Where to stay in New Orleans:
The Eliza Jane hotel




I always love it when our hotel has a bit of history behind it. In fact, when possible, this is how I choose where my husband and I stay when we're travelling.

The new Eliza Jane hotel in New Orleans met this criterion and so much more, and I wanted to share some photos from our recent visit.

I'm a newspaper editor in my day job and so I've have always been fascinated by all things print. This made our stay at the Eliza Jane all the more relevant for me.

This boutique hotel, which is part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, is located in the one-time offices of the storied, Pulitzer Prize-winning Times-Picayune newspaper. It is named for Eliza Jane Nicholson, the newspaper's former publisher and the first woman to head a major, daily newspaper in the U.S. Already super-cool, right?

I learned from our concierge that the long and skinny physical spaces of six businesses were actually required to house the Eliza Jane, with the Times-Picayune building being one of the six and Peychaud's Bitters being another. There are nods throughout the hotel to the buildings' past.

Aside from the fantastic history here, we loved the Eliza Jane and were so happy this was our home for seven nights. Our standard room was spacious and comfortable, the staff was so great, and we loved having a bar and library lounge where we could relax by the fire in the evenings. (Because New Orleans can be damn chilly in November!) We were surrounded by delicious food, not the least of which was the Ruby Slipper Cafe right across the street, so handy for breakfasts, and the incredible Mother's Restaurant right around the corner.

And, location location location! We were within walking distance of everything, and that is not an exaggeration. The Eliza Jane is blocks from the French Quarter, Jackson Square and Cafe du Monde (beignets!), the World War II Museum, several streetcar lines for the times we wanted to go farther, and also a couple of car rental agencies for the day we took a one-hour drive to Baton Rouge. We were also within walking distance of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Centre when we went to an NFL game (Rams vs Saints) and an NBA game (Bulls vs Pelicans). And, we also walked to the historic Saenger Theatre one night to take in a Simple Minds concert.

Here's a look in photos:

Reception desk at the Eliza Jane hotel in New Orleans.


A standard room. The movable, open "closet" at left even has shelving that fits two carry-ons ... genius!


Part of the open courtyard for relaxing. Another area has tables for outdoor dining. The exposed brickwork is everywhere.


Eliza Jane hotel's library lounge. There are books everywhere through the hotel, including the rooms.


Sitting area by concierge desk, with meeting table behind, and the hotel bar behind that.


Clever "do not disturb" door hanger pays homage to the building's newspaper history.

Part of the decor in the library lounge, another nod to the building's history.

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