Hotel Indigo NEW ORLEANS GARDEN DISTRICT
Why We Love This Hotel
- The St. Charles Streetcar rumbles by out front
- A stylish hotel in the corner of the atmospheric, moss-draped Garden District
- Right on a major Mardi Gras parade route
- Rooms are sleek with wall-sized, New Orleans-inspired murals
For more than 150 years, the mahogany-trimmed carriages of the St. Charles Streetcar have carved a graceful line through some of New Orleans’ most historic and atmospheric quarters. With the car tracks running right past its front door, the Hotel Indigo Garden District contrasts its contemporary interiors with the antebellum charms of its neighborhood.
As with all Indigos, these hotel rooms have clean lines and hardwood floors, with quirky touches like fleur-de-lis shaped lamps and wall-spanning murals. Just off the lobby, the restaurant and bar has walls of windows letting in the greenery and light of St. Charles Avenue. An outdoor dining patio gets even closer to the street, which is one of the main parade routes during Mardi Gras.
Head out front and catch the trolley for a scenic trundle to the French Quarter, less than a mile north of the hotel. Or wander the leafy streets of the Garden District that surrounds the hotel, stocked with restored Victorian and Greek Revival mansions and untamed English gardens. Three blocks away, the Toby-Westfeldt House sits on stilts behind a white picket fence, and is considered the oldest house in this neighborhood.
Magazine Street runs five blocks south of St. Charles, and is a haven of boutiques and restaurants popular with locals. Follow the streetcar to its western terminus to reach Audubon Park, a great spot for bird watching that also has a zoo and an aquarium. Across the street begins the campus of Tulane University.