Old-world charm in the heart of the French Quarter

Be transported back to 18th-century New Orleans with Hotel St. Pierre. Set among three restored French Colonial cottages, the Hotel St. Pierre includes period-style furnishings alongside modern amenities for a historic New Orleans experience. In addition to its iconic architecture, the Hotel St. Pierre offers cozy rooms and picturesque courtyards, as well as balconies overlooking the French Quarter, to put you in the center of New Orleans' most coveted attractions.

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A brief history

The grounds and buildings of the Hotel St. Pierre have as colorful a history as the French Quarter. A home for a French apothecary, the first jazz museum in the world and a hotel, the property has known many faces. Originally the Crossbeam Hotel, the building opened its doors to the public in 1969. The great Jazz musician Louis Armstrong stayed at the hotel himself and even Southern writer Tennessee Williams was known to frequent the property as well. He was often seen lounging by the pools or just sitting quietly in the courtyards. The property has a history of offering its guests a refuge with a less hurried pace.

Gabriel Peyroux House

In 1781, the Peyroux Building was erected for Gabriel Peyroux de la Roche Molive, a native of France. The building originally stood on the family plantation on Bayou Road. Only a few years after their move, Gabriel commissioned a new house to be built. It was typical French Creole fare, constructed in the “briquette-entre-poteaux” or “small brick between posts” architectural style. The bricks were made of Mississippi River mud, Spanish moss and horse hair. Peyroux was the sort of gentleman who made snap decisions in a moments’ notice – the house wasn’t even finished before he had it dismantled and rebuilt where it stands today at 911 Burgundy Street. Years after the Peyroux’s ownership ended, the structure was used as a family home, apartments, a small warehouse and even as a department store.

Jazz Museum

In 1961, the building located at 1017 Dumaine Street (now the Jazz Cottage Building), came to fame as the first ever jazz museum in the world. Other discography, portraits, and instruments were collected as part of the permanent exhibit, in addition to the trumpet of Louis Armstrong and the first records of Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Mortin and Cozy Cole. Originally, the building is said to have been a place for Jazz Funerals with second line parades to follow. In addition to Sunday services, rooms were rented out by Sister Annie Pavageau, the organist, and choir mistress. The hotel opened during the Jazz Museum years as the Crossbeam Hotel. Today the Jazz Museum is housed within the Louisiana State Museum, but many of the artifacts and collectibles are still displayed in the lobby area of the hotel.

“Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine, I look right into the heart of good old New Orleans. It has given me something to live for.” - Louis Armstrong
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Caption for this photo. (Photo credit: www.hnoc.org)

The Hotel today

Today, Hotel St. Pierre has 79 guest rooms, two swimming pools, and lush courtyards throughout the property. Just steps from Bourbon Street, our charming hotel rooms and suites reflect our origins as Creole cottages, without sacrificing modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and comfortable climate control. Enjoy lush tropical courtyards and two refreshing swimming pools. Start every morning with a delicious complimentary continental breakfast. It's the perfect way to fuel up before exploring the French Quarter just outside our door. We offer our guests Southern hospitality and few leave without a heightened fondness of the past and a well-rested appreciation for the future.