I have stayed at the Place d'Armes hotel many times pre-Katrina. My wife and I returned for the first time since the storm. It is still the best location and a hidden gem. The courtyards are really beautiful. There are some rooms that exit directly to courtyard. I generally stay in the cheaper "no window" rooms.
The owners have newly decorated the interiors and it is comperable to any little boutique type hotel. The interior rooms can be "dark", not so much due to the lack of windows, but the lack of bright bulbs in the room. This is a great place for older travelers because of the location. However, older travelers be aware of the lack of bright light in some of the rooms, and some rooms are accesible only via stairs.
This is not a perfect hotel by any means, as some of the reviews may suggest. The building is old, but maintained fairly well. The main problem seems to be lack of housekeeping staff. We arrived at 12pm, checked our bags and the room was ready at 5pm. That is fast for this hotel. On the next three days, there were 15-20 people waiting for their rooms to be ready, well past 6pm.
Also, when we arrived, there was no remote for the tv. After two calls, one came.
The staff are mostly friendly, especially the bellcaps.However, the breakfast lady was not very friendly. I felt as if she thought I was going to steal something. I am sure she is just trying to be attentive, but it came across as overbearing. It would help if she smiled. In four days, I never saw her smile, not once. Not even after a five dollar tip. The rest of the staff, especially the housekeeping staff, were very friendly. I am not sure that all the staff realizes that friendliness makes a difference when people go to a hotel. It does to me.
Speaking of the breakfast, go get a real one from a restuarant, or better yet, get some bienyets from Cafe D'Monde. It is only a block away, as is "The Coffee Pot" which has the best omlettes in town.
The "Continental Breakfast" here(Place d'Arms) comprises of croissants (a tad stale sometimes) and on somedays a cinnamon roll is available. They provide coffee and orange juice.
All in all, this is still a great place, as long as you have a back up plan for what you will do with your time if your room is not ready.
I hope this helps anyone considering the Place d' Arms.
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- Historic Hotel situated in center of French Quarter & comprised of 9 restored 18th century buildings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel Place d Armes