I'm not a big fan of cookie cutter hotels in a place as unique as New Orleans; so the French Quarter Guest Houses immediately appealed to me. The fact there were recent upgrades also increased my interest as I have experienced some other character properties in the Quarter that were not well maintained or that didn't live up to their potential.
I spoke with a few different employees on a few different occasions - prior to making my reservation (to inquire on the different rooms since no two are alike), after making my reservation to inquire about parking, and prior to arrival (they call to confirm) and everyone was very accomodating and pleasant. The Inn on St Ann had the room size we needed and the rate we got was great. My group stayed in the Christophe Suite in the Marie Laveau annex. Yes, the walkway to the courtyard is narrow, the steps up to room are quite steep, and some outside noise does filter in, but I didn't feel this was anything unexpected for a property of this type. There was plenty of historic charm with hardwood floors, high ceilings, and exposed brick, and everything was neat and clean.
The living area of our suite was large as was the main bedroom. I found the twin bed in the sleeping alcove to be very comfortable. The bath linens were good quality. The shower was a little small in this suite, but the water pressure was good and we never ran out of hot water.
Our room had a coffee maker and housekeeping left ample coffee and creamer, sugar, etc. each day. Our room also had a full length mirror. There were also plenty of outlets for charging our phones, cameras, etc. The pictures on the website were very representative of our actual room.
I have been to New Orleans several times, so I knew what to expect as far as location of the hotel was concerned, and didn't find anything about the locaiton to be inconvenient. I did some easy research beforehand new the situation with the hotel parking so I wasn't surprised or annoyed when I arrived. There is no real loading/unloading zone at the hotel and there wasn't anyone at our hotel to assist with luggage. So if driving in and unloading before you park (and if arriving before check-in) there will be some maneuvering involved.
The only cons I can really think of is that there could have been a little more storage in the alcove sleeping room, and there were only 4 hangers in the main room wardrobe (for a suite that will sleep up to five). A just a pet peeve of mine (and I notice this in almost every hotel I stay in) is that more hanging hooks are needed. There was one hook in the bathroom on the back of the door. The only other hanging space was in the wardrobe in the main bedroom. A few hooks in the living room are would have been handy for hanging jackets, etc. And a few hooks would have been convenient in the sleeping alcove especially since there was only 1 small table in there (no drawers, etc.).
I will definitely be checking rates and availability at the French Quarter Guest House properties for my next trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be a part of our extended French Quarter family at the Inn on St. Ann. This charming French Quarter Inn boasts a courtyard shaded by a century old oak tree and common areas appropriately decorated with antiques, chandeliers, and original local artwork.This inn in New Orleans is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1830, the Inn on St. Ann epitomizes the iconic architecture the French Quarter is often recognized for. With its hanging plants and wrought iron balcony fronting St. Ann, you’ll immediately feel the true allure of the French Quarter..Enchanting interior spaces are accented by the exposed brick foyer and grand staircase. Each of our 16 guest rooms has been consistently restored with traditional finishes yet each showcases its own exclusive features with a collection of fireplaces and unique architectural details.The Armstrong Suite, the most admired accommodation of the French Quarter Guest Houses, features floor to ceiling windows opening on to your own private balcony. Whether you desire the grand or quaint, the Inn on St. Ann has what you’re looking for in your next visit to New Orleans. ... more less
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