect part of town—close to art galleries, museums, shops, and cocktail lounges—the Ace Hotel New Orleans can be your headquarters as you head out and explore the French Quarter and South Market District. Meanwhile, it's up to you to explore the city's mystical nooks and unearth your own local favorites. Having only opened in the Warehouse District last year, the 234-room hotel is only a recent gorgeous addition. In a nine-story art deco building, the celebrated hospitality chain finally put up an outpost in a city they've long had their eye on. How could they not, with the music, the food, the history, and the energy?
Embrace the Suite Life
While the hotel offers stylish rooms of all sizes—Medium, Large, Double, Corner, and Suite—it’s the Ace Suite that’s the talk of the town. We're talking a two-level living space that makes you feel like you own a chic city loft. It comes with a wet bar and an outdoor terrace, and the decor harkens back to the local era of decadence, with Roman and Williams lighting and French Deco-inspired furnishings. There's even a Music Hall turntable and an acoustic Martin guitar, ready to help get the party started.
Fall in Love With a New Orleans Twist on Italian Cuisine
Helmed by lifelong friends and chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, Josephine Estelle is an all-occasion osteria, as well as the first venture outside of Tennessee for the James Beard Award nominees. At the hotel’s ornately decorated restaurant, the Memphis transplants pursue a seasonal, homemade approach to Italian cuisine, all while livening it up with a flavorful twist courtesy of the American South.
Back in their home state, they were the men behind Porcellino's Craft Butcher and the celebrated restaurants Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy, and Catherine & Mary's. Now, with Josephine Estelle, named for each of their daughters, they’re a favorite of New Orleans locals and visitors alike.
Take in a Live Show at the Right Spot
Are you aiming to behold the jazzy soul of New Orleans in all its melodic beauty? Because then you’ll likely find yourself at the Three Keys, if that’s the case. A beloved venue found at the hotel, this jumpin’ joint dedicates itself to the city’s divine music and sense of magic. Here, you'll discover “musicians, performers, piano princes, and drag queens” being at their outright freest. This isn't some strict concert hall. This is where you see artists perform like it's their studio or living room. It’s a tiny stage that showcases a lot of improvisation and audience participation.
Accept All the Hotel’s Best Offerings
On a sunny day or a warm night, your best bet is to hit the hotel's rooftop garden, Alto. It's where you can melt and mellow out poolside while diggin on small plates and seasonal cocktails. Plus, there's seasonal menu, rotating tap, frozen drinks, a wine list, and of course panoramic views of the city.
Then there's the lobby bar, a colorful watering hole that'll certainly do you right. With bright cocktails and killer cuisine of the Italian-meets-Southern variety, the hotel's beating heart comes through. Sit among spirits, trinkets, and artwork while you stay cool and buzzed.
Venue + Photos: Ace Hotel New Orleans