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The Top 10 Most Unique, Memorable Hotels in New Orleans

Looking for a unique hotel? Here are New Orleans' 10 best options.

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New Orleans draws tourists from all over the world for its unique culture, nightlife, and of course its iconic Mardi Gras festivities. Whether you're coming for the memorable food, the culture, the history, or the nightlife, there is a perfect place for you to stay. We would argue that these extraordinary hotels alone would be worth a visit to New Orleans, especially a stay at our famous, romantic hotel, the Degas House

Choose a hotel in a neighborhood that supports your special purpose for coming to the city. If you plan on staying out all night and partying nonstop, you will want to stay in the French Quarter. The French Quarter is known for its bustling nightlife and charming restaurants and bars. If you are coming for a relaxing vacation, you should stay in the Garden District. In the Garden District, you can enjoy New Orleans at a slower pace by strolling through historic mansions and gardens.

If you are coming for the culture and history, you'll want to stay in the Central Business District. This neighborhood is full of museums, galleries, and theaters. Finally, if you are coming for the music, you should stay in Bywater or Marigny. The Bywater and Marigny are by far the trendiest neighborhoods in New Orleans and are filled with jazz, blues, and rock shows each night.
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans: The Degas House

#1: The Degas House


The Degas House is a historic home and bed and breakfast located on Esplanade Ave. near City Park in New Orleans. The area surrounding The Degas House is full of other mansions and historic buildings. Tucked a bit away from the bustling nightlife of New Orleans, it is one of the best places to stay for a quiet and historical visit to New Orleans. Hospitality is of utmost importance at The Degas House. When you check-in, you are given a complimentary tour of the home and a bottle of wine. If you are looking for a unique hotel in New Orleans, choose The Degas House!

The Degas House History:

The Degas House is the home of Edgar Degas, a French Impressionist Master. The home is a museum and bed and breakfast. The museum is on the first floor and the guest suites are located on the second and third floors. One of the most individualistic features of the Degas House is that each suite is named after a member of the Degas family. Esplanade Avenue, where the Degas House is located, functioned as the "millionaire row" many years ago. During your stay be sure to explore the neighborhood and check out the unique architecture and history!

The Degas House Pricing:

Pricing starts at $189/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans:  Hotel Peter & Paul

#2 - Hotel Peter & Paul


The Hotel Peter & Paul is a historic church, schoolhouse, rectory, and convent that was converted into Hotel Peter & Paul. It took four years to completely restore the building. Each portion of the building was restored to its original but modern appearance. Each room is unique and designed to transport you back to the 14th century. Staying at the Hotel Peter & Paul will most certainly give you a historic experience to remember forever.

Hotel Peter & Paul History:

Hotel Peter and Paul used to function as St. Peter and Paul Catholic church and school. The site is full of a unique history that dates back years and years. The buildings are Henry-Howard inspired and the architecture is beyond comparison.

The entire building used to be a schoolhouse, rectory, church, and convent. Each building has individually been restored with different inspirations and narratives. No two guest rooms are exactly alike. You could stay at the hotel multiple times and live a completely different experience.

Hotel Peter & Paul Pricing:

Pricing starts at $155/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans: The Columns

#3 - Columns


Staying at the Columns is not anywhere near your ordinary hotel experience. The hotel will teleport you back to New Orleans many years ago. The vintage design and feel will make you feel like you have time-traveled. All the locals know about Columns, it is a city landmark. The hotel overlooks St. Charles Avenue is an easy walk for many of the other historical homes in New Orleans. The hotel has been carefully restored since its construction in 1883. The charm has been maintained while adding modern features to make it better accommodating to today's age.

Columns History:

The Columns was built in 1883 and originally functioned as a private residence. During World War I, it was converted into a boarding house. Then, in 1953, a local family turned the home into a hotel and bar. In 2019, the home was sold to Jayson Seidman and their family. The entire hotel is crafted with hospitality in mind. Staying at the Columns is a retreat from the busy city.

Columns Pricing:

Pricing starts at $275/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans: Le Pavillon Hotel

#4 - Le Pavillon Hotel


If you are looking for a luxurious hotel in New Orleans, Le Pavillon is the perfect place to stay. It is classic and magnificent with a rich history. When staying at Le Pavillion, you will receive first-rate amenities and stylish accommodations. It is one of the most instagrammable and trendy hotels in the entire city. Le Pavillon Hotel will provide you with a grand stay in New Orleans.

Le Pavillon History:

The Degas House has a simple menu with Creole dishes. They are specifically known for their homemade waffles and french toast. They also make the most delicious omelets! You can enjoy your food inside the historic home or outside on the shaded patio. Check out their menu here!

