We were excited about our first trip to the Big Easy, but this hotel was a bit dissappointing. There is no shuttle, so you have to catch a taxi from the airport. That will cost you about $60 for a family of four (including tip). The front desk staff are friendly, but sometimes a bit clueless. They actually advised us to take two taxis since it would cost us $33 for two people. I'm not that great at math, but 33 x 2 = 66 and that doesn't include the two tips. Duh! We had the one bedroom suite with the queen sofa bed. The room itself is not bad. It is decently decorated with furniture that seems to be in good shape. The kitchen is nice to have if you want to save some money by cooking in. We cooked several of our breakfasts in the room. With a table and four
chairs, you can comfortably eat a meal. The bedroom is also a decent size with its own TV. The
bathroom, however, is so very small. I'm a petite person and I felt claustrophobic in the tiny shower. I can't imagine how a 200 lb, 6 ft man would feel. My elbow would bump into the
shower glass as I was brushing my teeth at the sink. One day I left a bag of my toiletries at the edge of the tiny sink. My 6 yr old accidentally bumped it and it all fell in the toilet. I was not a
happy camper, but you can't blame the kid when there is no room for anything. As far as
convenience to tourist sites, the hotel is in a good location. They are currently working on the
street car rail in front of the hotel, so you actually have to catch a city bus to get to the street car.
It takes about 30 minutes to get to the French Quarter. You are within walking distance of
Magazine Street which has nice shops and restaurants. You can also walk to the Commander's
Palace if you are interested in an upscale dining experience. The hotel staff are pretty good
about giving directions to the various attractions. The pool is another disappointment. It's very
small and shaped like a square. If you have small children, this pool can be dangerous because
there is no shallow end. There is no cleaning service unless you want to pay extra. You have to
take your own trash to the community dump on the second floor. You also have to switch out
your own towels. All in all our stay was decent, but I would not stay here again. It's not kid-friendly and the bathrooms are so, so small. I also dislike not having cleaning service included. I'm on vacation, why should I have to take out my own trash??!!
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