We stayed for 6 nights in the beginning of August. My husband had a convention and I tagged along for fun. We needed a place that split the difference between the FQ and convention center since we would be without a vehicle, it had to be cheap since his work was not picking up the tab, and it had to be quiet since the hubby actually needed to sleep. I was a little nervous about this place due to some of the mixed reviews but it turns out my concerns were for nothing.
Just look at it on the map. It’s right on the edge of everything. FQ is two blocks away. The convention center is 10 - 15 minute walk. There’s more food and drink within walking distance than you can shake a hand grenade at. Don’t like to walk? Catch the trolley. The St. Charles and Canal lines are two blocks away. The best part is that due to it being out of the quarter and situated on a side street, the place was super quiet for a downtown hotel. I saw some people complain about the noise. Of course there’s going to be some – it’s an old downtown hotel. If you don’t want any street noise, stay on the 20th floor of the Marriott.
The only time we actually heard anything was Friday night. The club right down the street got going around 1 a.m. but it wasn’t really enough to bother me (side note – We had consider staying at Loft 523. This is the same club that everyone complains about there. It really is that loud. Our room was situated about 1/2 block away and we could still hear it.)
The room was immaculately clean and the hotel staff was beyond friendly. The room had all amenities that I would expect – coffee maker, mini-fridge, makeup mirror, decent toiletries, and excellent black out curtains. They have removed the weird glass thing in the shower and installed a standard curtain/rod. The AC and shower worked perfectly. One morning, our toilet decided to stop flushing. We told the front desk on our way out to breakfast and it was fixed by the time we got back.
My biggest complaint was the internet. It worked intermittently in our room. If you went up to the roof deck, it worked phenomenally (500 KB/s downloads). It wasn’t an issue of firewalls or technical problems on our part. It would just come and go no matter what channel you jumped on. But it was free, so you get what you pay for.
I think a lot of the bad reviews for this place come from a price vs. value conflict. We were able to get a nightly rate well under $100/night. At that price point, this place is an excellent value. For those who pay more than $150/night during standard rate times, I can see how they would be disappointed.
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- Residential-style Boutique Hotel located in the heart of downtown New Orleans business district, 2 blocks from French Quarter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Omni Royal Crescent Hotel New Orleans
- Omni Royal Crescent
- Omni New Orleans
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