My last two visits to NOLA were very 'impromptu' and on extremely busy weekends. I can be a kamikaze-type traveler and don't spend much time in a hotel anyway so I tend NOT to want to spend $400/night at a place (unless it's a special occasion).
Note: I have stayed here MORE THAN ONCE. Incidentally, I am a single female traveler and not unattractive.
The first time I stayed my usual place was booked and I stayed at my cab driver's suggestion. If you have your own car, it works. It's a bit too far out of the quarter for me, though. I just took cabs & last time rode a rental bike.
Last time I flew in for the marathon. Knowing my schedule was full while there, I thought I'd give it another shot.
Yes, the area is quite sketchy. Yes, the long-term tenants may be shady. Cleanliness indeed...is a different standard, but seriously for this price do you expect the Ritz? The staff was helpful when they were around, and told me that they positioned my room so I'd be close to the office so they could keep an eye out.. The day of the marathon I had to leave quite early for the start and was willing to pay for an extra day just because I couldn't cart my luggage out that morning for obvious reasons. I ended up calling in the afternoon because the office was unmanned when I had to leave to let them know. I guess the Asian woman had limited understanding of my plans -- when I returned after my day (and afterparty) they'd packed all of my belongings for me. My belongings were waiting in the office; I had nothing missing. I think this says quite a bit of the staff - I had items that would be tempting to steal. I just called another hotel and got into a much nicer place in a more convenient location (on Sundays, vacancies can be in abundance)
If you're in a pinch for lodging and just need a place to sleep a few hours, this works. It's far from fancy, and any savvy traveler knows they need to be careful ANYWHERE. The staff is very nice but unfortunately the hotel is in a bad area and caters to a certain 'clientele' (tranny prostitutes). If you're timid and can't handle yourself, don't deal with it.
I don't think I'll stay here in the future, but one never knows. I was there when 98% of the hotels were booked. I do know that several cab drivers who were natives warned me of the area, so I may heed.
All in all, this is a bargain place. It does come with some faults. Bring your own blanket & towel. The large rooms come with a frig and microwave, but the rooms could use new carpet, new bedding, new towels....I've stayed at some super nice places in NOLA and the standards of cleanliness even there have not on my level, and this Capri is definitely NOT super nice, but I am a realist.
If the owners put in some cash to fix the problems, things might be better. I don't know that they could fix their regular clientele, though. Can't really discriminate against people because they may be poor, and can't really butt into their personal lives...right?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Closed due to damage from Hurricane Katrina. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Capri Hotel New Orleans