My wife and stayed at Sunburst Inn from March 29 to April 3 while were in New Orleans for the NCAA Final Four. Suffice as it is to say accOmodations were at a premium as the city Was very busy and teeming with basketball fans from all over North America. We were very lucky to secure such a great place. The fridge was stocked with drinks and there was even a pint of Ben and Jerry's in the freezer.
From the moment we arrived we felt very much at home. We were greeted by Glen and he immediately provided us with a map and some very helpful and much appreciated tips on where to go (and where NOT to go) where to eat and where to drink. The nearby "Cake Cafe" was especially lovely and were certainly glad that he turned us onto that place (wonderful breakfast).
We stayed in the Suite and were very pleased with it. Comfy bed, great shower and expansive living area with couch chair and 50 inch TV nestled away in a beautiful armoire. We didn't watch much TV, but it was a nice touch nonetheless.
We were within easy walking distance - 15 min - to the French Quarter area and approximately 25 minutes to the Central Business District / Canal street. There are also literally dozens of great restraints, bars, bistros and cafes within an 8 block radius of the Sunburst Inn do there was no end of things to do. We were only in NOLA for 6 days so we came nowhere close to getting everywhere we wanted to go. Obviously we will be going back - hopefully sooner as opposed to later.
One thing I should mention that might cause some concern is the ride from the airport. The route we travelled in the taxi took us through some sketchy looking neighborhoods. My wife and were a little concerned right up to the moment that Glen opened the front door. However I am pleased to say that our fears were not well founded at all. In fact im a bit embarassed we felt that way.
The Marigny / Bywater neighborhood was great and the locals we met were unfailingly friendly and helpful. And as I mentioned earlier, there were so many things to see and do. And traveller safety was NEVER a concern - we always felt secure, even late at night. The lesson in all this? Don't Get freaked out during transport.
In closing, we loved our time in NOLA, and the Sunburst Inn played a big part in that. Without hesitation or reservation, we would recommend this place to anybody looking to stay in an interesting and eclectic area - somewhere other than the usual touristy areas of New Orleans.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The house is a Victorian style built in 1905 and has all the original floors and chandeliers with 12 foot ceilings. We are just 5 blocks for the French Quarter and 3 blocks from the famous Frenchman St. where there is live music and great dining. The Street Car line that travels along the river is 5 blocks away and there are also great little cafes on the Conners from our place. The Marigny neighborhood was vote a top ten place to live in 2010 by the ADA. We like to say that we are far enough but close enough to the madness of the Quarter. ... more less