This is the 3rd year both my wife and I came down for Jazz Fest.
In the past we stayed at some pretty routine and antiseptic playes... the Hilton by the airport, and Motel 6.
I think we were very fortunate to find a booking here, as it was getting late in the booking season (2nd week of Jazz Fest). We were offered a "Mansion" room and it was very nice. It is a large room with a full and large bathroom (tub and shower). The hardwood floors were very nice.
There is a separate entrance to the inner-courtyard and when the thunder storm happened (4/30), it reminded me of being in a Central American country in the late morning during the rain... complete with the banana tree swaying in the wind.
The upside of Creole Gardens was a very friendly staff, that always tried it's best to give information, and helpful hints. The breakfast was filling, and abundant... and freshly prepared. The rooms give one a sense of Old New Orleans, the way it might have been around the turn of the century, complete with all the wild colors. Local radio was piped through the hotel all day long, which gave it an easy and fun feel. The overall feel to the hotel was one of historical bones and an appreciation of a better time in history.
The downside of Creole Gardens were few. The mattress was pretty hard and because I prefer a softer mattress, it was hard to get a really good night's sleep. Parking could be good, could be street... and because the neighborhood is in transation, it could look a little rough in some spots.
Concerning the location.... Creole Gardens is in an excellent location. It is around-the-corner from the St. Charles trolley line (the green line), and that is in easy access to Lee Square (D-Day Museum,Confederate Museum and the Ogden), the French Quarter, and a host of great local resturants too many to count easily. It is also a good access to Audibon Park (Zoo).
The two Mansion rooms are very comfortable and worth the extra expense. When there make time to enjoy the courtyard to relax and unwind. It was a break from the commotion of the Quarter.
After dark, it is advisable to be cautious... as some questionable "elements" can be prowling around.
Being a writer and history buff... I had a nice scent of what living in New Orleans might have been like... and I love it!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Lower Garden District, this property features 24 rooms in several 1840's historic mansions and converted servants quarters, centered around a lush, tropical courtyard and fountain. The Creole Gardens is one block from St. Charles streetcar and Mardi Gras parade routes, minutes from the French Quarter, Magazine Street and the Convention Center. All rooms open to outdoor areas, for that true Nawlins lifestyle. FREE Hot Southern Breakfast served daily. Pet friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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