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Westin Canal's new look?

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Westin Canal's new look?

Well, Westin has formally taken over the Canal Place hotel from Wyndham, and is now advertising their "opening." I think it is false advertising.

Just going through this forum, almost every screen displays their ad, and each version is a photo of that building on Royal, gthe one with the three-stories, two balconies that wrap around the corner, brick wall and white French doors right on the sidewalk. You know, the building on all the postcards and brochures.

Now, I have stayed there before. I would be really p.....d if I reserved online as a result of the ad photos, and arrived to discover that the hotel is not (technically) in the Quarter, is on the upper floors of a shopping mall. and its entrance is at the back of the mall, across from an outdoor gravel parking lot, and facing a large abandoned warehouse building. -- with absolutely nothing in walking distance, and scary after dark.

I'm not sure what is happening with the Wyndham chain, selling off properties in many cities, but I will bet that Westin will be the next chain in trouble, only judging by this deceptive advertising practice.

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1. Re: Westin Canal's new look?

I loved the Wyndom Canal Place, and loved the fact that we could get our car without "asking and tipping to get it". I also liked the fact that everything in the Quarter was in walking distance.

How far do I consider within walking distance?

Well I am 63 years old.

It was one of my favorite places to stay.

Of course I am talking before Katrina.

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I am a Wyndham owner. Have stayed on St Charles site last year and will be again in April. Wyndham has sold the hotel and is about to complete a new timeshare complex on Magazine Street a few blocks off of Canal. Believe that the Wyndham Hotel corporation is slowing moving into the timeshare business. They bought out Fairfield Resorts.

The hotel scenario you describe is accurate. It borders Canal St. almost across from Harrah Casino and technically is not in the Quarter just adjastant to it. There is upscale shopping on street floor...Sax Fifth,etc. I would say it is more of a convention center businessman location. Spectacular view of Miss River from lounge/bar that is open to public. Would not think that this is really a tourist type location.

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3. Re: Westin Canal's new look?

The Wyndham Canal Place, at 100 Iberville St., is indeed inside the Quarter, although at one extreme corner. The boundaries of the French Quarter are Canal St., Esplanade Ave., Rampart St., and the Mississippi River.

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Uhm, Rodin, this has come up before. Canal is not the technical start of the Vieux Carre, but rather is Iberville. Thata, in part, is how they were able to build a modern mall building, since it is not inside the protected historic district.

Bue either way, it is a far distance, and certainly a different type of building, than that Royal St balcony building in all of their ads. That false advertising was my point. The only balconies at the hotel are indoors overlooking the stores and plastic plants.

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Damn......and I thought I knew everything there was to know. It's hell when someone proves that you're fallible <smile>.

You're absolutely correct. Here's confirmation, from the web site of the Vieux Carre Commission.

cityofno.com/Portals/Portal59/portal.aspx…

However, I still submit that the generally accepted upriver boundary of the French Quarter, among most folks, other than for legal purposes, is Canal St.

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Whatever the boundaries of the Quarter, that is not my point. This company is advertising all over the web using a picture of a completely different building. That is deceptive, false advertising.

Even when I read this message, two places on the Trip Advisor screen carry their ad with the ROyal St building photo.

If I reserved and prepaid a room thinking I would be staying at one of two historic buildings that are the landmarks of the Quarter, over all web sites, maps,brochures, etc., (the other being the cathedral), and then arrived at a highrise mall whose hotel entrance is across from a gravel parking lot and a deserted warehouse ........

Perhaps I am obsessing. But next I think I shall write to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to suggest they consider this deception on the part of one of the businesses they help promote.

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Your posts have peaked my curiousity. I haven't seen the advertisements. What is the building Westin is touting as their own? While I wait for an answer, I'll be searching for their ad. :-D

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Forgot to add that I did search for it, prior to posting, but only found pics of the inside of their rooms. I probably wouldn't have recognized the building anyway. I'm one of those people who wouldn't have known the pic was of another building.

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Me again, sorry. I looked for more pics, & all the sites I checked showed a building that looked very similar to a commercial building. There's no balconies on the outside that I could see. I'm so confused. <hangs head>

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I'm not at the hotel's web page. I am, right now as I reply, at tripadvisor.com, in the New Orleans forum (of course). At the top of the screen with the list of topics, and sometimes also on the side, with the topics or even just this thread, are boxes with rotating ads. Westin's ad appears half of the time.

I know, I know, I'm obsessing. But this kinda thing drives me nuts . But then, perhaps that is a short drive.

There! There it is again, even before I hit "send." It's right up there. Look. Heeeelllp!

I should go now. It's almost time for the nurse to distribute the afternoon medications to us in the home.

They say, as a special treat, we're having jello with our evening meal. I wonder what flavor this time. Sure hope it's not lime again.