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Review of The Blake Hotel New Orleans, an Ascend Collection Hotel

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The Blake Hotel New Orleans, an Ascend Collection Hotel
Ranked #85 of 162 Hotels in New Orleans
Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice place...but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The hotel is beautifully furnished and is continually well maintained. The hotel reminds me of some of the more modern European hotels and the front desk clerks were very friendly and extremely helpful.
Check-in was extremely efficient. We arrived several hours before check-in time and the room was not ready. The hotel was glad to hold our luggage in a secure location and valet services, though expensive, are actually very efficient.
When I arrived in my room, I knew it was a great place. THe room, though small was nicely furnished with modern furniture, floor to ceiling wall-to-wall windows and black-out curtains. Our room had a king-sized bed but he room did not feel cramped. There was ample closet space but could use a little more drawer space. The bathroom is smaller than I enjoy, and there is no vanity counter-top, but there is wall shelves for personal items. The marble floors are beautiful and the shower is awesome. The bathroom has no vent- fan, so it does steam up rather well.
Our room had a problem with the AC where the temperature was either too hot or too cold, so I was continually adjusting the thermostat. Being a hydronic system, it is likely the water valve solenoid needed replacing. Not a big deal.
Housekeeping was a little lazy. We had a three night stay and room service was there once, though she claimed to have cleaned the room every day. There were no clean towels, the bed was not made and the shampoo, mouthwash and shower gel (all Bath & Bodyworks products) was not replenished...good thing I brought toiletries from home.
If you are on the lower floors, you will hear the St. Charles street car, as well as some of the street traffic, all day and night. Even though I was on the second floor, this was not a problem for me, because I am used to the sounds of steel wheels on steel tracks: I live in a city within two blocks of train tracks, so the sound was hardly noticed. If you are not used to trains, you will notice this, so request an upper floor or side view room.
I love this hotel and will stay here again. It is conveniently located within a walkable distance from the French Quarter, Warehouse District, Arts District and Business District. The on-site restaurant is great with good food and reasonable prices. Valet is a little expensive, but less than the prices at some other hotels in the city. The valet attendants are super nice and will go out of their way to assist you with luggage and directions. Just park and walk or take the St. Charles streetcar for a memorable view of the city. The streetcar stops right in front of the hotel.
I believe you will enjoy this hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Skovde, Sweden
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We stayed here for three nights at the end of March. It was three unusually cold days in NO and the first night was kind of cold, but then we asked for an extra blanket. I think it was us not understanding how to work the ac.
The bed was ok, but it was hard to move without waking the other.
The shower handle broke off the first morning, but a guy came and fixed it just five minutes after we called.
The staff is ok. Cleaning was ok.
The toiletries come from bath & bodyworks.
The hotel is located about a 10 min walk from the French Quarters, so not to noisy.
We could stay here again if the price is right.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

Great price and close to the street car. Our guest service guy is extremely nice. Twice he has given me a map and drew out directions.
Rooms are small but nice and mostly clean.

Bad things: you can hear the street car run all night unless you're sleeping heavy.
No down pillows : (
NO PARKING. Valet is only 28$ for 24 hours. The first night I paid 38$ to park in the Whitney garage on Poydras. Chose Valet!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Jenna C
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Chicago area
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9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

A few things: my message waiting light was on for four days and after three calls on different days and being told they didn't know what to do, I finally figured out that I should unplug it. For some reason, the cleaning crew would unscrew my toilet seat but not resecure it properly. My desk chair would not fit between the bed and the desk. The staff for the most part was rude and uncaring. It was bad enough that it was funny, though it was not my money being wasted on the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Seattle, WA
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I was shocked at how rude the check-in staff was at the Blake Hotel. When I walked up to the check-in desk, the staff attendant saw me, turned her back, and continued to talk on the phone. I waited for a few minutes while she ignored me, and then her co-worker approached the desk. Instead of greeting me, he ignored me, and looked annoyed that I was standing there. Finally, I greeted him, and explained that I wanted to check-in. From there, the level of service only got worse. Instead of warmly offering to help me with my bags because I was too early for the 3pm check-in, the staff members looked annoyed that they had to deal with my bags, and very slowly helped me handle them. I were to describe the staff, it would be aloof, rude, and slow.

Also, a 3pm check-in policy is ridiculously late, and they refuse to budge on it for even a few minutes.

Horrible, horrible hotel. Do not waste your money on this establishment.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Kelsey1212Seattle
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Minot, North Dakota
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We arrived at the hotel at 10:30 pm or so, only to be told there was a problem with out room. Jennifer was extremely courteous and professional, and the hotel put us up at another hotel for the night, paying for that room and the cab fare to get there. We were able to check in with no problem the next day. The attached cafe has very good food,the hotel is right on the St. Charles trolley line, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. It's the customer service, however, that really made the place a good place to stay.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank PaulaB212
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Austin, Texas
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385 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

This hotel is nice. Its only a few blocks away from all the action. It looks like its been recently remodelled and the rooms are small in new orleans fashion but they are very clean and comfortable. Water pressue is strong but good. They let us check in at 10 in the morning which was so great after a 5 AM flight! Oh and the blackout curtains are wonderful after a night out on Burbon street!!!! I was overall very pleased with the hotel for the money we spent. The only negative I have is that they have no vaniety in the bathroom so no where to put makeup,curling iron,toothbrush etc.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: The Blake Hotel New Orleans, an Ascend Collection Hotel
Address: 500 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130-3410
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #85 of 162 Hotels in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Blake Hotel New Orleans, an Ascend Collection Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally situated in the heart of The Big Easy, our newly remodeled Blake Hotel,an Ascend Collection, is the perfect choice for lodging in New Orleans. Whether you’re in the area for business, traveling with family for vacation, or just passing through, you’ll be provided with a combination of sophisticated décor, modern amenities, a convenient location and helpful service.Let us welcome you to our updated New Orleans hotel, recently featured on the Today Show as a “star-worthy destination.” We offer complimentary wireless Internet access, 37″ LCD TVs with free premium channels, including HBO and ESPN, plush bedding and convenient blackout drapes, in-room coffee makers, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, safes and work desks. We also provide access to our on-site fitness center with state-of-the-art ProMaxima® equipment. All of our rooms are equipped with complimentary Bath & Body Works® toiletries. We offer easy access to many local restaurants and attractionsExplore the many other featured New Orleans accommodations and amenities that help us create the perfect home-away-from-home experience!A Top Downtown New Orleans Hotel with an Unbeatable location. You and your traveling companions will be able to save both time and transportation costs by lodging right here at our Downtown New Orleans hotel, minutes from many popular local area attractions.Take a stroll through scenic Jackson Square; get in the groove with smooth music at a local jazz club; or cheer on the Saints football team at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Whatever you choose to do in The Big Easy, you’ll never be more than a short drive or streetcar ride away. ... more   less 
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Parc St. Charles Hotel New Orleans
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