New Orleans, United States

Henry Howard Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$69.43

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD79.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Southern tonic

Setting

Oak-lined avenue

Boutique Henry Howard Hotel is a refreshingly unique owner-run hotel in the genteel Garden District of New Orleans. With interiors designed by Hunter Mabry, this bright white Greek-revival townhouse has its fair share of history and character, too. Brass jazz instruments and paintings by a local artist hang on the wall, along with framed Mardi Gras costumes. In communal lounge and bar the Parlor, jazz music plays in the background as bartenders (or helpful reception staff) shake up cocktails, and guests gather around drum-kit coffee tables. In the mornings, coffee, juice and fresh pastries are offered to guests before they head out to enjoy the city.

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One welcome cocktail each at Parlor bar

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

18, including one three-bedroom suite.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $69.43, excluding tax at 14.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $0.50 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD79.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include daily coffee, tea, orange juice and pastries.

Also

Louisiana architect Henry Howard designed the townhouse that now bears his name in 1867.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout and access to the garden. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, minibar, bathrobes and Beekman 1802 bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each room in Henry Howard is unique, thanks to 1800s architecture, but we have a particular crush on the Royal Queen, with its wrought-iron canopy bed, exposed brick wall and saxophone mounted on the wall. Bath-lovers should swing for Royal King room 203, which has a bespoke bathroom and a stylish soaking tub.

Packing tips

Bring shoes made for walking and breezy cottons and linens to beat the heat and humidity.

Also

The ground-floor Queen Royal room is larger and has an adapted bathroom for guests with mobility issues.

Children

Children are welcome, but not particularly catered to. Travel cots can be provided for infants, and hotel staff will happily heat baby food and bottles.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Park yourself at one of the drum-kit coffee tables and stay put.

Dress Code

Keep it relaxed but stylish and you’ll fit right in.

Hotel restaurant

None, but there’s no danger of going hungry in New Orleans. The hotel offers daily coffee, tea and orange juice in the Parlor, and light pastry offerings (think buttery croissants or muffins) are provided over the weekend. 

Hotel bar

Communal lounge and bar area, the Parlor has 12-foot tall ceilings, a sparkly chandelier and drum-kit coffee tables. Tongue-in-cheek artwork by local artist Hayley Gaberlavage is hung on the walls; most are family portraits of the current owners, with their faces covered by their favourite cocktail. Antique furniture has been updated with modern prints, a beautifully-framed orange Mardi Gras carnival dress has a place of honour, and chilled-out New Orleans jazz music is usually playing in the background. Try the two signature cocktails while you’re there: a home-made lemonade and bourbon Lemon H, or an orange- and pineapple-infused Hurricane Martini. The bar is also well-stocked with beer, including local craft brew Abita Nola ale, and you’ll find tried and true cocktail options too: go for an old fashioned or tempt fate with a dark ‘n’ stormy.

Last orders

The bar is always open: on the weekends, bartenders run the full-service bar, but the reception team are perfectly qualified to pour drinks during the week.

Room service

None, but every room has a minibar stocked with local Zapps crisps, Tabasco dark chocolate, local sodas, nuts, sweet potato-based Zydeco bars, and a voodoo doll (yes, really). Chocolate-chip cookies magically appear during turndown service.

Location

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Address
Henry Howard Hotel
2041 Prytania St
New Orleans
70130
New Orleans
United States

Planes

Flights from major hubs land at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, 25 minutes away by car. There’s even a direct flight from London with British Airways (www.britishairways.com). Taxis are a flat rate for two people; Uber service is available at flat rate of $33. The hotel can also arrange transfers by private car, which ranges in cost from $125 to $150, depending on the number of passengers and the date.

Automobiles

There’s street parking in front of the hotel, which is catch-as-catch-can. For $30 a day, the valet service is the guaranteed option for a parking space.

Other

The iconic tram runs along St Charles Ave, at the end of the block.

