We stayed at this location several times before, when it was the St Louis Hotel. Then, it was elegant and had a wonderful onsite restaurant. Due to TA's many positive reviews of the Hotel Mazarin renovation, I was greatly looking forward to my recent weeklong visit. Unfortunately, I was also greatly disappointed.
We had booked 2 rooms, and one of our party arrived in NO hours ahead of us, so attempted to check-in early. It was after 2:30pm, and because she has worked in the hotel industry for many years, she did not think that this would present any great problem. Not so! Believe it or not, they still did not have anything ready for her at that late hour. Well, sometimes that happens, but after several days of dealing with their Housekeeping Dept, it became clear to us WHY she could not check-in early. Out of our 6 day stay, Housekeeping only managed to get the rooms cleaned before 4:45pm on one occasion. Two of the days we just took clean towels and water, and turned the maids away at the door so that we could shower and get ready to go back out again for the evening.
Of course, the rooms were so dirty, I really don't think maid service would have made any difference. Upon arrival, I found broken glass, several hairballs, a lost button, and a diamond studded earring on the floor. (I turned in the 2 latter items to the Front Desk, and got no apology for the former.) The floor of the shower, and its glass wall were pretty cruddy looking, so I cleaned them both with hand sanitizer before using. The bedroom wall (#214) was scuffed under the window. There were several nasty looking dark stains on one of the white bedspreads. The desk was so dusty I wrote "Hi!" on the surface when we arrived, and it was still there when we left. I don't know about you, but I really don't like to do housework when I'm on vacation. Our co-traveler refused the maid service because she had sized the place up immediately at check-in, and just didn't want to deal with them at all.
Now for the mechanics of the place:
The Courtyard Fountain was out of order, and encircled in yellow police tape (really tacky looking) the whole time we were there. We heard this was due to a leak, but still they could have put some plants and flowers around it instead of making it look like a crime scene. The toilet was backed up when we got there, and backed up again the next day so that the Janitor had to come twice. The shower mechinism was awkward and it took quite a while for the water to heat up. None of the wall outlets worked and, if you tried to plug anything into them, you got sparks. The second day I realized there are outlets on the base of the lamps which do work, but the iron still only came on after unplugging and plugging it into a different outlet.
I discussed this problem with the Maintenance Engineer when he came to open my safe which kept giving me an "Error" message, and finally wouldn't open at all. I waited an hour and a half for his arrival the day before my return flight. Just imagine if the safe had malfunctioned on the next day, when I had to be at the airport by 7:00am! Needless to say, I carried my valuables around with me that last day, rather than risk another such incident at a crucial time. The TV remote worked very erratically, and no one who came to the room could figure out what was wrong with it.
It was nearly 100 degrees while we were there, with heat index @110. Ice was a necessity, and when we went looking, we found a sign pointing to a door at the end of the hall. We tried the door handle, but it was locked. All three of us, fully competent adults, tried the handle, but were unable to open the door. We went downstairs to the Front Desk, asked for ice, and were told to go back upstairs and get it. We explained that we had tried to get it upstairs, but that the door was locked, and the young lady at the Desk said, "No, it's not." Well, you can probably imagine our reaction to that (especially at 100 degrees), but we just explained again to her that we had already tried the door, and that it was, in fact, locked. She insisted we were wrong and told us to follow her so she could prove it to us. At this point, one of our party refused to continue with her any further, and requested someone go to the kitchen at once and bring us a cup of ice. The Bellman did so and, for the next 4 days, we checked that ice room door on the 2nd Floor and continued to find it locked. There had been no follow-up at all, and the insistant young lady, who was at the Front Desk each day, pretty much ignored us after this incident.
As for Hospitality:
There was no in-room Information Book to provide guests details on available services, Check-in/out times, Breakfast hrs, TV/remote instructions, or anything else. The member of our party who arrived first said that at check-in she was told nothing at all about Breakfast, and so was surprised to learn from us that it was included in the rate. None of us was told anything about the pool, exercise or business center, or the onsite bar. There were no coupons of any kind available in the Lobby for the popular NO attractions, as in other French Quarter Hotels, nor is there a Concierge Desk onsite. While we were there, no one asked us how our stay was going, and when we checked out, at different times, on different days, no one asked any of us if everything had been satisfactory. They just didn't seem to care.
On the positive side:
Hotel Mazarin looks good on the surface (maybe okay if you're not there too long, and you don't look too closely). Ada (in the Dining Room), is very sweet and seems the most guest-oriented member of the staff. The Breakfast has already been well-documented here, so I won't repeat, but it is more than adequate. Complimentary Bottled Water was helpful, especially in the intense heat. Location is good. Beds are very comfortable. the safe holds a full-sized laptop (but didn't work reliably). I found noise to be a problem only when there was an event in the courtyard.
Because I currently know of much better options in the French Quarter, I can't imagine staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of the quarter. Enjoy the following complimentary amenities: Wi-Fi, Breakfast, Fitness and Business Center access, In-room Bottled Water & Coffee, Local Calls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint Louis New Orleans
- Hotel Saint Louis