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Prytania Oaks Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1612 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Lower Garden District)   |  
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Ranked #58 of 152 hotels in New Orleans
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“Charming and beautiful accommodations in a great location in the Big Easy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

I just got back from my first trip to New Orleans a few days ago and have been chomping at the bit to write this review of the beautiful and charming Prytania Oaks Hotel. Not to sound like a broken record (since everyone seems to use this word to describe the place), but what a GEM! Seriously... it is beautiful and charming. So, here's the scoop:

The Room:
We were in
Room 267 and had a balcony view overlooking Prytania Street. The moment we walked in the room, I was all ooo's and ahhhh's! There were beautiful hardwood floors, a queen-sized four poster bed, a desk, mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, an armoire, a mounted flatscreen tv, HUGE vaulted ceilings (at least 12 feet high), and two sets of the most gorgeous french doors leading out to a lovely balcony just outside of the room overlooking the street. The bathroom was beautiful, even down to the detail they put into framing out the sink with some lovely crown. Very nice. I will admit that the room would have been cramped if we had giant luggage (no place other than the skinny armoire to store suitcases or spread out, but we only had our small weekend bags, so we kept them on the desk and in the nice sized foyer by the door. The space was absolutely perfect for what we needed and was really clean and classy. It felt like a real treat to have the pleasure to stay there.

Comfort:
The bed was comfortable and the pillows were fine, though I have to admit... I am partial to feather pillows and was a little disappointed that this amazing room did not have them. Oh well. Out of fairness, I did not ask if they had any feather pillows because the pillows were comfortable enough that it wasn't a big deal. The shower was wonderful! I loved the heavy water pressure (it was heavenly and I kept raving about it!) but, apparently, I spent a little too long enjoying my shower bc my husband said the temp never really got hot enough for his liking (which wasn't my experience at all). The next day I took a more responsible shower (wasn't in there for an eternity-- ha!) and hubby said the temperature was perfect, so I really think it was my fault that first day. The thermostat kept the temperature just perfect for us and there was a ceiling fan should we have needed it (though we didn't since there was a cold front those two nights). The comforter looks thin but kept us plenty warm and very comfy.

Light/Noise:
We were in love with the black-out curtains they had in the room, which kept it nice and dark for a restful night's sleep. As for noise, while I am a super heavy sleeper, my husband is not and did mention that he could hear people walking up/down the stairwell late at night and dragging their luggage down the stairs first thing in the morning. He could also hear the street noise whenever a car drove by, but not so much so that any of this made it difficult for him to sleep, which was good. I would recommend that light sleepers not request a street view though because there would be a higher chance of any noise distracting you. Again, as a heavy sleeper, I slept like a baby so it was perfect to me. :-)

Convenience/Location:
The Prytania Park Hotel (sister property) is just across the street, caddy corner from the Prytania Oaks and is where you check in. The staff was great! Dana, in particular, took a lot of time with me to provide restaurant suggestions and such-- she was fantastic and so, so helpful (thanks, Dana!). We parked our car in the free (and well-lit) parking lot over by the main office, which seemed preferable to parking in one of the only five or six spots that are adjacent to the Prytania Oaks building. And the location of the hotel to the hot spots of New Orleans was excellent-- 1.7 miles from the French Quarter (which we walked-- only took about 35-4o minutes on foot and it provided a beautiful stroll through lovely old homes, pretty parks, and even some of the downtown skyscrapers-- great diversity!

The hotel is situated in the Garden District and is conveniently just one-two blocks from the St Charles trolley (a $3 per person ticket for a full day of unlimited rides on the city trolleys/buses). While we opted to just explore on foot, it was nice knowing the trolley was there as a back-up plan and it was fun to see it passing through the city. :-) There are lots of great food options on St Charles Street, so the fact that we were so close by to that major thoroughfare was a major plus during our stay!

Free Breakfast:
A continental breakfast is served from 7:30-9:00 (or was it 7:00am?-- anyway, you get the idea) and had cereal, danishes, and a waffle maker, plus juice, milk, and coffee. Pretty simple, but plenty. :-) While we were there, they served breakfast at Prytania Oaks but sometimes serve it at the Prytania Park lobby-- they tell you at check-in where you can expect it to be each day on your stay.

