We just got back from a 6 night stay at the Hotel St. Marie. The service and staff were great - and we had a great room. After reading other reviews on this site, we requested a corner courtyard balcony room (king) - and got room 323. It was a very large room and the vanity area was outside the bathroom (which came in handy). The balcony was a bit small, but the view down to the courtyard and pool was nice. When I requested the particular room type the week prior to our trip, I said we were coming down for our anniversary and that we would like a large king courtyard balcony room. Not only did we get the room type we asked for - but right after getting into our room, a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket with two glasses was delivered - compliments of the hotel! That was a VERY thoughtful!
Others have complained about the rooms being musty or dirty. Our room was very clean and we didn't have any issue with that. Our A/C worked fine, too (though our friend that had another room down the hall - 306 - said her A/C thermostat seemed to be broken). The pool area was very nice - but a bit crowded at times. The courtyard is pretty small, and there isn't a lot of space around the pool itself. However - the courtyard is very pretty.
The only negatives to speak of include what others have mentioned - the single elevator and noise in the hall. We were there the week prior to and including Memorial Day weekend, and we did often have to wait a couple minutes for the elevator (earlier in the week this wasn't an issue). We didn't have any issues with noise from the room next door - but we did get a lot of noise from the hallway. There was a sizeable (nearly an inch) gap at the bottom of our door - so any doors shutting (and many inconsiderate guests would slam them) and people talking came through loud and clear. We did stuff a rolled towel under the door which helped just a bit.
We would definitely stay at the Hotel St. Marie again - primarily due to the location and the friendly/helpful staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate French Quarter Hotel situated 1/2 block off Bourbon Street & 5 minutes from central business district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Marie Hotel
- Saint Marie Hotel New Orleans