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The Cambria, Choice Hotels’ upscale imprint, reels you in with a good location and selfie-inducing design. Although new in late 2017, its worn brick and exposed piping help the boxy seven-story building fit into the artsy, historic Warehouse District. Even before you see your room, you’ll surely post from the oversize wing chairs under the blue neon “THE BIG EASY” sign. Art glorifies local and pop culture (famed New Orleanian Ellen Degeneres is painted in Renaissance wear). Look closely and you’ll notice that the black walled hallways are actually dark plum; in the rooms, skulls are woven into the damask wallpaper pattern, and upholstery is metallic or faux gator. Design is paramount, but the subway-tiled bathrooms are well-sized, and rooms are perfectly practical, with plenty of outlets, a Roomio device streaming, bougie chaise longues, functional wheeled nightstands, and thick mattresses. Warehouse nods come from the rooms' floor-to-cement-ceiling windows; some look directly onto neighboring buildings, but the best have a bridge view. The main entrance around back off Commerce Street lends a private-entry feel (drivers take note: it’s unsafe to pull over at the actual address on Tchoupitoulas Street; a pedestrian “back” door there connects to the main lobby via a gallery). A restaurant, bar, and grab-and-go shop offer convenience in a neighborhood flush with activity.