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Historic Streetcar Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1509 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 (Formerly Avenue Garden Hotel) (Lower Garden District)   |  
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Ranked #110 of 152 hotels in New Orleans
Portland, Oregon, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“New Home Away From Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We just returned from New Orleans and stayed 5 nights in the Avenue Garden Hotel. We feel like we've just been adopted and have a new home away from home. The staff was incredible and fun. The room was clean and stocked well every day. We had great advice on where to go and things to do. They were right on the trolley line and it was convenient for the Garden District or the French Quarter.

Lydia, Ora, Mimi and Melissa were great to us and treated us like family. We will go back and stay right there! It's like being in a large B&B.

Room Tip: There were 3 of us having a "girls" vacation and the room on level 3 had 3 beds for each o...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

What a pretty and inexpensive place to stay in NOLA. The cons: nice hotel, very pretty and well maintained; however, like most places in NOLA the house is old so you will have some creaky and uneven floors, a bit of an older look, and maybe not all the super modern conveniences. If that is important to you, then go stay at the Marriott. If you are looking for a cross between a b&B and a hotel, then this is for you. The MAJOR disadvantage to this hotel is that they often want a non-refundable 100% deposit when you book- so you need to be sure your trip is on and that this is where you want to stay. The breakfast is bread/continental only. The pros: Excellent value, with a lot of good restaurants around. It is right on St. Charles close to downtown- in between the Garden District and downtown. The streetcar does run right in front of it, though it is closed through there for repairs. This is a great place to stay for Loyola or Tulane parents- just save a room for me! I have stayed here three times and did have some noise from trash collection the first time, but the other two times were fine and one night we slept with our balcony door open, facing St. Charles, and it was not noisy.

Room Tip: Make sure that this is where you want to stay and that your trip is definitely on-they will want ful...
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Bozeman, Montana
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22 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We paid $119/night for a small room, which is not bad for NOLA. However, the room was not clean, the bed was not too comfy, it was loud nightly until 4 a.m. I wish we would have paid a little more to stay somewhere else.

I wanted to be on the St Charles Streetcar line between the quarter & garden district.... unfortunately the street car is under construction. We were not told that before booking. The hotels website fails to mention this as well.

Or, if the hotel would clean the carpets, paint, clean mildew off showers/curtains, and otherwise clean the place up a little, it could be a nice place. It is not currently worth what we paid.

Room Tip: Ask for quite room & make sure the streetcar is running.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The Garden Avenue Hotel feels like you are visiting a relative without the awkward dinner conversation. It is older and has some wear but my daughter and I felt very safe and comfortable staying there during our weekend trip to New Orleans. The staff is friendly and very helpful with suggestions for self guided tours etc. We will stay again.

Room Tip: We stayed in an upstairs room and it was very quiet except when the garbage trucks empty the dumpste...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Addis, Louisiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Not exactly a Bed and Breakfast, but not quite a Boutique Hotel..... Somewhere in between. I will say this..... For the price, the location, and helpfullness of the staff......... YOU CAN'T FIND A BETTER DEAL!!!! The staff are SO NICE and sweet. They gave us restaurant recommendations, ideas for what to do, and even offered to setup any tours we would like to have taken!!! I just can't say enough about the staff. This is not a large hotel, but a nice, quaint place to stay while staying in New Orleans. My wife and I loved it,.... we will be back. That's a promise.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I stayed here in early April with my parents. From arrival to departure the owner was very helpful. From recommending places to eat to sites to see. The rooms were very clean and we loved the enclosed patio garden. I intend to return to New Orleans and will book to stay here again. I have already recommended this hotel to my friends. Thanks to everyone at Avenue garden.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Third time at this hotel and still loving it! The friendly staff and quaint atmosphere keep us coming back. This is a unique older hotel with flavor. Love the new (to us)fountain in the courtyard too. Large rooms with New Orleans furniture, high ceilings and privacy. We always stay in the upper rooms above the courtyard.
This is not a cookie cutter hotel. There are no ice machines, soda machines, pool, etc. this is more similar to a bed and breakfast. The management will get ice for you from the kitchen until 10pm and they sell sodas and snacks in office. No parking lot, but ale parking on side streets and we have never had any problems. This is all part of why we stay here. Do not want cookie cutter. Travel a Loy and look for great alternatives.
Located away from noise of downtown but easy trolley ride to everything. Walk within 2 blocks to restaurants, bars, coffee shop, boutiques. Zea's restaurant is our favorite, try the duck empanadas! Pastries and coffee served at hotel but if you want more, Tavern on corner serves excellent breakfast and bloody Mary's.

Will definitely return!

Room Tip: Sorry, there is not a pool, could not find a way to take away the rating for that. Get rooms upstai...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Also Known As:
Avenue Garden New Orleans
Hotel Avenue Garden
Address: 1509 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 (Formerly Avenue Garden Hotel)
Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Lower Garden District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Historic Streetcar Inn 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Streetcar Inn (formerly the Avenue Garden Hotel) is located on the historic St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line. Step out of the hotel's front door and walk out to the car stop, which is located just in front of the hotel. The French Quarter and Downtown are only minutes away via the streetcar, which drops you off at Canal and Bourbon Street! Travel in the opposite direction and go back in time as you take in the majesty of St. Charles Avenue's mansions. ... more   less 
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