Le Pavillon Pricing:

Pricing starts at $169/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans:  Hotel Monteleone

#5- Hotel Monteleone


Hotel Monteleone is a luxury hotel located in the center of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The hotel sits at the bottom of Royal Street and is a center point for all activities in the city. It is one of the only hotels that has two parking garages, making it easy for you to park your car while exploring the city on foot. Around the hotel, there are unique restaurants and boutiques to explore.

Hotel Monteleone History:

The Hotel Monteleone was founded by Antonio Monteleone, a nobleman from Sicily. Antonio adventured to America in 1880 after hearing about it as the "land of opportunity." In 1886, Antonio bought a 64-room hotel and began the Hotel Monteleone. Since its opening, five generations of Monteleone's have owned and operated the hotel. It is one of the only family-owned hotels still standing in New Orleans today.

Hotel Monteleone Pricing:

Pricing starts at $169/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans:  The Ritz-Carlton

#6- The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans


The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is located in the heart of the city's historical and architectural landmarks. Enjoy the luxurious amenities of staying at The Ritz-Carlton by visiting the hotel's spa and private music instructors. Experience luxury with a local touch!

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans History:

The Ritz-Carlton may be a widely-known hotel, but the hotel in New Orleans is worth a visit. The French Quarter hotel was set in a 1908 Beaux-Arts Building. It is the epitome of southern charm mixed with luxury. A stay at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans will be one to remember.

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Pricing:

Pricing starts at $405/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans: Virgin Hotels New Orleans

#7- Virgin Hotels New Orleans


Virgin Hotels New Orleans was ranked the #1 hotel in New Orleans by Tripadvisor this last year. The hotel is located in the Warehouse District of New Orleans and is the cutest boutique hotel in the city. The hotel is new but has already become one of the trendiest hotels in New Orleans. You can enjoy cocktails in the Commons Club and relax at the rooftop pool during your stay. It is one of the most charming hotels in the city.

Virgin Hotels New Orleans History:

Virgin Hotels are a chain hotel started by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. The hotel began construction in 2015 and just recently opened in 2021. It is a 238-room hotel located in downtown New Orleans. It is one of the first Virgin Hotels in the country!

Virgin Hotels New Orleans Pricing:

Pricing starts at $199/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans:  Maison de la Luz

#8- Maison de la Luz


You will feel like you are home when you stay at the Maison de la Luz. The hotel is designed to be a proper Southern stay. There are 67 suites in the hotel that are fully stocked with a minibar. Adjoining rooms are available upon request. One of the most unique features of the Maison de la Luz is that nightly wine, cheese, charcuterie, and fresh fruit are served each night in the Living Room from 6-8 pm. 

Maison de la Luz History:

The Maison de la Luz is a 67-room guest house that opened in 2019. It was built in a renovated 1908 building in the Warehouse District in New Orleans. Your stay at the Maison de la Luz will be a layered narrative experience. You will feel as though you have been transported back in time. Staying at the Maison de la Luz will certainly be an unforgettable experience!

Maison de la Luz Pricing:

Pricing starts at $324/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans:  The Chloe

#9- The Chloe


The Chloe is a modern boutique hotel in the Uptown district of New Orleans. The hotel features 14 private guest rooms along with a restaurant and bar. Staying at The Chloe is an intimate experience designed for those wanting a proper getaway from the craziness of the city. The hotel is designed to imitate a Victorian residence. 

The Chloe History:

The Chloe hotel is housed in a 19th-century mansion in Uptown. It was designed to encompass old-fashioned glamor and southern hospitality. The 14 private rooms are full of local artwork and natural lighting. Everything about the hotel is elegant and charming.

The Chloe Pricing:

Pricing starts at $287/night
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A memorable hotel in New Orleans:  Hotel Saint Vincent

#10 - Hotel Saint Vincent


The Hotel Saint Vincent is a historical hotel in the Lower Gardens District in New Orleans. It is tucked away from the loud nightlife of New Orleans and is a perfect, calm, and private getaway. Unlike traditional hotels which radiate bright light and whiteness, the Hotel Saint Vincent has taken a darker approach. Each room is designed to be completely black and red, truly a hotel like none other!

Hotel Saint Vincent History:

The Hotel Saint Vincent was originally opened in 1861 and has just recently been restored and renovated in 2021. The hotel honors the memory of Margaret Haughey, an orphan who made her way to New Orleans in 1835. In New Orleans, Margaret was known as "Our Margaret" as she was known for continuously giving to her community. The Hotel Saint Vincent honors the memory of Margaret Haughey and works to continue her story today.

Hotel Saint Vincent Pricing:

Pricing starts at $296/night