One of my favourite things about traveling is to discover small hotels. I would much rather stay in a cool hostel or a unique hotel than a big box hotel.
That’s why I was so happy that I was invited to stay at the International House Hotel on my trip to New Orleans! This whimsical hotel is within walking distance of all the New Orleans hot spots- the French Market, Bourbon Street and the French Quarter are just steps away.
I stayed in a double room with pretty damask carpet. In the corner, there was a black on black velveteen sitting chair and a Sony LCD screen tv. The beds were immensely comfortable that I didn’t want to leave it in the morning.
The bathroom was large with ample towels, Aveda toiletries and a huge glass shower. The shower was my favourite part of the bathroom!
From the moment I walked in, I loved the airy, spacious lobby with its white decor. In the lobby you’ll find the romantic Loa bar.
The Loa is a gem of a bar. I walked past it in the evening and was blown away by its beauty. The Loa gets its name from divine spirits in the Voodoo faith. The bar is helmed by nationally recognized “Spirit Handler” Alan Walter. He finds local ingredients, such as honeycomb, herbs and native flora for his cocktails. Alan makes his own syrups, tinctures and aromatic bitters on site. Each drink is served in a vintage glass from his personal collection. How cool is that?
In the morning in the lobby, there’s free Tea Forte, granola bars, apples and coffee, along with free newspapers. The staff at the International House Hotel were incredibly friendly and helpful. They helped me track down a package long after I checked out, and I really appreciated that.
The excellent service, prime location, comfortable room and beautiful bar definitely makes this hotel one that I would visit again!
International House Hotel, 221 Camp St, New Orleans
Thank you to the International House Hotel and the New Orleans CVB.