Each week, we spotlight a hotel recommended by some of the industry's top travel writers. This week's pick is the Henry Howard Hotel in New Orleans.

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For New Orleans visitors who get overwhelmed by the French Quarter, "there's a more relaxing option a streetcar ride away," said Lindsey Tramuta at The New York Times. The Henry Howard Hotel, a double-gallery 1867 Garden District townhouse, was for years a rundown inn before a recent overhaul gave its 18 rooms a "fun and elegant" upgrade.

Local culture is wittily celebrated in the trumpets and trombones that hang over the beds and in the snare-drum tables in the main parlor. Mardi Gras parades stream past just a block away, on St. Charles Street.

Read more at The New York Times, or book a room at HenryHowardHotel.com. Doubles start at $209.