International House Boutique Hotel
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International House is a great deal in New Orleans Sep 29, 2009
A 4 star hotel for about $100 a night? I suppose you can only get that at New Orleans. It's a good deal for travelers, but it just means New Orleans is still down on tourism from Katrina.
Near the French Quarter, this hotel has nicely decorated and furnished lobby and had a large screen iMac for guests! Guest rooms have free wi-fi and comfy bed and ceiling fans. Just take a look at the way the rooms are identified and you will get an idea of how this hotel is different! On the wall in our room was a B&W photography of a famous jazz singer at the piano (famous because I had seen the picture before, and because I don't know much about jazz singers!) anyway, more art than decoration.
We did not eat at the hotel, so can't tell you about their bars and restaurants. The staff was friendly and helpful.
They had a note to guests who write a positive review about their hotel, offering a free night within one year (if you list your full name on the review), I am not, and not likely to return within a year, but still it's a positive review and if I did go back to New Orleans I would still stay here!
Part of the Cross country trip to D. C. 2009 travel blog
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International House Boutique Hotel Overview
Harnessing the power of design to uplift the human spirit and located two blocks from the French Quarter and Reinventing the Crescent, International House is the boutique hotel in America's boutique city.
Sean Cummings and LM Pagano, whose private clients include Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage, created a sophisticated sanctuary, a mecca of sorts for the forward-looking artisans, entrepreneurs and visitors who are reinventing the great city of New Orleans. The hotel, loa its candlelit bar, Rambla its Basque-influenced restaurant, Entrepreneurs' Row and Start-Up New Orleans radiate this city's signature sense of place yet herald a bright new time.
Alive with the energy of contemporary New Orleans, the lobby displays 23-foot high ceilings, ornate pilasters and intimate groupings of furniture handcrafted by local artisans. The lobby's handmade chandeliers, a candle-lit bar, and inviting mosaic-designed elevator cabs exude a welcoming and artistic environment.
The International House is home to the mood-evoking Loa bar, named after the voodoo term for "divine spirit." Opened in 2008, Rambla restaurant serves French and Spanish inspired cuisine presented via tapas and entre menus.
The hotel's locally inspired, artistic themes extend to the complimentary, 24-hour fitness room, where art students' faces were used as molds for glass, wall-mounted images seemingly supported by weight-training cables. The fitness room contains cardiovascular equipment, weight-training machines, exercise balls, a punching bag, free weights, and yoga available for in-room use.
The 12-story International Hotel offers 117 individually configured, contemporary smoke-free guestrooms. Dcor incorporates shades of taupe, tan and white. Original black-and-white photographs of New Orleans jazz greats bedeck the walls. Local touches include fresh Louisiana wildflowers, packaged bags of nuts, chocolates and jellybeans, and distressed armoires crafted by New Orleans artisans.
Subdued-tone, striped coverlets and draperies were also designed and made locally. Beds are draped with 800-thread-count linens. Bathrooms include glass-blown soap dishes, Aveda toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. Select rooms feature CD players stocked with local artists' CDs. Suites feature flat-panel televisions and room service.
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