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3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115-4681
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3.5
#150 of 173 hotels in New Orleans
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
2.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
2.5 of 5 bubbles
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3.5 of 5 bubbles
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The Columns is no ordinary hotel. Built in 1883 as a private residence, it was converted into a boarding house during World War I. In 1953, a local family turned it into a hotel and the bar on the porch became a star. Listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places, in 2019 it was sold to Jayson Seidman and his family. Now it’s time for the next chapter of this beloved setting. As locals, we love this hotel as much as you do, and we’re excited to keep it a family property with the attention and respect it deserves. We’ve carefully restored the historic building and added a completely new garden, rooftop sundeck and a new cocktail bar. We also breathed new life into our public spaces, with a meticulous and modern restoration. The spirit and history of the architecture are the focus of grand rooms that are perfect for intimate gatherings or larger events. These new spaces, both inside and outside, were carefully created with hospitality and privacy in mind. The Columns bar is a beloved meeting place that belongs to the entire city. Now, the bar has more room but is also more intimate. We’ve restored the original mahogany details and recruited a talented team of James Beard award-nominees to reinvigorate the cocktail program. That’s a good thing. Now you can also drink in the privacy of the garden, on the second-floor porch or in any other public spaces. Wherever you go in the Columns your drink can follow—and that’s a really good thing
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Evening entertainment
Kids stay free
Babysitting
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Bathrobes
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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1.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Boutique
Classic

Location

3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115-4681
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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hem0008 wrote a review Jul 2022
Houston, Texas
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved our stay at the columns! Originally we were placed in room 19, but the a/c was broken so we were moved to room 8 which was unreal! Beautiful old building with a lot of character. The location is unbeatable and the views were amazing. We enjoyed relaxing on the balcony and watching summer storms roll in. Street parking only but we had no issues with this.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Street parking only. Also this building is extremely old and there is no elevator so be ready to...
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Andy-S60 wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived on the off chance, from the streetcar stop opposite, and went to see if we could get a drink. We got a table outside on the terrace in the shade and enjoyed an excellent hour with a drink or two and some snacks, with attentive waiting staff and without feeling at all rushed. Cocktails were excellent. Not cheap … $10 plus tax and tip for a plate of fries, but the atmosphere was really nice.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Joel G wrote a review May 2021
San Antonio, Texas
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Showed up, cool looking place from the street. Very old school, lots of sitting areas to drink and eat. Check in is very informal at a desk in the "coffee" room. They were unable to tell me how much the room was, only that I had been upgraded. I had purchased a 1 nights stay worth $375 from a hospice fundraiser. First time I book, they put me in the most expensive room. I later called back and requested a cheaper one.. still cost me $404 for the one night. The room was small but quaint. Nice linens and pillows and nicely decorated. There was a bottle of wine and two bottles of water and a card that mentioned a mini bar with pricing, but the wine and water were not on the list, so we did not touch it. We discovered later that the room did not have a TV or Phone, but hey its NOLA, we're here to have fun...

When we checked out, there was no one available that could give me a receipt. I ended up being charged over $660. I later found out there was a restaurant charge for $256 on my acct, of which, after a week of bickering, I was credited only $246. I was then told they kept $10 for two cups of coffee that I never ordered. 9 days later, I finally received a bill, showing a restaurant charge of $79, even though we never ate or drank there...

