We two older travelers were tired rolling into NO and had a hard time finding the place a kindly person in Slidell had looked up for us online, so we asked directions several times. Every time people said "oh, you don't want to stay THERE" -- "it's a bad area" -- "don't go walking after you get there". We found the motel after dark and to my now worried mind, it looked funny that there were NO cars in the courtyard when we had been told we got the last vacant room! Manager Kendo made us feel more comfortable, but then disturbing was the fact that the room above us was clearly occupied. The person walked heavily and restlessly for all the time we were awake. Again, with a worried mind, I thought it manic. Next to our room was a papered-over door declaring "No Minors Allowed" - which might be necessary, but looked unfriendly and definitely left me not wanting to see what was behind it, though we would have enjoyed a drink. (I would suggest a professional sign that says: "Welcome" and a couple of lines below "No Minors"). The room - 110 - declared to be "Deluxe" for Hotels.com with whom I booked -- looked absolutely nothing like the website photo with its green glass sink, shiny bedspreads, window with curtains and greenery beyond. In reality the bathroom appeared unfinished and mix and match, the bedspreads were used up, there was a large-ish tar-like stain on the carpet in the middle of the room, a cigarette burn on the basic furniture...BUT the room and beds were clean enough - I flicked a small bug off the bed - and we decided to just relax into it. The motel had the air of someone trying to get a business started, but not doing a very good job of it. As it was in the Black neighborhood of the Katrina-ravaged city, we decided to see the best in it and went to sleep. The next morning we woke up to a bright, sunshiny day and outside a friendly young man - one of the three partners in the enterprise, he told us - greeted us heartily and asked how we had enjoyed our stay?! I told him that the room looked nothing like the website photo. He chuckled and said: "that web-site is old; we have to update that"!!!. Of course I wish him and his partners the best, but they have to put a little more effort into it. He told us the venerable history of the place which had hosted Martin Luther King, and American music greats who were allowed to perform downtown but not stay downtown. I would say that history deserves a little more respect as far as the motel's appearance is concerned -- it should remain modest, but dignified, with a sixties' style (if those are not contradictions in terms). Knowing the place, as I know it now, I would stay there again much more comfortably. It certainly is affordably priced. A few days ago we saw the movie "The Butler" and recognized the motel as one of the locations (not that it would make a difference in our experience). If the owners would show some more effort, I'd recommend the place for budget-minded and/or history-interested travelers. We are both, and had a great time in NO....and a story to tell back in Portland (which has a similarly discriminatory history and structures/locations which might tell that history have mostly been razed or gentrified).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crescent Palms Motel is located in the heart of New Orleans, minutes from the French Quarter, the Superdome and other famous attractions. Our newly renovated, 1960's vintage motel offers 24 spacious guest rooms, large private bathrooms, ample closet space, a cocktail lounge and complimentary off-street parking. Each room features brand new furnishings- two double beds, a refrigerator, complimentary high-speed wireless internet, 26" LCD TV/DVD with cable and more. Please join us for a visit soon! ... more less
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- The Crescent Palms Hotel New Orleans