The Columns Hotel - Victorian Lounge
The Columns Hotel's – Victorian Lounge, located in the Uptown district in New Orleans, LA will make you feel like you’re stepping back into a bygone era of the Victorian age.
When you enter the lounge, you can’t help but notice the high 15 foot ceiling, which gives the space grandeur and loftiness. Near one of the fireplaces, you will notice the movie memorabilia of director Louis Malle’s 1978 film “Pretty Baby” which adorns a portion of the wall. The bar, made of mahogany wood extends to the whole lounge and adds to the warmth and intimacy of the atmosphere. This space might evoke a scene from the book ‘Age of Innocence’, when Newland adjourns to the parlor to smoke cigars and sip on brandy while discussing the issues of the day.
The customer service was great. The two bartenders who were particularly on their game were Jeremy and Patrick. In this age when attention to detail is lacking, Patrick and Jeremy showed a level of professionalism that was refreshing. Kudos!!
The clientele was a mixture of professionals, locals, college students and tourists being waited on promptly while rushing to secure one of the many nooks and crannies that are dotted around the lounge.
In the words of Louisiana author Kate Chopin, “The dinner was excellent. The claret was warm and the champagne was cold, and under their beneficent influence that threatened unpleasantness melted and vanished with the fumes of wine.” (The Awakening). This sums up how I felt, drinking and conversing at the Victorian Lounge.
Enjoy the aesthetics, marvel at the old school architecture and return for the outstanding customer service. Cheers!!