Enjoyed a recent stay at the Hotel St. Marie for a four-day conference. The best thing about the hotel is the location for sure, only a half-block from Bourbon Street on Toulouse, and one of the better blocks on Bourbon at that, with Pat O'Brien's Bar and Courtyard, Fat Tuesday's Daiquiris, etc. The location around the hotel isn't overly loud like some of the hotels directly on Bourbon, which is a plus. Or you can just book a courtyard room and avoid the street noise common in the French Quarter at all hours of the night. A good base of operations, only a few blocks from Royal Street shops and antique stores, and a few more blocks to the heart of it all, Jackson Square. If you are an architecture buff, you will enjoy walking Dauphine Street directly behind the hotel. Very nice. The room I booked was a courtyard balcony, and it was unexpectedly large with king bed, two end tables, desk/chair, dresser/tv, round table with two side chairs, and large bathroom. The only negative thing about the room was the small'ish window/french door to the balcony with heavy curtains, which made the room very dark. It did come with five lamps, though, so you could light it up, albeit with unnatural light. The free wifi was a plus compared to large chain hotels. The courtyard area is nice, maybe a little small, with a small pool that wouldn't hold too many people. But lots of tables, and lots of smokers taking advantage of their balconies. Better than in the rooms I guess. The restaurant and bar in this hotel are a real find--Vacherie. We absolutely loved our breakfast every day. For $10 we got two eggs, potatoes, ham, and one of the best biscuits baked in the south, and I've had a few to compare. We also had a very good dinner here one evening, with a great appetizer--yam chips. The hotel bar has happy hour specials and comfortable booth seating. A quiet respite from Bourbon Street with a convenient restroom. I was quite pleased with the hotel staff who helped us call a bunch of taxis which showed up within a few minutes. The check-in folks were very courteous throughout the entire stay, as were the breakfast wait staff. We only ran into one surly waitress at dinner, but everyone else was as nice as can be. Others have commented that this hotel is aging, and yes it shows some chips of paint and older carpet and even some moldy smells common in the tropical south. But I observed three different maintenance workers while I was at the hotel, not counting maids, and they were wiping down chair rails, polishing the brass in the elevator, and cleaning the front windows, and that's just what I saw. I never saw any signs of insect activity in the hotel, so I think the manager runs a pretty tight ship. The maids could be a little more generous with shampoo, never replacing the bottle once in five days, but otherwise the room was clean. I would easily stay at this location again, particularly if I could score the $89 per night rate we enjoyed in March 2013. Quite a bargain, I think. Skip the unfriendly Sheraton and Marriott on distant Canal Street and enjoy the real French Quarter--stay at the Hotel St. Marie. You won't regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate French Quarter Hotel situated 1/2 block off Bourbon Street & 5 minutes from central business district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Marie Hotel
- Saint Marie Hotel New Orleans