The Drifter hotel recently opened in New Orleans and is one of the newest members of Design Hotels. Originally built as a motel in the 1950s, the property is located in the diverse Mid-City neighborhood and celebrates local art, specialty coffee and global cuisine. The Drifter combines streamline modernism and eclectic design, creating a playful new enclave on an industrial stretch of Tulane Avenue in New Orleans.
Designed by Nicole Cota Studio, a boutique firm with offices in New York and New Orleans, the hotel’s interiors are a vibrant showcase of tropical colors and textures.
The guest rooms include custom-made furniture, troweled concrete walls and Oaxacan tilework. At the heart of the hotel is a tropical courtyard and pool that hosts a range of cultural programming such as immersive art shows and live music. A cantilevered disco ball and a Barragan-inspired wall adorn the pool area while fresh frozen cocktails, Japanese beers and sakes, and local wines from the indoor/outdoor bar are on offer for guests to enjoy.
An original asymmetric awning and restored neon motel sign are defining features of the hotel’s exterior, while curated style dominates inside with artwork by local creatives.