We stayed at the Hotel Modern for three nights after Christmas before neighborhood-hopping to the Renaissance Pere Marquette and Hotel Indigo. The Hotel Modern was the best value; please see my reviews of the other two hotels for reference. We picked the Hotel Modern for its reasonable prices during the holidays and its location. On Lee Circle, it was a convenient walk to Cochon, Herbsaint, and other restaurants, while being outside the loud partying of the French Quarter; this was exactly what we were looking for on the first leg of our trip. In house, Bellocq had well-mixed cocktails and an extensive whisky selection. The service was mixed at both the bar and the hotel. Checkin was slow, and when we immediately requested a move to a room farther from the elevators, it took awhile to process, with little feedback. The new room was nicely-designed, but there were signs that someone, perhaps a previous guest, had been there just prior (hair on the soap dish, tissues in the toilet). On subsequent nights, housekeeping was very good, and we appreciated their flexibility with our schedule. The front desk staff was very helpful on checkout, giving us extra time to collect our bags. Overall, I would recommend the Hotel Modern for its location and boutique design, with some reservations about service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Modern New Orleans welcomes you. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with complimentary drinks in our lobby and escorted to your room just as if you were staying at a close friend’s guesthouse – there is no front desk or lengthy check in process. Our 135 comfortable rooms were designed in-house with a modern eclectic aesthetic that mirrors New Orleans’ juxtaposition of Old World charm with New World diversity. Each of our rooms feature a spacious layout to meet the needs of our busy and well-traveled guests, hand-picked modern yet comfortable furniture, and a selection from our private antique collection. The Hotel Modern goes beyond the basics to offer an array of cultural amenities, such as thoughtfully curated books in every room, a live music series with international artists in our cocktail lounge, Bellocq, and our full service restaurant, Tivoli & Lee, Chef Marcus Woodham's Southern Bistro featuring a farm-to-plate menu. The Lounge takes its name from photographer E.J. Bellocq, who secretly photographed the madams of pre-prohibition New Orleans. It features a menu of original cocktail creations from Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Matthew Kohnke, the founders of Cure, the new Orleans bar named one of "The Best Bars in America" by Esquire Magazine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Cirque New Orleans
- Le Cirque Hotel
- Hotel Le Cirque New Orleans