BEST SMALL HOTEL
Originally constructed in 1883 as a private residence in New Orleans’ Garden District right on St. Charles Avenue, The Columns is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 19-room hotel is equipped with the latest in modern amenities while never compromising on elegant charm.
The Columns’ Sunday jazz brunch in Albertine’s Team Room is a favorite among locals and visitors, and has long been a New Orleans tradition. Mimosas and other favorite beverages are also enjoyed on the porch as streetcars glide past in the distance.
Perhaps most prized by the locals is the Victorian Lounge. It oozes Southern hospitality, with antique fireplaces, an exquisite mahogany bar and 15-foot ceilings. The original German stained glass chandelier hangs in what was once the formal dining room.
For a romantic getaway, it’s tough to beat The Columns.
For more information, call (800) 445-9308.
Second place: The 1886 Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Ark., (877) 342-9766
Third place: Fairview Inn, Jackson, Miss., (888) 948-1908
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