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“Convention Stay” 3 of 5 stars
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Clarion Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1300 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 (Central Business District)   |  
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Ranked #117 of 155 Hotels in New Orleans
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Convention Stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Stayed here for five nights to attend a convention. I booked the room way in advance and pre-payed so the rate was good.

The rooms are small and in need of repair. The bar in the closet was not fully attached to the wall so the clothes slid down to the left.

The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable. The refrigerator worked well and was very quiet.

The rooms have very little soundproofing and the hallway has no carpet so sound carried very easily. You probably will wake up every time someone closes a door or gets out of the elevator. My room was as far away from the elevator as possible, and it was still pretty loud.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cheney, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

After reading a lot of poor reviews of very expensive hotels in the French Quarter, we decided to take our chance on this one despite the reviews questioning the neighborhood. We got a suite to make up for the area and took taxis at night.

The hotel is not in the French quarter. I would say the area starts getting better after four blocks. And closer to the river, there is a lot of police presence. But the area around the hotel is definitely shady. Lots of people loitering on the next block. One taxi driver said it is worse going the other direction. Not a good place to be if you are not used to "inner cities" and are planning on getting highly drunk and walking back in the wee hours.

There is a trolley right outside that goes down the middle of the boulevard but if you just missed one, it is quicker to walk. To get to the heart of the French Quarter, you have to take it to the river, which takes out out of the way, then transfer to another line. It was usually quicker to walk. It was probably about 8 blocks to get to where you would want to visit.

If you are someone who likes to stop back in the room frequently during the day, you also will not like the location. The questionable neighborhood will make you not want to go back too often, particularly after dark.

But considering the poor reviews of French Quarter hotels, and the price differential, I would say it was a very good value. Our room was nicely remodelled but there were little places like trim where you could see that they started with something old. Things weren't perfect--one phone didn't work but who uses hotel phones anyway. One remote had no batteries but when I swapped them with the ones from the other TV, that remote wouldn't control the TV anyway. The bathroom sink was a bit small but there was a wet bar in the other room. Nothing worth complaining about.

There was an excellent hot breakfast every day with eggs, biscuits and gravy, bacon or sausages, cereals, donuts, juices, bagels, etc. But there is no restaurant on site. If it is late at night and you don't want to take a cab, your options in the immediate couple of blocks are limited. The Great Wall Chinese a couple of blocks away will deliver and there is a subway one block away.

The staff was friendly and helpful and the room was clean.

There was free Wi-Fi and a business center where you could print out your boarding passes.

I would stay there again. Having a suite and low price made up for the area, in my opinion. Cab rides were $5-6 and we could take a lot of them and still end up ahead. If I could find something similar for 50% more in the heart of the French Quarter, it might be worth it but I don't think I would have been able to. Note that there were a couple of high end hotels a couple of blocks closer to the French quarter on Canal that I would still consider to be in a rough area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Stayed here due to lower rates and the fact that other hotels were booked. Not bad for the price, although the hotel is a bit worn around the edges. But the room was clean, quiet and there were no issues. Location is a problem - lots of people loitering around the next block (on the way to central business district and French Quarter) - so it is a bit like running the guantlet. Wouldn't recommend it for that reason alone for people a bit uneasy about that sort of thing.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This hotel was a good choice in regards to price and proximity to the french quarter. I booked on line and got a price that was better than anything closer to the french quarter. Located on Canal Street. Still several blocks to Bourbon St. Put your walking shoes on.When I looked at this hotel on map thought it was a few blocks closer but still not a bad walk. You also had the streetcar at the door of the hotel, we didn't use it but only because of time constraints. Also booked this hotel because of its proximity to the cruise ship pier. Only 5 min. cab ride. This is a little bit of an older hotel but clean,breakfast was good. Don't let the elevator paint job scare you off, I reccomend that they change the paint job. Overall a good place to base your trip.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Great location, and the room was better than expected. Three beds with more than enough space in the room for three people. Everything was clean and updated. For New Orleans you can't beat the price for all those reasons i listed. I will stay here again on my next visit.

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Dryden, Ontario, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This hotel was a great location but sadly in need of some TLC. We up-graded to a suite so that we could find a place that gave us a lay-out conducive to a 3 night stay. The first two rooms we were shown where very cramped and no real sitting area. One room had a second bed plunked in the middle with no head board and no side tables. We are card carrying "Comfort, Quality, Clarion members and have stayed in lots of cities all over North America and were very disappointed in the up-keep of this location. It is right on the corner of the French Quarter, and we did enjoy the fact that we could walk or take the tram everywhere in the city, but the hotel itself needs help. We got a great tour of the city from the front desk and that was good value for the $ but I think for the price of the hotel, you could do better downtown...we will not book on line without checking with this website again.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tallahassee, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Stayed here during Mardi Gras and was pleased with the location and value. The room was spacious and updated. Based on the other reviews I thought the rooms would be outdated but in my opinion they were not (I traveled a lot in the past and was pleasantly surprised). The bedding was clean, staff was responsive when contacted and the kitchenette was a nice touch. I'm not sure if noise was a problem since I was partying for Mardi Gras but I didn't notice any noise problems. Parking was a bit of a problem the first night due to Mardi Gras parades and while it's not the cheapest was only $14 plus tax a night in the hotel's lot right next door. I also saw another room while there and it was comparable to my room as well. Walking to the attractions or catching the streetcar is easy from the hotel. I would definitely stay here again!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1300 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Central Business District
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #117 of 155 Hotels in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 157
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