International House Hotel
Style Cool colonial grandeur
Setting Corner of Camp Street
Two blocks from the French Quarter in the sharply besuited corporate quarter, International House Hotel’s stately white-columned façade disquises the modern affair inside: plush, tufted seating, blonde hardwoods and pale marble. Boutique boudoirs are kitted out with custom headboards, chandelier-lit baths and rich damask fabrics.
Need to know
- Rooms 117, including four suites.
Double rooms from $119.00, excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.00 per room per night on check-out.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency ($119) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (US$10-US$15).
- Facilities Gym, spa and gardens. In rooms: free WiFi throughout, iPod dock, flatscreen TV, mini-fridge and Aveda bath products.
- Check-out Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a fee of half the nightly rate. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
- Children Although the hotel welcomes families, it's not especially geared towards children. Babies are best catered for: cribs can be added to rooms free; the staff are happy to heat up food and milk.
- Also Swirling modern ceiling fans, which can be found in each room, are a welcome reprieve from the humidity. Candy, trail mix and cookies can be ordered from the front desk anytime.
Food and drink at International House Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Chef and entrepreneur Kenneth LaCour (who also owns Dakota restaurant) is behind Rambla’s flavor-packed fusion of Creole and Basque. Savoury small plates of smoked cornmeal encrusted Louisiana oysters, pork meatballs and steak frites with chimichurri and romesco sauces are must-trys. Be sure to get a bottle of French or Spanish wine from the carefully curated list. The open-plan dining room is lined with black and white photos of the city and communal tables. Exposed beams, naked lights and exposed pipes create a downtown-cool dining den.
- Dress code Keep it casual with linen legwear and easy, breezy tops.
- Top table Secluded but perfect for people-watching, the booths at the front are the prime perches.
- Last orders Breakfast is until 10am everyday; lunch is available 11.30am until 3pm everyday except Saturday and Sunday; on weekdays dinner is available until 11pm and midnight on weekends; no dinner service on Sunday. Drinks are concocted until 2am.
- Room service Breakfast is available from 7am to 9.30am everyday. Selections from Rambla’s menu including salads, sandwiches and desserts are available from 6pm to 10.30pm Monday through Thursday; and from 6pm to 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
Sensual, low-lit and loungey Loa, opposite the lobby, is especially buzzy come the weekend. Add its name to your voodoo vocabulary: it means ‘divine spirits’ – apt, given the excellent array of indie-label liquors available. The smell of fresh herbs lingers in the air. Red and gold brocaded chairs and banquettes dot the lounge and tall, patinated wood candleholders add a reverential, churchy feel. Mixologist Alan Walters draws inspiration from the seasons when crafting his inventive cocktail menu. Try a Park and Fly: made with a blood orange, galangal and grapefruit-infused syrup shaken with anejo tequila and topped with sparkling wine.
International House Hotel 221 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
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Our favourite rooms
The hotel’s LA-based designer LM Pagano supplied her own pieces for the Muse Terrace and Cityscape Terrace penthouses, such as the distressed velvet chair-and-a-halfs. From the Muse’s private terrace, there are sweeping panoramas of the French Quarter and Mississippi River. Dark and gleaming hardwood floors are covered with Spanish rugs; tall brocade tri-panelled headboards top a linen-clad bed and chandeliers create a bedazzling boudoir effect. The Apple King rooms are ideal for the tech-savvy – we’ll leave you to decide whether they’re named after the bowl of organic fruit or the Apple TV installed in each.
Gents don sharp seersucker suits. Wide-brim woven hats and floaty floral frocks are essentials any self-respecting southern belle.
Book an in-room Time Share massage, designed for duos, or head to the spa room for a chair massage or a mani-pedi. International House upholds the local tradition of altar-making to celebrate religious and voodoo holy days. Created by chefs and local artisans and displayed in the lofty lobby, these altars – topped with candles, religious figurines and palm fronds – can be admired all year-round. Bespectacled staff members rock indie-brand Salt Optics, just ask if you like what you see.