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Le Richelieu in the French Quarter
Ranked #33 of 166 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 29, 2013

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Room reminiscent of days gone by, but in the romantic sense rather than out of date and tasteless.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.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Great location. Spacious suite. Great staff. Hotel is quiet - a real "find" in the French Quarter. Walking distance to everything in the French Quarter. Not a lot of amenities. Room decor dated - very '70's. Regardless, we would stay there again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Good location, romantic, and friendly staff. The room was a little run down but had character. The breakfast in the morning and the pool in the back was very nice. The area was very quiet at night but very close to all the bars and restaurants on Bourbon Street.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Perfect location in French Quarter, five minutes from Frenchman's Street and five minutes from the French Market. Charming, European style throughout. The room was clean and spacious, and had a balcony overlooking the street. It was far enough from Bourbon Street to be quiet at night. Will come back again next time we're in New Orleans.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This gem is within walking distance of anything you would want to do in the French Quarter, and the trolley is too! The staff is exceptional from the front desk to wonderful ladies that keep the rooms clean. The owner is so warm and welcoming, the hotel itself is beautiful and quiet. There is a courtyard around the pool that is perfectly lit for an evening cocktail at the bar. I highly recommend this hotel if you want to experience New Orleans without all the craziness of Bourbon Street. I will stay here anytime I am in New Orleans. there is a gated parking lot, once you park your car there is no reason to move it until you leave the city.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Very well located in the French Quarter but far enough away from the noise of Bourbon Street to be surprisingly quiet at night. Hotel is old style with a small European hotel feel to it, there is a small bar and breakfast area at the rear as well as a pool. There are no in rooms safes, however their are safe deposit boxes located in the reception area.Our room was located on the third floor with a small balcony (enough for a very small table and two chairs). The room was quite dark and the fittings, in particular the bathroom very dated, although kept very clean. Walking distance to all French Quarter attractions, including places to eat. Approximately 10 minute walk to Bourbon Street. Didn't see the coffee in the lobby, ate breakfast one day which was good and reasonable priced. The front desk staff went out of their way to be helpful and were always friendly. It was out first visit to New Orleans so I cannot compare to other hotels or areas to stay in, however if being close to what the French Quarter has to offer and you are ok with a a room and bathroom being fairly dated this hotel could suit.

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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Chartes Street is near enough to Bourbon Street to visit but far enough away not to be disturbed by the constant noise. The Le Richelieu is an 'old style' hotel conveniently situated just 5 minutes from the French Market.
Our room was standard size with a small balcony but facing Chartres Street which was alittle noisy at night so if you like a quiet life then ask for a room away from the road. The room was complete with all the normal things but could do with a hospitality tray although they did provide coffee in the lobby in the mornings. Canal Street, the main road downtown in New orleans is only a pleasant 15 minute walk away so if you want a hotel in good location this could be it.

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Additional Information about Le Richelieu in the French Quarter

Address: 1234 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2507
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#43 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
#54 Business Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range: $122 - $338 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Richelieu in the French Quarter 3*
Number of rooms: 87
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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