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“Nice hotel, Good price, Quaint” 4 of 5 stars
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Historic Streetcar Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1509 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 (Formerly Avenue Garden Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #120 of 156 Hotels in New Orleans
Seminole, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Nice hotel, Good price, Quaint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This place is bigger than it appears from the street. There are at least 46 rooms. It is very conveniently located across the street from the streetcar that runs 24 hrs and cost $1.25 to get to the French quarter. You can get a day pass for $3.00. We took the streetcar there, and walked back the 1.4 miles from Bourbon street. There is a nice Irish pub across the street with a terrific bartender, and the Voodoo BBQ next door has daiquiri's to go. There is a pizza place on the other side. This is in an area that appears pretty safe. We did a lot of walking. There are shops up and down the street and bars. The free continental breakfast is nice, lots of pastries to chose from, cereal's, bagel, coffee, hard boiled eggs. Our room was fine, and spacious. There were 3 of us, and we had 2 queen beds. Drawback.... there is a small TV in the room on a little table that only one bed can see. The bathroom was somewhat dated. Our room did not smell, and the AC was ice cold and controlled by a remote. Staff was friendly. Major drawback was the parking. They have none. "You can park on any of the side streets", which we did, and it wasn't a problem other than carrying our bags the block away. This room was approx half the price of rooms in the French quarter. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AGHgm, General Manager at Historic Streetcar Inn, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for staying with us on your recent visit to New Orleans. It is great to hear that you had a great stay with us!

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel! We hope you will come back and visit us soon!
If you do choose to come to New Orleans again feel free to contact me directly so I can take care of you personally. You can reach me at 504-521-8000 or gm@historicstreetcarinn.com for any questions or reservations you might need to make.

Warm regards,

Richard Gillespie
General Manager
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Rating summary
  • 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The good news: breakfast, nice porch with rockers, small patio, near streetcar and Garden District, helpful staff
The bad news: room small, bed side lamps didn't work, one outlet had tape over it and the other was cracked so plugs would not stay plugged in, sink slow to drain, toilet difficult to flush, black gunk in shower, shower curtain not attached to all rings, no help with luggage
We stayed 4 nights. One day, we received a note telling us there would be limited maid service. We had to get our own towels that day-two bath towels and one wash cloth. We stayed gone from the room as much as possible. Some issues were due to the historic nature of the building, but some, like the bathroom problems seem to be a lack of maintenance.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This hotel was so bad I refused to stay in it. Room smelled horrible ac didn't work well paint coping of the wall in the bathroom. And last but not least no on site parking. When I asked where to park I was told just park of some side street. I said no way look at the neighborhood. Clerk said this is a zero crime rate area. When I look at reviews after returning home I see several complaints about cars being broken in to. Hotel is thirty get from MLK Blvd if that tells you anything.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We have stayed here 3 other times. Something has changed. The room this time was in need of repairs. Pictures were missing. Holes in the walls. Just needing some tlc. Some things add character, others seem almost neglected. With that said, still love the warm welcome and the location of the hotel. The girls who work the reception area during the afternoon and night are wonderful. The man who checked me out Monday morning was borderline rude. I would stay again but I no longer would recommend this hotel to friends.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Handy to Streetcar but shabby and run down. Rooms cramped, smelly and dirty. Bathrooms with broken fixtures and cracked tiles, unsecured toilet seat.. Beds old, linens stained and threadbare. Window coverings stained, mismatched and ill fitting. Airconditioning unit noisy and ineffective. Stairs and floors slope every which way and move with passing traffic (indoors and out). All outdoor areas given over to smokers.

Have had better accommodation in third world countries.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Pensacola, Florida, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

While one could not fault the location (nor the cost with a discount), the overall character is less than "shabby chic." The facility from the outside has all the gingerbread and charm you should expect from a "bed and breakfast" in New Orleans. The problem is all the rooms are inside and they are older than the city itself. The baths are rust stained, the walls are no longer plastered evenly and the floors don't match anywhere in the building. The rooms I saw were closets or slightly larger. If you go to New Orleans to be a tourist and come back to Streetcar only to sleep, you've found a great place. If you expect more from your lodgings, find a Super 8.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Memphis, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I had high hopes for this property. It is well located and looks lovely on the outside and in common areas. Our room, however, was in poor shape. The room was small, but that is not unusual in older hotels in New Orleans (we come NOLA 3-4 times a year). Our room was seriously dated. The curtains were stapled to the walls. There were several places the paint had to been patched as it was obvious from the mismatched color. The TV was small and older. The bathroom had several patched holes but had not been repainted. The toilet was difficult to flush. The window unit in the room was marked wrong and we had the heat on for several hours before we figured it out.

I now understand the cheap rate. Probably won't be staying there again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Historic Streetcar Inn

Address: 1509 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 (Formerly Avenue Garden Hotel)
Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #120 of 156 Hotels in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Historic Streetcar Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 26
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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Also Known As:
Avenue Garden New Orleans
Hotel Avenue Garden

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