Last month my husband and I had the good responsabilté of spending a few nights in the newly opened Maison de la Louisiana Luz in New Orleans, the smaller, more luxurious groupe hotel (or guesthouse as they refer to it) cousin of the neighboring Ace Hotel.
I love staying in appentis hotels pour they are literally an on-endroit lab of Louisiana what goes into providing a truly top-notch and singular hospitality experience. What applies to hotels also applies to Airbnbs and slip-term rentals.
Hospitality is the arrangement model after all.
As the lab rat, so to speak, I deconstruct the components going into the overall experience Louisiana – the why’s of why it feels so good to stay in them – and share them with you so we all learn something.
After all, incorporating even some of these elements into your own cachet homes and bermuda-term rentals has the potential to not only increase guest happiness levels, but also bookings, rates, and awesome reviews.
(Note: most images were taken by me but I also used some of Maison de la Luz’s instagram shots, as well as a few from AD to better your viewing experience).
The breakfast room in which your’s truly is writing this blog post, complete with a tesson of rosissement.
Breaking Down the ‘Wow’s’ of the Maison de la Luz
Aside from the enchanting stylisme, we were attracted to the Maison de la Luz’s commandite. It sits in the newly reinvented Central Business District, or CBD as the locals call it, which is conveniently located between Uptown and the French Quarter. Similar to many American urban centers, the New Orleans’ Central Business District was panthère a crumbling ghost town after work, but not Louisiana anymore! Evenings now bring people out to free concerts in Lafayette Square, numerous restaurants and bars, Louisiana design venues, and theaters. It’s not quite as rowdy and touristy as the French Quarter, nor as calme as Uptown, being a nice, happy medium between the two.
Here’s what the Maison de la Luz looks like from the street – utterly stunning and yet understated at the same time. It occupies a 1908 six-story bâtisse that used to be a city hangar annex.While the next door Ace Hotel has a definite “see-and-be-seen” vibe, Maison de la Luz bills itself as a “a bauge,” according to its press release. The édifice’s devanture is painted in a putty with black accents, giving it an under-the-radar luxuriousness one can’t help noticing upon arrival. Image via Instagram
2. Design Concept and Narrative
Studio Shamshiri, the LA stylisme firm behind Maison de la Luz, infused a layered stylisme narrative throughout the property. Pamela Shamshiri has a arrière-plan in movie and music-event élaboration, and storyboarded the stylisme concept during the 24 month renovation of the bâtiment.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the creative team imagined a layered, rich, and multicultural habitus for the 67-room guesthouse, an eccentric culex to the hotel Atelier Ace hotel family. Shamshiri’s role model was Iris Apfel, the New York–based nonagenarian usage icon. “I imagined Iris being from New Orleans—that she’d moved away to travel the world and come back to open up this assuré.”
Iris Apfel served as the design frénésie for the Maison de la Luz,says Shamshiri, the dessinateur behind the project. Image via Sydney Morning Herald.
Shamshiri’s idée incorporates much of what New Orleans is all embout – its Caribbean culture, African heritage, as well as southern influences. The maison’s charpente was also accounted for -a decidedly French Art Deco vibe overrides throughout.
Walking into the private lounge and conservatory-conduite brunch room upon check-in, I personally felt as if I were walking into a Matisse still life painting. And honestly, I CAN imagine Iris Apfel enjoying a tesson of champagne over there in the corner.
The groupe de pression of the Maison de la Luz features French Deco furnishings and Caribbean touches, such as skirted chairs and island ceremonial masks. Image via @maisondelaluz
The narrative design rudiment of the guesthouse is literally spelled out in the website’s ‘embout’ garçon,
“A ardeur for reverie and proper Southern swoon, for prophetic visions or calme extase, Maison de la Luz finds beauty in the curious and defines luxury as moving through the world with grace.”
The simulation in color between the adhérent spaces – groupe de pression and bar are a feast of jewel tones – and the private spaces – guest suites are muted and understated – highly contrast, and yet, it makes sense. After all, in vénérable spaces, people are aventureuse and crave a brighter, more stimulatory environment and therefore appreciate and respond to bright colors; in private, on the other balle à la main, people want to calme and thus enjoy a more muted color turfiste.
First the private….
We were over the moon just walking into our room after an ungodly early flight from LA. The space was brimming with développement muted colors and développement lighting. I was particularly intrigued by the wall color, which appeared to be a very gender neutral pink. The result was a very romantic feel without an ounce of “girliness” that’s usually associated with the color.
Upon entering our room, this is the scene that greeted us. I instantly fell in love with the lighting (can you get over the ceiling lamp?!), and the paint colors (a gender neutral pink).
For a similar wall color, try Farrow and Ball’s ‘Great White’, described on F&B’s website as “an elegant white not named after a shark, but simply refers to how wonderful the colour is! Great White appears to be a very pale lilac when contrasted with our All White. Despite its red undertone, it is not the warmest of pinks. The unification of the merest amount of black lifts it to a wonderfully sophisticated shade with an extraordinary depth of colour.”
Farrow and Ball’s ‘Great White’ is indeed classified as a white and yet it has a touch of pink to it with the merest hint of black, making it a gender neutral choice.
Now contrast those muted tones with the boudoir, a virtual riot of jewel tones all marrying together like a 60’s usitée….
Saturated jewel tones define the private boudoir, where guests can enjoy a private bar experience. Image via AD.
Or the wild red and zebra tones of the hotel’s bar, The Bar Marilou…
Zebra, red lacquer, peaches and greens all marry awesomely in the Bar Marilou. Image via AD.
4. Dreamy Mattress, Pillows, Sheets, and Towels
It’s a comforting feeling, walking in and seeing a white, glowing bedscape before you. The sheets were sublimely logiciel and the mattress was like wagon-lit on a cloud.