One thing that becomes evident on this site is that if you read enough reviews on anywhere, you'll never go. So stop reading reviews now--you have found the best place to stay in New Orleans.
It's nice to see another positive recent review from an LA guy, since I think New Orleans is nothing less than LA's next Las Vegas with better food.
I'm not some hotel shill you see all over the place here. See my review of the hotel Wynn a few months ago--I have recently been to both Las Vegas and New Orleans, and I can tell you New Orleans as a destination wins hands down. And if you like to gamble, Windsor Court has Harrah's RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET. Wow, all that and high tea (Thursday through Sunday).
And when you go to N.O., you want to stay in the Windsor Court. The hospitality, the room, the location, even the pool were all top notch, better than Wynn. They can't do enough for you. These guys "get it."
See, New Orleans is actually in decent economic shape, with an unemployment rate that would make Schwarzenegger envious, but I don't see the national prominence yet. Its influence is regional.
The way this town is going to recover its big, national tourism reputation is one guest at a time, one family at a time. Convince enough of us that there isn't Mississippi mud running through the streets, and we'll tell our friends and neighbors, never mind the whole internet. I think they understand this at Windsor Court.
I can tell you, the central portion of N.O. is pretty much as I left it in 1998. Except for Antoine's and K-Paul's (neither of which I particularly miss), the place is back to baseline. Muffaletta at Central? Check. Camellia Grill? Check. Cafe du Monde? Did it ever close? Emeril's? DItto. Palace Cafe? Check.
By the way, the kids had a pretty good time in New Orleans, and we felt safe in the city. The place was crawling with cops. Nice job, NOPD. Children's Musem, Insectarium, trying new foods, streetcar, Audubon Park, Tulane campus were highlights for the family. Also, WC has a decent pool, heated nice n' toasty and also saltwater(!), but no waterslide, so go to Orlando for that, last time I counted there's like a billion of them over there. In fact, if you have the kind of kid that will only stay in a hotel with a water slide, then you really shouldn't come to New Orleans. Ever.
You know, Uptown looked pretty good also. Audubon Park is as nice as I've ever seen it.
Ok, a minor nit--I would have liked working internet access in the room--it was supposedly free, but I couldn't get it to work. I haven't had much luck with "free" internet at any hotel, really, so no major loss.
I thought the room was lovely, comfortable, nicer than my house, clean, and well-designed. It's also a terrific value right now, with rooms to be had for $209 for this coming weekend and the famous French Quarter Festival. We checked while we were there, because we were considering extending our stay a few days! Shh, don't tell anyone!
Honestly, people, New Orleans really isn't "about" free in-room internet, or what kind of TV you have in your room, or a microwave. You really want a microwave in your room? With Palace Cafe less than 500 yards away? Why did you come to New Orleans?
Ok, guys, renovations are not on the agenda, so forget the marble bath and separate shower. There is a bidet, which I suppose could be used as a shower, if you are so inclined.
Did you read the New York Times this week? A lot of these fancy joints will be fortunate to stay open in the next year or two. I am hoping very strongly that Windsor Court is one of the survivors. It really is a different level of hotel than you are used to, possibly unique in all the country. You should really go--now stop reading reviews already!
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