Southern Hotel in the News

Oct 2022

Changes coming for downtown Covington

For decades, North New Hampshire Street was the place to go in downtown Covington, with the Southern Hotel offering a swanky respite to heat-weary visitors and multiple movie houses showing everything from silent films to "Star Wars."
Sep 2022

New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Lisa Condrey chats with the Out to Lunch podcast about the North Shore.
Jun 2022

Grahame Ménage

Grahame was commissioned to paint a series of murals within the newly restored 107 year old Southern Hotel in Covington, Louisiana. His artwork now adorns the walls in the elegant Cypress Bar of this boutique hotel, as well as the pool side area.
Mar 2022

Southern Hotel opens new restaurant the Gloriette, elegant addition to north shore dining.
Feb 2022


Plan ahead to dine at The Gloriette, the new restaurant opening in the next few months at the lovely Southern Hotel in Covington. The posh Gloriette, which means “pergola” in French, will offer a French-influenced American menu with plenty of Louisiana seafood. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for brunch on weekends, the restaurant’s lush indoor garden setting includes verdant murals that invite the outside in.
Jan 2022

AAA Explorer

About 40 miles north of New Orleans’ French Quarter across Lake Pontchartrain, Covington’s small-town charm, outdoor attractions, and chic Southern Hotel create a memorable escape. Originally built in 1907, the Southern is set among art galleries, restaurants, and shops, including the historic H.J. Smith & Sons General Store and Museum that dates to 1876…
Dec 2021

The Meeting Magazines

“It’s situated in the heart of downtown Covington, which is a quaint area that has walking access to restaurants and entertainment. The hotel is filled with charm and Southern character, with different meeting room sizes and well-appointed hotel rooms.”
Sep 2021

Hotels Above Par

If you’re the type who stops channel surfing anytime you catch “Sweet Home Alabama” on TV, you’re sure to be drawn in by these hospitable hotels that practically ooze Southern charm. From design to amenities to front porches that beckon you to sit down and sip sweet tea, these favorites of journalist Kelsey Ogletree’s are sure to make you fall in love with the South — bless your heart…
Mar 2021

Southern Living

With a lobby known as “Covington’s living room,” the family-owned Southern Hotel is the city’s largest and will make you feel right at home. Located in the city’s historic district in a building that dates back to 1907, the boutique property was restored into a hotel in 2014 and now has 40 guest rooms and two suites, along with a restaurant and bar. Adjacent to the main hotel is The Garden House, with five accommodations in the renovated former Covington Post Office..
Jun 2020

Condé Nast Traveler

As you pull into the forecourt, you see a Mission Revival-style building, the modernity of which belies the hotel’s history, which stretches back over a century to 1907…
Dec 2019

Traditional Building

For some 60 years, in the town of Covington, Louisiana, The Southern Hotel on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain was the premier place for vacationers to stay…
Jun 2018

New Orleans Bride

The wedding is a time of celebrations, of jubilation, and — frankly — of exhaustion. Before you jet off for an exotic honeymoon, take time for some much-needed respite by indulging in a mini-moon. The location: A nearby destination that offers a heavy dose of romance…
May 2018

Laura Fuentes

As a full-time wife, mom, blogger, chef, chauffeur, and nurse- at least, for my family, life can get a bit CRAZY. The daily to-dos can quickly pile up, and after a while, my body and mind ask me to slow down a little…
Apr 2018

Southern Living – The South's Best

Where you check in can make or break your vacation. Whether you are getting away for a couple weeks or just a few days, you want your trip to include that “wow” moment when you walk into a lobby and sense it right away: This place is something special…
Mar 2018

Condé Nast Traveler

There’s a wealth of scenic and cultural interest to be found within a day’s striking distance of New Orleans. Just a quick drive over beautiful Lake Pontchartrain delivers a delightful change of pace on the North Shore…
Feb 2018

The Shoofly Magazine

This Louisiana city is just an hour away from Bay St. Louis and its historic district offers many of the same charms, making it a perfect day-trip destination from the coast…
Nov 2017

The Local Palate

Take a cue from generations of New Orleanians and escape to Covington, Louisiana. Leaving New Orleans, it’s about an hour drive across Lake Pontchartrain and into Covington, Louisiana, a world away with its quiet streets and small town ambiance…
Aug 2017

Shermans Travel

Just an hour’s drive (or less) from New Orleans lies a charming small town: Covington, in the Louisiana Northshore. It’s home to sweet boutiques, art galleries, and fine restaurants, but the epicenter is now the Southern Hotel, one of the finest and prettiest properties below the Mason Dixon Line...
Aug 2017

Dallas News

We all make a beeline for New Orleans with our faces fixed for fabulous food. That won’t change. But let’s not confine ourselves to the big city. Anyone who bothers to drive the 24-mile causeway…
May 2017

AAA Southern Traveler

The boutique property exudes Southern charm with its comfortable veranda, elegant bar with murals based on old hand-tinted postcards of Covington, a quaint book nook, and a day spa…
Aug 2015

Toronto Aun

Good times rolling again…
Mar 2015


Covington’s uniqueness and quiet grace have allowed for a thriving, artistic, and generous community, and it’s no surprise. There is color and texture in the town that have been earned by more than 200 years of people and personalities.
Mar 2015

Southern Living

Frequent overnight guest and Southern Living Associate Editor Lacy Morris vetted the 2015 crop of lodging newcomers, from small-town Oklahoma to swanky South Beach...
Mar 2015

Houston Chronicle

New hotel and buzzy restaurant help boost Covington’s foodie cred...
Feb 2015

Bayou Living

Lake Providence Natives Transform the Historic Southern Hotel in St. Tammany Parish to a Dream Destination...
Nov 2014

Fox News

Southern Hotel among ten newest inductees to Historic Hotel register...
Nov 2014

Southern Hotel in Covington makes prestigious Historic Hotels of America list..
Oct 2014

The Dallas Morning News

Old-time comforts mix with refined restaurant north of New Orleans...
Aug 2014

Country Roads

The grand, old belle is back in her party clothes and ready to entertain...
Jun 2014

USA Today

Southern Hotel Regains Historic Luster in Downtown Covington...