Loved, loved, loved my stay at this hotel, more importantly, my mother absolutely adored it as well. The decor is wonderfully, tastefully over-the-top and I couldn't get enough of it, it's gorgeous. Keep in mind this hotel is over 100 years old--so if you are looking for a modern hotel this would probably be the opposite of that. The staff at the hotel were patient, courteous and always very happy to help us (the doormen in particular). The breakfast buffet in the Crystal Room was much more enjoyable than our breakfast at a nearby bistro, although I was surprised to see an additional charge for coffee.
Our room was spacious and the beds perfectly comfortable and it was cleaned satisfactorily. PB & J at night is real! Such a delightful little treat for the guests. French Quarter is easily within walking distance, otherwise a cab would probably cost $8 - $10 per ride (tip included). I love experiencing a new city via walking its streets (and not just the touristy areas), so I did not mind the distance from the French Quarter.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone interested in staying in an elegant hotel with easy access to the FQ.