Hotel Saint Vincent Soft Opening

Photos by Jenny McCabe

We recently had the pleasure of attending the soft opening of Hotel Saint Vincent in New Orleans. Having first invested in this project in 2018, it was amazing to see the beautiful transformation this building went through. The opening was packed full of events, making it a weekend we won’t soon forget.

Events included a cocktail hour in The Grotto, a presentation by the Black Masking Indians, late-night drinks in the Chapel Club, and live music performances. New Orleans’ very own Preservation Hall Brass Band kicked off Saturday night and the artist, St. Vincent, had us jamming throughout the night.

Originally an orphanage in the mid-1800s and later a budget hostel, this building has a lot of history. Famed hotelier, Liz Lambert, and her team restored the building to perfection, creating a marvelous luxury boutique hotel.

The hotel has two restaurants. San Lorenzo boasts a delicious coastal Italian menu and is a must for dinner. Menu highlights include Grilled Creole Oysters, Scampi Risotto, and Gulf Flounder Piccata. Pop over to Elizabeth Street Cafe, a French Vietnamese-style cafe, for specialty lunch dishes like Ginger-Chili Oil Dumplings, Banh Mi, and Makrut Lime Laap.

Get away from the touristy French Quarter and walk through the hotel’s Magazine Street neighborhood. A gorgeous blend of shops, cafés, restaurants, and bookstores all beaming with charm, the area around St. Vincent’s is a refreshing break from the city’s overly trod party streets.

After all of that exploring, take a dip in their pool while sipping on a cocktail from the pool bar. Not a pool person? Head to Paradise Lounge, the lobby bar, for an airy and sun-drenched space. You didn’t think they would only have 2 bars? This is New Orleans. Their third bar, Chapel Club, is perfect for an unhurried daytime hang, a pre-dinner cocktail spot, or a late-night lounge. This hotel guest-only bar evokes the feel of a grand hotel salon with a healthy dose of irreverence.

Reservations open June 20th, 2021. Reserve here.

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