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“If you want the Heart of the Quarter...” 4 of 5 stars
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Inn on Ursulines
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   708 Ursulines, New Orleans, LA 70116   |  
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Ranked #15 of 155 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Jacksonville, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“If you want the Heart of the Quarter...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

...without all the craziness, this is a nice place to stay. The courtyard rooms are comfy and fairly quiet. The proprietors are wise enough to put ear plugs in the bedside tables in case things get a little noisy...this is New Orleans, after all ! The rooms are furnished in a crisp, sophisticated style that is clean and inviting. Baths are good sized with nice amenities. I have stayed in more opulent places but this one was a nice balance, close to the heart of the quarter, and in easy walking distance to restaurants and bars.

Room Tip: The street side rooms are, on some nights, noisy. Take earplugs...but the hotel furnishes them, too...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, IL, USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Summary: I feel confident in recommending Inn on Ursulines and other properties run by French Quarter Guest Houses, but as in all older properties, if possible, I would request my room carefully.

A caveat before we begin We come down to New Orleans often and prefer to stay in older buildings like The Inn on Ursulines because one gets a better sense of this unique place and its history and charm. If you prefer predictable and generic hotel chains, stay elsewhere. With that in mind, like all hotels in old buildings in the Quarter, every room in the Inn on Ursulines is different and your experience will very greatly depending on the room. The Inn on Ursulines was not my first choice of the French Quarter Guest Houses, but I enjoyed my stay overall and it has a number of advantages and an interesting history as one of the oldest surviving"creole cottages" in the city, allegedly once owned by Marie Laveau, herself. The hotel was recently renovated, which is a plus and the furnishing are modern but not out of place.

PRO:
1) Great Location: This location is what I am looking for in the Quarter. Ursulines is a relatively quiet street, close to the French market, the Square, Royal Street shopping, Bourbon Street’s quieter end *and* is only a short walk to the Marigny with its music clubs where I seem to end up many evenings. Major bonus: it is 2 minute walk to one the best and most charming bakeries/ breakfast spots in New Orleans, Croissant D’Or and to the late night/early morning sandwiches of Verti Marte.

2) Very Clean and Comfortable: we have found that many hotels in NOLA are pretty shabby and do a lousy job of cleaning (sorry, it is true, even the pricier ones) but the housekeeping staff at the Inn were great. They made us feel at home and welcome in true New Orleans style. We found the bed, linens and generous pillows to be very comfortable. No noticeable mold or traces of mildew. This is a significant plus, as mildew can be a big problem in NOLA.

3) Helpful and Friendly Staff. Booking and billing went smoothly. Made us feel especially welcome, and went out of their way to provide advice and answer our questions.

CONS:

1) Noise can be an issue depending on your room (but not necessarily).
Noise is a given problem with older buildings in the Quarter. I am a light sleeper so I have realistic expectations and I bring a white noise machine. We stayed in room 3. Other rooms will be different. Ursulines is relatively quiet street and Room 3 is dark; it only has one window, facing the walkway, which is a plus for sleeping but can be gloomy if you plan on spending a bunch of time in the room. It faces the courtyard with no one directly above it. We slept really well the first night and it was very quiet even though it was the weekend. The other nights were more problematic.

The noise drawbacks in the room are several. 1) There is a connecting room and the noise can be really bad if the person in that room is inconsiderate or unaware of the issue. It sounds as if the person is in the room with you. 2) Noise from the narrow courtyard: If you have considerate fellow guests, no problem, but if not, their party is your party. Some of our fellow guests decided on a very late night party in the courtyard. Luckily, it did not last long enough for me to need to say something, but sleep was impossible at the time. 3) Noise from the street is pretty minimal but you will definitely hear certain really loud sounds (motorcycles, groups of people singing etc, this is true everywhere in the Quarter)

From talking to other guests and seeing the other rooms, my impression is that if you are a light sleeper like me: 1) avoid the ground level rooms facing the street 2) request upper floor, courtyard facing rooms at the ends.

