New Orleans, LA, is one of the most dazzling American cities to visit. Known as the Crescent City, and the home to its beloved Saints and the Who Dat Nation, New Orleans invites travelers from all over to experience all the treasures the city has to offer. New Orleans is home to great Cajun food, friendly people, chest-deep history, and the its French Creole culture. When staying in New Orleans, it’s best to stay at a hotel which shares all of those local qualities. If any traveler is looking for a great hotel with friendly service, it’s the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery.

Located on Tchoupitoulas Street, on the cusp of the historic French Quarter, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery has a deep, rich history. Built in the heart of New Orleans’ bustling port district, it served as a coffee warehouse before being purchased by E.J. Hart & Company. They used the building as a chandlery, and traded in goods used for sailing voyages–from canvas, to rope, to paper, tobacco and patented medicines. Prior to the turn of the 20th century (when New Orleans renumbered its street addresses), the building’s address was 77 Tchoupitoulas Street. To pay tribute to its history, and the neighborhood’s artistic roots, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery takes its name from this original address.

The guests’ rooms at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery are as quaint and authentic as can be. One can really appreciate the building’s history when stepping through the door. The wooden beams and the creaky wooden floors make anyone’s stay as authentic as ever. Even the brick walls in the hallways add depth to a traveler’s experience. No stay is complete without goodies on the dresser, including local brands of alcohol, and love kits-both for him and for her. There’s plenty of room to store clothing and other traveling necessities.

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery features two authentic eateries-Compere Lapin and Tout La. The menu at Compere Lapin is a mixture of Caribbean culture and the local flavors of New Orleans. It is truly a highlight of New Orleans local dining. Tout La features craft coffees, pastries, and more. Tout La is an extension of Compere Lapin, a bar located in the hotel’s lobby, nearest to the front desk. Tout La is the perfect place for grab-and-go items for travelers who are heading out for sightseeing, that much awaited work day, or long-awaited cruise vacation.

New Orleans, without-a-doubt, is a city deeply rooted in history, laid within the charm of Cajun and French culture. The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is the hotel which all New Orleans visitors feel immersed in the city’s rich history and heritage. From the authenticity of its rooms, to fine dining, to friendly service, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is a must-not-miss for New Orleans visitors. It is truly a piece of city history where all travelers  feel welcome, and undoubtedly, a part of the neighborhood. 

About Author

David Kriso has been a travel writer since August 2011. He is a contributing writer for both of his hometown's newspapers, The Gazette, and The Observer. His articles focus on cruise and railroad travel. David is also published online at, a cruise magazine based in Vancouver, Canada and at Amtrak's story site, David also writes for the publication On, he writes about cruise and rail travel. David is a long-time train traveler, avid cruiser, and a Disney traveler since age 4.

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