This review is overdue- we stayed for a long weekend in May 2014. Starting with the positives, the location of this hotel can't be beat. It is within easy walking distance of just about anything in the FQ, but sits in a quiet part of town so you don't hear all the commotion when you want some down time. The price was also very affordable. The staff was always friendly and helpful, but we didn't experience anything over the top as others have indicated (although we didn't need help with anything beyond a cab). As an aside, when we were checking in, the woman at the desk was confused by almost everything I asked, and she quickly offered up that she had just smoked a joint in the courtyard, and then exclaimed "Welcome to New Orleans!" Actually saw her lighting up in the courtyard two other times during our stay. Didn't bother me much, but I'd assume you might get a few guests that might be put off by this. The few interactions I had with Warren, I found him to be very nice and helpful.
As other reviews state, the hotel does have a lot of character, but I think it also needs a little TLC. I observed one of the railings on the third floor was extremely loose, to the point if you leaned on it, you'd be taking a 3-story fall. When we reported it, there was someone out repairing it the next day. We stayed in the loft rooms on the third floor, which have a king or queen bed plus a bathroom on the main floor, and then two twins in the loft. The loft was not very well lit, and if you are tall, you need to watch your head up there. Not a ton of privacy for two couples to share these rooms, as the bathroom door is about 2 feet from the bed. There is a little balcony in front of the two loft rooms that looks down in the interior courtyard, but not a ton of room. If someone is sitting in a chair, you need to climb over them to get past.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. This is definitely a no-frills place that feels nothing like a chain hotel. If location and cost are a concern, I think this hotel is a great choice. All that said, can't say I wouldn't stay here again, but will probably try something different next time in town.
- 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:
- Convento Hotel New Orleans
- Convento New Orleans