Boutique SoHo-style for postmodern chilling in the Big Easy.
Sophisticated and postmodern, this intimate hotel boasts sixteen lofts and three penthouses in the heart of the city. Renovated from an 1880s warehouse, Loft 523 features a design scheme that infuses the timeworn feel of its former incarnation with a modern spin. The rooms have Mondo king-size beds with Frette linens, Fortuny lamps, plasma TVs and streams of natural sunlight. Superior rooms also come with spoon-shaped Agape bathtubs, and two of the penthouses even boast deck space outside. Amenities include wireless high-speed Internet access, a 24-hour concierge and 24-hour access to a fitness center (located a half block away at sister hotel, International House). Featuring Latin jazz and other live music, the downstairs bar is representative of the guest rooms: sophisticated but simple, trendy without being pretentious.