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Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

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Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

Both look pretty and the rates are similar on the dates we are looking at.

1) we are not renting a car, which one is closer to streetcars and bus stops?

2) we are light sleepers, which one is quieter at night?

Thanks for your input.

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1. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

I have not stayed in either, but have visited rooms in both. I'm booked to stay in Country Inn this coming Mardi Gras.

Country Inn and Suites, within the Central Business District, is closer to the Canal streetcar, St. Charles streetcar, Riverfront streetcar and Magazine bus lines, and the River front (Imax, Aquarium, Canal Place and Casino). Dauphine Orleans, within the French Quarter, is closer to Bourbon St., Jackson Square (considered the heart of the French Quarter), the French Market and Frenchmen St.

Both are "NewOrleanish", but Dauphine Orleans, being within the French Quarter, has an older feel and a more unique location atmosphere.

Noise levels within hotel rooms in or close to the French Quarter are often more of a function of the location of the room within the hotel than a function of the location of the hotel itself. That being said, Country Inn, being outside of the French Quarter, will be further away from the concentration of all night party location noise.

Both are reputable properties and considered to be very well run, Country Inn seeming to have a VERY SLIGHT edge on overall customer satisfaction (rankings, reviews and Forum comments). I suspect you will be happy with either. You might want to pay particular attention to the particular room features, size and amenities to make sure you are comparing apples to apples. You might also want to plot the locations of those destinations and transit stops of particular interest to you on a map, along with the hotel locations, to ascertain if one location will be significantly more convenient to you then the other.

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2. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

The Deja Vu is right across the street from the Dauphine Orleans which is convenient if you get a late night craving for fries or beer. Also quite close to Jager Haus and not too far from St. Louis No 1 cemetery. When we stayed there is was quiet, well run, and we met some nice people in May Baily's Bar which is part of the hotel.

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3. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

As indicated location to what your interests might be but we would go with the Dauphine Orleans for the restaurants, sightseeing, and nightlife we enjoy the most.

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I can't speak about the Country Inn & Suites 'cuz we haven't stayed there, but we stayed at the Dauphine Orleans (Hermann House - across the street from the main hotel) two years ago, and really enjoyed the property. If the rates for the Hermann House are in your budget, I would recommend staying there. They are a couple of two story buildings, as I said, across the street, with a separate entrance, and we were on the second floor in the back, and it was QUIET. We really enjoyed the location and being on Dauphine, we could get to Rampart and points Lakeside very quickly, and it's a block from Bourbon St.

If you end up in the main part of the hotel and since you are a light sleeper, I would recommend staying away from both the balcony rooms, and the rooms that face the garage. The balcony rooms get a lot of street noise and the ones that face the garage are subject to typical garage noise, motorcycles revving, and people conversing (including idle car hops), into the wee hours of the morning. We read reviews that warned of the above, and while there witnessed it personally. This is not a slam on the hotel, as I said we enjoyed it very much, just a heads-up on which rooms to avoid.

OTOH, I have stayed on the uptown side of Canal St. a few times, and personally don't enjoy staying there. I like when I can walk out the door of a hotel and be right in the mix of the FQ, rather than having to walk a couple of blocks (or more) just to get to Canal St., then wait to get across Canal, then walk another 2-3 blocks to be where I could have been just walking out my hotel door. It's a matter of preference.

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5. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

In addition to all the above info the Dauphine Orleans is within a few blocks of many casual and fine dining restaurants. Susan Spicer's acclaimed Bayona across the street, Louisiana Bistro less than 1/2 block, the Bombay Club less than 1/2 block, The newly refurbished Broussard's 1/2 block, Deanie's 2 short blocks, Yaeger Haus less than 1/2 block, Killer PoBoys in the Erin Rose 3/4 block. For 24 hour food and beverages the Deja Vu across the street, the Three Legged Dog little over one block. The lounge/bar May Bailey's is decorated in Storyville Brothel motif and has good cocktails. The pool I believe is heated and quite nice. In other words my vote goes for the DO!

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6. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

I'm also typically a proponent of staying within the French Quarter, although I've had many enjoyable stays within those portions of the Central Business District located within three blocks of the French Quarter. For me it depends on my anticipated local destinations during that particular trip, and the rate. There are also many renowned restaurants close to Country Inn and Suites, including Red Gravy, Cafe Adelaide, Drago's, Ernst Cafe, La Boca, Luke, John Besh's acclaimed Restaurant August, Tommy's Cuisine, Bon Ton Cafe, Palace Cafe, and Donald Link's Herbsaint. Fact is, there are great restaurants scattered around most all of New Orleans. I suppose one reason I'm on the fence is that my particular favorite plain ol' bar hangout is close to the same distance from both Dauphine Orleans and Country Inn.

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7. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

If you have any specific questions about the Country Inn, I am glad to chime in!

I wont speak to the Dauphine Orleans, but I can say that we (Country Inn) are very close to the St Charles Streetcar (2 short blocks), Canal Streetcar (2.5 likewise short blocks) and the Magazine bus line runs right past the hotel.

The CBD though heavily traveled, tends to be a little quieter than the French Quarter. Obviously, any given day that could change, but as a broad strokes I would say the CBD is the best of both worlds - close to everything in both the CBD and French Quarter, but still quiet for a good nights sleep.

Mike Larose

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8. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

Wow, I really appreciate all of you offering your experience, observations , comments and opinions. I am carefully going over all of it, and have to do some more homework including planning a 3 days/4 nights itinerary which will help me get down the fence and onto one side. And thanks for the added bonus of casual and fine dining recommendations, after all, eating is an important part of traveling.

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9. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

Mr Larose:

You answered my questions as the GM of Country Inn, I fully understand your professional recommendation. Just wanted to let you know sending a PM in addition with similar information was not necessary.

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10. Re: Dauphine Orleans or Country Inn & Suites

This most recent visit we chose to stay at two hotels because we were in town for several nights. This might not be for everyone, but it gave us two different experiences so I would say do both!

But that might not be suited to you, and I can only speak to the Dauphine which had the nicest staff and a historical charm to it. You are not nickled and dimed once you arrive, which is really nice. A lovely pool, complimentary drinks at the historic May Bailey bar, a basic breakfast, a robe to use, tea and cookies in the afternnoon, free internet... but the best for us was the comfie, COMFIE, temperpedic beds and the blackout curtains too.

Out of all the hotels that I have ever stayed in New Orleans, I had the best sleep here. Now, I do think that it is important to ask for a quiet room that is likely not on the street. I also think this is somewhat person-to-person because your neighbors and the activity on Dauphine change all the time from good to bad.

But you can not beat being in the heart of the city if this is one of your first stays.

I am hoping to do a review on Tripadvisor and post more details about our visit on my blog. But that is a snap shot of my thoughts before I am able to do all the writings. Enjoy! You can not go wrong either way it sounds...

Rachel

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