My family and I stayed here on June 21-24 as a last minute get away/random hotel booking (the new renovations is what sold me). I was very surprised when we arrived of the location and how I have overlooked this property as we usually stay at the Astor next door!
For starters, Our room was HUGE. We had paid a little extra for a premium room but I had no idea it would be so large and with doors accessing the pool courtyard directly! Since we were traveling with family it was a great perk being that we could enjoy the pool bar (Pat at the pool bar was fantastic!) and have the younger ones enjoy swimming. Well worth the bit extra to upgrade.
Secondly, the staff and location were ideal! Valet, Front Desk, Bartenders and even housekeeping were extremely friendly. Make sure to ask the front desk for a map when you check in. They had given us some great recommendations and suggestions (A tip we received from someone was that Palace Cafe on Canal Street has a daily lunch special - cheap and delicious!!)
Lastly, usually Im not a big fan of hotel bars and restaurants. However, we decided to stop in for a drink at the hotel bar Batch to waste time before dinner. It wasn’t not crowded, good atmosphere and great creative drinks (I only tried the bloody mary but I would have it again).
I now have this hotel bookmarked and talks are in the works to plan a full week in New Orleans! I suggest to everyone you give this place a try and make an attempt to try the restaurants and bars they have to offer…you’ll be surprised… happily surprised.