Second time staying here. Wanted our last year's room, which was peaceful and quiet, but calling six months in advance couldn't make that happen. When we arrived to town early (11:00 a.m.), the staff graciously checked our luggage in and took our phone numbers to call us when our room would be ready. Unfortunately, that never happened, we went back to the hotel after 4:30 and it still wasn't ready. We did receive tickets for free cocktails for that issue- though it was an inconvenience as we wanted to get to the French Quarter Festival, and we were walking.
The lovely room overlooked the courtyard, but unfortunately it was almost above the Patrick's Bar Vin bar courtyard also, which was the apparent place to allow cigar smoke and noisy patrons (although this is a smoke-free campus, $250.00 "fee" if smoking in rooms).
The festival priced rooms (almost $400/n) included doorway cracks and windows that allowed all the sunshine and noise in that you could NOT want, first thing in the morning, after staying out late the night before. Housekeeping staff were above exceptional in attempting to alleviate this issue.
The bed and the linens were scrumptious and top notch. We appreciate clean lines and white high thread counts! Nice shower,though I do not care for dark marble (?) where dirt can hide... The sink area could have used a shelf system to hold our toiletries..., I set up the ironing board for this, as there was plenty of room. There was some strange out-of-place, out-dated shelf in the bathroom, perhaps for this purpose- but I didn't want to leave items in the steamy shower area.
The breakfasts in the morning were to die for. Not sure how they made the fluffy eggs and bacon taste so fresh for every single portion, though served as buffet. Fresh fruit, cream, delicious grits (homemade), teas, coffee, cereals, yogurts, bagels, pastries... Something for everyone. Missed the wait-staff gentleman who was there last year, who was attentive and guessed our every need. Nothing is finer than to sit and drink the morning coffee and to listen to the beautiful fountain in the middle of that courtyard. Now it's time to get back on that diet...
The valet guys were awesome, and retrieved our vehicle very timely. For that matter, all the staff were attentive, courteous and helpful.
The stay would have been a "5" if the price of the room (Festival time- which it is almost all the time in our favorite city) had been different. Even Hampton Inns can make a room quiet and dark. Those are basic requirements in a hotel, especially for a city that makes its living on the night-life! Wouldn't take much to remedy this as far as I could determine.
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- Also Known As:
- Saint Louis New Orleans
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