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Place d'Armes Hotel
Ranked #31 of 166 Hotels in New Orleans
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Place d’Armes Hotel on June 9-13. This was our first visit to New Orleans and we were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. Based on other reviews from TripAdvisor we selected the Place d'Armes Hotel. We were very pleased with the room (#229) selected for us with a balcony overlooking the street below. The staff was very cordial and helpful regarding suggestions for dining, ground transportation, etc. An especially nice touch was a knock on our door as we were unpacking and delivery of a bottle of iced champagne to help us celebrate our special occasion. I believe Lenny Labrousse was working behind the scenes to arrange the special room and champagne delivery.

The courtyard with swimming pool and gardens was nice to return to in the evening.

The central location to the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the Cajun Zydeco Festival was perfect.

Looking forward to a second trip in the future.

Room Tip: Street side room can be noisy with revelers.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

If you want to be in the middle of the action, this French Quarter location cannot be better. You are close to everything but far away enough from Bourbon to get decent sleep. Why decent sleep? Because the hotel is housed in historical buildings with old furnishings. Expect an old mattress and poor sheets and a floor that slants heavily. This means you will actually slide off the bed if you are not careful when rolling around! If you set your expectations properly, as in don't expect a "Heavenly Bed", you will have a grand time.

Also, don't bring a car. It will cost you $25 a night to park it and you really don't need it.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank RubberDuckyJJ
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

This hotel was a great choice. It's in a terrific position; close to everything, without your stay being spoiled by excess noise. The room we had was small but was furnished beautifully and was spotless. It overlooked the internal terraced garden and pool which were shaded by two really old and beautiful magnolia trees and was a great spot to just chill out while we planned our next days activities. The breakfast was fairly basic; danishes, croissants, tea coffee and cereal, but was pretty much on a par with other hotels we'd stayed in whilst in the US. (They don't have toast or raisin bread fellow aussies, or tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms, here or at most Americal hotels. We were fore-warned and took a one litre jug with us and our own tea-bags!) The lady who was managing the restaurant was very helpful and friendly too.

I loved the ambience of the hotel. It's very old and has a great history and having somewhere to relax other than your room was a definite bonus.

I reccommend the paddle steamer cruise. It was fantastic with a great jazz band on board, plenty of places to sit and listen to the tour guide provide the history of what we were passing and a magnificent sunset.

A tour of the Oak Ave plantation, which is an hour and a half out of New Orleans by bus, is worth the effort. It's an amazing place and makes you feel your in the middle of Gone With The Wind!

Bourbon street is brassy and bawdy with so many bars and restaurants to eat, drink and be entertained in, you'd need a month to visit them all. Frenchman Street, at the end of Bourbon had less people but the quality of the band and the sound was much better.

The Katrina Museum, situated in the cathedral and opposite the hotel is definitely worth a visit, as is Cafe del Mar, about 100 metres from the hotel. (apparently you haven't really been to New Orleans if you haven't had icing sugar all over your face from the famous donuts!) The frozen yoghurt shop is also a definite must, 15 flavours and you serve as much of each or just one, as you like. Cheap way to keep cool and it's delicious.

There are heaps of clothes stores but one of the best is 'Jackies' which is about two minutes walk from the hotel, in the same street. Beautiful clothing and wonderful fabrics at really cheap prices.

We had an absolute ball and will go back again one day and would definitely stay in this hotel again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank barooga
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

Place d'armes has a lovely new orleans vibe to it. The interior is nicely decorated and quite clean. The interior rooms (without the windows) are quite dark, but quiet- so try and book early if you want some light in your room.

The bed is comfortable and price reasonable. The service was amazing. The girl on the desk kept offering to help us book for attractions, seemed quite knowledgeable about the area and always had a smile for us

Room Tip: Book early if you want a room with windows
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 13whiterabbit
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Reviewed 6 June 2011

Very nice historic hotel. It is a series of old buildings joined around a central courtyard. We arrived before check-in time but were able to park and check our bags. The staff was welcoming and pleasant. We walked literally across the street to Jackson Square to buy some street art from the vendors. Upon our return the room was ready and luggage was promptly brought up.

