Because of some incompetent booking at book.com (lost previous reservations at our other hotel) we found ourselves having to accept a room at the Royal St Charles 'boutique' hotel in New Orleans.
There is nothing particularly 'bad' about this property, however, it just wasn't what we were looking for.
The room was described at a 'queen room' but it was the size of our walk-in closet, and the bathroom was not much bigger than what we oldtimers (and that is what you feel like if your over 50 in this hotel) used to call a phone booth. The bed was a full size, and a small one at that.
There are no services offered by the hotel per se; the maid service was adequate.
We stayed on the ninth floor where all the teenagers (read: 17-25 year-olds behaving badly and loudly) stayed. We were invited to call the police on one occasion, but that's not who we are, so one night we simply waited from 2:30-5AM for things to settle down.
On a brighter note, the desk team was always professional and cordial, and as helpful as they could be given that the hotel offers little. Reservations for dinner were cheerfully made, and all information given was very accurate.
The location of the hotel is spectacular, not that you can see much from it (we had NO window in our room). Because we love to walk for exercise (and you'll want to do that if you plan on eating in this city built on shrimp stilts and glued together with etouffee), we were delighted that we could roll out of bed and be on Canal St in minutes. And there you have it, the St Charles Hotel in a nutshell: it kisses the French Quarter between Bourbon and Decatur streets and spits to the Riverwalk and Convention Center toward the river.
There are so many hotels in NOLA, and so many right next to this hotel; it's amazing book.com couldn't get it right the first time. We could have had the same location with a modicum of elegance.
Still, in New Orleans it's (big) easy to make lemonade from lemons.
If you don't mind sleeping in a closet as children (or the childish) revel outside your door, give the St Charles consideration. We thought we would miss all that, as we came after Mardi Gras; who knew that every week is spring break, St Patrick's Day, etc. in this town?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal St. Charles Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of New Orleans - just 1 block from the world famous French Quarter, 1 block from historic Canal Street, 2 blocks from Harrah's Casino, 6 blocks from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and 8 blocks from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The famous St. Charles Streetcar stops at our front door and leisurely transports visitors to the Garden District and Uptown areas. The hotel completed a total renovation in October 2012. Each of the hotel's 143 guestrooms are newly renovated and feature a sleek design with modern amenities: plush Serta beds, 42" high definition TV's, wi-fi internet, in-room digital safes, in-room coffee makers with New Orleans Roast Coffee, eco-friendly Terra Pure bath products and much more. Additional features of the hotel include a 100% smoke free environment, state-of-the-art fitness center, 2,262 sq. Ft. Of event space, on-site concierge services, valet parking and PJ's Coffee & Cafe. The Royal St. Charles Hotel is a favorite among business and leisure travelers and ready to assist each guest with friendly and attentive New Orleans hospitality. We invite you to enjoy a relaxing stay with us on your next visit to New Orleans! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal St Charles New Orleans
- Hotel Royal St Charles
- Clarion New Orleans