My husband and I were in from overseas, and after growing up in the South, wanted an iconic weekend in The Quarter. The Omni Royal was the perfect location and the room was very comfortable (they refurbished recently) - with a view of the big river bridge right out our window - but the staff made the trip so memorable. From the bellhop to the concierge all front of house staff were friendly and even better, very knowledgeable about what to do and how to do it.
Every time we went in or out the door we were greeted warmly and were given tips on where to eat (which were all SPOT ON!). We ended up with a new favorite restaurant, which was right across the street - Royal House. They had the best bloody mary's I've ever tasted, and their shrimp and grits still make my mouth water just thinking about them.
We never had any issues with noise, and yet the walk to any of the French Quarter sites are within blocks. We even had a nice leisurely jaunt down to Frenchman Street and over the the Garden District and Magazine Street, which were easy with the help of the staff.
I would highly recommend this hotel, and will definitely stay here again. The only downside we found was the high rate for parking - basically about $40/day. But, hey, sometimes you have to pay for convenience when you're on holiday.