My husband and I just returned from a one-night stay at the Benson Hotel. The lobby and facade of the hotel are both beautiful and really allow you to get a peek at the past historical details of the hotel. Surprisingly, it was quite busy the whole time we were there - there were always crowds in the lobby or checking in. We enjoyed our room - we had just a basic king room and it offered ample space for us for just one night. While I realize this is a historic hotel, I do think that the rooms could use a bit of freshening up - there were parts of the room that were a bit updated, while others just seemed unnecessarily outdated.
In terms of the location, I really can't think of anywhere more ideal than the Benson Hotel. It's just on the edge of Downtown and the Pearl District. These two neighborhoods are not that large, so it's completely reasonable to travel around the area by foot. We easily walked to some shops and restaurants in the Pearl District, as well as Voodoo Doughnuts and stores/restaurants in downtown. It's also pretty close to the river for a nice stroll.
My one and only complaint is that it was quite noisy - we stayed on the 5th floor and were surprised to have been woken up several times in the night due to noise on the streets.
One other note for families traveling with children - there is no pool/hot tub on site.
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