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A go-to luxury boutique for the hip and famous
The International House Hotel is a favorite of celebrities such as Uma Thurman, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Bacon, Gwen Stefani, and Eminem, all of whom probably stayed in its over-the-top penthouses.
But even standard rooms provide a taste of that luxury, thanks to the work of Los Angeles-based designer LM Pagano, who refreshed the hotel design in 2008. Decor is now understated and sophisticated, with clean lines and lush fabrics. (LM Pagano counts Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp as former clients.)
That sleek style starts in the lobby, with its plush seating and spare oil paintings, and continues into Loa Ba, with its rich reds and dramatic chandeliers. Even the elevator has a door-length “Venus and Adonis” mosaic. The color scheme of creams, dusky greens, grays, and occasionally, rich reds, feels decidedly posh. Occasionally, style trumps function (big beds can make some guest rooms feel tight).
Standard rooms are on the smaller side, and the Central Business District location is quieter, both of which could help keep this chic spot’s rates competitive.
Easy access to restaurants and attractions upriver, as well as the French Quarter
The International House Hotel is within easy walking distance of the French Quarter, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Insectarium, Jackson Square, Preservation Hall, and dozens of world-class restaurants. It's in the Central Business District (CBD), which is essentially across the street from the freewheeling French Quarter. Many corporations, foreign consulates and the city’s convention center are located here, as is the Superdome.
The CBD is a mellower counterpart to the French Quarter. There’s plenty of foot traffic, especially closer to the river and around the St. Charles streetcar line. At night, visitors should be safe on main thoroughfares like Poydras Street, and anywhere there’s a major restaurant or hotel. A wealth of parking garages makes the CBD fairly easy to drive into, except during the week of Mardi Gras.
Minimalist decor with plush fabrics make the rooms feel luxe, though they aren't that big.
The property's 117 rooms have clean lines, high-end design features (marble-topped tables, sleek chandeliers, large, pale mirrors), and lush fabrics (washed velvet curtains, pleated lampshades, and tufted headboards).
The colors and materials add depth and richness to the rooms, while plush mattresses enhance comfort. The big beds can make some standard rooms feel cramped, however. Higher-level rooms get less street noise.
Bathrooms are modern, but the ones in lower-level room categories are much less impressive than the rooms themselves.
No pool here, but the spa and fitness room are decent
A sexy craft cocktail bar is one of the city's best.
Trendsetters and celebs stay at the International House Hotel for its quietly sexy vibe, attentive staff, and posh rooms designed by a top L.A. designer. At night, the hotel’s Loa Bar (just off the rose-scented lobby) serves fancy libations by candlelight. The rates here are surprisingly fair, and the Central Business District location is within walking distance of the French Quarter.