There are plenty of hotels in the Quarter, and it is difficult to know what to expect until you actually get to the room. Having stayed in the area several times before, I had noticed the Dauphine Orleans but always dismissed it because the most prominent feature from the street is its parking garage. But finding an unbeatable deal for a recent trip and trusting the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, my friend and I made our reservations and headed for New Orleans.
It was raining when we arrived, and the doorman was waiting at the door to take our bags. The storm had knocked out the electricity briefly prior to our arrival (and thus the computer system had been affected), but even though the desk clerk had to go back and forth to the back office to check people in, she was pleasant throughout and we were on our way to the room relatively quickly.
We requested a quiet room (as recommended by other TripAdvisors -- thanks!) and so our room was on the back side of the property on the top (4th) floor. Everything was clean and ready for our arrival. All of the light bulbs worked (a pet peeve of mine), so that was a special plus for me. Although apparently not a regular amenity in each room, we requested a mini-fridge, and it was delivered later that day (no extra charge). The beds have Temperpedic mattresses, and I have to say, I may have to get one.
There were only a couple of minuses we encountered:
-- First, I was so very proud of myself for bringing a couple of clips to keep the curtains fully closed (I hate that first beam of sunlight in my eyes in the morning); however, I soon realized there were no curtains, but wooden shutters instead. Hard as we tried, we couldn't get them closed tightly enough to get it fully dark in the room.
-- Second, the bathroom, while very nice, does not have much counter space, primarily because the toilet - which sits very close next to the sink and takes space away from what would be counter space - doesn’t have a tank, so there was not any extra space there either. We made it work though.
I partook of the free breakfast a couple of mornings. It is essentially fruit, cereal, breads and pastries, plus a waffle machine. The only hot item, other than the do-it-yourself waffles, were some sausage patties that you could place in muffins and make a little breakfast sandwich. I wish there would have been some scrambled eggs and bacon, but even so, I managed just fine, and it was certainly a nice option.
I have to commend the housekeeping staff, who were terrific during our stay. My friend was in an accident during our trip, and the sweet lady who was our housekeeper (I kick myself for not finding out her name) checked on us throughout our stay and would always ask how my friend was doing. She didn't balk when we didn't emerge from the room until well after noon. And all of the staff people were friendly and greeted us anytime we encountered them.
The hotel was full while we were there over Labor Day weekend, and if all of those people like it as much as I did, well, I may never be able to get a reservation there again, it's that good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dauphine Orleans Hotel is located in the heart of the historic French Quarter one block from the bustle of Bourbon Street. A multi-million dollar renovation in June 2008 has created a new era of elegance in this 18th-century landmark, featuring several private courtyards and balconies. The Dauphine Orleans offers modern amenities such as wireless internet, Tempur-Pedic bedding, fitness & exercise room, deluxe continental breakfast and a saltwater pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dauphine Orleans New
- Hotel Dauphine Orleans