I have been thinking about the best way to write this review, in order to be most helpful. I decided to tell about my personal experiences. First off, this hotel does everything the old fashioned way, on paper. If you decide to stay here, I STRONGLY recommend you telephone the hotel directly to make reservations. I booked online using their website, apparently a third party does the booking, because the clerk found no record that I had made a reservation. I never received an email confirmation, even after writing to the address given for reservation inquiries and also the manager. However, the desk clerk gave us a discount for our trouble.
Before I describe the hotel, let me emphasize that this place has the best rates in the New Orleans area, even better than the budget chains. I know because I researched hotels and prices for days, since my family is on a shoestring budget. The basic structure of the hotel is stately and beautiful, although it could use a bit of upkeep. It's historical and was formerly an orphanage. The hotel was used in filming such movies as Red and Candyman 2. There are museum quality bronze statuettes in the main hallway. The rooms are far from luxurious, but clean and functional, with high ceilings. I saw no sign of the bedbugs complained about in other reviews, although my research shows that New Orleans in general has bedbug problems, even in expensive hotels.There is fenced off-street parking, at a much lower price than French Quarter hotels.The Magazine Street location is excellent, in easy driving distance to area attractions.
My family was on the third floor, security could have been better. There were no lights on in the hall, and the room had only one lock, which used an old fashioned metal key. The hallway door to the outside balcony was missing.
New Orleans is a haunted area in general, some hotels advertise their resident spirits. The staff here downplays it, but admit that guests have reported incidents. Some people are more perceptive towards spirits than others, so you may or may not have the same experiences I did. My family came to New Orleans to ghost hunt, and St. Vincent's Guest House proved to be a treaure trove of paranormal activity for us.
BOTTOM LINE: If you want sterile, modern surroundings and expect to be treated with kid gloves, do yourself a favor and go elsewhere. This hotel has few amenities, but is a bargain for the price. If you have a bohemian heart, a gypsy spirit, and an open mind, this just might be the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St. Vincent Guest House is Under New Management!!! As of December 1, 2013 The Guest House will be operated under a new management team that is dedicated to improving both the aesthetics and overall condition of the entire establishment. Steps are being taken to bring this beautiful and historical building to its fullest potential and offer our guests a wonderful experience and comfortable stay. St. Vincent's is not a full service hotel, it is more of hostel/quaint budget hotel that is both economical and located in one of the best areas in the City of New Orleans. (The Lower Garden District) First opened in 1861 as a orphanage; the building has a distinct and colorful history that is worth exploring. The lobby is adorned with photos that reflect the history and show the building's usage over the last 100+ years. Each room has an individual decor and design scape that will make you feel as though you are walking into an era of Nola history gone by... The grounds are well kept and offer several areas for outdoor seating for morning coffee, an evening cigar or just great conversations... Our staff have been trained and are dedicated to providing each guest with the highest level of customer services with courtesy and a smile. Although there are not a great deal of amenities available, every guest will find that the Guest House offers a tremendous value for the price. We have both private sleeping rooms as well as dormitories available. There have been several negative reviews that have been posted in the past and those reviews have been duly noted and taken into consideration for action as we move towards improvements... Likewise, there have been several positive reviews from guests who have enjoyed their stay and the experience at the Guest House; and for that we are thankful! We look forward to this new era at St. Vincent's and welcome each and every guest with open arms... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. Vincent`s Guest House Hotel New Orleans
- St Vincents Hotel
- St Vincents New Orleans
- St Vincent Guest House