Stayed two weeks in November including Veterans weekend.
On arrival in cab we were greeted by cheery security guard (Harold) who was clearly expecting us as he knew our names and the room we were in; he took our baggage and place it away in the closet in our room.
Room reminiscent of days gone by, but in the romantic sense rather than out of date and tasteless. Friendly receptionist (Becky) recommended a grocers barely a block away for what were very good po-boys (for those of you unfamiliar with New Orleans this is less of a sandwich more an institution) as we were hungry after travelling from UK and too tired to hunt far for food.
Room clean and bed firm but comfy, and surprisingly quiet considering it was first floor and on the (Chartres) street. Hotel breakfast next morning in the Terrace lounge, very tasty French toast, cheese omelette and bottomless coffee, overlooking the pretty courtyard with unheated salt water pool.
I use a wheelchair and there is a step from the first floor rooms to reception and bar area but the hotel provide a sturdy ramp and staff were always quick to get it out whenever I needed it. It was worth it for the bar, where Rinny and his colleagues mix excellent Bloody Mary's, Ramos Gin Fizzes and Sazeracs (another New Orleans institution) which are served with friendly banter in a mood-lit cosy atmosphere.
The hotel is very handy for Bourbon Street but far enough away not to be effected by any noise from the late night/early morning revellers from there. Very convenient also for the Flea Market and French Market, barely a block away and open from dust to dawn 7 days a week. Also 2 blocks from Frenchman Street with its many live music venues for Jazz, Blues and more, but do book in advance as these are very popular with the locals as well as tourists.
All in all a clean, convivial and friendly hotel, where the staff seem to be one big happy family and made us at least feel welcome as part of that family for our stay. Would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in New Orleans, whether new to the City or a repeat visitor. Excellent all round and we will definitely want to return here whenever we go back on vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Richelieu is a small hotel, 87 rooms, located in the historic French Quarter. We have a cafe & bar which overlook our courtyard & swimming pool area. Our in-room amenities include private baths, satellite television, refrigerator, telephone with Free Wireless Internet, Free local calls, hairdryer, iron & full-size ironing board. We also feature Secure, Self Parking On Premises for a fee. ... more less
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- Le Richelieu In The French Quarter Hotel New Orleans