New Orleans is not a city that you visit to feel separated from the local culture—it’s a destination you want to be immersed in. The Chloe is an amazing choice for a local hotel that undeniably feels like you’re staying in New Orleans. Located right on St. Charles Avenue, some of the hotel’s rooms even feature views of the city’s iconic streetcars rumbling up and down the street.
The atmosphere starts early. When you first arrive at the property, you pass through wrought iron gates and walk across a large patio to enter the Victorian-era building. Encompassing 14 gorgeous rooms, the structure was originally designed by local architect Thomas Scully before being recently renovated by restaurateur Robert LeBlanc. The space has charm to spare with a unique mix of antique objects and arresting modern art.
Upon checking in, guests are immediately given welcome cocktails before being directed to their room. If possible, it’s worth splurging for the Avenue King which has its own entrance off the porch, a picturesque seating area with views of the avenue and a truly breathtaking bathroom with a soaking tub surrounding on three walls with windows. All of the guest rooms are a charming mix of history and modern touches with elements including four-poster beds, vintage furniture and contemporary photography.
Adding to the sense of regional authenticity, local suppliers can be found throughout the hotel including robes from New Orleans-based Trish Bhansali’s brand Lehka, bath salts and oil from Oxalis Apothecary and hand-thrown toiletry holders from Baton Rouge-born ceramicist Demetria Chappo. Some additional amazing amenities are vinyls provided in the rooms by local record store Peaches Records, complete with record players and a speaker. Listening to old-school jazz in the setting really completes the Big Easy feel.
Not surprisingly with a hotel opened by a known restaurateur, the food and beverage options at The Chloe are excellent with modern takes on New Orleans cuisine and inventive cocktails. In addition to a lobby bar that exudes refined club lounge whimsy and a poolside bar that’s perfect for grabbing a drink while catching some rays, the on-site restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating in the mansion’s front courtyard. The shrimp etouffee dumplings are an absolute must and the muffaletta egg roll provides a great start to the day.
Speaking of the pool, it’s located in the property’s backyard and ringed by extensive seating options, an outdoor herb garden and Meyer lemon trees. The tropical oasis provides a lovely space to escape the afternoon heat on a hot Louisiana day without leaving the property. Those looking for other attractions can hop on the aforementioned streetcar at a stop right outside for a short ride to downtown and the French Quarter. Meanwhile, the city's famed Garden District is just a five-minute walk away.
Once you enter this welcoming space, however, you won’t soon want to leave.