We stayed a week at La Belle Maison from March 15 - 22, 2010. We loved the place for its location. From the airport we reserved with Deluxe Shuttle a private limousine, round trip for $200 for a party of 5. Though the ride was only 30 minutes, it was pure heaven. Although we were invited to partake the whiskey and scotch, we accepted the ice cold bottles of water. Door to door service was fantastic. Well worth it for a large group. At La Belle Maison we had two one-bedroom units on the 7th floor. I let my mother and sister and her husband take the room with two outside windows. It was like a maze to get there. My husband and I took the one where the windows look out into the atrium of the hotel. It was disconcerting to not know if it was day or night from our room. We loved the spaciousness and high ceilings, the large refrigerator, granite counter tops, the clean bathroom, the extra bath towels, the flat tv screens. The staff was most helpful and friendly. We were always greeted with a smile. Tours were booked with no problem at the activities desk and info and tips given out to fit our needs. We went on three walking tours and loved best the French Quarter History one with Kevin. He was a riot, making us laugh the whole time. We were well entertained. with so much history and juicy information. The haunted French Quarter tour was definitely spooky and we really liked the Garden District tour with the beautiful homes and seeing where Anne Rice, Nicholas Cage and Brad and Angelina and the Manning family live. The city tour was an eye-opener with a view of the Katrina aftermath. We attended the time share presentation and my sister and husband were given a $75 gift card for their 90 minute time. No pressure and we all were impressed by Bruce, a complete and knowledgeable professional. We rode the trolleys, so crowded on the St. Charles to and from the beginning and end of line. Loved touring the WWW II museum (stayed for 5 hours!) and Mardi Gras World. Hated Hurrah's Casino for its smokiness. Could hardly breathe in there. Food was excellent at Cafe Maspero and the Gumbo Shop and Crescent City Brewery. Be aware of the River Edge Restaurant, across from the Cafe du Monde (excellent beignes!). River Edge tried to charge us $2 for hot water and $1 each for small bottle of water, saying they don't serve free water. And their food was terrible and the service sooo slow. As with any urban setting, there were homeless individuals sleeping nearby in the boarded up storefronts, a very sad situation. We were heartened to see the old woman in the wheelchair, surrounded by her strewn belongings and half eaten cartons, on the corner of Magazine and Canal picked up by social services after three cold nights. They say tourism was way down after Katrina. We'll come back again and again to support NOLA's economy. And stay at La Belle Maison.
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