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Hotel Villa Convento
Ranked #98 of 161 Hotels in New Orleans
Mobile, Alabama
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15 reviews
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“True feel of NOLA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

My now husband and I stayed here 4 nights last week while in the quarter to get married. We enjoyed the convenience to the quarter and Frenchmen's street and the lovely view over the roof tops. The receptionists (all of them) could not have been more helpful or kind. This is not a place that you would stay if you are a hotel snob, but someone who would enjoy character and understand and appreciate the age of the building. She has some quirks and oddities, but we liked that about her. We couldn't get our tv to work, but I am sure if we had asked it would have been taken care of. We will be back! Thanks Warren, Barbara, and the other receptionist who so kindly played the player piano for us (sorry we didn't catch your name), you made us feel special and right at home!

Room Tip: We had a great balcony room on the third floor corner that had a fantastic view, with another window...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Hotel is not like your usual modern Best Western or Marriott. Everything is a bit old and tired but it is all clean. It is also in a very convenient and quiet location. Another reason to stay here is one receptionist, Barbara. She will try her best to make your stay comfortable. My husband and I found the mattress to be too soft. She had someone place a wooden board under the mattress. It made a difference. There should be more receptionists like her.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

We stayed at the Villa Convento for what turned out to be ten wonderful days in February, 2014. The hotel is small and charming with lots of character and sense of place and history--which is exactly what we were looking for in our New Orleans stay. Yes, the elevator is old and slow. Yes, the place is careworn and has some imperfections…just like the city…and just like the city, by the end of our stay it had seduced us.
First, the location couldn't be better for exploring the French Market and the river, the French Quarter, Treme, the museums in the Warehouse District and the music clubs on Frenchman St.. We walked everywhere from Villa Convento.
Second, the staff was welcoming and so helpful. When there was a problem with the first room we stayed in, they found us another. When our stay was extended because of cancelled flights, they found us yet another room at a very affordable rate. Thanks especially to Barbara for the extra time and effort to make us so comfortable at Villa Convento.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

harming boutique hotel with a lot of history (it used to be a brothel...ask Barbara!), that feels very authentic and cozy. Online booking was easy; and per a note that I included in my booking, they upgraded us room to a Courtyard room since we were celebrating a birthday.

The price was reasonably ($115/night excluding taxes), especially for the excellent location. It's in the French Quarters and close to all the action, but not smack dab in the middle of it all. So, you can easily get around and have your fun, and get your sleep. (Though I should mention that the walls are pretty thin, to the point that you can hear neighbors conversing late at night or in the morning).

And I have to note Barbara's awesome attitude. She's not "customer service oriented." That's something that people who don't care have to forcibly present. She's innately hospitable. It's obvious, and awesome. Thanks for being so cool, personably, and friendly.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

It's not very fancy, It is very old, and has tons of character.

An inexpensive place to sleep, in just the right spot. Close enough to the action, but far enough to be able to get away from it. I liked the French Market being so close.

The staff and other guests were all so friendly, it was a very relaxed atmosphere. Barbara at check-in/out was a ray of sunshine.

I will return here in a heartbeat, and recommend it to others who want a cool place to stay without breaking the bank.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Overbrook, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay at the Hotel Villa Convento. It was close to everything we wanted to do in the French Quarter. Recommendations made by staff were much appreciated too! Thank you to Barbara for the extra time she took to assure our family had a memorable visit ~ Shandy & family from Kansas

Stayed March 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed here for few days around New Years. Place was great: reasonably priced, great location in a quiet stretch of the French Quarter (being across the street from a great cafe helps), aesthetically interesting (unusual outdoor back staircase in back with small well arranged rooms created a great atmosphere) , and most of all had a very nice receptionist, Barbara. She made great recommendations for activities and restaurants, and was very friendly throughout our stay.

When we come back to New Orleans, we will stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed on the top floor, which was a great room. Can't speak to other rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Villa Convento

Property: Hotel Villa Convento
Address: 616 Ursulines Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
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Hotel Style:
#56 Business Hotel in New Orleans
#64 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
#69 Family Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Villa Convento 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located by the French Market and Mississippi River in the heart of the French Quarter, the Hotel Villa Convento is a warm and cozy guest house, offering guests the personal service of seventh-generation New Orleanians, the Campos. Rumored to be the legendary House of the Rising Sun, this building is a Creole townhouse dating back to the 1830s. Here you can encapsulated by the sounds and smells of the French Quarter. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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