Some friends and family traveling in a small group decided to stay at this hotel this year due to the cost and I generally meet with them so I stayed as well. Simply note that this hotel is really only worth it if you are looking for one of the absolute cheapest places to stay within walking distance of the Quarter. It's about 3 blocks from Chartres, about 6 from Bourbon. Simply put, you have to seriously not care about the hotel and just want a small room to sleep and shower in. In which case, you might be satisfied. But you won't be pleased. And if you're expecting anything more, you will be highly disappointed. This hotel has two buildings. It appeared that rooms 1-12 were in the taller building while 13-24 or so were in the other. The taller building had very slow elevators while the other building they were fine. Two elevators in each. The rooms in both seemed borderline ridiculous unless you're staying by yourself or a spouse and love old traditional. They were small, some smaller than small. They seemed dirty, grimy. The carpets were dirty. Everything was broken. My room door wouldn't always open and the bathroom door didn't want to stay shut or lock. We had to rig up the door just to keep it shut. It was one night so I didn't bother alerting staff. Staff seemed to smile at first but they were unhelpful after that. But it's also a budget hotel, so don't expect room service or someone to take your bags at the entrance. The tv was really messed up. The first remote didn't work. Then when we did get a working remote, it appeared all the channel labels and actual channels didn't line up at all and some were even nonexistent altogether. You only had about 15 channels and nothing premium. I still don't think I ever found ESPN. I think it was ESPN2, and a lot of local stations, seemed like two for each network. So don't expect to watch much tv, which isn't what you go to NOLA for but sometimes in the morning or late evening you might want it on for a bit between excursions. But don't expect sporting events or movies.
I will say that the location and the room seemed to be quiet. I like cheap but this was just too ridiculous for my taste not to mention there's far better around the city. I wouldn't want to stay here again. If I had to, I supposed I'd be willing to suffer again for the sake of family but having stayed at the LaQuinta right across the street, I'd rather just find a room there and meet up every morning. And I think most of the group agrees.
I don't know which building is better. They both have their pros and cons. Stay in the shorter...
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