My (now) husband and I had a truly memorable and amazing wedding weekend (Oct. 12-13 2013) -- and the staff at the Bourbon Orleans played a huge part in that. One of the reasons we picked B.O. for our wedding reception (we got married in Jackson Square) -- it's a boutique hotel, meaning this is no "wedding mill" where brides are rotating in and out all day long. And we hoped the staff would provide a level of personal service we might not receive at some of the area's larger hotel spots. But we were not prepared for the above and beyond attention the staff -- in particular, our wedding attendant, Megan Emboulas -- provided. Every step of the way, our requests were met, and then some. No special request went unheard, particularly when it came to the dinner at our wedding. We had a sit down, 5-course dinner, highlighting traditional New Orleans cuisine. Because we had a lot of "foodie" types as guests (a chef, a food writer, some wine aficionados), we wanted an amazing culinary experience. The bar was high. To get it right, the chef prepared 2 tasting meals before hand, and also agreed to a follow-up conference call in the days before the big event. "Cook like you're cooking for your mama," I told him. "Don't hold back on the flavor and the spice!" In the end, the food was outstanding. "Best gumbo I have ever had," a New Orleans native exclaimed. "I kept stealing from other people's plates," another guest confessed. Well done, Chef Joey Wells. Well, done. And even though we wanted certain wines and specialty beer that the hotel does not traditionally serve, they went out of their way to have those on hand for us, too. The reception was held in the quaint St. Ann Cottage, where a small bricked courtyard proved the perfect setting for our small wedding (we had about 40 guests). Servers were plentiful, so no one was left wanting for a wine pour or stuck with dirty plates for long. My husband's 13-year-old daughter even decided, last minute, to join us for dinner, and the kitchen happily threw together her favorite meal offering (grilled cheese sandwich and fries). And when, again last minute, we decided to continue the celebration in our huge Andrew Jackson Suite, with a wrap-around balcony overlooking Bourbon Street, the staff scrambled to set up a wine, beer and munchies station in our room. Our guests loved the hotel's location, too -- in the heart of the French Quarter, behind the famous Jackson Square and walking distance to so many iconic FQ destinations. Not to mention the hotel's wonderful history (for example, this is the spot where Andrew Jackson announced his candidacy for president... And yes, like most of best old places in the French Quarter, the hotel has it's own ghost stories, too -- ask about the confederate soldier often spotted wandering certain floors). "Best wedding I've ever been to," we were repeatedly told. And I largely credit the staff and this very old, very special hotel for that. Thank you. Thank you
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bourbon Orleans
- Wndham New Orleans