My husband and I stayed at the Place d'Armes Hotel for two days on our way to Florida and then an additional day upon our return home. This was our first trip to New Orleans and we wanted an authentic experience, something unique in the French Quarter. After extensive Tripadvisor reseach I felt fairly confident in my expectations of Place d'Armes, or what other reviewers perceived to be positive and negative qualities of the hotel. We chose an interior room for the first two days of our stay and splurged for a room with a terrace overlooking St. Ann Street the last day of our stay. Place d'Armes far exceeded our expectations and greatly enhanced our overall French Quarter experience.
The interior room was small and without windows as described on the website, but quite lovely and beautifully decorated. I felt like I was staying in the bedroom of a very old house. The king sized bed was comfortable, the air conditioner worked very well and the water pressure in the shower was more than adequate. We heard minimal noise outside of our room, particularly with the white noise from the air conditioner. This room was the perfect place to retreat after a full and exhausting day of exploring the city. We slept soundly and restoratively.
The room with the terrace overlooking St. Ann's Street had more of a luxurious feel. Sitting on the private terrace, we heard jazz drifting over from Jackson Square and engaged in people-watching while enjoying coffee and beignets from Cafe du Monde, which is just up the street. The only disadvantage of this room is a higher noise level as a result of facing the street, in particular, the garbage truck at 5:00 a.m. Again, the white noise from the air conditioner helped muffle a good deal of the noise.
It is important to remember that this is an old hotel. The drapes, carpeting and wallpaper, etc. appear somewhat aged, and you may have to run the water for a few minutes to get the hot water flowing. This is part of the charm. Previous reviews have noted a dank, musty or moldy smell. This was not our experience; however, when taking into consideration the heat and humidity of the New Orleans climate I believe I would have forgiven a slight musty smell.
In summary, this is a beautiful hotel, inside and out, comprised of several restored 18th and 19th century buildings surrounding a lush courtyard full of greenery, flowers, Magnolia trees, and including a salt-water swimming pool perfect for cooling off in the steamy heat. Most of the other patrons appeared to be of middle-age or older, resulting in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Stepping into the courtyard feels like stepping into a serene paradise, far removed from the hustle, bustle and (sometimes) overstimulation of the French Quarter, allowing one to enjoy the best of two worlds!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Place d Armes Hotel
- Hotel Place d Armes