My fiancee and I stayed here two nights (Friday and Saturday) in October. She was in town for a convention and I was tagging along to see the city.
We were in an upstairs room (#207-- not sure of the name of the room) which was a decent size. There was a comfortable queen bed, two small twin beds, a large bathroom, a walk-in closet space, a desk and chair, two nightstands. There is free wireless internet in the room. The thing less than stellar was the old tube-style standard-definition TV/VCR combo-- though they did have cable. Then again, who comes to New Orleans to watch TV, right? The room is centrally air-conditioned and there's a thermostat to adjust the temperature in the room.
The manager greeted us at the gate (you have to call ahead when you arrive at the airport) and carried our luggage to the room for us. There is a large list of rules to follow, but most of them are common sense if you think of yourself more as a guest of the house rather than a hotel guest. "Please close the gate behind you when you come in." "Please walk quietly through the halls at night." "Please don't bring non-guests of the Mansion inside the Mansion." Etc. Thankfully, all of the other guests followed the rules while we were there so the place was very quiet at night. We found it very easy to get a good nights sleep.
One of the only small downsides of the place, I suppose, are that there is no hot breakfast provided. There are bagels, fruit, cereal, coffee, tea, and some microwave breakfast sandwiches provided, though. There is a convenience store, a bar/grill, a small Vietnamese (I think) cafe, and a steakhouse within a block of the Mansion,
Location-wise, the Mansion is a couple of miles away from the French Quarter. You can take the bus for $1.25 or a cab for $5-$10. Unfortunately, the bus stops aren't marked very well so you might want to spring for the cab.
All-in-all, we enjoyed our stay at the Mansion. The manager was extremely friendly and always eager to help. She arranged a swamp tour for us, called us cabs, recommended restaurants, etc. I'd recommend the Mansion if you're looking for a quiet, comfortable place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adults Only-21 Years or Children 12 Years Old and up -No Children under 12 years old/No Pets. Known for Peaceful Leisure Travel and Romantic Getaways, Elopement Packages, Business Travelers, and those seeking a quiet stay in a historic property (built 1858). We are centrally located in the Garden District, just steps from the Saint Charles Street Car, Mardi Gras Parade Routes, and only minutes from the Superdome, F.Q., Convention Center, Restaurants, and most major attractions. Non-Smoking property, however smoking is allowed outside in a designated area on our wrap around Veranda. Magnolia Mansion is 14,000 Sq. Ft. And the Courtyards and Grounds are Gated and Locked. Only Registered Guests are allowed on Property at All Times, Unless Approved by Management or Owner in Advance. Office hours are 9am-4pm CST Monday-Friday / Saturday - Sunday 9am-2pm CST. Check- In Time- 2:00pm - 6:00pm CST. All Guests Requiring Early or Late Arrivals Must Call Magnolia Mansion Directly to Notify and Arrange Prior to Arrival Date, as Special Arrangements Must Be Made in Order to Accommodate this Request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magnolia Mansion Hotel New Orleans