My wife and I spent a few nights at The Saint in New Orleans before our recent cruise. Normally we are the kind of people who stay at a Hyatt Regency or Renaissance, but as this was a bit of a special celebration I thought we go a little more on the contemporary side. From the minute you walk into the very minimalist lobby you know this is going to be a different type of hotel. Even though we arrived late (and had a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride cab ride from the airport) the staff at the desk greeted us warmly and sped us up to our room. The hallways on the guest floors are lit primarily with black light which casts a cool blue glow. Our room, by contrast, was almost all white. The walls and the furniture were all white, while the dark blue carpet had a white pattern to it. The ceiling is a dark blue. The bathroom, again, modern and comfortable, was all white (with a black light under the vanity that you only noticed when the lights were out).
The staff at the desk was quick to point out several good restaurants in the area for a late bite, but we ended up in the lobby bar. The bar is decorated in red. Kind of new age bordello or maybe vampire porn. Kind of funky, but you know what, it fits with the hotel and it works.
We spent the next 3 days wandering the city, eating fried food and enjoying the sites.
One thing neither of us liked was the fact that the bed was lumpy and bordering on torture to sleep on. For a fairly new upscale hotel, the mattress was as cheap and crappy as it gets.
Now for the good stuff. The hotel is clean, the rooms and public areas airy and spacious, great location (being right on Canal near Bourbon and Royal) and fairly quiet. They said they were over 80% full and we almost never saw anyone else. But I really have to give the staff a round of applause. From the girls at the front desk to the bell staff, always very friendly and eager to help or suggest someplace to eat. And a special thanks to JP, not sure what his real function is at the hotel, but when one of my orthotics broke on the 2nd day, he made 3 or 4 trips up to our room bringing me various tools to try and repair it. After about 30 minutes, we finally hit on the right tool and got things squared away. So thanks JP.
The staff and the hotel itself made our first time in NOLA very memorable.
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