No. of Rooms: 166
Best Room: Any with a view of Canal Street; some larger suites are planned for a second phase of construction
||The specs: A 166-room, $45-million renovation of the century-old Audubon Building, in the northwest corner of the French Quarter close to the Superdome.
The look: A bright medley of old and new. The Burgundy Bar is a study in bordello chic, with deep-red banquettes and Venetian plaster walls; the restaurant is bathed in white. Hand-painted murals of old New Orleans decorate the eight-story stairwell; minimalist modern guest rooms are plain but comfortable, with indigo ceilings and white-lacquered furniture.
The experience: A rather seedy section of Canal Street brings you to an entrance illuminated by antique Bevelo gas lanterns; inside, a series of floor-to-ceiling white curtains billow in the lobby, and the strains of live jazz emanate from the bar, where you're likely to find a mix of business travelers, tourists, and local jazz aficionados. Across the lobby, Sweet Olive, sister to chef Michael Stoltzfus's locally beloved Coquette, specializes in updated regional classics. After dinner, the rooftop lounge beckons with plush seating and panoramic views of the downtown skyline.