We went April 20 - 25, 2013 to celebrate my 45th birthday. This hotel is the sister hotel to the Monteleon. I would have loved to have stayed there, but for the price, the Bienville House was a great choice. Very cute hotel with lots of charm, history and architecture. I booked the second category room to ensure we got a room with windows. After seeing the hotel, I should have paid the extra and got a room with the balcony overlooking the court yard.
We were given room 358, which was street side directly across from the firehouse and right by the elevator. We didn’t have any issues with street or elevator noise during our stay. Actually, we heard more from people talking in the hall as they passed our room, which was occasionally. The room was beautifully decorated with a 4 post king bed, desk, coffee maker and armoire for the TV. A walk-in closet with safe and nice bath/shower combo. It would have been nice if they had put a small frig in the room.
We arrived at 2:00pm and we were advised our room wasn’t ready, so we dropped off our luggage and headed out to eat lunch. When we came back around 4:30pm, we checked right in and went up to our room. They offer a Continental breakfast in the morning between 7am and 10am, which consisted of coffee, juice, milk, pastries, sweet breads, cereal, yogurt and solid fruits. It is fine to get you started if you feel you have to have something right there. We only ate there one morning before an early tour. I do agree with some of the comments regarding the staff in the breakfast area. They keep a very close eye on the coffee and insist on getting it for you. I think they feel like it's good customer service, but it is not necessary. However, all the staff we encountered was very nice and helpful. They always greeted us when we came into the lobby and was nice to take some picture for us.
We loved the courtyard with the small pool. A nice relaxing atmosphere/oasis from the busy outside area. We did not use the pool as we just didn't have enough time. I don't really care for salt water pools anyway. We also didn't eat in the on-site restaurant/bar, Iris.
The location is fabulous. Within walking distance to most everything. About 3 blocks from Bourbon Street and a couple blocks from the waterfront. There are tons of restaurants and shops on Decatur Street, and much less expensive than on Royal or Bourbon Street. I would not hesitate to book this hotel again.
I have posted a full trip report with restaurants, activities and a picture link in the New Orleans forums.
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