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New Orleans: Things To Do + Staying at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

For Labor Day Weekend, my friends and I decided to head to New Orleans to celebrate. As the world is still feeling the effects of Ms. Rona, it was very important for us to find a hotel that had safety precautions in place + had all the amenities for a fun stay. We were lucky to come accross the Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery, which won Conde Nast's 2019's Reader Choice Award.

It's not hard to see why readers love the Old No. 77 Hotel! Located in the Warehouse Arts District and four blocks away from The French Quarter, it offers the perfect balance of quiet while still being close to the madness the city has to offer.

From the moment you arrive to the hotel, you feel that sense of welcomeness and luxury that the Old No. 77 Hotel exudes. Something that I really appreciated was that the hotel was enforcing the use of masks indoors + only allowing one party at a time in the elevators. This really gave us a sense of peace and allowed us to to enjoy our stay without having to worry. Furthermore, the check-in process was so easy + minimal interaction was needed.

While the hotel just opened in 2015, it plays tribute to it's historic warehouse roots through its design. The moment you walk in you notice the exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and industrial inspired-tables. You'll also find an Art-o-mat, a vintage cigarrette machine repurposed to dispense small original works of art, next to the reproduction of the building's original exterior signage from the 1870's.

My favorite part of the hotel was obviously the guestrooms, which made me feel right at home with it's light, airy design that allows the budiling's authentic warehouse architecture to shine. The rooms perfectly blend industrial and modern design, while providing all the modern necessities for us travelers.

We loved our rooms so much that we spend a huge portion of our stay indoors in our hotel robes. Who doesn't love that hotel robe life and some vino? Perfect way to spend the Labor Day Weekend, if you ask me. One of the things that I really loved was the bar which was stocked with locally sourced items. I love discovering local culture - so it was lovely having the option to try new items in our room.

One of the most cool initiatives I found, was the hotel's support for up and coming artist. It’s so important to support new talent! To do so, they’ve teamed up with the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts to showcase the visual and written works created by student in it’s guest rooms and at the Chandlery. It's at the Chandlery where you can purchase some of the hotel's favorite regional goods such as t-shirts, candles, soaps, fragrances, art, and more.

The hotel also has the award winning restaurant "Compère Lapin" which unfortunately was closed during our visit. I was so excited to try it but it's given me something to look forward during my next visit.

With that said, we got to take a sneak peak inside the restaurant and it's not hard to see why it's so aclaimed. The decor is fantastic and I can just imagine the magic that awaits once it's doors reopen.

As I mentioned, the hotel's location is so ideal as it offers the opportunity to be able to walk to some of the hottest places in New Orleans including the French Quarter. One of the places that we loved in the French Quarter, was Cafe Beignet. It's pefect for that morning breakfast and you can't leave New Orleans without having some beignets. The beignets are New Orleans' signature sweet, and they are made from deep fried dough sprinkled with sugar. 100% shades of deliciousness.

Also located in the French Quarter is the Royal House restaurant, which offers lovely views and outdoor seating. Perfect for that moment to recharge with a drink in hand. One of my favorite moments, tbh.

If you're looking for a fabulous dinner experience close to the center of all, I'd highly recommend Copper Vine Wine Pub. We found the ambiance superb and incredible. However, do note that closing time is 11pm - so make sure to get there early and make reservations.

As many of you know, I can't go to a city without exploring some of the local rooftop bars! While I didn't get the chance to explore as many as I would of liked, I did get the chance to have drinks at Monkey Board. I'd honestly give it a 10/10 - the views were phenomenal. Please do note that you'd need reservations here as well as it tends to get very crowded.

Overall we loved every second of our time in New Orleans + our stay at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. It was the perfect way to spend our Labor Day Weekend + we can't wait to return very soon to experience more of what New Orleans has to offer.