I attended a conference off Canal St. for my first time in NOLA but wanted to stay somewhere in the French Quarter. The hosts were more than accommodating and even gave me food in the fridge so that I would have something to eat at the ungodly hour I had to wake up to get to my conference on time. And somehow I found croissants hanging on my door every afternoon. They are EASILY within walking distance of Bourbon Street (stumbling back shouldn't be too laborious), Jackson Square, French Market- you can see Cafe Du Monde's green striped awning from halfway down St. Ann St. It is also gated which makes it feel quite safe. I also want to give a huge shout out to Larry of RideTHISbike.com who outfitted me with the phattest lavender beach comber bike known to man. He had great advice and was knowledgeable about the city and biking trails. Great navigating the streets though you do have to have your wits about you and you do have to be sensible about where you lock your bike, but bicycling is a wonderful way to see the city solo. I also rode my bike from Gentry House to the hotel where they Valet'd it for free since I was a conference attendee. A great way to start my morning. (Just a flat, short 0.7mile ride each way.) The hosts were lovely and friendly and game for a good restaurant suggestion but not overly solicitous. The only problem I had with the stay was how many stairs I had to climb up to the apartment. Not a big problem. Also it was fortunate that the weather was warm and I could sleep with the shutters open because they don't shut all the way. There was heat and A/C in the living room and cable TV and ceiling fans. The apartment (Toulouse) was a little bit rickety/creaky, but that was just another check in the "old-world charm" column. There is a full kitchen (with a microwave, a coffeemaker, and a gas stove/oven in which I heated my delicious croissant in every morning), but the bathroom is tiny. Is it the cleanest place ever? No- if you don't want dust on your shelves go rent a room at the Marriott. Is it a comfortable place to stay? Absolutely- it's like staying at a relative's place. I would not have done this any other way. The views from the bedroom were absolutely lovely. I would stay here again- it is good value for your money and definitely cheaper than most other places in NOLA/French Quarter. Even with the daily bike rental and the B&B room fee, I still saved about $30/day from the conference hotel! AND it comes with a delicious free breakfast!
- Also Known As:
- Gentry House Hotel
- Gentry House Hotel New Orleans