I live in a historic neighborhood, and I understand that old buildings often lack the amenities of a newer hotel. However, the Rathbone Inn lacks a modicum of cleanliness and safety.
All the windows in my suite were nailed shut, pretty much guaranteeing that in case of a fire I'd be smoked alive (Cajun blackened traveler?). And no sense calling for help on the phone in the room because the number to reach the front desk is printed incorrectly on the phone. Housekeeping service consisted of the housekeeper simply depositing a plastic bag of linens on the floor of the room....never mind picking up the dirty linens or even cleaning the room. The floor was so dirty that if I walked just a couple steps barefoot the soles of my feet became black with grime. Oh yeah, and the dried bodily fluids that stained my blanket.....GROSS! There's lots more that I could complain about, but don't get me started.
I appreciated the opportunity to support a small business and experience a beautiful city like New Orleans, but the Rathbone was a big disappointment and a big waste of money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Historic Rathbone Bed & Breakfast Inn is steps away from the French Quarter, where the cuisine, sights and sounds are part of New Orleans' unique culture. Our Guest House is a lovingly restored antebellum mansion, offering warm southern hospitality and authentic New Orleans atmosphere. Located on beautiful Esplanade Avenue, amongst the ancient Spanish oak trees and 19th-century Creole mansions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rathbone Mansions Hotel New Orleans