Alittle lengthy but it is all info I wish I knew before I arrived..
Upon arrival we were able to luckily squeeze into a 10 min parking spot outside. The hotel looked nice from the outside. We didn't spend too much time in the lobby but it appeared nice. We arrived around noon and our room wasn't ready so they held our luggage for us. The do have a parking garage that is $28/nt plus $3+ in taxes....so assume $32 a night. Trust me...it’s worth the convenience. We were being a little tight with our budget and thought for sure we could drive down the road and find an open garage for cheaper. No such luck...it was about the same price and the drivers are CRAZY! Just park your car through their valet service (Donald was great) and suck up the price. I notice its becoming typical everywhere we travel.
Location couldn't be more perfect...out the front door and to the left is Bourbon Street is 1/2 block. (you would never know b/c it faces another hotel (Four Points) and that’s pretty much all the foot traffic you have.
So when you turn left and are at the crossroad at Bourbon street. We learned that it’s a better bet to walk left.....unless you desire the more risqué...then go right by all means! X-rated store fronts, etc.
The hotel was gracious enough to call a couple hours later and let us know our room was ready (still before check in time....BONUS!) The room was nice enough...we had a room with balcony overlooking the courtyard. Large balcony shared with neighbor....large enough to share for sure...however good neighborly practice would be to clean up your night before leftovers. I did notice some of the other courtyard balconies were nonshare...however significantly smaller..still with room to go outside.
Coffee maker, blow dryer, iron and board provided. Shampoo and lotion but no hair conditioner (unless it was called lotion...then I was just confused :) There wasn't in mini fridge in our room ...I think maybe in the junior suites??
Beds were pretty comfy...better than most rooms I have slept in under $150 a night...another BONUS!
It was a girl’s trip and we felt pretty safe staying here and further down away from Bourbon Street and I probably wouldn't be a good idea (that’s what the locals say)
Of course for every positive there is a negative....
Just a few small and one 'major'
There could be a better dusting job inside the rooms (ex. AC vents..ridiculously dusty...shouldn't be a problem when you don't need a ladder to reach them) There was alot of dust everywhere, otherwise it was pretty clean.
yes the carpet did have a tear in it in our room as someone else mentioned.....we didn't plan on crawling around so not really an issue.
Here is what I consider a 'major' issue. The vanity/sink is outside from the toilet (that a good thing) however...the bathroom door is a huge issue. It is a full wooden slat door????? so odd...and its right up against the sink area?????? Not a great combo. Hopefully they are changing that b/c it was just weird (no locks on the bathroom door ...however I guess it’s not an issue b/c you can HEAR the person in there??? (i included a pic) Don't let this deter you ...just wanted to share how odd I thought it was
Overall it is a great stay and for the price we would stay there again. I would like to bring my daughter next time so we may try the Place D'Armes as it is location closer to riverwalk and Jackson Square..a little more of a family area but that was not the intention of this trip so it worked out great this time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate French Quarter Hotel situated 1/2 block off Bourbon Street & 5 minutes from central business district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Saint Marie Hotel New Orleans