Other tips:
If you have a car while in New Orleans and are able to explore more than just the French Quarter, take a drive down to the end of St. Charles and Magazine Streets in the Garden District area. The houses there are out of this world! Also, Metairie Cemetery is something to behold (wow!) and seeing Lake Pontchartrain just a few miles north of the city on Lakeshore Drive is worth the 18 minutes or so that it takes to get up there. It is so close by and is worth checking out at sunset if you have the benefit of having a car while there-- lovely! I loved exploring the streets of the French Quarter (the street performers are a hoot!) but have to admit that the 45 minute wait we had at Cafe Du Monde to get their world famous beignets (power-sugared covered donut treats) was a let-down. I still recommend you have a beignet while there though-- it is just a NOLA thing that you would not want to miss out on and, were it not for the long wait, I probably would have LOVED it! Just try to go later in the afternoon... after 4pm maybe... because the crowds just make the lines ridiculous any earlier in the day.

Pictures:
Check out the pictures entitled Room 267 to see our room.

I hope this review was helpful and that you have a GREAT time on your trip to New Orleans. Don't hesitate to book this hotel-- you'll love it!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

We stayed here on our first night in New Orleans. Check in was at the other hotel two blocks
away where we received a super friendly greeting from reception. Our room was on the upper level and had everything you need: nice flat screen, fridge, desk, microwave, kettle, free wifi (take note Hyatt Lost Pines!), decent sized bathroom (no bath but nice big shower cubicle). Decoration is tasteful and the room was nice and clean. Location is great, just one block from the St Charles streetcar and a really great bar called The Avenue which I cant recommend highly enough but thats for a whole other review! Prytania Oaks is a good choice for any NOLA visit. Oh yes you also get free parking in the lot next door

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwalk, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

This place is a gem. Economical and a very nice New Orleans feel. It's in an old house in an old neighborhood. The room was small but very neat and clean. Decorated very nicely. It was within walking distance to several restaurants and bars and a street car line. If you want something that is not the typical hotel feel, we highly recommend this place. The person at the desk was very friendly and helpful. The only downside is the doors close a little loudly with this being an old house, we were awakened by people coming into the house. They had a free breakfast which is not something you will get at the large hotels.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Abita Springs,LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

My husband and I decided to spend the night in NOLA for my birthday. We found this place on tripadvisor & booked based on the reviews & price. The Staff was extremely helpful when we booked over the phone & upon arrival. The hoel was impeccably clean, newly renovated & had such charm!
We would both reccomend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

This is a very small hotel located in an old, renovated home in the Garden District of New Orleans. Though the rooms are small, they are very attractive, very clean, and beautifully decorated. The beds are very comfortable. The bathrooms are large and very accommodating in every way. Check-in takes place in a nearby adjoining hotel. A nice continental breakfast is provided. Desk staff are very helpful and friendly. Very importantly, this hotel is located just one block from the St. Charles streetcar line which takes you the eight or ten blocks down to the central business district and the French Quarter. Some of the areas surrounding this hotel look pretty bad but the hotel is very safe and secure. We had a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed over the Halloween weekend for the festivities and also to attend the Voodoo Music Festival. It is located just outside the Garden District, meaning it's far enough away from the French Quarter for you to enjoy a relaxing brunch at the many restaurants nearby, whilst only being one block off St Charles Street and consequently only a 10 minute street car ride into the Quarter for a night out. The rooms are very well maintained, the staff are more than helpful and very knowledgable regarding NOLA and the surrounding area. Breakfast is included, and whilst its nothing to write home about, its adequate. It's only served until 9am, but if you have a late night and can't make it by then, you're probably in need a more substantial feed anyway (we were!). We had no problems walking in the area at night. There is a convenience store, pharmacy and laundromat in close proximity. Basically, if we are ever in NOLA again, we would stay here.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Great B&B - an old building converted to 6 rooms or so. Free wifi and parking and a pretty good b'fast, too. We love staying in the lower garden district and have already made reservations for 2013.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1612 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Lower Garden District
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #58 of 152 hotels in New Orleans
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Hotel Class:3 star — Prytania Oaks Hotel 3*
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