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Warehouse District Hotels

Establishment neighborhood
Maison de la Luz
546 Carondelet St., Warehouse District
In the buzzy New Orleans hotel scene, no one does it like Maison de la Luz: Staying here feels like being let in on a good secret. Visitors will note elements of mystery and allegory, like snake motifs and a hidden window where you can order a drink. And while the common rooms hum with the energy of the city, the guest rooms are serene, with soaring ceilings and sumptuous velvet headboards. There’s no full-service restaurant here, but there’s a solid breakfast, and the bar, Bar Marilou, is known to be one of the coolest in town. (For more privacy, hotel guests can step through a revolving bookcase door into an exclusive salon.)
Ace Hotel New Orleans
600 Carondelet St., Warehouse District
While the décor here definitely feels like an Ace, you’ll find none of the urban grunge of the New York location or the woods-y, hipster feel of the Portland and Seattle spots. The building itself is a 1928 art deco masterpiece in the Warehouse District, occupied by a Scandinavian furniture company for most of its existence, and now topped with a pool that’s open year round in the balmy, humid Southern weather here. The moody-but-elegant interiors are decorated (by no less than goop favorites Roman & Williams) in dark gem tones, with perfectly worn leather banquettes and thoughtful art deco accents. As this is an Ace, the restaurant is shaping up to be pretty great as well. Memphis food wizards Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, childhood best friends whose home-style Italian food is infused with a Southern kick, made it their first venture outside of Tennessee.