I love a good excuse to visit New Orleans so when the newly opened Ace Hotel New Orleans invited me over, you bet I was there asap. Ace Hotel NOLA was recently named in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2017 Hot List. Located on the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette streets in the Warehouse District, Ace Hotel is just a block away from Willa Jean‘s frosé (my go to, to go drink) and avocado toast.
You know I didn’t come to NOLA empty handed, I planned out my restaurant itinerary and here’s where I dined in 2 1/2 days.
- Shaya – go during lunch to avoid the wait
- Morning Call – serving coffee and beignets since 1870
- Willie Maes Scotch House – best fried chicken ever
- Hansen’s – super sticky sno-ball but so worth it
- Creole Creamery – old fashioned NOLA ice cream
- Drip – Instagrammable affogato shop that’s right across from the Ace Hotel
- Dominilise – classic po’boy without the frills
- Josephine Estelle – Ace Hotel’s own restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Seaworthy – Ace Hotel’s own seafood restaurant that serves dinner
- Cafe du Monde – my favorite beignets and a stop I make on every New Orleans trip
- District Donut – best donuts ever.
Photography by Blaze booked with Kandid.ly
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ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS
Ace Hotel is quite different from any other hotel that I’ve ever stayed at. The darker tones and cool attitude was a change from my typical choice of white, airy, and natural aesthetic, so I was surprised when I actually liked this new, modern stay.
What I love about Ace Hotel New Orleans is that you really don’t need to leave the hotel to experience NOLA. You should, but you don’t need to. Start with a cold brew at Stumptown Coffee, lunch at Josephine Estelle for a NOLA classic like the fried soft shell crab, mingle in the lobby over cocktails from the lobby bar (the bartenders are excellent), raw oysters and the Holy Water cocktail at Seaworthy, and then watch the sun set over the city from the rooftop pool and bar. But wait, the night isn’t over just yet. Head down to Three Keys for live jazz and dance the night away.
This summer, guests can visit with friendly rates starting at $119 a night with code HEAT. The code takes 20% off weekday bookings and 15% off weekend bookings. Additionally, they have a Stay More, Save More Offer for extended visits.
Ace Hotel is conveniently located in the Warehouse District, just south of the French Quarter. You can easily walk to the French Quarter or take the St. Charles Line streetcar up to Canal St.
I stayed in the large room – furnished with a king bed, flat screen TV, fully-stocked mini bar, and Smeg refrigerator. Super spacious with a desk to do work out, small living to hang out, and a comfortable bed. The bathroom was a show stopper with the all black tile, black toilet, and bathtub.
- Rooftop pool + bar
- Lobby bar
- Three Keys – live music venue
- Stumptown coffee shop
- 2 restaurants: Josephine Estelle and Seaworthy
- Room service
- Smeg refrigerator
- Free WiFi
- Fully-stocked minibar
- Gym, open all the time
- Valet parking, day and night
- 24-hour front desk help
- Bathrobes in room
- Rudy’s Hair and Body Products
- Classic photo booth
- Turntable with curated vinyl selection (select rooms)Acoustic Martin guitars (select rooms)
- Acoustic Martin guitars (select rooms)Original artwork from local artists and Ace friends
- Original artwork from local artists and Ace friends
600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130, acehotel.com/neworleans
STUMPHOUSE COFFEE ROASTERS
Housed inside a former carriage house next to Ace NOLA, Stumptown Coffee Roasters serves up both hot coffee and cold brew. The cafe also makes coffee cocktails like a refreshing mint julep.
610 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130, stumptowncoffee.com
It’s not often when a hotel’s restaurant is worth dining at, especially in a city filled with incredible restaurants like New Orleans. Josephine Estelle serves Southern-inspired Italian meals and xwine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The fried soft shell crab sandwich at lunch was excellent and I couldn’t stop eating the bucatini with amatriciana,, parmesan, chili, and garlic for dinner.
ACE Hotel, 600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130, acehotel.com/neworleans
Next door to Ace Hotel New Orleans is Seaworthy, a cocktail and oyster by the trio behind the popular NYC seafood bar, Grand Banks. You have to order the Holy Water Cocktail (pictured above), not only is it delicious but the flaming lime is a stunning presentation.
Seaworthy is set in a classic Creole cottage built in 1832 and you can feel the history while dining there. Try to ask for a table on the second floor next to the windows if you want to take pictures. I had almost everything on the menu but my favorites were the raw oysters, peel & eat shrimp, pork belly, ceviche, and black drum.
630 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130, seaworthynola.com
My stay was provided by Ace Hotel New Orleans. All opinions are my own.