The Troubadour recently opened in New Orleans’ Central Business District as the first property in the South for Joie de Vivre Hotels, one of the brands of Two Roads Hospitality. The 184-room boutique hotel is located in a 17-story landmark building.
Originally developed as an office building, The Troubadour’s home at 1111 Gravier Street was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Locally based Campo Architects kept the building’s original staircase intact, which leads guests to the second-floor Lobby Lounge, as well as the “Highball” and “Snifter” meeting rooms. Each of the 184 guestrooms and suites has touches of the local culture, full-length windows, retro-style refrigerators, mini bars and two-person bar tops. The bathrooms have dramatic tiles, playful sconces, and Jonathan Adler bath amenities.
The renovation made use of local New Orleans talents. For instance, local tastemakers Gabriel Flores and Juley Le will organize unique programming for the hotel, while local street artist Gabriel Flores will create an installation featuring bright colors and “Instagram-able” moments at the soon-to-open Monkey Board, The Troubadour’s rooftop bar. The hotel’s staff uniforms were curated by local fashion blogger Juley Le, founder of Upperlyne & Co. and Drip Affogato Bar.
For dining, the property has two dining concepts, Petit Lion and Monkey Board, helmed by chef Phillip Lopez. Petit Lion has 64 seats, overlooks Gravier and Rampart Streets, and has a horseshoe-shaped bar. Monkey Board is a rooftop bar that is expected to open in January 2017.