This is the very first time that we are writing a review on the Place D'Armes...but, we have been going to New Orleans for the first week of December for the past 4 years and have been staying at the Place D'Armes each time we have went.
We at first chose The Place D'Armes because of location and price. What better location can one have....right in the middle of Jackson Square? You are 2 blocks from Bourbon Street, just on the other side of the St Louis Cathedral is Pat O'Briens, and one block down is Cafe Du Monde and the ever famous French Market. So, as you can see, you are right smack in the middle of it all!!!!
One of the other very pleasent items we encountered was the hotel staff and the GM (Mr. "Bubby" Valentino). The hotel staff is very friendly and will make sure to geaux out of the way to make your stay simply out of this world. It is very nice to have the experience of having the hotel staff, as you enter the hotel upon arrival, smile at you, and ask, "How may we help you". Each time we have stayed, we have asked various hotel staff members for restaurant suggestions and they have been just "spot on" for what we were looking for. One time my wife and I were in a food discussion with the front end staff and the GM, Mr. Valentino, came out of his office (after overhearing the discussion) and gave us a few suggestions as well.
One very nice surprise was that the hotel also provides you a "free" breakfast to help you start out your day. It is just a wonderful idea to start out your day by stopping by, having either a fruit filled pastry or a croissant w/jelly, a fresh brewed cup of coffee and orange juice, and being able to read the morning paper.
Another one of the items that we simply adore about staying at The Place D' Armes is the history of the buildings and the way that the Valentino's have kept the hotel in that old world style and charm. I learned about the history of the hotel from one of the very old hotel staff members and from Mr. Valentino himself. The building was first used as a slave trade building. You can actually stay in one of thier Junior Suite rooms, which was the actual room where the slaves were kept. The room still has the steel bars over the window...and there is even a part of the wall, by the door, where the slaves carved out to show what part of Africa where they were taken from. After the slave trade was abolished, it was then turned into the very first school (all boys) and stayed the school until one of the boys started a fire in his dorm room and burned most of the school living quarters down. The building was then rebuilt and made into a ware house building. Then it was purchased and made into a hotel (why not, the rooms were already there because of the design of the school and the dorm rooms). The room that my wife and I enjoy to stay in, room 122, was actually the room provided to the "Head Master" of the school. The room has a king-size bed, full bath, a wet bar set-up, and is right in the back of the courtyard, on the first floor of the old dormitory area. The only thing that we ask is that you DO NOT request our room on the very first weekend of December...besides, I think that Mr. Valentino has us booked for that room for next year already! :)
Now, on all good reviews, there should always not just be all good items....because there is always something that can be improved upon. This year we did notice that the old matresses have been replaced with new ones (so, our previous years item has been resolved). We still think that paying $28.00 dollars a night is way to high for pareking your car (if you are staying in the hotel)....but, the affordability of the hotel makes up for the extra cost of parking your car. The only last complaint that I can give is that the coffee provided in the room is horriable....LOL....my wife and I always stop by the grocery store (one block away - up Royal Street) and purchase some Community Coffee and filters.
Hopefully this will give you a little look into the hotel, the history of the place, and why we will keep going to this hotel every year that we visit New Orleans.