We stayed at The Columns in November 2007. If you want historic and charming…this is the perfect place for you! It’s the quintessential New Orleans mansion. However, please realize that with historic and charming come some inconveniences and quirks. If you need new and modern and slick…look elsewhere.
We arrived at night and the bar was busy. A lot of people out on the front veranda enjoying the beautiful weather. You have to bring your own bags up the walk…so it is kind of funny lugging your baggage past all the bar patrons, but once again, this is just the quirkiness of the place.
The front desk staff was personable and helpful. Very friendly. Our room was on the 2nd floor (#10) and was quite pretty....the room was reflected very well in the photos on the hotel’s website. Full of antiques and character. We heard that the noise from the bar could be a problem when staying on the 2nd floor. However, it wasn’t a problem for us… it was more of a hum and the noise winds down when the bar closes, I believe around 2 am. If you are sensitive to noise and like to go to bed early, be aware of this and try for the 3rd floor rooms. However, if you are the type of person who will be up until 2 am anyway and out and about… this will be perfect for you.
Our room was clean and large....very interesting decor. However, if you cannot handle the quirkiness of an old historic place, as I said, this is not for you. But I think that should be pretty obvious when you are booking a room here! Quirky elements include: our bathroom sink had one tap for cold water and one tap for (very) hot water on opposite sides of the sink. So you can’t mix the water together to get warm water...it’s one or the other. The ceilings were very high in our room…and high above the door to the bathroom was an open window. So, this put a damper on bathroom privacy as far as noise goes. There is some creakiness, etc, but that is to be expected in such a place.
Anyway, aside from these minor quirks, The Columns delivered. It is what it says it is, a historic and charming inn with a lot of character. It’s for people who like something more unique and adventurous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Boutique Hotel featuring Louisiana Dining & Craft Cocktails Wedding Venue, Catering and Meeting Planning Services also available ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columns Hotel New Orleans