Hotels in New Orleans on Saint Charles

by Cicely A. Richard

Saint Charles Avenue extends from downtown New Orleans and the tree-lined blocks of the Garden District. Hotels on Saint Charles evoke the spirit of New Orleans’ past with their antique furnishings and architecture reminiscent of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Whether they are part of a chain or historic landmarks, these hotels mimic designs showcased in antebellum homes. Several hotels, such as the Lafayette Hotel, are tourist attractions in their own rights.

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Historic Landmarks

The Lafayette Hotel features French doors and wrought-iron balconies originally constructed in 1916. The hotel transports guests back to another time, boasting antique décor in the lobby and guest rooms. It also showcases Italian marble floors, a handcrafted staircase and wood accents. Hotel amenities include valet parking and concierge service. Select rooms contain four-poster beds, wet bars and whirlpool tubs. Avenue Garden Hotel features a courtyard landscaped in 1897. The hotel’s design is consistent with Garden District style, showcasing iron balconies and columns reminiscent of antebellum homes. The hotel specializes in wedding planning, catering, decorations, flowers, photographers and tuxedo rentals. Rooms feature soft white colors, antique-style furnishings and marble bathroom counter tops. In-room amenities include Internet and remote-controlled television.

Garden District Hotels

Avenue Plaza Resort features a rooftop sun deck that overlooks Saint Charles Avenue. Its courtyard boasts a swimming pool and soaking tub, as well as a landing that connects to The Ashley House. Constructed in the 1840s, The Ashley House is one of the area’s oldest antebellum homes. Original owners constructed the raised home because of the superstition that yellow fever and malaria came from the ground. The resort provides studio and one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, refrigerators and dishwashers. Built in 1883, the Columns Hotel is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and has only two floors and 19 rooms. Its Albertine’s Tea Room features 19th-century décor, stain-glassed windows and ceiling fans. The owners serve a full Southern breakfast. Guest rooms boast four-poster beds with wood frames and private baths.

Chain Hotels

Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue Hotel invites guests to enter the doors of its restored 1926 downtown building once used as a Masonic Temple. This AAA Four-Diamond Award hotel features neutral colors, intricate woodworking and marble flooring. It has an indoor pool, wedding chapel and fine-dining restaurant. Guest rooms offer the Hilton Serenity Collection bedding and Crabtree & Evelyn products. Maison St. Charles Quality Inn & Suites sits on a three-acre property in the Garden District. The hotel’s décor consists of earth-tones accented with reds and purples, as well as antique furnishings. On-site recreation includes a courtyard pool and hot tub. All guest rooms boast 19th-century décor and modern amenities like flat-screen televisions and free Internet.

Vacation Tools

The City of New Orleans official tourism website has tools that allow visitors to pick hotels, make reservations and plan tourism itineraries. The website also provides updated information about vacation package deals at area hotels.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .