The Saint Hotel
Fresh from a dramatic top-to-bottom revival, this 1909 Audubon building now houses a boutique hotel that feels both hip and historic. Taking a cue from NOLA's colorful spirit, co-owner Mark Wyant has crafted a funky-mod setting by juxtaposing huge black-and-white murals of the property and the city of New Orleans with avant-garde pops of color throughout the hotel. In the lobby, delicate white fabric panels plunge from 22-foot ceilings to skim polished wood floors and act as a backdrop for the retro-chic space.
The bright white guest rooms are furnished with piano-lacquered tables and French-influenced side chairs. Exposed brick walls extend to deep azure ceilings—a reminder to "keep the blue side up," meaning "have a great day" in the lingo of pilots (Mark's former profession).
The on-site Tempt restaurant specializes in local fare. Chef Marcus Woodham's boudin balls are tossed in a Cajun corn batter and paired with a green tomato-and-cilantro Creole mustard. Follow live music drifting from the red velvet Burgundy Bar for the envy martini (José Cuervo, simple syrup, green Tabasco, lime, and cilantro) from the Seven Deadly Sins menu. We say leave jealousy at the bar and bring the Big Easy panache home with these nine products.