French Opulence at Le Pavillon Hotel (New Orleans, LA)
This Romanesque white stone building is one of the most architecturally dramatic hotels in the city. The lobby is no less elegant, with towering ceilings, marble columns, and large crystal chandeliers. Marble floors and gilded ceilings surround a lobby covered in art and sculptures.
The hotel’s original owners had grand plans, and stated them clearly with the construction of the striking, 15-foot monumental limestone pillars that frame the entrance. A refurbishment in the 1960s had artifacts and interiors sourced from Europe, and the largest gas lamp in America was hoisted up front.
Another complete renovation last year has seen the restyling of the lobby area, bringing contemporary design elements into play while still keeping the art and period features that honor the hotel’s past.
The most stunning of the rooms in this hotel would be the Napoleon Suite named after the famous statesman and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte. It’s primarily done in dark wood and moody grays and blacks for the living space and bedroom area. The (non-functional) fireplace mantel really makes you appreciate antiques with the intricate wood carving details when you walk up close. The ornate details of the decor at this hotel carry over to the bathroom, where you’ll find gold fixtures, two deep bowl sinks, and dark green marble. It also have a marble walk-in shower and a separate bathtub that’s one of Napoleon’s (last of three in the world as I was told).
A friend and I had a drink and a few bar snacks at Cachette 1907, adjacent to the lobby. The gorgeous dark mahogany bar was filled with patrons when we were there and sat at the plush banquette on the right.
I had the Vieux Carre and my friend had the Hurricane. My Vieux Carre is made with Redemption Rye, Maison Rouge Cognac, Cinzano sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Peychaud and Angostura bitters. Wonderfully potent and stiff but it’s perfectly balanced between the brooding bitterness but there’s a touch of sweetness to offset. The Hurricane was fruity and light. These drinks were good with the smoked Gouda topped sliders and crab meat salad.
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La Pavillon Hotel
833 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 581-3111