New Orleans has no shortage of wonderful hotels and B&Bs to stay in, but while there are numbered of revered old Southern hotels (like Hotel Monteleone and Soniat House), and a few ultra-modern hospitality establishments (like The W), there isn’t much in the way of the hip boutique hotels we see in other cities… until now. This February, New Orleans’s Garden District will welcome the new Henry Howard Hotel to the neighborhood. An 1860s mansion transformed into a boutique hotel with stunning historic architecture and cool contemporary flair, it’s just the modern-day NOLA hotel we’ve been waiting for.
Named after famed New Orleans architect Henry Howard, the building has gorgeous galleries (NOLA speak for long, narrow rooms with high ceilings) with walk-through windows, Corinthian columns, 12-foot ceilings, and red pine floors. New York–based interior designer Lauren Mabry of Hunter Mabry Design re-envisioned the interiors, bringing in custom-designed canopy beds, vintage-inspired luggage racks, commissioned artwork by local artist Hayley Gaberlavage, and eclectic-chic Persian rugs. The result has Southern flair with contemporary cool. It’s a little bit like what our dream apartments would look like—if only we lived in a big Southern mansion. The hotel opens February 1, and it is available for bookings now. Rates start at $189/night.
We caught up with Mabry to hear a little bit about how this stunning space came together. Read on for our interview.
Have you ever been to NOLA? Where did you stay? Share below.