We were excited that we got a place right on Bourbon Street, not thinking about exactly what that would entail. When we arrived on Good Friday the street was hopping with people having a good time at 4:00pm. They have a valet garage in the hotel, which is a nice feature. You really won't need your car to travel around the city, so ours sat in the garage until the day we left.
The hotel has a very nice courtyard pool with a fair number of tables and chairs. Lots of times there are people hanging there with drinks they either brought with them or bought on the street. The hotel has a bar (and signs saying, "No outside drinks") but mostly people don't get them from the hotel. We had dinner our last night by the pool; each person in our group went to a different takeout place and got what they wanted and we had some wine and enjoyed the beautiful April weather.
The hotel is older but well maintained. Everything worked correctly and was clean.
Now on to the noise. You are on Bourbon Street. The bars don't ever close until the place empties out. Many bars have rock bands (not that much jazz, surprisingly.) It's loud starting in the afternoon and stays loud until after midnight (more like 2am on Good Friday.) Then at 4 am the drunks come back home to the hotel and talk loudly in the hall. After the first night we thought we had screwed up by staying here. But then, like the Grinch and his heart, we realized, this is New Orleans and we came to enjoy the real thing. Had we stayed a mile away at any of the big hotels on Canal Street, we'd always be thinking, "I bet Bourbon Street is hopping right now." Every time you walk out, there IS something going on (at 8am you get to watch as huge trucks spray foamy soap all over the street.) This is the place to be and in this hotel you are at ground zero.
Bring your ear plugs and maybe ask for a room farther back from the street, but by all means I would definitely recommend staying at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter hotel is ideally located nearby world renowned Jazz, parades, shopping, and Cajun food at the intersection of Bourbon and Toulouse streets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Plaza Hotel
- Ramada New Orleans
- New Orleans Ramada