Charming luxury in New Orleans
217 Rooms / 76 Suites
New Orleans welcomes a charming new addition to downtown’s Central Business District with NOPSI Hotel. NOPSI, which stands for “New Orleans Public Service Inc.,” once served as the headquarters for the city’s power and transportation company. In addition to the name, you’ll find nods to the past found throughout the hotel.
After sitting dark and dormant for more than 20 years, NOPSI Hotel has been restored to its gilded 1920s-era glory. With a grand lobby to greet guests — often with live entertainment — along with spa suites and plenty of options for dining and drinking, the hotel has become a new luxury option in the city’s Central Business District for visitors and a throwback for locals, who can often be found sipping cocktails on the rooftop bar.
• The lobby is something straight out of The Great Gatsby, complete with the original vaulted ceilings, sconces, Corinthian columns and terrazzo flooring. Grab a classic cocktail from Undercurrent, the lobby bar, and settle into a plush velvet chair to relish the history.
• Homages to the original building are everywhere. Meeting rooms are named for streetcar lines operated by NOPSI, coasters feature iconic images and come turndown, you’ll receive menu cards with recipes inspired by an old company cookbook along with a spice pack.
• Located right in the middle of the CBD (the city’s Central Business District), the hotel is within easy walking distance to the French Quarter and a breezy streetcar ride to uptown’s Garden District.
• Among the four places to dine and drink at NOPSI, the standout is Public Service. Helmed by chef Dustin Brien, the restaurant is becoming a go-to for locals and an extra special treat for the bourbon connoisseur.
• The rooftop pool is the ideal place for whiling away a steamy afternoon in New Orleans. The bartenders are known for their banana daiquiri, swirled with ginger and coconut whip — best enjoyed in one of the private cabanas.
Things to Know
• Live entertainment can be found in the lobby on Friday and Saturday.
• Room 613 is a staff favorite. The deluxe corner suite boasts an extra-large bathroom with an oversized tub and view of the courtyard.
• The hotel’s gift shop replaces the need for a ho-hum last-minute airport souvenir. Here, goods from local artisans such as Sucré, Mignon Faget and Dirty Coast grace the tables.
• The dog-friendly hotel welcomes pups with gourmet fare on the room service menu as well as in the patio.
• The New Orleans hotel’s 217 rooms feature a soothing color palette of beige and blue and are adorned with artwork inspired by the building’s history and location — think old streetcar transfer tickets and black and white photos.
• The spa-inspired bathrooms offer the largest showers in the city, appropriately adorned with subway tile.
• For an ultra-relaxing stay, try one of the four spa suites, which include a terrace, a massage table, spa products and plush robes for lounging.
• The Power Suite is the NOPSI’s version of a Presidential Suite with a wraparound balcony and incredible views of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
• Public Service’s menu honors the area’s fisherman and farmers. The popular venue serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily as well as a weekend brunch.
• While Public Service is known for the rotisserie meats and raw bar, the steak frites with Stilton butter and truffle fries is a gem. And if soft-shell crab is in season, order the chicken-fried variety with watermelon.
• Above the Grid is the hotel’s rooftop bar serving up small plates and cocktails after 4 p.m. The muffuletta bruschetta made with house-cured meats, olive salad, burrata and sesame flat bread is perfect for sharing poolside.
• The courtyard patio is where to go to enjoy small plates and a glass of wine, but locals and pet-toting guests have found the outdoor retreat to be the place for pups, since it provides a canine menu with The Bowser Burger, Scrappy’s Steak & Eggs and Pete’s Peanut Butter Pooch Pops.