My husband, 12-yr old daughter and I stayed at the Hotel Villa Convento for 10 nights in October 2012. Location and price make this the best hotel in the French Quarter. We were in room 103 and paid $125/night plus taxes and $1/day fee during a big convention. The room is accessed from the courtyard, had a queen bed and a double bed, shower/tub with a good handrail for getting in and out. The room had two ceiling fans and a good, working a/c unit. The carpeting was a bit industrial, but had good padding underneath which is nice after a long day of walking to the convention center and back. The room has a window facing a work shed, and a window in the door which is covered, so really, there are no windows to speak of. Morning light does seep in a tiny bit so it's not like you are in a cave, however. You can open the door to the courtyard which is lovely if you are hanging around the hotel, which we didn't. The comforters were pretty (brown, teal) with bedruffles. The shower pressure was good and temp did not fluctuate (plenty of hot water). Shower spray feels like needles, but we fixed that by covering it with a washcloth tied with a hairband. Housekeeping was uneven (missed our room one day), but ok. Room was musty smelling but not terrible. No toiletries except soap provided, but there's an ice machine in courtyard and they sell cans of sodapop for $1 at the front desk. Close to French Market, and good restaurants (Mona Lisa:1212 Royal, Eat! @Dauphine & Dumaine, Angeli on Decatur & Gov Nicolls). Best place for breakfast or lunch: Camellia Grill on Chartres & Toulouse for the food, sitting at the counter and the waiters! The Croissand D'Or is not as good as it used to be, preKatrina). No ghosts in our room, but good ghost tour starts around the block at Flanagan's on St. Philip at 6 and 8 pm. I prefer to stay here for a convention because you'll want to eat in the French Quarter and after dinner you will be just a few blocks away from your bed. This is the real Vieux Carre experience. Front desk staff are good hosts.
Courtyard rooms are quiet.
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