I don't know where to begin. I am an old guy with an old wife and we have traveled and do travel a lot (which is all relative). We have stayed in "economy" hotels and we have stayed at very high end hotels. Our current favorite level are the best hotels that include free wi-fi and free breakfast. Places the level of Embasy Suites, Hampton Inn and Residence Inn.
I spent a lot of time on the internet picking Country Inn & Suites. I wanted a location near, but not in the French Quarter. I read a lot of reviews and this place floated to the top of my list. I booked our five day vacation. I thought (and still do) that it was a very fair price.
When I got to the front desk we had a conversation about our preferences in a room. Our priorities were a lot of space (New Orleans hotel rooms can be very small) and a lot of natural light from windows. And they came through for us. We had a suite on the second floor facing Magazine Street.
Some visitors to New Orleans can get rowdy. My wife and I went to Mardi Gras five or six times about 25 years ago. We partied then. This hotel has a notice in the elevator about rowdyness. The sign says if you overload the elevator and bounce and rock it, the car will get stuck and it may take a long time for the repair person to come and let you out! They have some experience with rowdy.
Some reviewers warn of noise from the street. We did not experience any. My guess is that even at the worst times - Mardi Gras and the Superbowl - this street doesn't get very noisy. It is not near or on the way to hot spots like Bourbon Street. There are just a couple of boring hotels and small eating places on this strech of Magazine.
The atrium lobby could get noisy. Sound bounces around there. At party time I can imagine mobs of revelers makeing a lot of noise. But, the suites facing Magazine have a real door between the two rooms. Some hotels have one room, put in a sort of room divider and call it a suite. Not this place. Our suite was spacious, comfortable and had loads of light from the tallest window I have ever had in a hotel room.
The concierge service was outstanding. They know their stuff and get things done. In addition to the usual recommendations and reservations one of them even got my boarding passes for me. We were flying Southwest. When you fly Southwest you want to signon exactly 24 hours before your flight and get your boarding pass to get as close to the front of the line as possible. We were going to be at a museum at that time. The concierge did it. She signed on to the Southwest Web Site on the dot and got our boarding passes.
But what can I say about the hotel? When everything is great, what can you say? The room was very good. All the staff were as helpful as they could be. The breakfast was good tasting with a very good variety of food.
The pool is small, but I rarely use a hotel pool. The hotel has a nice lobby and cozy seating areas in public places on several levels. The location is off the noisy, beaten path but not far from places you will want to go.
Parking is pricey, but that is what it is downtown in any big city. Vallet parking service was quick and efficient.
When you check in, discuss your preferences with staff at the front desk. They know their rooms and...
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December 4, 2012
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience to the TripAdvisor world! We sincerely value your kind comments and I will make sure our entire staff hears the good news. We do hope to see you again soon next time your travels bring your to New Orleans!
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