I’m not sure if it’s the slow crawl of restoring post-Katrina standards for the city’s upkeep of public areas, but New Orleans must pay more attention to the highly trafficked walkways of the French Quarter and its bordering streets. A light post, taken down (somehow) and left lying with its exposed wires and metal stakes on Camp Street, innumerable sidewalk potholes waiting like a bear trap to break a tibia. It’s the location that is the best and worst part of this hotel, and it’s the guestroom details that need work in order for this to be close to a JW experience.
Outside of its Canal Street entrance, a good half block from where the guestroom tower is actually located, the slop spills out of Bourbon, and you don’t move an inch before the solicitors are ringing in your ear like the brass band from the night before. I say this to that uncompromising Marriott Rewards fille de joie who is spending his or her hard owned points on what Marriott describes as Luxury accommodation; consider more of an escape location. The warehouse district is only a few blocks south, but seemingly miles away from fending off the freaks that are relentlessly trying to sell you what you seriously don’t want. And, yes, the hotel is decent, but it is nothing more than a Marriott, far short of what a guest would expect for a JW. There is a dead Shula’s Steakhouse, just like any other Marriott, and the rooms are of early 2000’s template. The lounge, I must say, is great for the preprandial drink, and it even features a bartender who is proud in his similarity to George Constanza. The front desk and the bellmen were attentive and helpful. The beds are ok, the TV screen is flat, but the bathrooms are tiny, have sporadic lukewarm water in the shower and mine featured a strand of black hair so long and blatantly stuck on the wall that I wondered whether the facilities were cleaned at all. The sink did not drain and two housekeepers barged in the room in the middle of the afternoon without giving adequate announcement or waiting for me to answer the knock of the door. They simply said “we’re checking something,” then scurried off.
If you want to stumble home from the sludgy floors of Bourbon Street every night, this hotel is located just far enough away to maintain some dignity. But if you’re in New Orleans to catch some local scenes, see more than the French Quarter, do yourself a favor and find some real luxury. Even the Lowes has this beat by a mile.
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