Find Your Favorite French Quarter Hotel
The over-three-centuries-old French Quarter is located right in the heart of New Orleans, a tapestry of music, cuisine and cultures, and a testament to its colorful past. With its non-stop, 24/7 action, breathtaking architecture, world-class restaurants, outstanding music scene, and only-in-New-Orleans experiences, the French Quarter is irresistible.
And what better way to explore this one-of-a-kind place and one of the oldest neighborhoods in the U.S. than to stay right in the middle of the action?
These four historic boutique hotels are located in the French Quarter, so you are never far from all that the neighborhood has to offer. And when you’re done exploring, enjoy the welcome respite from the bustle and relax by the pool (French Market Inn, Place d’Armes Hotel and Hotel St. Marie have saltwater pools), hit a happy hour, grab a bite in one of the hotels’ bars and restaurants, or simply enjoy the view from your room or your balcony.
So, what makes these hotels outstanding? Read on!
Hotel St. Marie
Hotel St. Marie (827 Toulouse Street) features modern amenities combined with a classic French Quarter atmosphere. Its European-style decor delivers luxurious touches like chandeliers and period paintings, yet the extensive renovation added many modern updates.
The meticulously restored exterior is lined with wrought-iron balconies overlooking the action, only half a block away from Bourbon Street and mere four blocks from Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral.
Many of its elegant guest rooms feature balconies overlooking the exciting streets of the French Quarter or the serene tropical courtyard with a saltwater pool. There are eight room types at Hotel St. Marie, with either one king or two queen beds.
The deluxe room, for example, features elegant antique reproduction furnishings, and the streetside balcony room features a balcony overlooking the French Quarter (great for people-watching!). Both the suite and the junior suite offer an elegant sitting area.
The on-site Vacherie Restaurant & Bar is three in one: restaurant, bar and cafe, which are all located next to one another on the first floor. The elegant yet low-key restaurant serves authentic Cajun cuisine with a few inventive twists, focusing on homestyle Cajun and regional Louisiana fare like BBQ shrimp and grits or crabcakes.
The cafe serves up snacks and things like sandwiches, perfect on the go. You can also hit the full bar for the daily happy hour 3-6 p.m. The $8 bar menu includes things like sliders of the day and boudin balls. To drink, $6 will get you a cocktail like rum punch, a glass of any of the house wines, or a draft beer flight (three half-pints of your choice).
Prince Conti Hotel
Prince Conti Hotel (830 Conti Street) features an old-world southern atmosphere with modern amenities. The Prince Conti Hotel is also very close to a plethora of renowned historic sites and fun destinations. The always-hopping Bourbon Street is only a block away, and the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square are six blocks away.
The shopping and dining destinations of Canal and Royal streets are close by, and the museums and world-class restaurants of the CBD are a short ride away. New Orleans is also known for its exciting nightlife, and the Prince Conti Hotel puts you close to some of the best nightlife destinations, like Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, Pat O’Brien’s, House of Blues, and more.
The hotel is housed in a historic 19th-century townhouse, which sports a carriageway and plenty of European charm. Some of its rooms feature exposed brick and recent renovations updated the amenities and the interior’s rich colors and moldings, adding touches of opulence and the classic New Orleans charm.
Despite its proximity to the 24/7 action right outside its windows, Prince Conti Hotel offers a quiet respite from it all, an oasis with an elegant yet relaxed vibe.
The hotel also houses The Bombay Club, an elegant New Orleans favorite featuring creative cocktails and bar bites. The Bombay Club serves up dozens of varieties of martini and nightly live music.
In the morning and afternoon hours, dine in style at the Cafe Conti, also located in the Prince Conti Hotel. Serving a variety of breakfast and lunch fare daily, Cafe Conti’s menu gives special attention to Creole and French cuisine.
French Market Inn
The French Market Inn (509 Decatur Street) is located on the bustling Decatur Street, just steps away from the Mississippi Riverfront and within six blocks of renowned New Orleans attractions like Jackson Square, the French Market, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (joined by the Insectarium in the Summer of 2023), Bourbon Street, and Harrah’s New Orleans Casino.
This historic hotel boasts a serene, private stone-paved courtyard with a saltwater pool, a fountain, and a beautiful tropical garden. Its antique brick facade opens onto a lobby adorned with period paintings, chandeliers, and columns, with period details throughout the building. The hotel’s balconies, overlooking Decatur Street, offer great views of the river and the vibrant neighborhood.
Since this historic property dates back to the 18th century, every guest room has its own distinct character. The first property records date as far back as 1722, and it was used in the past as a bakery and a family residence. In the early 1830s, the Baroness Pontalba y Almonaster bought the bakery and the surrounding lots and turned it into an inn.
If you’re in the mood for a comforting beverage, PJ’s Coffee is on-site and has something fresh brewing daily, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Place d’Armes (625 St. Ann Street) is just two blocks from the historic Jackson Square (which used to be called Place d’Armes, hence the name), and an easy stroll away from Cafe Du Monde, the French Market and the Mississippi Riverfront. The excitement of Bourbon Street is only eight blocks away, too.
Place d’Armes Hotel embodies old-world charm inside and out. It occupies two restored historic townhouses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Guest rooms facing both the street and the courtyard have wrought-iron balconies, and feature exposed brick, conveying the traditional, old-world ambiance of the French Quarter. The hotel’s courtyard is particularly enchanting, showcasing a variety of tropical plants, fountains, and a saltwater pool under the magnolia trees.