New Orleans Ace Hotel

Peruse a list of the best places to visit in New Orleans, and the Ace Hotel will come up. It is a classic in a different way than say Cafe du Monde - it is one of the best new and design-centric establishments in a city that is famous for places built in the late 1800's. When you hear Ace, you already know it's good because all of their hotels are awesome. They have a strong brand that prioritizes quality and cool. I didn't stay at the Ace, but this particular location makes it easy to stop by and stay while. There are 3 areas you can visit on the ground floor as a guest. 

The fist is their restaurant, Josephine Estelle. They serve standard New Orleans cuisine - favorites like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and oysters. I went in the morning and opted for the chicken biscuit. It was the right choice. The look of the restaurant feels more or less like an updated version of every restaurant in New Orleans. That's not an insult - you come to the city for a very specific aesthetic. They have definitely glammed it up with the palm tiling and tufted banquettes.

Once you exit the restaurant into the lobby, you will find an adjacent bar and lounge area with 5 or 6 large seating areas made up of vintage and eclectic furniture. This was way favorite area with the maroon and olive upholstery. A massive bar is located near the window, and just on the other side is a Stumptown coffee shop, so you can get your caffeine and hair of the dog in the same place. There is an interesting gallery space nearby, and in some ways, the whole ground level feels like a museum as you wander from room to room, each with it's own look and intent. 


I combined what I felt like was the look of all the spaces instead of strictly the restaurant. We have a tufted olive sofa, similar to the banquettes. The chair from the lounge is vintage and not exactly something I easily find a dupe for, but the wooden and red option from All Modern gets to the essence of the palette (and is very cheap).  While the restaurant features the palm pattern using tile, I found a similar styled wallpaper. The cloth napkins are nearly one for one with the original, and the burl wood nightstand from CB2 is one of my favorites - I've been wanting to call it out for awhile. The trick to the New Orleans is eclectic, so combine old and new with many different textures and colors to get the same effect.