We got into New Orleans late Wednesday afternoon, April 8th - had plans to stay for two days, but didn't have reservations anywhere. Well, through Hotels.com, we were able to book a room here for only $84 a night - what a steal! When we arrived, we were greeted by Blair, who takes the place of Mr. Stanley for the night shift. Well, talk about an AWESOME person!! He checked us in in record time, gave us a discount on parking, upgraded us from a king room to a king suite, gave us a map of the city showing us all of the "hot spots" and how to get everywhere, and helped us bring in our bags!! We went on up to our room, which was great - a very large, very clean suite, with everything we could ask for. The bed was very comfy, with tv's in both the living room area of the suite and the bedroom, and, since it was a corner room, we had two different views. After we rested and refreshed, it was back downstairs to talk with Blair - I tell you, he made us feel like we were old friends! He recommended two great places to eat - Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, and the Acme Oyster House. We were going to do both in one night, but were so stuffed from the wonderful food at Dickie Brennan's, we couldn't eat another bite - so, we did Acme the second night - both restaurants were absolutely top-notch!
The hotel was about a 4 - 5 block walk to the French Quarter, which is not bad at all - you could also take the streetcar down Canal Street to the French Quarter or the Riverwalk if you don't want to walk, but we enjoy walking and seeing all the sites. Blair also booked us on the "Rebirth of New Orleans" tour, which I would highly recommend to everyone - it is a fantastic tour to see the different parts of New Orleans, especially the 9th Ward. The private bus for the tour picks you up right from the lobby of the hotel - curbside service! Blair was a gem - he was so helpful, kind, and truly friendly - and so knowledgeable about New Orleans - he actually helped to make this trip great!! With the great prices for rooms, the awesome staff, the great location of the hotel, the wonderful breakfasts every morning, and the cleanliness and comfort of the rooms, it is no wonder that this hotel is rated #1 in New Orleans!