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“It's Back!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Maison de Ville
Ranked #73 of 161 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“It's Back!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Stayed at the MDV for 3 nights in May and really enjoyed it. We used to stay at this hotel years ago when it was under different ownership. It was closed for a long time and was under renovation and quietly reopened last year. The remodeling is very nice - more like a sprucing up than anything else with new furniture, a cleaned up courtyard and repainting. They also added a small area with water, coffee and snacks for the guests.

Service was fine - the staff on duty was friendly and courteous and housekeeping did a great job. They are helpful and will answer any questions but leave you to yourself for the most part. We stayed in a Premium room that has access to the balcony overlooking Toulouse and it was perfect for us. The bed was super comfortable - we slept in late everyday. We enjoyed going downstairs and having our coffee in the courtyard where you can listen to the jazz music from The Court of Two Sisters next door. The little pastries they provided were fine but we do miss the old homemade ones they used to deliver to your room years ago (the restaurant is still closed so I assume that is why they no longer have those).

One of the staff also let us see the remodeled Tennessee Williams suite and we thought it was great and liked the remodeling job they did on it. The furniture in that suite is much more modern than what we had in our room, though.

Word of caution - this is a small boutique hotel so no fitness center or pool. Also, the hotel has a resident cat, which we thought was super cute and we liked playing with her but if you have cat issues then this may not be your place. The cat does have a tendency to follow guests around and is a very frisky kitty.

Overall, it was a great stay and we plan to come back next year!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

What a great place! Romantic/small/perfect! My wife and I stayed in the carriage house turned suite. Loved that is was filled with antiques...appropriate for the age/history of the property. No - this is not a ultra modern hotel with heated pool/fitness center/room service...but that is not what we were looking for. We were going to spend our time exploring the best of the quarter. The location cannot be beaten...in the very heart of the French Quarter...half block from Bourbon, far enough to avoid to majority of noise/craziness. The courtyard is a hidden oasis...with wonderful live music wafting from the Court of Two Sisters next door (they play live jazz during day)...a great way to relax for a bit before heading out to enjoy the sites. The staff was extremely nice...and helpful with advice on places to eat/shop/etc. Even the resident mascot (a little cat named Katrina) was gracious and fun! If you are looking for something authentic to what the French Quarter is (should be), you can't go wrong here. This will be our go to hotel whenever we visit NOLA again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the carriage house turned suite. Not modern, but perfect for for the history of the ho...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Lovely old hotel that has been partially renovated. The staff were great and helpful, especially Robert and Kristina. Kristina gave me a very thoughtful parting gift, in lieu of missing Mardi Gras. The owners were generous to buy us a few cocktails, since there is no bar/restaurant in the hotel (also under renovations). My only drawback was the imbalance of care. The hotel is over priced for what it is now, instead of what it used to be in the old days or what it could become. For over $1600 US for 5 nights, this is what we got: the Breakfast included could be better than poor coffee with a muffin and cookies. We were practically the only guests and we booked into a tiny 'premium' King for 3 nights and moved to a more expensive cottage for 2 nights. Might have been nice to be upgraded right away and even better to their suite which at least had been renovated unlike the cottage and was the same price. Hoping they keep the old French Quarter charm and not go too modern in the future. All in all, a memorable stay. With a bit more considerate touches it could go a long way.

Room Tip: Ask for suite facing courtyard.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Santa Fe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed mid-May 2012 for our Honey Moon. The hotel was amazing! The current owner did an amazing job fixing it up! While never taking away from the "New Orlean style"! I could go on and on about how amazing our stay was! The staff was very helpful. The hotel is about 30 feet from Bourbon Street and was still very quiet. If anyone is going to New Orleans... we highly recommend you stay there! Cannot wait to go back!!!!

Room Tip: The Honey Moon Cottage is very charming!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The Hotel Masion de Ville used to be the top-rated hotel in all of New Orleans on TripAdvisor before it went out of business and was sold. That top-rating is how I found out about it in the first place, and I fell in love with it (like most did) upon arrival.

The hotel went out of business a few years ago and was sold to a private owner. Fast-forward to 2012, and it's finally back, re-opened and taking bookings.

It's the same...but it's not.

The good:
- This hotel is in the absolute best location in the French Quarter. It's about 30-ft off of Bourbon St and in the middle of everything. Sure, it can be a little loud outside at night, but you didn't come to New Orleans to sleep soundly.
- The staff was very nice, helpful and courteous all trip. With that said, we are low-maintenance guests who didn't require much assistance. We did not see more than one employee on-site at any particular time, and could not find anyone in the place when we checked out (we just left out keys and walked out).

The bad:
- Nothing particularly notable.

Somewhere in the middle:
- Everything else.

The real allure of this property was the courtyard, and it's not the same as it used to be. The old red brick has been torn up and replaced with slate tiles. The greenery is gone. Though the fountain still stands and appear original, it's reservoir is new and completely different than before. In place of the antique and rustic feel of the old courtyard is new furniture, ultra-modern and trendy looking with high-end propane-fueled patio heaters. The aesthetic has been ruined by the desire to spruce up the place. I'm not even going to mention what they did to the legendary Tennesee Williams room (umm, at least it has flat-screens now).

Hotel Maison de Ville looks like a high-end tequila company bought a charming, historic hotel and tried to make it hip. I can't say for sure that's the whole story, but it certainly seems that way.

If you've never been to the French Quarter, and want a small boutique hotel with some historic charm, this is still a great property. It does still feel like another world compared to a chain hotel. The location is unbeatable, and it does seem like they are trying hard to please.

But, if you have stayed here before, prior to the renovations, and you loved it as we did...you might not want to come back. It will break your heart.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Maison de Ville
Address: 727 Rue Toulouse, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #73 of 161 Hotels in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Maison de Ville, whose name in French means “Town House”, was just that. A two- storied dwelling rebuilt by Jean Baptista Lilie Sarpy around 1800 after the second disastrous fire.Across the picturesque courtyard with its cast-iron three-tiered fountain are two additional buildings. The historic former slave quarters are believed to have been constructed as early as 1762 and are one of the oldest structures in the State. Also off the courtyard is the old carriage house, now a charming two-story suite.An early resident of the home was Antoine Amede Peychaud, an apothecary who developed a concoction of bitters and brandy, known as the Sazerac. No doubt Peychaud’s circle of friends and patients widened as the popularity and fame of this first “cocktail” spread. In many Creole homes of the time the first floor was used for commercial purposes, as a store or office, but we know that Peychaud maintained his pharmacy on nearby Royal Street. Today, Peychaud’s bitters are still used to make the official cocktail of the State of Louisiana- the Sazerac.Before he purchased his own house in the French Quarter Tennessee Williams often stayed in room number 9, where he completed “A Streetcar Named Desire” and drank Sazeracs in the hotel courtyard. The room opens onto the patio, and much of Dick Cavett’s 1974 interview with Williams was filmed there, surrounded by the lush semi-tropical greenery and flowers the playwright enjoyed.Among the contemporary guests of note at the hotel: Elizabeth Taylor, Dan Akroyd, Robert Redford, Michael Jackson, Julia Roberts and many others.Hotel Maison de Ville is proud to be part of New Orleans’ historic past and present. Our buildings are over two and a half centuries old. Our endeavors of maintenance and upkeep are focused on keeping them in their original condition as much as ‘historically possible’. ... more   less 
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