Our room was as promised, 2 doubles with a streetside private balcony. Nice, very spacious, comfortable room although the bathrrom was a bit small compared to "new" standards. You have to expect this in an older and historic hotel. The same with thinner walls. We did have a very noisy neighbor who blared the TV very loudly until 2 AM. We called the front desk and the problem was taken care of immediately. I did look in the window of a few courtyard rooms and they were nice as well. I didn't peek in the windowless rooms, but if it clearly says no window, I'd believe them. Splurge for a room with a window.

The bell captain and front desk ladies were quick to recommend "local" places to eat, off the normal tourist beat. All were fantastic (especially The Joint BBQ and Jack Dempsey's) and are now on my favorites list. The parking valet knew us by room number and car by the end of the 2nd day and we never waited more than a few minutes.

Location is ideal, the hotel was very clean overall and all 6 of the staff we had direct contact with were very professional and polite. I subscribe to the "you get back what you put out there" theory and find that a little pleasantry and politeness on my part also goes a long way, so be nice to people in the service industry.

The pool area we didn't use but the guests there seemed to enjoy it. Room service is not available but there are so many options within a few blocks of the lobby. There is a nice bistro, Muriel's, adjacent to the hotel that has a resident ghost that they set a table and light a candle for.

This is the 7th different hotel I have stayed in here and there won't be an 8th. This is my hotel of choice from now on for our yearly trip to New Orleans. May try to squeeze in a long weekend around Christmas.

Room Tip: Reserve early, understand what historical means.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Terry H
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

My husband and stayed here for our very first trip to New Orleans.. I was a little worried because of some of the mixed reviews, but we found this place charming and right in style with the whole feel of the French Quarter. We had a suite and it overlooked the pool/courtyard. Our room was very pretty and clean. The bed was comfortable and the room temperature great (it was 97 in NOLA). The breakfast was just enough to get a start on the day and served very good coffee. The lady setting up breakfast was a beautiful, southern woman and added to the charm of the whole experience. The location of the hotel is the best in the City. I would certainly stay here again and will recommend it highly. Anyone who complains about this place should stay at a Sheraton or Hyatt because they don't know what charm is!!!!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a window.
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2  Thank rmare1013
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

I did a LOT of research before booking a hotel for our 15th anniversary trip. We wanted a hotel unique to NOLA. Not a hotel that could be in Manhattan, Chicago, or LA. We also wanted to be in walking distance from oh...EVERYTHING in the French Quarter. This hotel kept coming up, but a few negative reviews made me uneasy. In the end, I decided to take a chance and book it. I'm so glad I did.

We stayed in room 110 which is right off the courtyard AND check-in hallway AND staircase. I was concerned about noise but was never awoken by any. The room had a single king bed and two very dark blue walls with two brick walls that were once on the exterior. There was one small window, and while the overall feel of the room was dark, plenty of lights made it brighter and it had that unique personality my husband and I wanted.

The bed was fine, towels were plentiful and of reasonable quality. Hotel staff (both housekeeping, bellhop and front desk) were all helpful, friendly, and personable. The daily breakfast buffet was simple but perfectly adequate to keep us going until we were out and about, or until lunchtime when we could have some unique local food. Our room was clean and there were a few signs of age (nicks in the wallpaper, carpet didn't look particularly new), the uniqueness of it made up for that and again...everything was well kept.

My two complaints are (1) we received fresh towels daily...which was nice but we easily could have reused the same set for our stay if we had been given the option, and (2) every day we received more complimentary soap, shampoo, and lotion even though the previous bottles we had received were unopened....silly waste of the hotel's money.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank LillyZackMom
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Additional Information about Place d'Armes Hotel

Address: 625 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3287
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Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#38 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
#39 Business Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range: £90 - £246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Place d'Armes Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Hotel situated in center of French Quarter & comprised of 9 restored 18th century buildings. ... more   less 
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