I booked a room here because of the location and price - both were pretty unbeatable. It's in a quiet, safe neighborhood a short walk from the French Quarter. The room itself (and particularly the bathroom) was a bit run-down, but nicely decorated and with hardwood floors, which I generally love.
The downside was that you entered the room directly from a courtyard, and there was no doormat. The staff clearly didn't remove their shoes when entering, nor did they clean the floors after I checked in. By the end of my 3 nights there, the floors felt pretty nasty. I had some other small issues with the room (light switch by the door didn't work, sounds from the heater were loud enough to wake me up) but the floors were the worst.
The staff left a lot to be desired starting at check-in. I showed up prior to check-in time and just wanted to leave my luggage there for a few hours until a room was ready. First they gave me some paperwork to fill out and said that I could just leave my bags right in the public entrance/living room area. Uh, okay. Then they disappeared into the office area and loudly discussed whether any room was ready, and some furniture that had to be painted, and maybe I could check in after all. This went on for several minutes as I was awkwardly standing there. At some point someone came out and asked what I wanted. The whole thing seemed really disorganized and unprofessional.
My standards are not all that high, but I was not a fan of this place. While it's certainly not terrible, I wouldn't stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rathbone Mansions are two stately antebellum mansions along Esplanade Avenue bordering the French Quarter. We offer our guests warm southern hospitality and authentic New Orleans atmosphere. The Mansion at 1244 Esplanade features a pool and hot tub, available to guests at either Mansion. The Mansion at 1227 Esplanade has a beautiful garden with comfortable seating to take in the lush surroundings. The Mansions are located diagonally across the street from one another, about 100 steps apart. We have 5 parking spots in the back of the Mansion at 1244 available to guests for a fee. There is free street parking along Esplanade Avenue near both Mansions. Enjoy watching life go by on stately Esplanade Avenue from the large front porch featured at both properties. We look forward to welcoming you and making your New Orleans visit everything you expect it to be. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rathbone Mansions Hotel New Orleans