Best Places to Co-work Near the Alder Hotel in Uptown New Orleans
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There’s something to be said for exploring a new city while leaving your everyday life and responsibilities behind. But occasionally, circumstances dictate that you bring your work on the road. It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s reality for many travelers. The silver lining? At many co-working locations, you can accomplish your tasks while soaking up uniquely New Orleans experiences–and see a side of the city that’s hidden from most tourists. All these co-working destinations are less than two miles from the Alder Hotel, and all offer free Wi-Fi or public computers, along with a little lagniappe ranging from locally roasted coffee to absolutely grand, historic settings. Read on for details.
Latter Branch Public Library (5120 St. Charles Ave.)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this gorgeous 1907 neo-Italianate mansion on St. Charles Avenue would be worth a visit even if it didn’t offer all the amenities of a public library. The limestone building was donated to the city of New Orleans in 1958, and its beauty has been preserved: think chandelier-hung, antiques-furnished reading rooms, Dutch ceiling murals and mahogany paneling. On the more technology-centered side, there’s printing (15 cents per page), Wi-Fi (out-of-town visitors get a free one-hour pass with a valid I.D.), six computers and outdoor garden seating. It’s a way to be productive while experiencing a completely New Orleans setting.
Propeller Incubator (4035 Washington Ave.)
Looking for blazing-fast Wi-Fi, free coffee, printing, scanners, copy machines and a community of like-minded individuals? This 10,000-square-foot, industrial-chic space is the spot. Co-working desks can be rented by the day ($20) or month ($175 and up), or you can buy a 10-day punch card ($150). And if for some reason, you need to organize a presentation during your visit, there also are projector-equipped conference rooms available to rent starting at $35 an hour. Propeller is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 24/7 access available for members.
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library (Tulane University, 7001 Freret St.)
The Tulane library offers all the perks of being a student, without the stressful final exams. Situated on Tulane University’s lush, live oak-filled campus, this six-story library is a haven of solitude, and it’s open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (after that hour, only library cardholders may enter the building). Visitor computers are available on the first floor of the Research Help Center, but Wi-Fi is limited to student use only. Head to the third-floor stacks if you’re seeking a quiet study area, or grab a cup of locally roasted coffee at the PJ’s on the first floor.
Mojo Coffee House (4700 Freret St.)
This quiet, spacious coffee shop offers free Wi-Fi and the opportunity to settle in at a table and work for the long haul without receiving dirty looks from a barista. You’ll find ample local coffee blends and unique, original espresso drinks to keep you caffeinated at the cozy, mom-and-pop joint. Should hunger strike, you’re ideally located on the Freret corridor, a hodgepodge of new and established restaurants with cuisines ranging from Vietnamese to Southern soul food. You couldn’t ask for a better workspace…or better neighbors.