My mother and I arrived in New Orleans on St. Patrick's Day for a four night stay at the Boubon Orleans. Its location right in the middle of the French Quarter could not have been more ideal. The hotel takes the entire block flanked by Orleans Street, Bourbon Street, St., St. Ann's Street, and Royale Street. A half block walk from its entrance takes you to all the action of Bourbon Street, and a half block walk in the other direction takes you to the gardens of St. Louis and Jackson Square. We were immediately charmed by this historic hotel with its history going back to the early 1800's when it was originally the Orleans Ballroom and and Theater. The lobby is beautiful and exudes the feelings of old New Orleans. The rooms are newly renovated and lovely. Our room was on the sixth floor facing the courtyard/ swimming pool. Although not overly big, it was spacious enough. At least some of the rooms on the sixth floor have dormer windows (as ours did) and therefore a partially slanted ceiling. In no way did this take away from the comfort of the room. The wall behind the bed was burgandy and the rest of the walls were off white. French provincial furniture and frames sketches of New Orleans added charm to the decor. The bathroom was done in black marble, and again decorated with a beautiful New Orleans sketch. We only had a shower. Since I only take showers in hotels this did not bother me at all, but if you are a bath person you might want to check ahead of time as to whether there are rooms available with a tub. We had read ahead of time that the rooms facing the courtyard were the quietest. Since I wasn't too sure how noisy the rroms facing Bourbon Street might be,especially since we were arriving on St. Patrick's Day, I had requested the courtyard ahead of time. The staff at the hotel were always helpful, and immediately took care of any requests we had. We ate breakfast each morning in the hotel's restaurant, Roux on Orleans. The buffet was very good, and we always were fortunate to be seated at a table next to French doors that open onto Orleans Street, What a lovely way to start the morning. As already stated, the location was just perfect. My mother has difficulty walking, and so we had ordered a transporter wheelchair from Mr. Wheelchair. Once I got the hang of "driving" the wheelchair, it was really easy to negotiate the flat, though very rutted", streets of New Orleans, and the hotels central location was such a bonus. As with most of the old hotels in old New Orleans, the Bourbon Orleans is said to be haunted. There is quite a history, and the hotel is included on the haunted New Orleans tours. I decided I didn't want to know all the details until I went home, but did brave reading the history of the hauntings on the third night right before I went to bed. Not the best timing since many of the hauntings are said to be on the third and the sixth floors, and we were staying on th sixth floor. That being said, I just decided to put it out of my mind, say my prayers, make peace with any ghosts and go to sleep. That night and the next were fine. One thing odd did happen the next morning, however. My mother and I went to breakfast, and I had to return to the room before we went on our way for the day. When I got back to our room, the "Do Not Disturb" sign was hanging on our door, on both rooms next to ours, and on a room across the hall from one of the rooms next to ours. We have no idea as to whether our neighbors hung their signs, but we sure didn't hang ours. No other rooms in the whole hallway had the signs. I took the sign off, took a breath, and went in our room. All was well. The other signs were still hanging that evening when we returned to the hotel. Ghosts? Who knows, but It was just odd. One downside to the Bourbon Orleans is that although they have WiFi available and its use is free if you have your own computer, there is a charge to use the hotel computer. I have stayed a quite a few hotels where this is an included amenity, the most recent being in LA, where use of the business center is free of charge and part of the included amenities of the hotel. It is very frustrating to have to pay extra just to log onto a computer to check dinner reservations or your reservations for your flight home.
Would I stay at the Bourbon Orleans again. Absolutely! The accomodations are very nice and the location could not be more ideal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a place where old world charm meets new world luxury. Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans New Orleans Hotel features a rich history and opulent French styling reminiscent of the early 1800s. Its central New Orleans location, just steps away from the famed St. Louis Cathedral, means you're never far from the best the city has to offer-from upscale shopping on Royal Street, to the local artists and performers of Jackson Square, to all of the restaurants, galleries and nightlife in between. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bourbon Orleans
- Wndham New Orleans