This is where the cool kids (Uma Thurman, Led Zeppelin, Anthony Bourdain) lay their heads when they stop over in the Big Easy. The look is modern but not excessively so, location-appropriate, but not in an overly Fleur-de-Lys kind of way. Think: creamy hues, contemporary furnishings, and lofty ceilings paired with intricate woodwork, ornate chandeliers, and black-and-white photos of jazz greats. The former bank is also well positioned for late-night revelry, while still being far enough away from the French Quarter action—so you can get a good night's sleep in one of the just-renovated king-size Apple rooms.
My husband and I made it part of our daily routine while on vacation in NOLA: return to the International House after a long day of poking around the (very humid) city, and make a bee-line right for the very inviting, airy room. We don't always like to break up the day by popping back into the hotel, but as busy as we were in New Orleans, it was the most perfect way to unwind and "debrief" before showering and dressing for dinner.
And there isn't a better place to grab a drink before dinner than LOA with its fresh approach to cocktails in a space that feels distinctly New Orleans.