I visited New Orleans to show my film at their festival, and was comped a room for two nights at the Hotel Modern, so they already are OK in my book for generously welcoming filmmakers! The staff was excellent and we had few complaints. The internet didn't work when we arrived and there was a young guy downstairs who was also having troubles. The hotel staff didn't seem to have any answers, blaming it on our computers (which worked downstairs) or that we were in a "dark spot", but whatever they did, everyone's computers did connect the next morning.
My room had a giant bed which took up most of the room, but it was very plush and comfortable and the hotel was quiet. The bathroom was surprisingly large with a big walk-in shower. The decor was very cool and modern, with a well-stocked mini-bar. It is a close walk to the French Quarter but far enough away to avoid the craziness.
The security, bellhops and staff were friendly and helpful, and we were welcomed with rum punch, and free coffee in the morning.
There is a very nice restaurant (Tamarind) and bar (Bellocq) right next door. I didn't try the restaurant but it looks wonderful.
Being an animal/bird lover, one of the highlights was meeting their mascot, Scarlett, who immediately walked out of her cage and onto my arm and shoulder, letting me pet her and nibbling on my necklace. She is a beauty, and one of the many unique touches (like a guitar in their business center!) to this informal, charming and quirky hotel.
The only snag I had was when checking out, I was presented with a long list of minibar items. Since we hadn't touched a thing in there, I was a little surprised, but the employee told me he believed me and maybe those charges belonged to another room.
So, all-in-all, I would recommend this hotel, especially for anyone looking for lodging in the business district.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Modern New Orleans welcomes you. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with complimentary drinks in our lobby and escorted to your room just as if you were staying at a close friend’s guesthouse – there is no front desk or lengthy check in process. Our 135 comfortable rooms were designed in-house with a modern eclectic aesthetic that mirrors New Orleans’ juxtaposition of Old World charm with New World diversity. Each of our rooms feature a spacious layout to meet the needs of our busy and well-traveled guests, hand-picked modern yet comfortable furniture, and a selection from our private antique collection. The Hotel Modern goes beyond the basics to offer an array of cultural amenities, such as thoughtfully curated books in every room, a live music series with international artists in our cocktail lounge, Bellocq, and our full service restaurant, Tivoli & Lee, Chef Marcus Woodham's Southern Bistro featuring a farm-to-plate menu. The Lounge takes its name from photographer E.J. Bellocq, who secretly photographed the madams of pre-prohibition New Orleans. It features a menu of original cocktail creations from Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Matthew Kohnke, the founders of Cure, the new Orleans bar named one of "The Best Bars in America" by Esquire Magazine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Cirque New Orleans
- Le Cirque Hotel
- Hotel Le Cirque New Orleans