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“Love this place, but hate to let the "secret" out.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter

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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter
Ranked #31 of 161 Hotels in New Orleans
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Lafayette, Louisiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Love this place, but hate to let the "secret" out.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2009

We live just a couple of hours west of New Orleans, so we go there often, but in 20 years I've never found a place I liked EVERY time we visited. The Country Inn & Suites is the exception. It's small and friendly -- from the reception desk to the housekeepers, everyone is helpful and smiling. It's in an old remodeled newspaper building and lots of the original ambiance is preserved, while the rooms themselves are clean and modern. The bartender at the tiny bar in the lobby area makes the best Cosmopolitan I've ever had and, like everyone else, is welcoming and friendly. The location can't be beat -- walking distance to the French Quarter, the Warehouse District, the river, and the Casino (if you're so inclined) -- and it's surrounded by superb restaurants within blocks on all sides. The last time we stayed (in April), we didn't like the room we got (it had no windows to the outside, just to an inside corridor with skylights). I asked if we could be moved and was immediately accommodated with a suite on the front of the building. This is my favorite place in New Orleans, but I've also stayed at other Country Inn & Suites facilities in other cities and they are all excellent so far.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank GLA45
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Mississippi
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2009

I traveled to New Orleans for a quick weekend with my sisters. We got a nice deal on the room via a third party. The lobby of the hotel is just like the photos - a soaring space reminiscent of its earlier days as an industrial space. We were given room 148 and were delighted to see that it was a suite (we had only booked a 2 queen bed room). Unfortunately, the room was located on the first floor on the street front. Every person or car that went by could be heard from the beds. Needless to say, the late revelry of people sounded like they were in our room. Then during the pre-dawn hours, delivery and garbage trucks woke us up as they moved around on Magazine street. Other than the location of the room, it was great. Comfy beds and large enough for 4 of us to move around. I would stay again except I would turn down that room # if it was offered (it was apparently the only one like it). One tip...you don't need the valet unless you need your car during your stay. I have a large SUV. The valet charge would have been nearly $36 per day to park it offsite. There is a self-park lot less than a block away. We paid only $15 per day. The walk to the French Quarter is easy. Harrah's is really close. You are also a short walk to the hip Fulton Street area and the warehouse/convention center area.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Colorado
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2009

During our annual "girl trip" we needed two queen beds and the older, smaller, pricier hotels in the FQ don't offer those. This hotel had lots of character. Our room was a good size, quiet, had great internet connections, and was close to the elevator. Country Inn and Suites was so close to the FQ that we walked everywhere, We did not rent a car but took a taxi to and from the airports, rode the street cars and took a NO tour in a van. The staff was great, friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The breakfast was so-so, (although the breakfast room attendants were very friendly and helpful), but enough to get our day started. If I ever get a chance to visit NO again, I believe I would stay here; the price was decent compared to other accommodations.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Emmi2
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Rantoul, IL
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2009

We stayed here and had a nice time. The staff were friendly and offered everything we needed. Breakfast area is a bit crowded and the pool is very small. We were in two different rooms because we requested a move and both vents were in major need of a cleaning, but otherwise the hotel was fine.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank UICHIEF
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West Palm Beach, FL
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40 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2009

We booked for 2 nights but I could have stayed longer. The staff was really helpful upon check-in and even had our room ready before noon! The room was on the smallish side but extremely clean and well maintained. We took the first set of elevators to our room which was a mistake because you had to walk down then back up stairs in the hallway to get through.
The consierge pointed us to the streetcar line to the Garden District which was around the corner. After checking out the park by the Zoo, Magazine St., Lafayette Cemetary and Commander's Palace for drinks, it was back to the hotel for a break.
The pool- if you want to call it that, was refreshing for a little cool-down, but if you want to seriously swim or sun; forget that thought. The only chairs and benches were strictly for sitting.
The French Quarter was 2 or so blocks away. After dinner and navigating through huge crowds it was a pleasure walking back to the hotel where it was nice and quiet. There were just enough people around to keep you from feeling as though you're walking in an unsafe area.
The breakfast which was included was far from the typical continental. There were sausages, eggs, make your own waffles. Cookies were provided at all times.
Check out was a breeze, but - "ouch!"- the bill for parking was $51.00 for 2 days!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Guestess
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Arlington, Texas
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2009

We Stayed At The COUNTRY INN AND SUITES For One Night On Our Way To Florida. It Was In A Great Location, A Short Walk To BOURBON ST and JACKSON SQUARE. The Staff Was Wonderful. The Bartender Was Great, Bringing Us Drinks While We Were In The Pool. It Was Quaintly Decorated, WithThat "NEW ORLEANS" Feel. The Room Was Clean And The Bed Was Comfortable. It Was A Good Deal For The Price.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2009

I stayed at the Country Inn and Suites for a conference. While not flashy, this hotel was comfortable and a great place to stay. The front desk staff was very pleasant and helpful. The little gift shop sold beverages and snacks at very reasonable prices. There is a free public access computer for easy internet access in the lobby. Continental breakfast was a nice perk in the morning. One morning I opted for beignets at Cafe DuMonde instead, and this was just a short walk into the French Quarter. There is a little bar in the lobby, but we did not use it. There is some variability in rooms. I was disappointed that my room did not have exposed brick or a refrigerator, but the room was still adequate and surprisingly quiet! The location is great. It is a $28 cab ride to and from the airport. It is a short walking distance to the convention center, the French Quarter, the St. Charles Ave Street Car and lots of really good restaurants. Check out the Cuban restaurant next door. It was really quiet the night that we went there, but the food (and the mojito) were really good. I also agree with the other reviewer that you should check out the New Orleans School of Cooking, which is nearby. My only issue with this hotel was some minor housekeeping issues, but I would definitely stay here again and recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank caribbeantourist
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Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter
Address: 315 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2424
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Business Hotel in New Orleans
#21 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#22 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter 3.5*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its home-like decor and plentiful amenities, the Country Inn & Suites, New Orleans French Quarter offers comfort and convenience in the heart of downtown New Orleans. Our historic hotel is comprised of seven 19th century buildings, giving it a charming, boutique feel that artfully blends old world charm with modern comforts. Our prime location on Magazine Street near the French Quarter places our guests close to many nearby New Orleans activities and attractions, including Bourbon Street and the Convention Center. ... more   less 
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