The Charming Chloe hotel

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.


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