We recently stayed here as part of our honeymoon trip and it was undoubtable the worst hotel experience we have ever had (and this includes staying in 1 star hotels in Vietnam and Cambodia)!
We booked this hotel on the last night of our trip as a treat (based on the Tripadvisor rating and the fact that the website makes this hotel look beautiful). At $260 per night this hotel is overpriced and a complete let down. The hotel claims to be a B&B and yet there is no breakfast involved, in fact, there is not even so much as a bottle of water available in the rooms - or even a glass should you need a drink from the tap. If you want to use a hairdryer or shampoo and conditioner etc, you will not find these in your room, instead you have to go and specifically ask for them or fetch them for yourself from a set of storage shelves next to the recpetion area.
Our room was decorated in a horrible mustard/browish colour which included the sheets and the towels all of which looked and felt as though they were about 30 years old. The room smelt like the inside of a Taco Bell and throughout our stay there was a horrible smell of cooking being pumped through one of the air vents into our room. On mentioning this to the lady on reception she simply turned up the ventilation for us which made the smell even worse. In the end we had to put upturned drawers over the vent to try and limit the stench.
My husband had to get down on his hands and knees and scrub out the shower tray before he could use the shower, it being covered in dirt and hair from the last occupant. The room generally was not that clean at all, we couldn't use any of the drawers for or clothes because they were so filthy inside (and sue to the fact that in the end we had to use them to try and vlock off the ventilation).
The hotel is very old, so some considertaion must be given to that however, no sound proofing at all has been installed and we could hear everything the occupants to both sides and above us were doing or saying - this meant that we got no slepp whatsoever. We could even here the people above us using the toilet - not very pleasant!
No doubt the hotel is impressive from the outside and a historic building in New Orleans, however, I would not recommend that anyone actually stay there - take pictures from the outside and then go elsewhere!
One positive - the hostess was very polite and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cornstalk Hotel has been newly renovated and refurbished featuring fourteen exquisite guest rooms. Brilliant crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors and furnishings adorn the entrance hall, beautifully set off by high vaulted ceilings. The rosette scrolls, cherubs, medallions, stained-glass windows, fireplaces and canopy beds are all relics of a Louisiana plantation home. We are in the heart of the Vieux Carre' (French Quarter), with the sights, the sounds, the gourmet food and night life of old New Orleans. ... more less
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