The most unique hotel in the French Quarter - it was such a delight when the taxi pulled up to late at night on our arrival. It glows on Royal Street, the only building set back a little, and lit up like it is from heaven. If you haven't had the pleasure of staying in a really beautiful and unusual place, you must try it out - the Cornstalk is situated so conveniently that we could wander out and back easily (eliminated the stress of planning). And our room was so beautiful that when we returned for a rest before our evening sojourns it didn't feel like a "waste of our vacation time"; being in the room was an experience in itself because it is decorated so beautifully. All day the walking and carriage tours would pause outside the gates which makes you feel so special to be staying here.
In addition to the beauty and character of the Cornstalk, it is just such a great location. Right in the heart of the French Quarter, but quiet at night, and a tranquil setting by day. Wonderful and personal service from the staff.
(The only negative thing would apply to you if you are a wholly modern person with no appreciation for antiques, or vintage buildings. The wardrobe needed a bit of attention - doors didn't close well, trim missing etc. I love and keep antiques so am comfortable with a little deterioration for the sake of real wood furniture with history, but some people I know wouldn't tolerate it. The linens were incredibly luxurious - the softest sheets and towels I have ever experienced, but the bathroom lacked shelving space for toiletries)
So I confirmed a lesson: Some people feel that it is better to stay at a cheap place further out of the prime tourist area because you don't spend much time in the hotel room anyway. This is the second time I have splurged a little to get a perfect location and a really unique hotel. If you haven't done this you have to try it....the vacation is just a million times better - honestly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cornstalk Hotel has been newly renovated and refurbished featuring fourteen exquisite guest rooms. Brilliant crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors and furnishings adorn the entrance hall, beautifully set off by high vaulted ceilings. The rosette scrolls, cherubs, medallions, stained-glass windows, fireplaces and canopy beds are all relics of a Louisiana plantation home. We are in the heart of the Vieux Carre' (French Quarter), with the sights, the sounds, the gourmet food and night life of old New Orleans. ... more less