Southern hospitality runs deep at this sleek new address. Inside, boutique hotelier Klaus Ortlieb has aimed for a relaxed, guesthouse feel, replacing the formal reception desk check-in with sinking sofas and champagne on arrival. Cool and contemporary interiors in the 135 bedrooms blend freshly cut flowers with light lilac walls and antique paintings that add character. By night, there's music and live burlesque at the Bellocq cocktail lounge and Louisiana shrimp to sample at the acclaimed Tamarind restaurant.
The Hotel Modern, 936 Saint Charles Avenue (001 504 962 0900; thehotelmodern.com). Doubles start at $95 (£63), room only.