Global citizens and adventurous travelers, Liz and Raul Canache have spent the past 32 years exploring the U.S., Central and South America and the Caribbean using Raul’s hometown, Lecheria in Anzoategui, Venezuela as a jumping-off point. Their most recent journey, before restoring the Inn at the Old Jail, took the couple from Venezuela to Argentina and back by way of the Pan-American Highway.
The pair fell in love with the storied history of the Old Jail in December of 2013 and immediately recognized its potential. Inspired to create an Inn that would attract curious, adventurous and easy-going travelers, Raul and Liz bought the Inn at auction and spent three years on a painstaking restoration. A dedicated craftsman, Raul reclaimed, restored and reconstructed every architectural and functional feature in the building, working with his son-in-law Gerardo Baralt to transform the former neighborhood lockup into a warm, inviting boutique inn. From scouring auctions for rare antiques and reclaimed architectural ornaments to preserving the jail’s original historic bones, no detail was overlooked.
Raul and Liz’s vision for the top-to-bottom renovation: to preserve the Old Jail’s quirky character and particular history while creating a one-of-a-kind New Orleans hospitality experience. Each of the nine unique ensuite guest rooms are designed for comfort and style, outfitted with memory foam EzoBed mattresses, adorned with local art and Venezuelan textiles, and equipped with modern amenities, including wireless Internet.
From the start, the innkeepers wanted the Inn at the Old Jail to pay homage to the NOPD. Both the rooms and public spaces salute the city’s brave men and women in blue, some of whom worked at the Old Jail in the 70s and 80s or were killed in the line of duty.
Perfectly suited to singles, couples and families, the striking Queen Anne-style Inn welcomes travelers who are curious about history and interested in having a truly New Orleans neighborhood experience. Fluent in Spanish, Liz and Raul live onsite and are available to offer personal assistance to all of their guests, including those visiting the various Latin American Consulates in New Orleans.