The Chloe hotel in New Orleans, which has been designed by decorator Sara Ruffin Costello is loaded with opulent decadence and old world charm, laced with Inky blue walls, alligator-print carpet and grand four-poster beds. The Chloe hotel comes as the latest venture from restaurateur Robert LeBlanc and is situated amongst the picturesque streets of New Orleans.
It occupies a family mansion that was originally designed by American architect Thomas Sully in the 1860s. Sara Ruffin Costello, who is a native of New Orleans, was tasked with devising the interiors of the hotel.
Sarah played on the romance of that era and explored the notion of New Orleans being a port city and brought that inside.
A burnt-orange leather sofa runs along the lower half of the wall, accompanied by a handful of fringed seating poufs and tiny lamps that dimly illuminate the room.
Guests can alternatively sit with cocktails on the hotel’s porch – the floor here is clad with the tiles that date back to the 1860s. Outdoors there’s also a swimming pool shaded by palmetto trees, a herb garden and an alfresco bar.
A more pared-back design approach is taken in the bedrooms, where walls have been painted eggshell-white.
Touches of drama are added by the four-poster beds and freestanding soaking tubs that take centre stage in the bathrooms.
The Chloe is actually a house, and guests feel like they are being invited over to a local’s home. The Chloe joins a number of charming spots to stay in New Orleans, where tourists continue to flock to experience its rich history, vibrant live music scene and revered Mardi Gras parade.