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Cindy was amazing and we sincerely hope she won't be offended that we gave 4 stars, not 5 as everyone else has done. We definitely do recommend the Monrose Row House B & B. There was nothing to complain about; it was truly wonderful. But we try to be as honest and insightful as possible or reviews don't help others. From reading the other reviews, we knew that this home is located in a "down scale" area 2 blocks from the outskirts of the French Quarter. This has it's pluses: It's very quiet at night. It's very easy to walk to everything in the French Quarter. But when we first arrived, we were leery. The neighborhood was more rundown than we had anticipated. But we had confidence in our fellow tripadvisor reviewers and parked and checked in. Inside the Monrose Row House is like a different world. Immaculately clean. Beautifully restored. Artfully (is that a word) decorated. We stayed in the two-room suite on the third floor and it was completely comfortable and totally private. Breakfast, prepared by Cindy (this amazing lady does everything here) was a delight. Loved the fresh fruit, almond French toast, and quiche on another day. (I don't even like quiche much but hers was truly yummy.) Also, homemade muffins and more.
So why four stars instead of five. Little nit picky things, I guess. We could not get the TV to work, although Cindy did give us instructions. We really didn't care, we didn't come to watch TV, just wanted the news and weather. Perhaps, showing us rather than telling us how would have helped. In all fairness, we didn't ask her again. I'm sure she'd have been right there to help. Ice was only available when we asked. It would be nice to have it offered and available to us in the kitchen whenever we needed it. No snacks, sodas, or evening wine or appetizers are included. Certainly not a problem at all, but 5 star B & Bs do offer this. We did have plenty of bottled water provided in our room which was appreciated (but again, no ice.) Finally, even if all of these, admittedly, nitpicky details been offered, it' hard to give 5 stars when the surrounding neighborhood was so suspect. It's like this: We live in a highrise in downtown Orlando. There's a neighborhood 7 blocks away that we have absolutely no hesitancy to walk through during to day, but at night it's a different story. Take the adive of us and other reviewers, if you stay at the Monrose Row House you can feel very safe, but if out after dark, be smart and take a taxi.
One word or concern about our third floor room for future visitors. Presently, this room is above a room that is being restored to add another room for visitors. (The other two rooms currently available are in the old slave quarters.) I'm afraid this fourth, to be added room is going to hear the wood floor in the third floor room creaking and groaning above it. We were happy no one was under us during our stay as it made a lot of noise when we walked. Also, the stairwell which services only these two rooms only has beautiful old, probably original, wooden stair steps. They echo like crazy when you walk on them. I don't know how Cindy can keep this from being a nosie issue once there are two rooms on the same stairwell, but maybe she has a plan.
Finally, someone else (thank you) mention that you can get really good fired chicken at the gas station 2 blocks away. (Rampart and Governor Nichols.) We thought, now who would want to get gas station chicken when in New Orleans with all its great restaurants? However, one evening we were so tired and my feet so sore, we simply picked up some of that gas station chicken and took it back to the room. It was delicious and we didn't have to go out again. Call it althernate Plan B. New Orleans is a fantastic place to visit and this was a fantastic place to stay. Monrose Row House gets our endorsement.
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