Though new proprietors have rebranded the ancient lodge and bar to just “Columns,” the fashionable spirit and vibe at this St. Charles Avenue vacation spots endure. In a slight climate, the shaded front porch tables are best for sipping an iced cocktail or glass of wine, even looking at the streetcar underneath the oak trees. They are the world-renowned Columns Hotel, often known as Columns. Known for our classic drinks and premium casual new American dining, we are housed in a magnificent 1880s estate converted into a boutique hotel. They feature open seating on their new patio and famed porch, which overlooks St. Charles Avenue. They provide a bistro cuisine with beverage service across the property, including our Ballroom, which has been converted into a lounge space. Come winter, a couple of rooms inside, packed with hovering ceilings, jewel tones, and ornate plaster trim, make for top warm toddy or Irish espresso sipping spots. Set withinside the Garden District overlooking the St. Charles streetcar line, this grand lodge in an 1883 Italianate mansion with a dramatic mahogany staircase is a 10-minute power from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Rooms and suites vary from informal to ornate and consist of open Wi-Fi and cable TV. Some rooms have Victorian furnishings, claw-foot tubs, balconies, sleigh or 4-poster beds, and separate seating areas. A complimentary cooked Southern breakfast is included. So, there’s additionally an informal restaurant and a fashionable cocktail bar with stay single nights. Under new management! This lovely example of turn-of-the-century Louisiana architecture has stood as a landmark on Saint Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ Upper Garden District for the past 137 years. The Columns is the only intact example of a vast series of Italianate-style residences created by famed New Orleans architect Thomas Sully. It was built as a private mansion in 1883 by prosperous tobacco trader Simon Hernsheim.
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