I stayed briefly at the Intercontinental-New Orleans while driving across the country. About 20 minutes before I reached New Orleans, I decided it would be a great place to stop and called the Intercontinental Reservation number. Since I wasn't staying for long, I asked for a low-priced hotel in downtown New Orleans and was surprised to find that the Intercontinental was one of the cheapest that night. With a special rate negotiated by my employer, I was able to stay for $133 for the night. I booked into a Queen, standard room, and on arrival was upgraded to what the desk clerk called the "Presidential Suite" on the club level, which he said normally rents for about $500. What a nice surprise!
The room was huge - had a bedroom with a nice King size bed, a bathroom, and 3 other interconnected rooms: a sitting area, dining area, and kitchen, with separate bathroom attached to the dining area. While it was definitely spacious, the furnishings looked dated and in need of updating, as did the flooring, the bathroom, and the kitchen. For example, the refrigerator in the kitchen had to be at least 25 years old -- granted, if you are staying in an Executive Suite, you probably won't be using the fridge that much. However, in a high-end hotel, you would think that the furnishings and decor wouldn't be so dingy.
Parking was easy at the garage next door, and pretty typically priced at $20. The staff was kind and efficient, and the Club Intercontinental complimentary breakfast was good. Interestingly, the Club dining room had been updated to a standard that would be appropriate for the rest of the rooms on the floor.
For a one night stay and for the price I paid, I would recommend the Intercontinental. However, if you are looking for something more modern and luxurious and are willing to pay more, I would try another newer or more newly remodeled New Orleans property.
- Also Known As:
- New Orleans Intercontinental
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental New Orleans enjoys one of the city s most coveted locations: two blocks from the French Quarter, four blocks from Harrah s New Orleans, six blocks from the riverfront and come Mardi Gras time a front row spot on the St. Charles Avenue parade route. The Morial Convention Center, Uptown and the Louisiana Superdome are also nearby. ... more less
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