Our recent vacation was hijacked by a trip to Texas, so to make it seem more like a vacation, we made a stop in New Orleans to cross a city off Marla's bucket list. We were looking for accomodations that we could afford. What we got was more than that. Chez Palmiers is like staying at a friends home. There are not a lot of frills, you make your own bed and hang up your wet towels so they will dry for use next time. But Schuyler and David are welcoming hosts. Their house is beautiful and the back garden is wonderful. Unfortunately it wasn't warm enough for a swim in the pool, but it was warm enough to lounge around and read a book.
We stayed in the loft room and once you realize where the angles of the ceiling are you realize you have a very large room. A sitting room with TV (and a day bed if you are more than two people). Plus, access to the downstairs kitchen is limited if the downstairs rooms are rented, so there is a fridge, toaster oven and coffee maker in the room. A light breakfast is served downstairs in the kitchen every morning and there you can mingle with your hosts and other guests.
You are within walking distance of most everything you want to see while in New Orleans. We took a bus tour of the city and I did notice some "on and off" tours running. Plus there are a lot of cabs, bicycle taxis, etc to get you around if walking isn't your thing. We walked everywhere, French Quarter, Cafe du Monde, the French Market and Flea market, Burbon street. Schuyler gave us a list of restaurants they like and we had a wonderful dinner at Mona Lisa on Royal Street and it was wonderful and full of locals.
If you are looking for the Ritz Carlton and maid service, this place isn't for you. But it was perfect for us and when we are in New Orleans again, we will plan our trip around the availability of the Loft Suite. Thanks guys, it was nice, wish it could have been longer. C&M
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic Faubourg Marigny just two blocks from the French Quarter and four blocks from Frenchman Street (popular with the neighborhood's locals), at Chex Palmiers you'll be within easy walking distance of many of the sites, restaurants, bars and clubs, and the characters and music that have made New Orleans famous. Public transportation is not far way, making it easy to explore other parts of the city as well. ... more less