Earlier this year, I visited with a friend from out of town who wanted to take in the sights and tastes of New Orleans. After visiting a couple of times to NO myself, I knew the best place to stay would be off of St. Charles Ave. in the Garden District, because the traffic and parking situation downtown can be a nightmare, and quite expensive. The trolley takes you right down St. Charles from the Garden District to the French Quarter, and the fee is much smaller than what you would pay for parking. Plus, the trolley rolls until 3am in the morning. But check schedules for holiday hours at: norta.com.
We picked The Columns Hotel in the Garden District on St. Charles Ave., and it was a fantastic choice. The Columns is listed in the register of historical places, and with good reason. Upon first entering, you feel as if you’ve stepped into a Victorian mansion that would have fit perfectly into a Harry Potter movie. There are twisty staircases, giant stained glass windows, a Victorian tea room where you will have your complimentary breakfast (and it’s a yummy one!), a large antiquated bar with decent cocktails, and a Victorian Lounge to have dinner. Not to mention the sweeping patios and balconies decorated with exactly the kind of patio furniture you would expect in the garden district, and live music on some nights. We were having so much fun at the hotel; we almost forgot we were there to check out the French Quarter. At night, the lights dim to make room for mood lighting, making it the perfect spot to bring your date, or partner in crime.
The rooms were spacious, but I have to warn, if you are not able to move around very well, then make sure you let the hotel know before booking. This is because the floors are slanted in some of the rooms, and the claw foot tubs have high sides, making it difficult getting out if you are not in good shape. Otherwise, the rooms are decorated with Victorian sensibilities, and you will feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
Another charmer of this hotel is you are in the Garden District surrounded by amazing architecture of a bygone era. If you like walking to check out the sights, then you’ve found a perfect area to do it. If you don’t like the muggy heat, then make sure you visit The Columns Hotel from the end of October – April, when Louisiana is at its coolest.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Columns Hotel New Orleans