I can't vouch for the particulars of the rooms or service (although I have heard good things), but I can tell you that the lobby and Swizzle Stick/Cafe Adelaide are a sight to see. The common areas of the Loews perfectly embody just the right amount of Nola Patina (a term I use to describe that whole "lived in/days of yore" look people willingly associate so much with New Orleans) with some seriously chic touches.
I was inspired to post about this for the first time last night when I realized that I have said, "God, I love the vibe and decor of this place..." no less than 400 times. There is something luxe, yet warm and comfortable about the common spaces at the Loews. I think it is the pitch-perfect mix of textures and warm neutrals that make the art deco-inspired space unique.
Note the underlit Nola photographs arranged artfully behind the desk.
I am desperate to get a close up photo for you.
Close up of the stained glass and brass chandy.
The warm lobby lounge area...eclectic and warm glamour.
Close up of the lounge area of the lobby
Swizzle Stick Bar...it is super hard to see here, but note the brassy grates over the shelves displaying liquor bottles of all shapes and sizes. Oh, and the ship chandy is located right over the huge iceblock they bring in each day....your ice is freshly chipped, of course.
Collected paintings line the walls of the Swizzle Stick.
Another view of the Swizzle...you can better check out the shelves holding liquor as well as great chandelier above the bar here.
Did I mention that the Swizzle Stick's cocktail menu should not be missed? If you ever stop in, order a specialty drink. I promise you will not regret it.
P.S. I am almost positive that the lobby and Swizzle Stick boast some Hunt Slonem paintings. This is probably a bad thing for me to know for sure as I have been tempted one too many times to simply rip one off the wall, stuff it into an enormous purse, and make a run for it.
Images via artnet