We stayed 2 nights a the Queen Anne Hotel in the Garden District of New Orleans. Our first impression was not good, as it is located in a still questionable neighborhood, and was not located "in the heart of the garden district" as was promised. It is actually located just between the warehouse district and the garden district, so is a short streetcar ride from downtown. There are several nice restaurants within a few blocks. I would recommend La Madeline for breakfast, The Cheesecake Bistro for lunch, and Bravo! Italian for dinner. The Queen Anne is an unusual set up - it is a beautifully restored Victorian house with no staff on site. You must check in/out at the Prytania Hotel one block away. The info I found misleading in their brochure and on the web was there is no concierge, no courtesy car, no onsite restaurant, no onsite barber/beauty salon, it is not in the "heart of the garden district" and the "deluxe continental breakfast" was a joke. The breakfast consisted of an apple, coffee, and plastic wrapped muffins served on styrofoam plates and cups. It was basically airplane food. The brochure shows a lovely breakfast of a variety of fruits, croissants, coffee served in beautiful china cups, and a bouquet of flowers on the table. Not everyone uses a continental breakfast as their deciding factor, but you may be disappointed. The rooms are very nice, even though our's was not a four poster bed. The ceilings are incredibly high, the doors alone are almost 12-15' tall. The kitchenette would be handy if we were staying longer. The shower had very poor water pressure. The building is beautiful. The neighboring buildings are all very old too, and are a mix of beat up renters and homes currently being refurbished. By 2006 the houses across the street may be completed and the neighborhood revamped. It is one block from the streetcar, and actually fairly well lit at nighttime. Despite it's drawbacks - I expected more - it really is a nice, clean place to stay. I really enjoyed staying in an historical room with real character. I wish they had information on the history of the house available to read.
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