Old No 77 & Chandlery
New Orleans is surprisingly lacking in the chic boutique hotel department, but that's immaterial when what's on offer is as good as the new Old No 77 & Chandlery, with its exposed brick walls and high ceilings befitting of a former warehouse.
The stylish rooms and suites have large windows, hardwood floors and ceiling fans and are a lovely place to relax after a day exploring the city, but the main events are downstairs.
The open plan ground floor is home to Tour La coffee, cocktail and pastry bar; a gallery showcasing local artists and Compere Lapin restaurant, home to chef Nina Compton's mash up Franco-Italo-Caribbean cooking and more killer cocktails. Hair of the dog doesn't often taste this good.
Why We Love It
The Do Not Disturb signs say 'Let's just say things got a little crazy last night and leave it at that' - an appropriate touch in this town.
Belmond Charleston Place
The Belmond Charleston Place sits at the heart of Charleston's historic district, offering luxury accommodation brimming with the latest technology, whilst retaining the atmosphere of a grand 17th century residence through decadent interiors, and charming staff keen to indulge guests with the very best of Southern hospitality.
Guestrooms and Suites are decorated in neutral tones, with classic dark wood furniture, and sumptuous fabrics, in a Charleston-inspired design. Rooms also feature distinctive artworks, and luxurious marble bathrooms, and the spacious suites offer additional living space.
The award winning Charleston Grill serves up a menu of local specialities at the hand of Chef Michelle Weaver for dinner each evening, accompanied by world class jazz music. The inside-outside garden setting of the Palmetto Café uses fresh, local ingredients in a distinctly southern menu, from breakfast, through to leisurely lunches, whilst the Thoroughbred club is open for casual drinks, and tapas in the evenings.
The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place is an oasis in the city, providing a sanctuary of relaxation with a range of face and body treatments. Guests will also surely want to spend leisurely afternoons by the rooftop swimming pool, with retractable glass roof. A fitness centre, Jacuzzi and gallery of luxury boutiques complete the facilities at this old-world luxury hotel.
Why We Love It
The top floor swimming pool has a retractable glass roof, so even if it's raining you can still swim under the stars.