ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS
I had a feeling that I was going to love New Orleans before I even arrived and boy was I right! It definitely didn't help that I'm obsessed with the new Ace Hotel! Can I move in ASAP?!? (Maaayyybbbeee it was a motivating force for booking our tickets too.) We stayed Monday-Friday and with 4 ladies sharing two beds it was super reasonable. The Ace is set in the Warehouse District, which seemed very central and very walkable to many different neighborhoods. However, they have everything you could possibly need (*including Jay-Z in the flesh) so why would you ever need to leave? (*It’s true Jay-Z slept above us while he was in town on tour. We tried SO hard to get a glimpse of him but mostly to see if Beyonce and Solange were hanging out!)
Stumptown Coffee is downstairs, along with the Lobby bar (check out the happy hour!) and a small venue, Three Keys -- because no place in Nola is complete without some live music. On the other side of the lobby is the main restaurant, Josephine Estelle, that manages to mix classic Italian with Southern food quite well. Did I mention the rooftop pool and bar/restaurant, Alto?!? Along the same block is Freda shop and the cutest little seafood/oyster bar around, Seaworthy, which is set inside an old Creole cottage. (Definitely peek upstairs here!) Thankfully we didn’t discover Drip Affogato Bar that’s just around the corner until much later in our trip, otherwise I would have been here every day.