Stayed at the MDV for 3 nights in May and really enjoyed it. We used to stay at this hotel years ago when it was under different ownership. It was closed for a long time and was under renovation and quietly reopened last year. The remodeling is very nice - more like a sprucing up than anything else with new furniture, a cleaned up courtyard and repainting. They also added a small area with water, coffee and snacks for the guests.
Service was fine - the staff on duty was friendly and courteous and housekeeping did a great job. They are helpful and will answer any questions but leave you to yourself for the most part. We stayed in a Premium room that has access to the balcony overlooking Toulouse and it was perfect for us. The bed was super comfortable - we slept in late everyday. We enjoyed going downstairs and having our coffee in the courtyard where you can listen to the jazz music from The Court of Two Sisters next door. The little pastries they provided were fine but we do miss the old homemade ones they used to deliver to your room years ago (the restaurant is still closed so I assume that is why they no longer have those).
One of the staff also let us see the remodeled Tennessee Williams suite and we thought it was great and liked the remodeling job they did on it. The furniture in that suite is much more modern than what we had in our room, though.
Word of caution - this is a small boutique hotel so no fitness center or pool. Also, the hotel has a resident cat, which we thought was super cute and we liked playing with her but if you have cat issues then this may not be your place. The cat does have a tendency to follow guests around and is a very frisky kitty.
Overall, it was a great stay and we plan to come back next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Maison de Ville, whose name in French means “Town House”, was just that. A two- storied dwelling rebuilt by Jean Baptista Lilie Sarpy around 1800 after the second disastrous fire.Across the picturesque courtyard with its cast-iron three-tiered fountain are two additional buildings. The historic former slave quarters are believed to have been constructed as early as 1762 and are one of the oldest structures in the State. Also off the courtyard is the old carriage house, now a charming two-story suite.An early resident of the home was Antoine Amede Peychaud, an apothecary who developed a concoction of bitters and brandy, known as the Sazerac. No doubt Peychaud’s circle of friends and patients widened as the popularity and fame of this first “cocktail” spread. In many Creole homes of the time the first floor was used for commercial purposes, as a store or office, but we know that Peychaud maintained his pharmacy on nearby Royal Street. Today, Peychaud’s bitters are still used to make the official cocktail of the State of Louisiana- the Sazerac.Before he purchased his own house in the French Quarter Tennessee Williams often stayed in room number 9, where he completed “A Streetcar Named Desire” and drank Sazeracs in the hotel courtyard. The room opens onto the patio, and much of Dick Cavett’s 1974 interview with Williams was filmed there, surrounded by the lush semi-tropical greenery and flowers the playwright enjoyed.Among the contemporary guests of note at the hotel: Elizabeth Taylor, Dan Akroyd, Robert Redford, Michael Jackson, Julia Roberts and many others.Hotel Maison de Ville is proud to be part of New Orleans’ historic past and present. Our buildings are over two and a half centuries old. Our endeavors of maintenance and upkeep are focused on keeping them in their original condition as much as ‘historically possible’. ... more less
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