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This summer, I did a happy dance when my blogger besties Kristin and Angie and I planned what has effortlessly become a summer reunion tradition for us. Since our first trip together to Miami, we’ve made it to Bonaire, Aruba, Orlando, Boston, and Martha’s Vineyard. This year? We were headed south.

I’m a pretty lucky girl — my first two trips to New Orleans, I was there to visit my little sister, who spent two years there teaching the cutest dang kids in Louisiana. That meant I got to experience New Orleans much like a local would, and it instilled a deep love of the city in me. It also meant I had no reason to check out the local accommodation scene, leaving me little to recommend to fellow travelers and friends.

For our big girlfriend getaway return, that all changed as I checked into Catahoula Hotel, the Big Easy’s chicest boutique hotel.

Exterior -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Check In -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Catahoula Hotel, named after the official state dog breed of Louisiana, is located in the Central Business District — and yes, with a name like that, they allow pets (for a $75 fee.)

The Central Business District, or CBD for short, might not be the first area that comes to mind for travelers to seek accommodation in, but it’s a nice central location in the sprawling city, equidistant from the many neighborhoods one is likely to hit in even a short visit to NOLA. Within fifteen minutes you can walk to The French Quarter or the Superdome, and in less you can hit the streetcar lines.

Lobby -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Lobby -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Restored from a creole townhouse originally built in 1845, Catahoula has just 35 rooms, and no two are exactly alike. I was in a Classic Room in the back of the house, which I loved because it was quiet and dark at night when it came time to recharge for the next day’s adventures. It was fun to get to check out so many of the different spaces available — Kristin stayed in a well-appointed Premier Room while Angie lucked into the Master Bedroom, Catahoula’s most luxe offering, and one we gathered in frequently to plan our days and recap them from the lush sitting area.

Room -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Room -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Room -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Room -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Reviewmy room

All rooms featured areas of exposed brick, original windows, cloud-like king size beds, walk-in showers with rainfall shower heads, custom headboards and furniture crafted from Louisiana cypress wood, and artisanal soaps by a local boutique. Some, like mine, had balconies with outdoor seating.

Coming with a group of friends and want to crash together? Check out the original Bunk Room, which allows for up to four to share!

Courtyard -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Courtyard -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Regardless of which room you book, you’ll have access to Catahoula’s charming common areas, including a trendy rooftop deck, a courtyard with exposed brick, lush draping plants, and a larger-than-life mural of Nola burlesque legend Trixie Minx by local artist Walker Babington. The lobby itself feels straight out of a design catalog, and the coffee shop that converts into a pisco bar in the evenings is basically Instagram candy.

Courtyard -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Pisco Bar -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Courtyard -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Lobby -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Courtyard -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Courtyard -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Courtyard -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

The night I checked in, before the girls arrived the next morning, Catahoula was hosting a buzzy event with live music on their rooftop terrace — check their Facebook page to see what’s going on when you’re in town.

Rooftop -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Rooftop -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Rooftop -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Rooftop -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Perhaps the greatest asset of Catahoula is it’s small but excellent bar. In the morning, the space is Catahoula Cafe, peddling luxurious coffee, beautifully arranged baked goods and a small menu of egg dishes. Just don’t walk down without your wallet — there’s no charging to the room at Catahoula (oops!) While I didn’t have the chance to grab breakfast here, Kristin was a coffee regular.

From lunch onward, that same space converts to Pisco Bar, an homage to Peruvian cocktail culture. Having become quite the pisco fan during my own three months in Peru, I was thrilled to spend an evening here. If you’ve never had a pisco sour before, by all means, have this be your first — but then move onto more creative offerings like those on the “just for fun” menu. I went for Miracle Berry Trip, which includes a small edible flower from the Amazon that alters your taste buds when you munch it halfway through the drink. What a trip, indeed!

And while the menu of small plates is limited, it is excellent — don’t miss the beet hummus.

Pisco Bar -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Pisco Bar -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Pisco Bar -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

Pisco Bar -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

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Pisco Bar -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

And while you absolutely must have at least one meal or appetizers at Pisco Bar, there’s plenty else nearby. For those who love to be on foot when they travel like me, there are some excellent restaurants are within easy walking distance — Juan’s Flying Burrito, where I picked up dinner to go after a long day of travel, Willa Jean’s, a popular breakfast institution, and my favorite, The Daily Beet, a healthy cafe with swoon-worthy avocado toast and acai bowls.

