Inside The Maison de la Luz, New Orleans’ Egyptian-Inspired New Boutique Hotel

July 8, 2020

With its rich history, fine cuisine, and fabulous festivities like Mardi Gras, it’s no surprise that like Harlem, New Orleans is one of the most exciting destinations in the United States. For those who want to explore this fantastic city, there’s a new hotel in town with an old-world feeling that has upon the ante on luxury and style.

This past May, a building dating back to 1908 that formerly served as New Orleans City Hall’s annex was transformed into Maison de la Luz. The intimate, 67-room hotel is a collaboration between Atelier Ace, the creative agency behind Ace Hotels, and acclaimed design firm Studio Shamshiri. The results are an aesthete’s dream, and unlike anything else in the Big Easy.

“We wanted guests to feel exceptionally cared for and to be able to luxuriate in a private sanctuary that’s transcendent of trends in a distinct residential guest house,”

The property, which is completely reserved for those checking in, feels more like a home than a hotel. “We wanted guests to feel exceptionally cared for and to be able to luxuriate in a private sanctuary that’s transcendent of trends in a distinct residential guest house,” says Kelly Sawdon, Atelier Ace’s chief brand officer. With that in mind, everything was thoughtfully considered and nearly all of the furniture and lighting was custom made for Maison de la Luz.

Upon entering, guests are greeted with a grand hallway, where the original staircase has been dusted with gold and sculptural globes illuminate the corridor. The living room is even more eclectic, with its Egyptian-inspired artwork, a Christopher Farr rug depicting an animated tiger, and a handsome honor bar lined with slivers of rectangular glass like a disco ball. Just beyond that is a blue and white breakfast room where scalloped-edged tables are met with plush banquettes equipped with power outlets. (We are in the digital age, after all.)

The accommodations are as equally well-appointed. Accessed via a silk-tasseled key fob, you’ll find four-fixture bathrooms with custom tiles, quirky details like a sculptural snake that acts as a shower door handle, and elements that pay homage to the Crescent City, like a séance table with an astrological wheel etched into its copper top. Driving home that Maison de la Luz is for the discerning traveler, guests will find a highly curated minibar, which includes bottles of Ruinart Rosé and Hibiki.

But no proper New Orleans hotel would be complete without an exemplary bar and the property has teamed up with French hospitality Quixotic Projects for their upscale watering hole. Bar Marilou—painted in scarlet red and lined with bookshelves, paying homage to its past as a law library—puts pride into its craft cocktails and small bites, and has become the most talked-about spot in town. And for Maison de la Luz guests who want to experience it on a more intimate level, a cozy salon provides private access and drinks can be ordered through a window hidden behind a painting.

The privileges don’t end there. While staying at Maison de la Luz, guests also have priority reservations for establishments at their sister property, Ace Hotel New Orleans, right next door. Whether it’s dinner at Josephine Estelle, an acclaimed Italian eatery by James Beard Awarded–nominated chefs Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer; wild-caught oysters at Seaworthy; or access to Three Keys music venue, it’s all at your fingertips.

Read the entire article on The Robb Report.

Maison de la Luz, 546 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, 504-814-7720,

Photo credit: 1) Guest Lounge, Stephen Johnson. 2) Guest Lounge, Stephen Johnson. 3) Foyer, Stephen Johnson. 4) Concierge, Stephen Johnson.

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