07 Sep Up & Coming Trendy Hotel in New Orleans
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery: Deluxe King Room Review
So I went to New Orleans recently with the boyfriend and I’m really excited to tell you guys all about the hotel we stayed at. We decided not to rent a car after reading about how difficult it would be to get around the city, plus their public transportation is pretty decent. Staying at a hotel within the city was therefore crucial.
About the up and coming trendy hotel in New Orleans
The Old no. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is a newly renovated hotel, but has been around since 1854, first as a warehouse and later as the Ambassador Hotel for the last two decades. Although it’s been rebranded, every room is unique and is full of character with bits and pieces of its history remaining intact. If you’re into the whole exposed-brick wall, exposed pipe ceilings, crown moldings, and bright accent retro chair kind of industrial design (yes, I’m a fan of HGTV), then I think you’d appreciate a stay here. For us design and art lovers, it’s heaven, basically.
The location is right in the heart of New Orleans (downtown/French Quarter) with just a 15-17 minute walk (~7 minutes via car) to all the NOLA hotspots like Bourbon Street. The good news is, you won’t have to worry about being surrounded by any drug addicts injecting needles after sunset and yelling out “Help!” at 3 in the morning. No, it’s not one of those renovated-but-still-located-in-the-ghetto kind of deal. The neighborhood is perfectly safe, not once did I feel uncomfortable walking to and from it.
The moment you step into the building, you are welcomed by glass retro tiles with an elegant chandelier hanging above. To the left is a restaurant serving both as a cafe and bar — the perfect place to start and end your day. The ambiance of the lobby is modern with just the right amount of class and soul, immediately making you feel the N’awlins vibes. You can hang out by the lounge or bring your laptop down to their charging pallett wood tables. Ugh okay, I’m obsessing.
Anyways, check-in was a breeze. Every staff we’ve encountered had been genuinely friendly, sometimes giving us extra information we valued during our stay.
There was art in every corner, brick walls, and honeycomb tiles leading up to our room. I thought I had reached my capacity of excitement at this point. Nope. As soon as we entered our room and switched on the lights, well, let’s just say I was bouncing off the walls at a whole new level of excitement. I don’t even know where to start. Design wise as you know is perfection — with floating shelves and everything — just look at the pictures for yourself. Comfort wise? Well, I definitely felt like I was on vacation. The room was pretty spacious for two, it had central air conditioning, high ceilings, a king-sized bed with a down comforter, a desk for the workaholics, and a sofa for the bookworms. We had the Deluxe King room, which is on the lower end of upgrades, but definitely did not feel like it. The bathroom was just the right size, with scallop tiles, lemongrass complimentary toiletries, and a rain shower head just to name a few perks. But my favorite piece in the room was the Tivoli Audio with bluetooth that let us hook up our phones for some tunes.
My only main complaint about this hotel is the fact that the walls were so thin, the kind of thin where you can hear your neighbors blasting Taylor Swift in the middle of the night (thankfully T. Swift is quality music). You can also hear your neighbors’ floors above creaking at every step, which got pretty creepy at one point. But overall, I really enjoyed my stay and would definitely recommend it to those visiting New Orleans.
Reasonable from $87+. We paid around $90/night.
- Newly renovated, hip, and carefully designed
- Free high-speed wi-fi
- Plenty of charging outlets with USB slots
- Pillow-top comfy mattresses
- Flat-panel TV
- Bluetooth radio
- Rain shower head
- Blocks away from shops, restaurants, and NOLA hot spots.
- Wood floors
- 12:00 PM checkout
- Luggage storage (even after check-out)
- Central and climate-controlled airconditioning
- Ceiling fan
- High ceilings
- A fridge full of goodies (for a fee)
- Reading lights on both sides of headboard
- Closet and drawers
- Reasonable price per night
- Entrance is locked and guarded at night for security (hotel guests are buzzed in)
- Hair Dryer
- Iron + Iron Board
- A safe for your valuables
- “24-hour” Fitness center (although it was locked when we tried opening it around 11:00 PM)
- 24-hour front desk
- Pet-friendly rooms ($45 per stay)
- Lather bath amenities
- Dry cleaning/laundry services
- Thin walls
- The floors creaked at every step (felt like I was going to fall through), and also heard it creaking when the neighbors above walked.
- The floors were not leveled (definitely felt slanted)
- No vending machines
- No pool
- 4:00 PM check-in
- No Microwave
- Fridge was filled with beverages for a fee
- The shower only had glass on one side, so water would splash on the open end
- No balcony
- Our view was whatevers
- Valet is $37 a night
Address: 535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 527-5271
Hours: Open 24/7
*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts/views expressed are 100% in my honest opinion.
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