I've been to New Orleans dozens of times and finally gave up on the larger hotel chains. They're expensive, impersonal, and always booked. So for this spontaneous trip (we booked it about 4 days out) we decided to look for a different type of experience. This was by far, one of my most favorite trips to NOLA, primarily because of the hotel! The budget room was perfect! The staff was amazingly hospitable, and the location was pretty good too!
We stayed in a budget room (room 204) which was $99 a night. For the French Quarter, that's unheard of. So we were very pleased with the rate. I knew from the other reviews I read on here that it would be small so was expecting that. It wasn't as small as I thought it'd be though! Some reviewers complained about some of the very things I loved about this place... it's old so expect that! Cracks here and there, a little peeling plaster, and yes, maybe the hallways could be vacuumed. But honestly, I love the quaint personality of the place. It reminded me of B&B's I've stayed in while traveling in Europe. We even bought a late dinner at a nearby market one night and brought it back to the courtyard to enjoy. What a great way to end our last evening in NOLA.
I can't say enough about the staff. Warren was who we spoke to and booked with over the phone. He gave us several different room choices but pointed us in the direction of the budget room when we explained what we needed. He greeted us warmly upon arrival and was very helpful with check-in and parking (which was free!!). Vince was equally helpful when we met him and asked for help finding a pedicab to take us to dinner after a long and exhausting day of sight seeing. And as we were checking out, Barbara made me never want to leave. She showed me up to a 4th floor king suite so I could see the view of the quarter from there and WOW! I can't wait to go back when we don't need the budget room! The king suite will be my first choice!
The location is pretty good too but be prepared for a lot of walking. In the past, we've stayed closer to Canal street and everything we wanted to do was a pretty short walk. The Villa Convento is way at the other end of the French Quarter so we did a lot more walking. However, this helped us to see things we'd never seen before! Lots of new shops, other quaint little buildings, and the people... lots of great people. But best of all, the location afforded us peace and quiet. Many of the lodgings more centrally located can't block out the noise of the street. And though I love the music and atmosphere of the city, when I go to bed I like the peace and quite.
Overall, this hotel is my number one lodging choice in NOLA and we WILL go back. I hope to be able to try out some of the different room types but even if we can only go for the budget room, I know we'll have a great time.