Today I finally spoke to someone, and they are crediting my back there mistaken charges. Shame on me for not getting a itemized receipt on check out...
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Date of stay: May 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Don't get the deluxe day bed chamber. There is a column or chimney in the middle of the room
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Dominique wrote a review Feb 2020
1.0 of 5 bubbles
At first we have made a three nights reservation. We checked in and were invited to enter a cranky elevator. When we entered the room we encontered many issues : old fashioned and out of date furnitures , leaking taps in the bathroom, cranky bed, There were many works in progress in the hotel , starting at 7.30 AM awaking us earlier than we wished. After a night we decided to check out. The man in charge told us that he was very sorry about that and said he won't charge us. After a quick breakfast in a dark place near the bar (the breakfast room was being painted) we checked out and the the man told us he will charge a "reduce" price of 125 $. We left that place pretty angry and got twon nights in a clean hotel for the same price we had to pay at the columns for one clumsy night. We had a nice moment though with a couple of very good cajun musicians but no enough to reduce our desapointment.
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Date of stay: February 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Choose another one in New Orleans
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Response from Jayson Seidman, Owner at Columns
Responded Oct 10, 2020
Thank you for the review. It should be noted this review was made pre interior renovations. All matters you reference are exactly why we acquired the property. We saw it’s potential and have since meticulously restored and thoroughly cleaned the historic property so as to breath new life into the property allowing it to maintain its integrity for another century.
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Homebody wrote a review May 2022
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We joined a group of people all staying at The Columns for a local wedding. We were promised a 10% discount, which we never got. The prices listed on the website did not match the prices we paid. Basically, the website listed prices were half what we paid. When we arrived, the elevator was broken. Apparently, it has been broken for so long that most guests who had stayed there before thought there was no elevator. Although billed as a coffee cafe, my husband made numerous trips to the corner gas station to get coffee for our group. Saturday morning the only non-guests were people cleaning. No one was at the front desk, coffee bar, or kitchen. I finally figured out how to "brighten" the lighting in the bathroom, but it wasn't very bright. The shade could not be raised to bring in natural sunlight. The shower head was so high up, it could not be adjusted. The shower curtain was a very large tea towel, so there was lots of water on the floor after a shower. Our sink was so small, water ran down my arms and onto the floor when I washed my face. No one in our party was able to access wifi for the entirety of our visit. Monday night before we checked out, there was an event on the veranda. All the porch furniture was moved into the main hallway on the second floor. After we went to bed, staff moved it back, with lots of banging and talking. The AC in my cousin's room went out while the outside temperatures and humidity were in the 90's. The ADA access to the front porch required a trek through the jungle with a machete to cut back the overgrowth. No ADA access to upper floors. Drinking water and ice were only available when the bar opened, sometime in the afternoon. That required a wait in line. The soaps and shampoos were drying and irritating to the skin. Communication with staff was spotty, at best. I only recognized the hostess at the front terrace as someone I saw more than once.
Some in our party stayed across the street at the Hampton Inn. Prices, though not cheap, were cheaper. They seemed to have what you would expect from any hotel, especially a 5 star hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The Hampton Inn is almost directly across the street, so same location. It has free wifi,...
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tahnola wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The Columns Hotel is under new ownership and they have completely ruined this grand dame!! The lovely front lawn has been bricked over, the front of the hotel is flooded with lights that blind you as you ascend the stairs, the rug in the main hall has been ripped up and furniture shoved against the side walls with ZERO consideration for aesthetics. The front parlor is jammed with ugly mismatched furniture and overall the lights in every spot are SO BRIGHT you just want to run out screaming. I'm guessing the new owners are used to running sports bars, not gorgeous old atmospheric hotels...a real shame. My decades old love affair with The Columns has come to a garish and screeching halt....
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Jayson Seidman, Owner at Columns
Responded Oct 9, 2020
While we always appreciate feedback it should be clearly noted that this review is highly misleading as we have meticulously restored the historic property that had fallen into grave disrepair over the last half a century. The former “front lawn” was closer to a mud pit when acquired with substantial impermeable concrete walkways that created drainage issues and would not allow for natural irrigation for the beautiful live oaks lining St Charles. All brick is historic old brick that is fully permeable thus allowing for significant vitality for the newly improved lush gardens that have been added to the property. All interior and exterior lighting has been planned and executed with precision to create an indirectly illuminated exterior and a theatrical interior that compliments and highlights the historic mahogany millwork and interior finishes. All tattered and poorly maintained rugs were deemed replicas and mostly unsafe from a cleanliness / clean air perspective and the original hardwood flooring that was masked and ignored for years has now been fully restored to its originally glory. It should also be noted that this review is highly inaccurate as the property was being renovated in March and April during the peak of COVID. Aesthetics, preservation, architecture have been at the forefront of this restoration project. We welcome this reviewer and others to revisit the property anytime as they will most certainly not be disappointed.
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Amy T wrote a review Feb 2024
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a unique hotel in the beautiful Garden District! From the entryway, to the bar area, upstairs to the guest rooms and guest balcony, no detail is overlooked. The staff were amazing and very welcoming from the complimentary welcome cocktail to coffee on the morning of our departure.
Would stay here again and enjoy lazy mornings listening to the jazz radio in the room then move outside sipping coffee in the garden by a fire pit.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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lizzy s wrote a review Mar 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a hotel of dreams. We stayed in the bridal suite for the long weekend with all of our friends & family in the rest of the rooms. It felt like we were renting a mansion for the weekend together, very Saltburn. I couldn't speak more highly of the staff - their attitudes, attention to detail, and pure sense of hospitality made everyone feel welcomed, taken care of, and happy. We had our wedding in the patio out front, cocktail hour inside, dinner back on the patio, and one of the best dance parties I've ever been to in the back tea room. The food? Fantastic. The Bar? Eric Solis is a talented bar manager and extremely accommodating. The decor? Modern but with care to keep the integrity of the design and history at the forefront. Not only did we feel like it was the best wedding we could have hoped for, but it was reasonably priced too! I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. I miss it dearly already!
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Richard B wrote a review May 2023
Seattle, Washington
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is unique, very gothic and every room has amazing charm. The Hospitality is fantastic and rooms are great too. The second floor outdoor porch is for guests only and is a great place for morning coffee overlooking the amazing trees and streetcars going past.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Easy to get around on the Street trolley and runs right into town.
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LeeLee35 wrote a review May 2022
South Jordan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stopped here on our lost day hoping for a drink and some snack food. Meals weren’t available at that earlier time but able to purchase drinks and a lovely cheese plate. Really beautiful and unique. Walk all around. Lots of various seating throughout. Go up the staircase. Great history.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Richard B wrote a tip May 2023
Seattle, Washington201 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Easy to get around on the Street trolley and runs right into town."
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hem0008 wrote a tip Jul 2022
Houston, Texas29 contributions26 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Street parking only. Also this building is extremely old and there is no elevator so be ready to bring your luggage up and down stairs."
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Homebody wrote a tip May 2022
2 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Hampton Inn is almost directly across the street, so same location. It has free wifi, coffee, and breakfast, and a front desk person."
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Joel G wrote a tip May 2021
San Antonio, Texas5 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't get the deluxe day bed chamber. There is a column or chimney in the middle of the room"
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Dominique wrote a tip Feb 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose another one in New Orleans"
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PRICE RANGE
₱10,783 - ₱15,913 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United StatesLouisianaNew OrleansMilan / Central City-Garden District
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Columns
Which popular attractions are close to Columns?
Nearby attractions include Columns (0.01 km), Milan Lounge (0.4 km), and Mayfair Lounge (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Columns?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Columns?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Columns?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Columns?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Columns?
Conveniently located restaurants include New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company, Superior Bar & Grill, and The Delachaise.
Are pets allowed at Columns?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Columns offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Columns?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Longue Vue House and Gardens (6.1 km), Hermann-Grima House (4.3 km), and Historic BK House & Gardens (5.0 km).
Is Columns accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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