And we will definitely come back! We were pleasantly surprised at how nice this hotel was. Originally 6 or 7 separate townhouses, this hotel has twisty turning hallways and intriguing staircases throughout. We stayed in Room 44: to get there, you take the elevator to the third floor, the hallway turns to the left, go down four steps, turn the corner, and go up a flight of stairs that turns 180 degrees. Made lugging our stuff up an adventure, but it wasn't that bad. The interior living room was spacious, and I can see what previous reviewers were talking about, not being able to turn on enough light. Even my three year old kept asking me to turn on more light.
The kitchen was great! Full-sized fridge and freezer, very nice wine refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, sink, small stovetop, tiny counter, dishes, utensils, pots, and pans (but really, who would want to cook in the Big Easy? Giovanni's is downstairs, and Huck Finn's is 20 yards away). The bedroom was awesome as it had two queen beds facing each other: perfect for our family of four! And the hotel provided us with a crib that was so clean and new that it appeared to have never been set up. The drawback to the bedroom is that it had zero view except for a tiny sliver of Canal Street, and it's adjacent to a parking garage, so we heard cars with loud bass beats coming and going sometimes. And the garbage truck came down the alley at around 4 AM a couple of mornings. But the blackout curtains were great, the beds very comfortable, and the kids slept well.
It was nice to be able to do a load of laundry while there. Ask the front desk for some detergent, and they'll give you one of those fancy Tide pods. There are two washing machines and two dryers and a small counter in the tiny laundry room. You can do a fast load in 26 minutes and dry it in another 33. I chose to go back to our room during washing and drying because there were no other loads in progress, and the air conditioner vents are right on top of you, so it's pretty cold in there.
The chess set pictured on the rooftop area is gone, which was disappointing as I'd been looking forward to playing with it with the children. But you can (barely) see the cathedral and river. With two toddlers, it was handy to pick up our supper at Acme Oyster House a few blocks away on Iberville and bring it back up to the roof to eat while they played.
The walls seem fairly thin, as we were able to distinctly hear entire conversations when waiting for the elevator, but we're assuming those people were sitting in their living rooms. Since our room was fairly remote, we never heard any other guests from our bedroom.
If you want to save on parking, Premium Parking Lot #400 over the Shops at Canal may be a better deal than the $35 a night valet from the hotel. Check our the website. It's a block and an elevator ride away. We're picky about not letting other people drive the car, and we wanted a covered spot.
The location of BlueGreen is stellar. The Quarter is in your backyard, or jump on the trolley at Canal Street, and you're on your way to adventure. Trolley fare is $1.25 per person per ride, or a day long pass is $3. You must have exact change. Cafe du Monde is an easy 7 blocks away, the Shops at Canal are a block away, the Aquarium of the Americas is 2 blocks, the insectarium inside the Customs House is half a block away. There is a small liquor/grocery store downstairs on Canal and a Walgreens a couple of blocks away on Iberville.
Most importantly the staff at BlueGreen was TOP NOTCH. Always friendly, always smiling, always bending over backwards and tripping over themselves to help me manage the door while pushing the stroller. The valet who brought the crib would not leave our room until he figured out how to work it and was satisfied it was set up properly. Everybody always spoke to us on the way in and out, and they made us feel right at home.
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