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Look inside Maison de la Luz, a 67-room boutique hotel by Ace Atelier

The circa-1908 property is a smaller, more luxurious spin-off of the Ace Hotel

Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson

When the Ace Hotel opened in New Orleans in 2016, it quickly established itself as a hip destination for tourists and locals thanks to its stylish bar, live music programming, and rooftop pool.

Now the hotel group is expanding into the luxury market.

Partnered with Atelier Ace, Domain Companies developed and owns Maison de la Luz (546 Carondelet Street), a 67-room boutique hotel that’s less buzzy and more luxurious than its older sibling. While the neighboring 234-room Ace Hotel has a definite see-and-be-seen vibe, Maison de la Luz bills itself as a “a refuge,” according to its press release.

It occupies a six-story building built in 1908 as a city hall annex. Los Angeles-based design firm Studio Shamshiri brought luxe touches—including marble vanities, Roman mosaic-tile baths, and hand-embroidered linens—to the space. Rooms range in size from 385 square feet for a double to 620 square feet for a suite with 17-foot ceilings. Some common areas, including a breakfast room, living room, and dining room, are accessible only to guests.

If the vibe at this “private sanctuary” gets too sedate, guests can check out Bar Marilou, a bar in the building’s former library. Featuring craft cocktails and French West Indies-inflected fare, this venture represents Paris-based Quixotic Design’s first venture outside France.

Rooms start at $389/night, which includes access to the Ace Hotel’s pool and music venue.

Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson

Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson for WSJ Magazine
Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson