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Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

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Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

Any thoughts on the pros and cons? We have a refundable reservation at both and at very similar prices. The room at the Provincial is larger, though. Reviews of the Mazarin mention noise depending on the room. Reviews of the Provincial mention flights of stairs depending on room location, with a request for a ground floor made, but not guaranteed. Husband had knee replacement a few months ago, and stairs are not a problem, but would rather not have a three flight walk up. Proximity to transit, street cars would be nice. Proximity to antiques stores a big plus. Proximity to cafes and restaurants a big bonus. We will only have a car on the last two days of our stay in New Orleans,Since we were in New Orleans so many years ago, we could be considered first time visitors and are rusty on the various areas within the French Quarter that meet our interests.

Any help on this decision would be appreciated. We are also open to other suggestions at this price point. Thanks so much, as always.

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1. Re: Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

I have stayed at Hotel Provincial a half dozen times spread over the last 30 years. Although I have not stayed at Hotel Mazarin since it being so renamed, I stayed there twice when it was named the St Louis Hotel, and have stayed at Hotel Mazarin's sister property, Hotel Le Marais, within the last two years. For reason explained below, I visit the Hotel Mazarin lobby and courtyard several times each year.

Hotel Mazarin's courtyard is used most every Saturday for wedding ceremonies/receptions. Lovely wife and I were married there six years ago; we return to the scene of the crime most every NOLA visit. Although the receptions end at 11 PM, guests can linger for an hour or so, which can disturb noise sensitive guests until midnight. I can't envsion anyone being actually disturbed by noise before midnight on a Saturday night in New Orleans, but some are.

An elavetor serves all floors at Mazarin. I can't envsion a Provincial room/suite entrance more than two stories up not having elevator service, but I could be missing something. However, because of high ceilings, some second story entrances are 3 flights, or a long flight and standard flight, up.

Since completion of the renovation into Hotel Mazarin, I would consider the rooms, furnihings, service and amenities at both hotels comparable, except Mazarin does not have a pool.

Hotel Mazarin is in the "upper" French Quarter, the half closest to Canal St. Hotel Provincial is in the "lower" French Quarter, the half closest to Esplanade Ave. As relates to lodging, each half has its fans. The upper FQ is more commercial in nature, having a somewhat greater concentration of restaurants, bars and shops, and is closer to the St Charles and Canal St streetcar lines, Casino, and Central Business/Warehouse/Arts districts. The lower FQ is more residential in nature, and is closer to the French Market and Frenchmen St/lower Decatur St shops, cafes and music venues. Both have comparble access to Boubon St and Jackson Square.

As relates to antiques, not my area of expertise, the upper FQ has the more upscale smaller Royal St shops and better access to the Magazine St and other Uptown shops, while the lower FQ has the somewhat larger Decatur St "warehouse" type storerooms and fleamarkets.

If you have specific questions I'll be happy to respond. Maybe some Forum posters with more experience related to antiques will chime in.

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2. Re: Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

Loophole, thanks so much for taking the time to write such an informative post! After reading it, we are leaning toward the Mazarin, since we will not be there on Friday or Saturday night when we take off for the Lafayette area.

We come back early Sunday and spend the last day and night in New Orleans.

Again, thanks for your time!

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milltown, we have stayed in Hotel Provincial several times - it is a very nice hotel. We were on the second floor and it can be a bit of an issue hauling luggage up the stairs. But we had a lovely view of the pool and we enjoyed our room. If you stay in the building that has five floors, there is an elevator in that building. We haven't stayed in Hotel Mazarin but we did stop in there on a recent visit, and the lobby was very nice in a much more modern way. I thought it was beautiful. Haven't seen the rooms but judging from the lobby and bathroom area that we used there, I would imagine that the rooms are very nice.

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Milltown--I have stayed at The Hotel Provincial seven times and I absolutely love the hotel. In building #5 they do have an elevator so you don't have to do stairs. The rooms are nice, the area is more residential and quieter, the beds are stunningly comfortable, the staff is great, there is a new bar (with great drinks), close enough to all the action yet far enough away.

I have never sttayed at the other hotel but know someone who has and they said it was nice too!

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My only issue with the Provincial is that after speaking directly to the reservations department at the hotel, they will only confirm that we are requesting a certain room, but will not guarantee it. However, that was someone who was on duty yesterday, Sunday, so might make a call again this morning and try for a guarantee.

Thanks so much for the many responses!

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6. Re: Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

milltown, I will send you a PM...

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7. Re: Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

thanks!

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8. Re: Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

:)

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9. Re: Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

Loopwhole convinced me..Mazarin it is for all the reasons he stated and I agree.

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10. Re: Hotel Provincial or the Mazarin?

Cajunyank, thanks, but I wasn't recommending one hotel over the other. I like them both, and if the rates were equal I'd pick based on my anticipated activities during that particular visit. For me, there are no "hands down" or "without a doubt" hotel choices. It depends on cost, the guest's particular preferences, and the particular anticipated activities during the visit.