We stayed here for Super Bowl weekend, when every possible room in the Big Easy was taken. The Hotel Modern aspires to a boutique hotel; with some personality and not a cookie cutter chain.
Located on Lee Circle & St Charles streetcar line, around corner from WWII museum. Walkable to both Superdome & French Quarter (though streetcar to Canal is must more charming to get to Quarter). Neighborhood is a gentrifying warehouse district that seems relatively safe. Valet only parking available at $30/day. Small pop-up restaurant in lobby, very limited restaurant choices nearby (better to walk or taxi to Quarter).
The hotel is a converted YMCA, so rooms are small (definitely not spacious as they claim on website) but modern. Queen bed, flat screen TV, free wireless, minibar, Bigelow toiletries. As noted by other reviewers, the walls are rather thin, so you do hear guests next door – our neighbors were all-night TV watchers.
Front desk staff is a bit trendy and not too with it as noted by other reviewers. Valet staff was great. Beware the “iced tea” upon check-in; it is actually a potent chai-based rum punch! Overall, good value for money, clean, modern, out of the noise of the Quarter, and not a cookie cutter chain.
- 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