Although the French Quarter escaped much of the flooding after Katrina, the entire city is still reeling from the devastation it caused. This includes businesses in the French Quarter, which have been greatly affected by the fact that over 50% of the population has not yet returned to New Orleans. Understaffing is as big an issue to local businesses as rebuilding, it seems.
I attended a conference held at the Astor Crowne Plaza in early December 2007. The room I stayed in was clean, comfortable and very generic. However, the hotel seems to be having some real difficulties. The restaurant was poorly staffed and no one seemed to know what they were doing. The hotel air conditioning system was totally messed up. Most of the meetings rooms were absolutely freezing, yet the humidity was incredibly high.
That said, I would whole heartedly recommend a stay at the Astor Crowne Plaza. Even though there was a lot of disorganization the staff was incredibly nice, helpful and friendly. I got a very warm feeling from everyone I passed in the hall or approached for help. They really are trying to offer the best service possible given the very difficult circumstances they are continuing to face.
Another observation: the French Quarter is loud and the Astor Crowne Plaza is right on Bourbon Street. If you're sensitive to noise this is going to be a problem. There were revelers and multi piece bands playing right outside the hotel until 4 am. This is of course what's fun about New Orleans for many. But if that isn't your thing, ask for a room near the top of the hotel. They do also provide earplugs to guests.
Definitely consider visiting New Orleans. The city needs our tourist dollars to help recover.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come experience 'Southern Hospitality' at 'The Place to Meet' in New Orleans! The Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel-New Orleans is located at the gateway to the world-famous French Quarter at the corner of historic Bourbon and Canal streets. Our location is unsurpassed in 'The Big Easy' and is within walking distance to all the downtown attractions and world-renowned restaurants! Enjoy the perfect blend of old world charm infused with modern luxury and convenience! This non-smoking 693 room, 4-diamond New Orleans hotel will welcome you with our warm and friendly staff, 24-hour in-room dining service, concierge and business services, valet parking, bell services, out-door pool, and fitness center. The Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel-New Orleans is honored to host Dickie Brennan's newest restaurant, the Bourbon House, offering seafood entrees and classic New Orleans Creole Cuisine. As the locals say Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler - Let the Good Times Roll at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astor Crowne Plaza
- Crowne Plaza New Orleans