When I booked my stay at the Catahoula Hotel New Orleans, I was not prepared for how charming it was. This renovated 1845 Creole townhouse is now a quirky boutique hotel and maintains many of its original details. If you’re a traveler who appreciates simple yet modern accommodations with lots of heart, you’ll want to stay here on your next trip to New Orleans.
Located on a quiet side street in the Central Business District, the hotel is a short walk from the French Quarter, the St. Charles streetcar, and some of New Orleans’ best museums and boutiques. The Catahoula Hotel considers itself a “rare little oasis” among the larger hotel chains around the city. By maintaining a warm atmosphere, it hopes to provide a welcoming atmosphere akin to the home it was once was.
About the Rooms
If you’re a low maintenance traveler, you’ll appreciate the simple yet modern atmosphere of the Catahoula Hotel New Orleans. With 35 rooms, this may be a small boutique hotel. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in quirk and charm.
My bedroom overlooked an adorable hanging garden, a serene spot for enjoying my morning tea. The only things missing were the birds and forest animals to complete this picturesque scene, right?
All rooms feature a Casper mattress, which I’d always wanted to try and thoroughly enjoyed.
Since this hotel is on the smaller side, its owners came up with a unique way to save space. The bathroom vanity and sink are within the bedroom area, a walk-in shower faces this, while the toilet and closet coexist in an adjacent room. Normally, I’m used to having a separate bathroom. But this set up worked just fine for me. These rooms are ideal for 1 – 2 people only.
Dining at Piscobar and Midnight Noodle
Steps from the lobby, you’ll find Piscobar and Midnight Noodle. Piscobar offers colorful and refreshing pisco based cocktails.
You’ll want to spend some time hanging out in the hotel’s courtyard across from the bar — a great spot for an extended afternoon with girlfriends or chilling after a long day out and about. It’s such a sweet party space. In fact you can rent it for private events.
If you haven’t tried Midnight Noodle, you’re missing out. A hidden gem for sure, this spot serves up some of the best vegan food I’ve ever had. Treat yourself to chef Melvin Stovall’s inventive Thai, Sichuan, and Shanghainese menu. The incredibly flavorful and spicy cuisine will overwhelm your senses in a good way. For me, one of the standout dishes of the entire trip was the Fiery Chinese Eggplant coated in the most delicious spicy chili oil. You won’t forget this dish. Actually, you’ll probably wonder why you’re not eating plant-based meals more often.
6 Reasons You’ll Want to Stay at the Catahoula Hotel New Orleans
- Quiet Location: Nestled on a side street in the Central Business District, you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet away from tourists and late-night revelers.
- Quirky Decor: Explore all the fun corners around the hotel from the towering installation artwork that reaches the rooftop, to the black and white tiles of Piscobar, as well as the adorable pink Christmas tree in the courtyard. In fact, the Catahoula was labeled one of Vogue Magazine’s Most Instagrammable New Hotels.
- Affordable: Book for as little as $99 per night or less if you use a length of stay promotion.
- Original Details: The Tulane grads who renovated the hotel kept many of the original details of this 19thcentury townhouse such as the exposed brick walls and original windows.
- Pet Friendly: The hotel welcomes pets under 75 pounds for a fee of $75 per stay. If you spend some time in the lobby, the hotel’s pet cat might keep you company.
- Rooftop Terrace: Enjoy the cozy lounge, get lost in the upward sky line views, or grab a cocktail on the rooftop terrace.
Disclaimer: I was provided accommodations by the Catahoula Hotel during my stay in New Orleans in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.