2) Narrow shower
I am a big guy with pretty big shoulders and the amount of room to turn around or lift up an arm is minimal. A very minor negative , but a larger person might have an issue. This is not true for all rooms, as some have larger ones or tubs in addition to showers.

3) Rooms can be very dark or very light
There is a difference in room size and the amount of light in each. Several rooms have minimal to no windows. This is ether a good thing or a bad thing depending on your needs. I did not plan to spend much time in my room except to sleep, so the fact that it was dark was a plus. The upper floor rooms have French doors and much more light and would be better for reading and relaxing in the room during the day.

Despite these minor negatives and based on my otherwise largely positive experience with Inn on Ursulines, I would and will stay again.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper like me, avoid the ground level rooms facing the street and try to reque...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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kingsville ontario
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 86 cities Reviews in 86 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is the sort of place you hope for when you go to New Orleans. Quiet, secure and a reasonable price yet is located just steps from all the action.
There is a lovely little courtyard in which to enjoy a break...and the rooms have great charm. The beds are comfortable, quiet and well appointed. Particularly appreciated are the AVEDA toiletries provided.
The staff are helpful and knowledgeable - directing us to Frenchman Street for better jazz than was being provided on Bourbon St. There is also a little store just on the corner that provided enough for breakfast and snacks.

Room Tip: Room 23 is just outside the hottub. This can be either a plus or minus depending on you!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

There was a group of 9 of us that stayed here in three different rooms. We stayed for three nights prior to a cruise in February and got to experience the first parade of the Mardi Gras season, which was conveniently located right around the corner from this Inn. We chose this place because of the location and we loved the idea of trying a small inn. The rooms were quaint and cozy, and the beds were comfortable. The staff was incredibly helpful and courteous. We all absolutely loved this place, and would definitely stay here again!

Stayed February 2014
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Lloydminster, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Our stay here for 5 nights was fantastic! The staff here are so great, friendly, helpful and always answered any questions. We felt very safe here and the location is perfect. We loved Frenchmen Street and it is just a good distance to both there and Bourbon Street. Our room had been redone with nice bedding, towels and products. Across the street is a French Bakery for breakfast and the Quarter Master Grocery has everything. For the price in this area I think you cannot go wrong. Thanks again to the staff for caring so much.

Room Tip: We had room # 5. It is very quiet and the most private in the Inn. There is no view but we enjoyed...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights and it was just perfect. Close enough to Bourbon street but far enough away that it wasn't super loud. We had room #2, which was on the street side. It was a little loud at times but we absolutely enjoyed it. Staff was extremely helpful and accommodating! Only complaint was lack of water pressure and the wait for hot water, but not an issue really. Would definitely stay again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Maumee, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I loved the Inn on Ursulines!! The location was fantastic. We had 6 couples book rooms. All the couples had great things to say. Close to shops and French Quarters but yet far enough away from all the hustle and bustle of Bourbon St., even though we were only a block away. The staff is out of this world!!! They were all so kind and always had a smile. Christopher in the lobby was the best. He was so helpful. Thank you to all of you who work so hard to make our stay so enjoyable.

Room Tip: We had room 11 upstairs. It had 2 double queens. It was a great room as you're really only in th...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 708 Ursulines, New Orleans, LA 70116
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 155 Hotels in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn on Ursulines 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally constructed in the 1700's, the Inn on Ursulines is one of the oldest structures in the French Quarter. Located between the famed Royal and Bourbon streets, this traditional Creole Cottage was once owned by Marie Laveau, who operated it as a guest house for travelers to the city seeking her services.While the smallest of the French Quarter Guest Houses group of boutique hotels, the Inn on Ursulines, and each of its 15 guest rooms, has been carefully restored to showcase the property's everlasting charm.Engrossed in the property's rich history and architecture are guest rooms providing today's traveler the comfort and modern conveniences expected of a great hotel. Our inviting courtyard is your personal sanctuary from the ongoing thrill that is the New Orleans experience. With both location and comfort, the Inn on Ursulines is the perfect home base for your next authentic French Quarter adventure. ... more   less 
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