My girlfriend and I had been to New Orleans in March 0f 2005, five months prior to Katrina. I was attending a conference and we stayed in the business district, but of course crossed Canal Street in the evenings for food and drink. She especially had a wonderful time. When we had to attend a family wedding in Houston a few weeks ago, we decided to take some extra time and return to New Orleans and stay somewhere in the French Quarter.
In part, it was reading reviews on Trip Advisor that led us to the Place d'Armes. The attraction was the 18th century building with its history, charm and 'haunting.' We stayed in a balcony room on the second floor, #211. I'm sorry to report to Rachel Pink (see review below) that the second floor rooms also carry a musty smell. We kind of noticed it when we would first come into the room, but you get used to it quickly and its not a big deal.
My girlfriend was hoping to have some super natural encounter, so when the chandelier would cut in and out in the evening she was delighted. However, tightening a few light bulbs apparently caused the ghost to leave us alone after that.
I have to agree with others that the hotel in general is in need of some maintenance. The balcony and other exterior walls needed paint badly. In fact, the balcony floor had small particles of chipped paint that had fallen off. The room itself was adequate.
All in all, our stay was enjoyable. The location is great with respect to all the French Quarter has to offer. The brick structure and oldness of the place are interesting, but no ghosts or strange noises. Not even on Halloween night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Hotel situated in center of French Quarter & comprised of 9 restored 18th century buildings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Place d Armes Hotel
- Hotel Place d Armes