In New Orleans, we love and honor history and tradition. Everything we do, eat, or say often has a history that dates back to the 18th or 19th century. For today’s Location Spotlight, we came across a quote that speaks volumes about so many places and things here in the city. “You don’t have to say the address when everyone knows the name.” The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District is one such location. It is a staple not only of the neighborhood he inhabits, but also of the city as a whole.
The grand hotel resembles a number of grand houses along the avenue, but sports within its walls 20 luxurious rooms for travelers and revelers to rest. The structure itself was built in 1883 as a private residence and turned into a boarding house during World War I. In the early 1950s, a family bought the property and turned it into a hotel whose outdoor bar became a hit. The location, which was listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places, was sold to hotelier Jayson Seidman and his family in 2019. Seidman, who also owns The Drifter in Mid-City, took steps to update the property and it continues to be an ideal location for a Garden District wedding.
The property offers couples six options for celebrations of varying size and ambiance. Couples can choose from the Porch, Indoor Library, Chapel Room, Tea Room, Lounge/Ballroom, and/or Upstairs Balcony and Lounge. Each of the interior rooms offers capacities between 20 and 40 guests for a seated dinner and between 30 and 60 guests for a cocktail. For ceremony spaces, the porch can accommodate up to 30 people, the upper porch can accommodate 40 people, and the porch and terrace combined can accommodate up to 100 people seated. More importantly, the columns have you covered when looking for New Orleans style grub. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Paul Terrebone and can create seated and stationed menu styles for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, as well as the ability to add past hors d’oeuvres. The best part, in our opinion, is the ability for couples to completely customize a menu that suits their every day or reception needs.
Note edited: We browsed the menu and some standout options include the crispy pork belly, fried oysters, and beef tartare. With the ability to book multiple rooms and the outdoor spaces, the columns apparently work well for any size wedding event, while also allowing those who are still cautious due to the coronavirus pandemic to have their cocktails. and their bites on the porch, watching the streetcars roll by.
Column pricing is based on three-hour packages and offers in-house event planning, floors, coordination and design. Those looking for more information or information on rentals and menu options can email [email protected]