We stayed at Hotel Mazarin in April 2012. The location is great--steps to Bourbon but you don't hear the music and crowds all night long. We had a superior king (no balcony). The room had been redone since our last stay (was St. Louis hotel then, new ownership now). We had a huge walk in shower and a large dressing area with two nice pedestal sinks. The bed was great--slept very well. There wasn't a mini fridge. You can hear noise from the courtyard (but you hear the courtyard noise at any hotel with a courtyard), so if you are a light sleeper that may bother you (we didn't mind). The breakfast is good (bacon, eggs, grits, fruit, cereal, pastries, etc). Not sure why, but there isn't water available at breakfast, only juice. Overall, it is a good hotel in a convenient location for your New Orleans stay. Valet is pricey, but it's that way at every New Orleans hotel.