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The Drifter Hotel

3522 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-7016
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#99 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Boutique Hotel built in 1956 and completely reimagined in 2017. Thanks to its retro “motel” sign out front, this unassuming low-rise seems at first glance like a forgotten 1950s anachronism. But look past the period-piece signage and The Drifter reveals itself as an exercise in modernized nostalgia, both in terms of design and concept. With a name inspired by the iconoclastic Beat Generation of postwar America, the property is a playful respite from New Orleans’ expected offerings, shining a light on a newly hip side of the city by acting as a melting pot for the local and global “drifters” who end up there.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Evening entertainment
Meeting rooms
Adults only
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Wine / champagne
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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joeface84 wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
rad hotel that is a great great value. everything is very clean and well-maintained. mattress, linens, toiletries are all great. lobby and bar are great gathering stop. no big parties while we were there so cant comment on that aspect but would gladly stay there again.
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Date of stay: February 2020
MeGan H wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions4 helpful votes
I traveled to NOLA for a birthday party and the host chose The Drifter for accommodations. Everyone was booked there however one of the rooms had roaches. Roaches can be a danger to your health and I am sure if they were in one room they are probably throughout the property. I do not have roaches at my house and had no intention of bringing them home with me. I was refused a refund for my room. We all ended up having to find another hotel last minute on the busy weekend of the CFB National Championship. The hotel staff and managers seemed as if the roaches were not a big deal and did not put forth any effort to refund my money. Clearly this was money wasted.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: Do not stay here. Book somewhere else.
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Kenneth K wrote a review Jan 2020
Long Branch, New Jersey1 contribution
Loved my stay here. There was a great party vibe, lots of lovely young beauties basking by the pool all day, fun parties every night, though mostly just a local hangout and not my scene. Whatever, I'm going out at night anyway. They are not there to party with you but generally I felt welcome among the kids (I am mid forties and older than most patrons there). Coffee beer and food was all what it needed to be, not too expensive overall. I was only there a day between flights and a cruise. Enjoyed it immensely. This place reminded me of some of the better 3 star hostels I frequented in far flung places. I'd recommend it, just know what you're signing up for. Oh yeah it's loud at night, bring earplugs and a blindfold and maybe nyquill because the club music just pounds like some island club in jamaica ...
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Date of stay: March 2019
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Ground floor probably better.
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Chef Rosco wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom10 contributions14 helpful votes
Terrible place to stay unless you want massive parties on your door step, to be stopped by security each time you come back to the venue, you want to be greeted by police cars in the evenings or just surrounded by drugged fuelled parties. I was due to stay for 4 nights and after 2 days of constant parties i spoke to the receptionist who was rude, cocky and useless. Once i managed to speak to a manager he was barely anymore helpful. I asked to get a refund for my remaining two days as the music and parties were way beyond acceptable and he offered one night stating "i dont even have to do that". The receptionist also added " you can see the parties on our calendar on the website and we say have a fun party on our welcome letter" When i said that the calendar is at the bottom of the website which doesn't say "you will have a club on your doorstep' She was also quite proud in stating that people with families or not here to have fun quite often leave when they see the place or read the welcome letter.... All in all a terrible experience and an awful place. Do not ruin a trip to such a great city by staying here.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Room Tip: All rooms are loud
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Nik wrote a review May 2019
1 contribution4 helpful votes
There was an event at the hotel and I was going to get some food and drinks. My bag was searched at the door, which I found odd but went with it. I was then told I could not sit outside that I could go outside just to order my food then I had to wait in the lobby because I had on what the guy referred to as "streetwear" I had flipflops on and it is an outdoor pool and sitting area. I was then told I had to pay 5 dollars to then go order food that I was not allowed to wait for. It was clear me or my money was not wanted in the establishment. I am not a tourist, I am born and raised in New Orleans. Trust me people there are BETTER hotels you can stay at in the city, better location, more affordable with true hospitality and good service to all people REGARDLESS of what they look like Leave the superficial nonchalant discriminating hipsters to their b.s. I will not return to this place and I will actively share my story until the management makes changes or addresses this situation.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
3 Helpful votes
$142 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Rose Inn Motel
United StatesLouisianaNew OrleansMid-City District / Mid-City
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Drifter Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Drifter Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Chickie Wah Wah (0.6 miles), Bayou Beer Garden (0.7 miles), and Finn McCool's Irish Pub (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Drifter Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Drifter Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Drifter Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Drifter Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Angelo Brocato Ice Cream, Katie's Restaurant & Bar, and Ruby Slipper Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Drifter Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Drifter Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Our Sacred Stories (1.8 miles), Hermann-Grima House (2.1 miles), and Longue Vue House and Gardens (1.6 miles).