I guess I can pose it this way, would you like to come out of your hotel every morning look left and see the back of St. Louis Cathedral every day?
Location: I'll start with the location which is excellent. The Bourbon Orleans hotel is centrally located along Bourbon and Orleans street (hence the name). This location allows you to get anywhere you might want to visit in the French Quarter without ever having to worry about parking as you can walk wherever you'd like to go. It was so great, for example, to arrive late in the evening, drop our stuff and then be immediately out experiencing bourbon street. The hotel can even cater to your desire to be on bourbon street, if you'd like, as in addition to traditional rooms they have several rooms that have balconies overlooking the street. I did not stay in one but probably is a great place to sit out and enjoy the craziness.
Rooms: I can't speak to the suites with the balconies but our traditional king room was very nice. I was struck by how large our room was as I'm often accustomed to king-bed rooms managing just to fit the king in with little space left over. The room was very clean and the bathroom was very large. When we arrived the room was well-laid out with a menu from room service where we could get anything from food to beads to a "hangover cure". In our case our room looked over the central pool which was a nice view and, frankly, we preferred not to near the streets in case noise was an issue. I can't say that noise is a problem, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out.
Hotel: Very beautiful building which manages to have a lot of the amenities you'd want in a "modern" hotel without having that cookie-cutter look of a hotel. The outside of the building is quite nice and suits the French Quarter, while the interior is decorated nicely as well - it gave it a good "old hotel" feel. We did not sample the pool, though a number of people did while we were there, but it's nice to have that option if you wanted to cool off. You have a bar and restaurant on site as well. Incidentally, the hotel breakfasts are quite good. We had a deal that gave us free breakfasts and it was well worth it. These were of far better quality than your average hotel restaurant's "Here are some warmed over eggs give us $20"; I got a three egg omelette each morning with sausage, bacon, and spinach with grits on the side. A very great meal that gave me the energy to walk all around the Quarter the rest of the day.
Service: We stayed in New Orleans for our anniversary and it was made a very nice time largely due to the attentive staff. They went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and the front desk was more than accommodating of the many questions I had as a first-timer to New Orleans. Additionally, they held our luggage the last day after we checked out when we wanted to continue to wander and enjoy New Orleans for just a few more hours; all in all the staff made the stay an excellent one.
Check out is at 12pm which is a nice feature if you are, er, "recovering" from the night before.
If you valet your car you do not have to pick it up until 4pm of your check-out day which gives you some more hours to wander New Orleans if you'd like
Also - if you valet be aware that you need to call ahead; they need about 30-45 minutes to get your car ready for you.
In sum, great location, great amenities, and a great staff. This was easily one of the best hotel stays in recent memory and if we ever go back to New Orleans we'll be sure to try and come here again.
- 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