I've debated what to give this hotel as I have no other reference in New Orleans...so the rating is in comparison to other W Hotels.
For starters, it's right in the French Quarter, but off Canal, tucked into buildings along Chartres (if you blink, you'll miss it). While the hotels along Canal are very large (Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Hilton), this is tiny. There's a pool, and I imagine if more than 20 people are at it, it would be crowded. The rooms are also small. We were upgraded to a "Magnificent" room, which by normal standards was still small (though to be fair, it was stylish and well maintained). One nice thing was that it had a small balcony with a table and chairs.
The gym was very small, again, probably more to do with available real estate (but they do have one). They had some outdoor seating at the higher levels of the hotel, which was a nice touch.
The size probably makes me rate it a little lower, coupled with a bad night. I was in town to run a Marathon, and the night before the race, there was a couple of rooms of young girls who were yelling and banging their doors until 4AM and didn't get anyone to do anything about it. That coupled with the wrong wake up time call (asked for 6:45, got 6AM), put me in a bit of a bad mood.
I'm not saying it's a bad hotel, but if I go back to New Orleans, I'd probably try the Westin or Sheraton.
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- W New Orleans French Quarter is adjacent to historic Jackson Square and boutique shops, and is a short walk from galleries, the Riverwalk and Harrah's casino. ... more less
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