Here’s a town overflowing with accommodation – and the wider the choice the more difficult the decision. Given New Orleans is such a unique location it seemed sensible to pick a hotel in the very center of that uniqueness – the French Quarter. And then why not choose a hotel that hopefully reflects the distinctive character of this vibrant place? So we thought - forget the hotel chains – if you want to capture the heart and soul of this town we have to choose an eclectic boutique hotel. Cue Trip Advisor. Again, spoilt for choice – up came Hotel Mazarin in Bienville St and Hotel le Marais in Conti St and many others. So with all the skill of forensic scientists we set about dissecting the various websites to sort the hype from the facts and to find a hotel to best capture the essence of this very unusual American location. The result – the Dauphine Orleans Hotel in Dauphine St – which is parallel to Bourbon Street one small block away but without the noise and frenzy. Indeed, the Dauphine was a calm oasis – serene and relaxed. The bedrooms are either in the main house, the Carriage House or the Hermann House and we took a premium king in the latter which is across the road from the main hotel. We paid $229 including breakfast plus another $30 for tax plus garage parking at $34 plus $4 tax – all told about $300. Incidentally, this was a higher Friday price given that Friday/Saturdays carry a hefty additional premium over midweek. The room was fine – no real criticisms – ok, perhaps on the small side, but then this is a city center site and part of a nineteenth century building. I quite liked the feature of the natural brickwork but there was not a lot of natural daylight in the room. There was a fridge, free wifi and a very comfy bed. The room opened straight out into the outside world with a wooden walkway at first floor level. Incidentally, all the facilities of the hotel – bar, breakfast room, small pool, on-site garage – were across the road in the main hotel. However, I enjoyed this hotel and to me it captured the spirit of a town which is very different from any other I’ve seen in the USA. As they say, I’ll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dauphine Orleans Hotel is located in the heart of the historic French Quarter one block from the bustle of Bourbon Street. A multi-million dollar renovation in June 2008 has created a new era of elegance in this 18th-century landmark, featuring several private courtyards and balconies. The Dauphine Orleans offers modern amenities such as wireless internet, Tempur-Pedic bedding, fitness & exercise room, deluxe continental breakfast and a saltwater pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dauphine Orleans New
- Hotel Dauphine Orleans