Travel is always a luxury but when you live in New Orleans, it's hard not to want to stay here all of the time. Even though Josh and I have aimlessly wandered this city for over ten years together, it just doesn't get old. Partially because we're simple at heart (we could never have a reality show because we're that boring) but also because there's always something new to discover. The best way for us to tap into our local wanderlust? A good old fashioned staycation. To prepare: find a pet sitter (thanks sis!), leave the laptop at home, clear out the schedule, and settle into a good hotel.
I'm particularly picky about hotels in New Orleans. Most of the 'good ones' are so old I get allergies from the dusty sheets and they can be a bit pretentious. I just want a hotel that offers crisp white sheets and a buzzing but not tacky environment in a great location. Enter: The AC Hotel Bourbon. To clarify, it's not located on Bourbon Street, which is actually a great thing, but right on the cusp of Canal Street between the Warehouse District and The French Quarter.
We instantly felt the European influences the minute we checked in. Super relaxed vibe, a buzzing bar, simple stylish rooms, and all of the necessary amenities without anything being overdone, and of course, very hospitable hosts. Just our cup of tea before we set out for a day of drinking and exploring. The beds proved incredibly effective as we slept for more hours than we'd like to admit! And woke up to the ideal European breakfast: freshly shaved prosciutto, real French croissants, and strong black coffee. J'adore!
The AC Hotel Bourbon
221 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Real French croissants + slice your own prosciutto at the breakfast bar
Craft cocktails on tap. The daily 5 o'clock toast is a great time to try a drink on the house and meet people.
Walk directly to the French Quarter, stroll Royal Street, day drink on Bourbon, relax on the rooftop deck, grab a latte from Merchant right next door