Worth getting out of bed for

At the hotel, enjoy cocktails and a side of people-watching and jazz music in the lounge  – especially during happy hour – or relax in the shaded garden. The stretch of Magazine Street that runs along the upper Garden District near Henry Howard is the area’s best bet for perusing local shops, galleries and cafés. Go for a wander there or along the broad, tree-lined avenues of the Garden District and load up your Instagram with gnarled trees and historic mansions. Take an eerie tour of LaFayette Cemetery, one of the most famous (and supposedly haunted) in the world, to learn about the history and maybe have a spooky story or two thrown in. Hotel staff will happily point you towards the best swamp tours and walking tours of the various districts. 

Local restaurants

Atchafalaya on Louisiana Avenue serves modern Creole dishes and hosts live music on the weekends; the New Orleans-style menu includes shrimp and grits, duck hash, popcorn crawfish and alligator sausage. For fine dining (a desire influenced, perhaps, by the history of Henry Howard), book a table in the garden of Commander’s Palace on Washington Avenue; the dinner menu features pecan-crusted fish, pork belly cassoulet and a seriously decadent seven-course tasting menu. Caribbean-style taqueria Rumhouse on Magazine Street is fun and buzzy; snag a seat by the large windows or outside to people-watch with your massive plate of nachos. Shaya’s Restaurant has a modern menu of Israeli-influenced dishes, all created with locally- and ethically-sourced ingredients; order sharing plates of baba ganoush, halloumi, falafel and shakshouka. 1800’s grocery turned modern Southern restaurant La Petite Grocery on Magazine Street is open for lunches, dinners and Sunday brunch. Start with the fried green tomatoes, don’t miss the baked macaroni;on Sundays, try the gulf shrimp and grits. For dessert, which you may feel silly ordering, go for the Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake with toasted pecans and vanilla ice-cream, and all you’ll be scraping your plate like a honeymooning Scarlett O’Hara.

Local cafés

Casual Surreys Café and Juice bar on Magazine Street is a laid-back spot for breakfasts and lunches. In the mornings, try the Bananas Foster French toast, crab meat omelette with brie and avocado, or the corned beef hash with andouille sausage and home fries; at lunch, go for an aubergine flatbread, a smoked-pork Cuban sandwich or a roasted-veggie po-boy. District Donuts has several locations across the city, including one conveniently close by on Magazine Street. They serve Stumptown coffee and their doughnuts are made from scratch, right down to the sprinkles. There’s also a rotating selection of sliders, which can include blackened chicken Caesar, oyster with caper aioli, or shrimp rangoon. And for a classic New Orleans beignet, there’s no more iconic place than Café du Monde; order a few and settle in with a café au lait. You may be covered in powdered sugar after one bite, but you won’t care.

 

Local bars

American whiskey bar Kenton’s is the place to go for bourbon sampling; it’s named after the founder of the Kentucky port town where  whiskey was first shipped out of state on flatboats. Make a toast in his honour and order from a menu of smoked, grilled and charred dishes, or just nibble stomach-lining southern buttermilk biscuits. For live music and local brews, make your way to d.b.a, which has been graced by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Jimmy Buffet.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Garden District and unpacked their beignet mix and spicy Creole seasoning, a full account of their Deep South break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Henry Howard Hotel in New Orleans…

A quest for Mardi Gras beads and debauchery this is not; we’re in the city’s genteel Garden District for boutique stay Henry Howard Hotel, a beautifully modernised New Orleans townhouse. We’re welcomed with genuine southern hospitality by the owners, who show us to our bright bedroom, which has a tastefully sparse selection of brass instruments and modern paintings on the walls, and views of giant gnarled trees. In our minibar, there’s a curious mixture of local crisps, sweet-potato bars and a voodoo doll. When in New Orleans, we suppose.

After a quick refresh, we make our way down to the Parlor and soak up jazz music with our handcrafted cocktails, before venturing out to nearby Magazine Street in search of the city’s famous cuisine. We think y’all will like it here too…

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