Art and History at The Old No. 77
The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery is one of New Orleans newest boutique hotels in the Warehouse Arts District just a few blocks from the popular French Quarter. With an eclectic mix of vintage and new, Old No. 77 is by far one of the most unique hotels I’ve stayed in taking the original use of the building and using it to inspire the overall concept and decor of the hotel.
Constructed in 1854 to serve as a coffee warehouse, the building was later purchased by E.J. Hart & Company, where he opened a chandlery or general wholesale business, where you could trade things like paper, tobacco, and patent medicines. Taking its name from the building’s original address, 77 Tchoupitoulas Street, this newly renovated hotel is also home to Chef Nina Compton’s highly praised Compére Lapin.
As I entered the lobby on a Friday evening to check-in, it was bustling with people lounging in the lobby and you could hear lots of chatting and laughter coming from Compére Lapin. The industrial style lobby features exposed brick walls, a repurposed vintage cigarette machine that dispenses small original art and vintage leather furniture that is warm and inviting.
Also right off the lobby is the chandlery. Keeping with the building’s history as a place to trade goods in the port district, you can find the space stocked with items from local and regional artists and creators like t-shirts, jewelry, fragrances, candles, soaps and other items. The chandlery also features rotating art from students, faculty and alumni of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
As I entered my room, I began to walk down a long hallway that opened up to a very large room with exposed brick walls and original hardwood floors. There was Jazz music coming from the vintage style radio and there was an amazing view of the NOLA skyline. Bringing the industrial style from the lobby into the guest rooms was a great touch that continued to remind you of where you are.
The morning of my check-out I visited Tout La in the lobby to enjoy my daily dose of caffeine with a Mardi Gras themed pastry. If you’d rather perk up your morning with an adult beverage you can also grab a mimosa. I enjoyed my coffee inside of the chandlery overlooking the busy Tchoupitoulas Street.
The Old No. 77 is full of character and embodies the artsy neighborhood. From the accommodations, dining and ideal place for business and leisure travelers, this hotel provides everything you need in one location.