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Follow my advice....

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Follow my advice....

Well...I just booked a room through Hotwire.com - you know, the one that makes you PAY for the room before they disclose the hotel you are staying at. They only guarantee that it will be a "four-star" hotel. I agreed to the rate of $97 per night (especially since it was Feb 7-10) and I wound up at the Hyatt Regency on Poydras. After reading almost all of the 32 or so posts concerning the Hyatt, I'm more than disappointed with HotWire. I should have used Hotels.com, paid $136 per night and would have been staying IN the French Quarter instead of 3 miles FROM the French Quarter! Not to mention the extra $30 a night for parking (and we'll have 2 cars there) that the Hyatt charges. My advice: KNOW what you're paying for..don't use HotWire.com - you're only going to get a hotel that nobody else wants to stay in. By the way, how safe would it be for 3 young (well, over 21) women to walk from the Hyatt to the French Quarter during Mardi Gras? I don't know the area very well at all and I'm hoping someone could tell me how to get back and forth from the Hyatt to the French Quarter without spending a fortune. Many thanks!

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1. Re: Follow my advice....

I don't think your location is that bad. I stayed at the Holiday Inn Superdome last year. It's about a block and a half away from where you are. The walk was not long at all to the quarter, and we were safe. We were 5 girls, age 26-28. Just use your best judgement and don't walk alone late at night. Have fun!

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2. Re: Follow my advice....

I've been giving people that same advice since this board first started (yet almost everyone, with a few exceptions, has disagreed with me).

I've used priceline and hotwire several time to book supposed 4 star hotels. Only once was I completely satisfied with what I got. Even when you get a 4-5 star hotel, most of the time you get stuck with one of the worst rooms in the hotel. I know, someone is going to chime in and say differently (that's fine - I guess they've been lucky). But for me, I will only pay now for what I know I am getting --- if I want a certain level of room at a certain hotel, I will make sure that is what I get (I don't care if it costs me 30-40% more -- it's worth it for me).

BTW, I got saddled once with the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans (my second attempt at using priceline for a 4 star hotel) --- I was very let down (not up to normal 3.5 star Hyatt standards -- I would give it more like a 2.5).

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3. Re: Follow my advice....

I have never tested Hotwire or Priceline for the very reasons mentioned here. I guess there are a few cities or circumstances where location does not matter, but for the most part New Orleans, NYC, Miami, San Fran, DC location is more important to me than star rating of the hotel. I don't even like to use Expedia or those places that charge you for the room. I almost always book directly through the hotel, so I can cancel or make changes up to the date of arrival.

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4. Re: Follow my advice....

My wife and I have stayed at the Hyatt NUMEROUS times and have never had a bad room. My last stay I did however get the small King room that is mentioned in reveiws.

They have a shuttle that leaves the hotel fot the FQ and returns (times are poisted) every 15 to 30 munutes depending on how many people are waiting or if they are using the bus (until midnight). The same room was available thru priceline (they own hotwire) for $70 a night (I just booked my room for that time).

There is a secured parking (fenced in) lot beside the hotel that has parking for $6 a day (if they don't raise the rates). It is not a bad walk about 1/4 mile staying on the main roads.

If it is any thing like last year the place will be a mad house the 7th & 8th, (specially the 8th).

If you wish email me at terry_richard@msn.com and I'll give you all kinds of info about NO. I'm someone, like you, who wants to have an occasional good time without going broke to do it.

Pensacola, FL
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5. Re: Follow my advice....

There are great rooms at the Hyatt. I tell you all about that (and how to get them) if you're interested.

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6. Re: Follow my advice....

The rooms are fine at the Hyatt. The shuttle runs very often and you won't have FQ noise to deal with. Don't walk though at night. Take a taxi from the FQ if the shuttle isn't running late at night. The parade route isn't far. Canal Street and St. Charles Ave. are the closest. I'd opt for St. Charles at Poydras then walk straight down to Bourbon (St. Charles becomes Bourbon after you cross Canal). Check with the hotel about the shuttle schedule and make nice with the drivers on duty. They will be able to recognize you in the crowd if you've tipped them generously.

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I have had good luck using Priceline for 3* hotels in the CBD. The number of * do not necessarily indicate how nice a hotel may be. It often alludes to the services available- banquets, meetings, recreational, personal services. For 3* or better I have booked the Sheraton on Poydras, the Hilton riverside, and JW Marriott (Meridian at time). The only one that gave me a crummy room was the JW, but they quickly gave me a better room when they saw I was unhappy. I luckily booked the Sheraton for the first Friday night of Jazzfest for just $75 and received a nice room. I usually only go that route when there is a huge convention or festival and I was unable to book a room at a reasonable price. For most occasions, I always like to choose the hotel. One thing that I've learned is often the hotel quotes a better rate directly than you get with Hotels.com.

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8. Re: Follow my advice....

I believe the Hyatt provides a free shuttle service to the FQ so that would probably be your best way to get there. However, the posts about the hotel seem to indicate that the shuttle service shuts down pretty early so you will probably have to find another way back to your hotel. The walk back isn't too long (about 3/4 mile), but just make sure you stay on the main streets if you decide to walk back. The corner of Rampart/Basin and Canal can get a little dicey late at night, so your best option to walk back may be to go from Bourbon St. to Canal, down one block to Royal St./St. Charles, right on St. Charles to Poydras and then up Poydras to your hotel on Loyola. Your other option is to go up Canal to Basin, left on Basin to Poydras and Loyola. My suggestion would be to take a taxi back to your hotel if you are feel unsure about walking back. Split three ways it shouldn't be more than 3 bucks a piece, plus if stay too late in the FQ you may not be in any condition to walk back anyway. If this is your first time to Mardi Gras make sure you don't forget your cell phone because Bourbon St. gets very crowded and it is really easy to lose each other. Also, if you want to get from one part of Bourbon St. to another use Royal St. and you can avoid the parts of Bourbon that get too crowded.

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9. Re: Follow my advice....

We've stayed at the Hyatt many times the weekend before Mardi Gras. Other than the wait times for the elevators, our stay was quite pleasant. Hytops makes great Bloody Marys. The hotel will be a little chaotic. Go early if possible to check in and let them hold your luggage if your room's not ready. When you check out, call for your car at least an hour before you will be actually ready to leave. We waited 3 hours only to find that they couldn't even find the keys. I got so frustrated that I went back into the room myself and found them. They had fallen off the board into the tray at the bottom! Last year's check out went fairly smoothly. Just have a good time!

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10. Re: Follow my advice....

We stayed at the Hyatt last November and really enjoyed ourselves. Great sportsbar downstairs and having a few cocktails at the revolving restaurant on the top floor is a great way to start the night. The hotel offers free shuttles to and from the FQ and the casino maybe every 20 minutes. I would not recommend walking down to the Quarter as you would pass thru a few iffy spots but with the free shuttle you won't need to. We are going back down to NO on 1/31 and I can't wait. Have fun!