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“Mardi Gras Heaven and Hell”

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Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Ranked #9 of 165 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I visited during Mardi Gras so my view of the hotel is based on this singular fact. NOLA goes mad during Mardi Gras and stays-in all other times. In fact I was told that 2013 was a “quite” Mardi Gras due to the Super Bowl which took place the weekend before I arrived. Well if this was quite, I would hate to see this area “busy”.
This hotel is on the corner of Orleans (nice quite street to the cathedral) and Bourbon Street (beer drinkers’ paradise). Be warned in Mardi Gras this hotel is in the middle of the action and therefore if you expect to hear the birds gently wake you from sleep, this isn’t the place to be! The music from Bourbon Street doesn’t stop 24/7; it is like you are in the party all the time. That said, that was the reason I was there so it was good for me but I could see that if you were in rooms at the Bourbon Street side it could be quite wearing. It is a great location to walk around the quarter from as it is in the dead middle of the quarter, nowhere is more than 10 minutes walk (French Market, Treme, River and CBD).
The hotel itself is on the chic side of shabby chic, fitting well into the French Quarter style and sophistication. Lots of marble and style in the entrance and reception areas; 50’s Hollywood glamour pours over you as you enter and review the lift and pool areas. The room I had was on the 5 floor with a balcony. This was a welcome addition and allowed great views across the quarter. It also served as a look out post to see what was going on, on Bourbon Street. Some of the parades go right past the hotel and therefore from my room I was able to see these without being in the hub-bub of it all.
The room was well appointed with a large bed, in a very nice large room. Wired internet didn’t work with my PC but he wireless was great, very strong signal throughout. Couldn’t fault the room, it was great. Big TV, with video on demand and access to local channels. Room service was excellent. Very helpful and dinning in the room was a pleasant experience. They have a great basic menu with high quality, well presented food.
The down sides (apart from the noise), during Mardi Gras there is no “visitor” up to your room policy. There were armed Police at the door in the evening and security guards during the day. $30 per guest per day and they had to be signed in and produce ID. This very strict rule seemed to disappear on Ash Wednesday but I didn’t test this out. Not good for singles who meet new friend and would like them to visit. Also the restaurant wasn’t great and was a bit expensive for what it was. I ended up retreating to my room in wanted to eat. I had breakfast each day but paid a different price for each meal, go figure. No mini bar or fridge in the room, which was a shame.
Overall, I liked this hotel and would stay here again (but not in Mardi if I were single). Better as a couples retreat than a single guy’s Mardi Gras launch pad.

Room Tip: Know where your room is in relations to Bourbon street and then choose based on how much you want to...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you are looking for a centralized hotel, in the middle of all that the French Quarter has to offer, the Bourbon Orleans is a nice suprise. We stayed for 3 nights for the rock and roll marathon. Room was spacious, with a large modern bathroom but shower only. My wife was disappointed and asked at the front desk but was advised that the property does not have any rooms with bathtubs so beware. Not a big deal! Was given 2 free drinks for the hotel bar at check in and had 2 free bottles of water awaiting us in the room. Nice touch! Beds firm but comfortable, with foam pillows. They do not offer any other pillow choice. Location coud not be better to enjoy the French Quarter. Jackson Square, Bourbon St and the French Market are out your front door and just around the block. If you are a light sleeper ask for a room off Bourbon St or a upper floor location.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not facing Bourbon St if you are noise sensitive
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The hotel was perfect for our group. They were very accommodating. I had a great room, with plenty of space. The staff maintained the property very well, there was nothing out of place. The update bathrooms were very nice, the only negative being not being able to move the shower head enough to accommodate a taller guy. The bar and restaurant were also very good. The hotel is situated right in the middle of the action, with Jackson Square being a block away. Two minor things I would change would be having the coffee in the lobby longer, currently they only have coffee there til 9am, and for those of us that want to relax in the room, having more of a line up of television channels. Other than those minor things, this was a great hotel with a great staff. I can highly recommend this great hotel.

Room Tip: Room facing the pool.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Bourbon Orleans was wonderful in every way! The staff was always friendly and helpful and the room was great! After looking around while we were there we decided that we chose the right hotel. I would recomend it to anyone going to New Orleans!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Dawn C
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Beautiful hotel in a great location! Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and the nightlife of Bourbon Street. Bed was amazingly comfy and shower was awesome. Only wish is that I had known upon booking that our window looked out unto a wall, rather than the French Quarter listing provided. Would definitely recommend but ask about view next time!

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We recently stayed in the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. It was a nice hotel that is located behind the St. Louis Cathedral on Orleans St. You are just a block from Bourbon St. and all the riverfront activities. My only complaint was the breakfast buffet was not very good but you are only 2 blocks from Cafe du Monde and wonderful beignets.

Room Tip: Also make sure to request an inside room facing the pool area instead the street.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Shower control on opposite wall from shower head (5 feet away). No grab bar inside shower enclosure, slick tile floor (no mat) and slick walls. Scarry! A law suit waiting to happen. We support the green initiative (used the same sheets for the whole stay) but soiled towels left on the floor for replacement were refolded and put back on the rack (they were damp and stained) - disgusting! Only access to pool via ladders - no steps, impossible for anyone with a physical limitation. Wired Internet access did not work, had to use unsecured wireless. Our email account was hacked while there. NO POWER OUTLET at desk for a computer! None of the usual table and comfortable chair despite the large size of the room. Closet was huge. Great location but negatives outweighted the positives.

Room Tip: Ask for a room far away from the elevators, very noisy!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank DragonflyUnLtd
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Address: 717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA 70116-3189
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#6 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
#7 Business Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range: $169 - $488 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bourbon Orleans Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 218
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a place where old world charm meets new world luxury. Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans New Orleans Hotel features a rich history and opulent French styling reminiscent of the early 1800s. Its central New Orleans location, just steps away from the famed St. Louis Cathedral, means you're never far from the best the city has to offer-from upscale shopping on Royal Street, to the local artists and performers of Jackson Square, to all of the restaurants, galleries and nightlife in between. ... more   less 
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Wndham New Orleans

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