Now Open: The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

Hotel general manager John Price reveals his office is stuffed with Wi-Fi parts, uniforms, art and a lot of Red Bull—the remnants of opening one of the hottest new hotels in New Orleans. The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, a posh 167-room property in the center of the hip Warehouse District, opened its block-long row of French doors opening onto Tchoupitoulas Street to guests on April 30. “Everything is nearby, including the French Quarter, the river, the convention center, terrific shopping and great restaurants,” says Price. He believes the property’s location makes it ideal for corporate incentive planners who want guests in a prime location to explore the town’s toniest sections. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="365"] Nina Compton's restaurant will open at Old No. 77[/caption] “Top Chef” contestant Nina Compton debuts her first restaurant, Compere Lapin, inside the historic 1854 warehouse in June. The highly anticipated eatery is expected to cook up Gulf-inspired local dishes such as conch croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce. A small private dining room in the back will serve as a meeting space for up to 40 people, and chef Compton can conceptualize the cuisine for events held there. Though the hotel is new, the building has history. Originally a cotton, sugar cane and coffee warehouse before the Civil War, it eventually morphed into a chandlery, hence the hotel’s name. No. 77 is comprised of about four to seven buildings knitted together over 150 years. Many of the guest rooms have exposed brick walls, as they were previously exterior walls of other buildings. Some rooms contain painted brick; other brick is built from Mississippi mud clay baked a mile away; and still other brick is burnt black from a massive fire. Price says, “If these walls could talk, we would probably have to censor them!” [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="430"] Exposed brick walls are in many of the rooms at the Old No. 77[/caption] Insider Tip: Press the “Get It Now” button in any guest room. “It’s the perfect chance to ask where to go. Our staff likes to talk about favorites,” says Price. Want to hang like a local? “The Delachaise has the most amazing wine-by-the-glass program,” he says.