We stayed here for one night and received an upgrade to a gulf-view room. The room was comfortable and nicely appointed, including a coffee maker, sofa, and desk area. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful. The pool was nice, and we enjoyed reading in a quiet, shaded area just outside the pool.
Take a look in the lobby - there are notations that mark the high water mark during Katrina (near the ceiling of the lobby). There is also a case near the bar area that holds items associated with Katrina - like the radio used by the small staff who stayed at the hotel (previously another chain) to ride out the storm.
There were folks who mentioned the train whistle. We heard the train whistle while outside the hotel - and it was loud. However, we kept our AC on in the room and never heard it.
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