The Hotel Masion de Ville used to be the top-rated hotel in all of New Orleans on TripAdvisor before it went out of business and was sold. That top-rating is how I found out about it in the first place, and I fell in love with it (like most did) upon arrival.
The hotel went out of business a few years ago and was sold to a private owner. Fast-forward to 2012, and it's finally back, re-opened and taking bookings.
It's the same...but it's not.
- This hotel is in the absolute best location in the French Quarter. It's about 30-ft off of Bourbon St and in the middle of everything. Sure, it can be a little loud outside at night, but you didn't come to New Orleans to sleep soundly.
- The staff was very nice, helpful and courteous all trip. With that said, we are low-maintenance guests who didn't require much assistance. We did not see more than one employee on-site at any particular time, and could not find anyone in the place when we checked out (we just left out keys and walked out).
- Nothing particularly notable.
Somewhere in the middle:
- Everything else.
The real allure of this property was the courtyard, and it's not the same as it used to be. The old red brick has been torn up and replaced with slate tiles. The greenery is gone. Though the fountain still stands and appear original, it's reservoir is new and completely different than before. In place of the antique and rustic feel of the old courtyard is new furniture, ultra-modern and trendy looking with high-end propane-fueled patio heaters. The aesthetic has been ruined by the desire to spruce up the place. I'm not even going to mention what they did to the legendary Tennesee Williams room (umm, at least it has flat-screens now).
Hotel Maison de Ville looks like a high-end tequila company bought a charming, historic hotel and tried to make it hip. I can't say for sure that's the whole story, but it certainly seems that way.
If you've never been to the French Quarter, and want a small boutique hotel with some historic charm, this is still a great property. It does still feel like another world compared to a chain hotel. The location is unbeatable, and it does seem like they are trying hard to please.
But, if you have stayed here before, prior to the renovations, and you loved it as we did...you might not want to come back. It will break your heart.
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