We think it depends on what you expect and which room you take as to how well you will or will not enjoy this hotel. We spent two nights at the beginning of the Spring Pilgrimage. First we perused the consolidators online for rates then called the hotel directly and found they offered the best price. Upon arrival we looked at several rooms that were not appealing. More than two guests per room can be a problem as there are few if any rooms with two queen beds.
We finally decided on a 7th floor "suite" with three small balconies, and a fine view of the river, This room had a king bed, wetbbar , dining area and small sitting room with a pull-out bed. The king bed was adequate after removing the spread and pillows in matching shams. The pull-out bed was not at all adequate, but perhaps a roll-away cot could accomodate a small person or child. The room had two very tight bathrooms and they, like the entire property are quite dated but adequate even if the water never got steaming hot. Daytime temperatures were in the lower 80's and the rather loud a/c was cold. I imagine this room would get very hot in the summer months due to it's southwestern exposure. Nights were in the lower 30's and the heat worked fine. The two wall mounted flat screen televisions are connected to plenty of local and satellite stations; wifi worked well and there is also one guest computer station off the lobby and across from a small room with some exercise equipment.
Although we visited during the pilgrimage, there were few guests and we were able to utilize the precarious and limited parking just out the hotel's back door. There is no doorman, so the hotel is accessed at night using your room's keyless entry card.
There are lovely appointments in the common areas of this hotel that no other local property can offer; mostly on the first floor. There are two restaurants and a bar. A patio with palmettos and gas lamps around small gas-fired fountain on the wall. The grand player piano in the lobby plays jazz music in the evenings. The furnishings are a mix of antique and reproduction from different periods and decorated with large scale paintings, statues, bronzes and flowing draperies.
During the week, or at least the Tuesday and Wednesdays we stayed at the Eola, the hotel was operated with minimal staff. We only saw one waitress, one bar tender, one receptionist and a couple of maids. Be prepared to carry your own luggage.
Our clear caution to travelers considering this property is with regard to houskeeping and maintainence. This is a very old place and quite large for a town like Natchez. The maintainence issues faced by the management must be enormous. We are very happy that the Eola is still open to overnight guests with most services available. We paid $125 a night for our big room with supurb views. Besides bed and breakfast outfits there are other alternatives we considered. The Natchez Grand is a much newer hotel that just can't compare to the gaudy grandeur of the Eola, and other travelers mentioned that it felt more like a Super 8 and that they were nickle and dimed to death. There is also a Hampton Inn up the way that apparently offeres the typical Hampton Inn experience.
In Natchez, a stay at the charming old Eola is in keeping with the historic ambience of the town and era,. We recommend a stroll through the lobby and a drink on the patio if you're not lucky enough to find a room to suit.
Thanks, Anthony at the front desk, for getting us into room #720!
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