This Cool New Hotel in New Orleans Is a Masterpiece of Design

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The Ace Hotel brought a new level of cool and luxurious lodging to New Orleans when it opened in 2016. Now the brand's creative studio Atelier Ace has opened a new 67-room "guest house" called Maison de la Luz in the city's Warehouse District that is, dare we say it, even more stunning.

Occupying a historic six-story building dating to 1908, it was designed in collaboration with Studio Shamshiri to "combine the elegance of classic French hotels with the comfort of Southern bed-and-breakfasts," and the finished product is totally unique.

Original architectural elements such as ornate staircase banisters, marble walls, moldings and fireplaces are enhanced with antiques, chandeliers, custom fabrics and a vivid color palette.

The colors, patterns and textures were created to "tie into the culture and heritage of New Orleans," with layers of patina echoing the city's rich heritage. The hotel's spaces manage to feel both intimate and adventurous.

The blue-and-white patterned Breakfast Room is a true standout as is the hotel's bar and lounge, Bar Marilou, painted a rich glossy red and featuring animal print bar stools and jewel-toned upholstery. It's the only space that is also open to the public.

The overall effect could almost be contrived if it didn't work so well. Guest suites feature custom rugs inspired by the Bayou's flora and fauna and original sculptural pieces alongside "updated" antiques sourced from New Orleans-based auction houses. 

Hotel guests only are able to access Bar Marilou through the adjacent Salon via a revolving bookcase door that features an extensive selection of books, like some secret passageway in an English country house.

The magical hotel is sure to be booked up quickly so you'll want to jump in and line up a reservation now