Don’t be deceived by the dull exterior of Loft 523: clever hotelier Sean Cummings has gone minimalist in this très luxe boutique hotel filled with “Soho style” lofts that are loved by celebrities and the aggressively hip, including visiting musicians and those who follow them. The rooms of Loft 523 feature spoon tubs, showers with two showerheads, modern music, and a DVD system. The two penthouse suites also offer garden terraces. In the lobby, the look is clean and sophisticated and the lounge Le Phare hosts a vibrant scene that doesn’t end until late. A perfect luxury place to stay in New Orleans.