BY AMANDA WELLS | PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HENRY HOWARD HOTEL
New Orleans doesn’t seem to stop. Each time I visit, no matter how often, the Big Easy greets me with exciting new eateries, innovative cocktail bars, and stylish hotels that I can’t wait to duck my head into. My latest visit was no different. While you can always find authentic grittiness and flair around every corner, there’s something for everyone— and for me, sophistication in my accommodations always hits the spot. It’s no mystery why the newly rebirthed Henry Howard Hotel was calling my name.
Nestled in the city’s chic Garden District, the Henry Howard offers a melding of modern comforts and old world refine- ment. The unmatched hospitality of the vibrant staff is a treat you can only find in the South. The property was originally built in the 1860s as a double gallery townhouse-style mansion. Esteemed New Orleans architect Henry Howard brought the place to life with Greek revival architecture that boasts Corinthian columns and walk-through windows.
Now, the property has been reinvented as an inspired, service-focused 18-bed room boutique hotel in one of the city’s most unique neighborhoods. New York City based Hunter Mabry Design and its founder, Lauren Mabry, created the vision for the redesign. Mabry sought to honor Henry Howard’s traditional historic elements while blending them with modern and inviting touches that I simply couldn’t get enough of.
When you walk through the grand front doors, you’re greeted by a breathtaking parlor, with 12-foot ceilings, exquisite crown molding and red pine floors. I recommend grabbing a mango mimosa to-go from Parlor’s bar and taking a stroll down Magazine Street.
Each exquisitely designed guest room is outfitted with both custom furniture and antiques, second line instruments on the walls, and artwork by local artist Hayley Gaberlavage. The sturdy iron beds are custom made by Doorman Designs and like virtually all of the interiors, have a nod to Henry Howard in their subtle H design. Inspired by the area and its heritage, a New Orleans toile wallpaper subtly showcases the city’s iconic landmarks and colorful characters, including Henry Howard himself.
A stay at the Henry Howard Hotel lends a cozy feeling that is reminiscent of staying with family. The entire vibe, with its soothing color and design scheme, is calm yet interesting and made me never, ever want to leave. Double, Queen and King rooms are available with luxurious linens, local gourmet snacks and Beekman 1802 toiletries.
The third floor is home to the Edward Conery Apex Suite, named for the steamboat owner and ship chandler who gifted the double townhouse, designed by architect Henry Howard, to his two daughters in 1867. This suite holds two European-style rooms and a full bath plus a Queen room with an ensuite bathroom and extra spacious lounge area, ideal for bridal parties or large families.
Don’t miss this piece of New Orleans history where luxury meets charm and where tradition meets modernism. Treat yourself to the Henry Howard Hotel and you’ll surely keep coming back for more.
Visit henryhowardhotel.com or call 504.313.1577.