My husband and I had the toughest time, in locating a reasonably rated hotel, during such a busy time in NOLA, (July 4, 2009). Not only was it a holiday weekend but also the time of the Essence Festival. Those hotels that weren't fully booked were superinflated!!
Well, while surfing the net, I stumbled upon "Bookit.com". I had honestly, not ever heard of this site but man-oh-mah, I'm so glad that I was led to it, (of course, by the Holy Spirit). We were able to book our air/hotel and car accommodations, at one time and the cost was unbelievable. When I saw the price of "The Prytania Oaks Hotel", I was really sceptical, for it seemed to good to be true.
Fortunately, I have family in New Orleans, (it's my birthplace), so one of my sisters and my eldest daughter, both were able to go to the hotel and check it out. They know that I rank cleanliness above all else and both delivered very favorable comments. So, I felt confident in my selection of this hotel.
You know, how sometimes pictures can be deceiving? Well, not with this one. In fact, the room we stayed in looks EXACTLY like one pictured here. It was so nice and I felt as though we weren't staying in a hotel at all, but with family. Actually, we didn't spend much time with the service people, but the front desk ladies were very hospitable. One checks in at the front desk of The Prytania Hotel, which is just around the corner, from The Prytania Oaks Hotel. I'm told the former is like a regular hotel but the latter, has more of a B & B feel to it.
Our room had a king-size bed, (just like the one that's pictured); beautiful wood floors and armoire; a flat-screen t.v.; marble tile in the bathroom...beautiful high ceilings and ceiling fan; a fireplace, (which appeared to be the original one)...everything was just as pictured. Even with the king-size bed, the bedroom and dressing area was very spacious and I loved the bathroom!
I guess one can say that The Prytania Oaks has a modernized/19th century feel and a Howard Johnson's mentality..."No surprises". What you see, pictured here, is what you get...and that's a lot!!
Everything was so nice and clean, (just the way I like it), that I made sure I cleaned behind my husband, each day we were there...so the service people literally had nothing to do but change the linen on the bed; exchange the soiled towels for clean ones and then do (very) minimal cleaning. I made sure our room looked as though no one was even staying there, (lol) and had we not had any service, the entire time we were there, it really would've been fine...that's just how clean it was and I kept it that way.
We already had plans, so we really didn't get a chance to do anything in that neighborhood but the next time we're there...which will probably be in September 2009, we'll do the Delmonicos (Emeril's) thing and ride the street car. The neighborhood is a wonderful one and very typical of the pre-Katrina New Orleans that we knew and loved.
The next time we're there, we plan to tour the "Queen Anne" hotel, which is adjacent to "The Prytania Oaks". I understand, either the 'Oaks' or The Queen Anne has accommodations for up to 8, which would be ideal, for when we have all our children and grandbabies with us. Also, I hope to arrive, earlier in September, so we can get a room with a balcony!!
So, if you're looking for a nice, clean place to stay...away from all the traffic of downtown and the Quarters, yet accessible to local/public transportation, while yet being able to enjoy the flavor of the immediate surroundings, try "The Prytania Oaks Hotel"...you won't regret it!!
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