And if you’re looking for a place to carry on with your CBD cocktail tour, look no further than Alto at The Ace, another hip rooftop with a pool just moments from Catahoula.

The Ace Rooftop

The Ace Rooftop

Needless to say, Catahoula was perhaps my favorite find of the trip. It hit that perfect blend of modern style and historical charm, and is affordable to boot — rooms start at just $100 per night!

Courtyard -- Catahoula Hotel New Orleans Travel Blog Review

What fabulous boutique hotels have you stumbled upon lately?

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This post was written by me and brought to you by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. As usual, I maintain full editorial control and as always all thoughts, opinions, and pisco prattlings are my own. 
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26 Comments...
  • nadya
    September 22 2017

    when I go to New Orleans someday, I would love to stay there! it’s beautiful and a good deal! thanks for the tips.

    • Alex
      September 22 2017

      You’re so welcome Nadya! I love a stylish bargain!

  • Leslie
    September 22 2017

    I went to NOLA earlier this year and we happened upon this hotel for drinks! We fell in love immediately and if we ever go back, we definitely want to stay here!

    • Alex
      September 22 2017

      What a great find to stumble upon! The bar menu was really impressive — I’ll definitely be back to sample more off it regardless of where I stay in the future!

  • Ijana Loss
    September 22 2017

    This sounds like a great place to have a friends getaway! I love hearing about your trips with Angie and Kristin. Cause travel friends are the greatest 😀

    • Alex
      September 22 2017

      They really are — don’t know what I’d do without these girls!

  • Kate Storm
    September 22 2017

    It is probably one of my worst travel oversights that I lived within a day’s drive of NOLA for two years and have still never visited. Seriously, how did that happen?!

    Here’s hoping I make it to the city (and not just to eat my way through it, I swear) soon. This hotel looks absolutely adorable, I’d love to look it up while there–quieter area but still within reach of the main sights sounds perfect to me!
    Kate Storm recently posted..Prague or Budapest: Which One Should You Visit?

    • Alex
      September 22 2017

      Wait — what?! Yes, you need to go immediately 😛

  • sara
    September 23 2017

    All the hotel pics are awesome 🙂 pinning them all!

    • Alex
      September 25 2017

      Thanks Sarah! It was a SUPER pinnable — and instagrammable — hotel!

  • Steph
    September 23 2017

    Looks so charming!

    Steph x
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    • Alex
      September 25 2017

      Dripping in charm, for sure! Thanks for commenting!

  • Dominique
    September 24 2017

    I’ve never had pisco sours in Peru (because I haven’t been to Peru yet), but I’ve already prepared my taste buds for the deliciousness of this drink! I really like them and I can’t wait to try them on home turf!
    Dominique recently posted..Kuala Lumpur – A One Day Itinerary

    • Alex
      September 25 2017

      I spent three months in Peru years ago and must have drank my body weight in them 🙂 I’d love to go back and do it again!

  • Kyle
    September 24 2017

    Wow – that hotel looks amazing! Next time I go to NOLA, I’ll have to strongly consider staying there…

    • Alex
      September 25 2017

      I think it really is a hidden gem! Now for the rest of the diamonds we found in NOLA, stay tuned…

  • Angie Orth
    September 25 2017

    I’m so glad my first visit to NOLA was with my girls! When can we go back?
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    • Alex
      September 25 2017

      Put it on my calendar — I’ll be there 😉

  • Jojo
    September 26 2017

    Ahh how perfect is the timing for this article! My friend and I are planning our first trip to NOLA in December and I love staying at cute, unique places!

    • Alex
      September 26 2017

      Well I think this fits the bill perfectly 🙂 Hope you have an amazing trip, Jojo!

  • Jillian Michelle
    October 3 2017

    This place is super cute. I love the checkered floors and all the plants! <3
    Jillian Michelle recently posted..Kuranda Village in a Rainforest – Top 10 Things to do in Kuranda Australia

    • Alex
      October 3 2017

      It’s like it was MADE for Instagram 😉

  • jsm
    October 9 2017

    this place looks really nice…

    • Alex
      October 9 2017

      One of my favorite hotels of the summer!

  • Marni
    October 11 2017

    Wow!! This hotel is beyond adorable. New Orleans has been on my dream list for years now, and when I finally get down there, I’ll keep this place in mind. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Alex
      October 17 2017

      I seriously can’t think of a better place to stay in NOLA. I’ve been gravitating more and more and more towards boutique hotels over the years, and this is such a sweet one!

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