Part of a wave of new hotels springing onto the New Orleans scene, the Troubadour is an artsy-cool, 184-room boutique property housed in a 17-storey former office building in the central business district. Opened in January 2017, this hotel feels like part of the action, while maintaining a quiet sophistication and updated, non-cliché slice of the Big Easy.
Grounded by local artwork throughout the property, design darlings will love the Art Deco meets 1970s vibe – a new age portrait of Erika Badu, gold framed mirrors, an earthy, grey-blue colour scheme and bright orange packaged Jonathan Adler amenities. Dark wood furnishings in the rooms add warmth to the space, while expansive windows look onto the city.
Petit Lion, the hotel’s signature restaurant led by New Orleans native Chef Phillip Lopez, excels at bistro fare (think moules frites, steak au poivre, and foie gras torchon), with a chic French cafe ambiance and recurring Art Deco touches. Try a few of the incredible cocktails like the Gravier (a potent concoction of bourbon, old school liqueurs and bitters) from local connoisseur T. Cole Newton. Finish with a selection of exquisite desserts like the intricately infused citrus crema Catalana with bourbon honey sorbet, and candied citrus, or opt for the quirky Yorkie, a combination of mint chocolate chip ice cream, minted milk, and chocolate “cocoa puffs.” The Monkey Board, the open-air rooftop bar named after the highest point on an oil rig and cleverly featuring a wall of psychedelic graffiti, is the place for food truck-inspired fare and views of the New Orleans skyline.
It’s not often, after checking in to a city hotel, that we immediately bolt up to the rooftop in hopes of catching the sunset. But when a warm glow bathes the city skyline in a sea of sepia, drink in hand, we see what the fuss is about.
The Troubadour, 1111 Gravier St.
This original article first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.