This was not a good experience! When we arrived at the hostel by car, I noticed that the neighborhood was looking a little sketchy, but I am an experienced traveler and have definitely been in worse places. I just assumed it was some New Orleans charm. I booked a double bed with a shared bathroom for me and my girlfriend. When we arrived at the hostel, I was told that we were "upgraded". So far, so good. Then the woman working the desk gave us a nice tour of the place, and was friendly. The typical hostel type of stuff was there: people hanging out in the lounge area on their laptops and some watching TV, some community showers and toilets, a communal kitchen. Then, when we arrived at our "upgraded" room. There were two bunk beds, with one of the bunks on the bottom being a double sized bed. All four of the beds in this room looked as if they had just been slept in. There was some one else's hair and crumbs on our sheets. The trash bin in the room was literally overflowing with garbage. The state of the room made it unclear to my girlfriend and me if someone else was staying there. Then we decided to put our stuff back in my car and we went into the city of New Orleans. Upon returning to the room around 11pm, we sat on the bed, lamenting our decision to stay in this hostel because the room was still a mess. As we were talking, a COCKROACH ran across the floor between us! That was it. We literally packed up our things immediately, went to the front desk and calmly told the man working there the problem. He was very professional and immediately gave us back our money and apologized. I think he realized there was no point in trying to convince us to change rooms. We ended up driving 40 minutes in the middle of the night out of New Orleans to get a room at a motel. It was more expensive, but well worth the peace of mind. If you want to stay in New Orleans and want a decent place to spend the night(s), spend the extra money and get a proper hotel room. This place was a joke!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel is located near the corner of 3200 Canal St. and South Lopez St., in the Mid-City area of New Orleans. The streetcar runs along Canal St. to the French Quarter. It is only a ten minute walk to JazzFest and Voodoo Fest in City Park. There are male, female and mixed dorms, as well as private rooms available. Spacious comfortable common areas, a fully equipped kitchen with a rear courtyard, a swimming pool, a stage and full breakfast and cheap evening meals cooked daily. India House is a hostel, not a hotel so please be aware of that before booking. We provide inexpensive, sociable accommodation usually dormitory style with shared bathrooms and communal facilities. We do have Private en suite rooms available as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- India House Hotel New Orleans