This is the 2nd time we have stayed here and again we had a wonderful time. We always request the same building - the 3rd floor of the building facing Chartres.
If you are expecting a fancy hotel with all the amenities...this is not the place for you. So don't stay there and complain about it later. It does have free wi-fi and all the usual items one expects in a hotel room. The buildings are 1800's & 1900's so you will find brick interior walls and it can get muggy in your room. The rooms we have stayed in had fans and a/c (although a bit noisy) but it worked well to move the air around and keep it cool. There are signs of mice (holes chewed, not droppings!!) , but most of the buildings and residences in the French Quarter have them. It's part of the territory!!
There are some interior rooms - meaning no windows. Our room during our last stay was a double room with a small room on the other side of the entry door (open, no doors). We needed a roll-away and this small room, under the window, was the only place to put it. Our guest who slept there got quite warm at night since the fan is over the double bed as is the a/c.
We were steps away from the balcony that looks onto the beautiful courtyard, however, with no chairs on this 3rd floor balcony we preferred to sit on the Chartres St. balcony. Be aware that these are 'shared' balconies on this side. So don't expect privacy - keep your blinds closed and be a tolerant of those who choose to have coffee or a drink sitting outside listening to the music in Jackson Square. (We had someone come out at 9pm and tell us to move because they could see us outside!).
The staff is wonderful and very helpful. From the desk clerks, valets, bell staff, grounds crew and maids, everyone made our visit even more delightful. Remember, If you want to have a friendly hotel staff, be friendly to them! We heard some wonderful stories and were given great advice on places to go that were beyond the average tourist spot.
The continental breakfast is basically coffee, tea, croissants and orange juice. Not impressive, but it's free, the oj is great, and beignets every day can get to be a bit much!
The history of the hotel - a former boarding school that burned down on a Good Friday killing the occupants - is very interesting. We first heard it on a Haunted History Tours (ask for Jonathan or Brent or Tina). We had several 'experiences' both stays: the smell of fire, the elevator in our building tends to act up (a floor button goes on, elevator stops, no one is there and several times as we got in before we even pressed "3" it went on for us - no one was on the 3rd floor waiting). There is an interior stairwell in this building that is steep, circular and a bit dark - late one night we decided to take these stairs and my daughter and her friend were both pushed. Not hard, more of a 'move out of the way' type of push. We, like others including some staff, have heard children laughing, talking late at night and there were no children near us. Supposedly a man with a beard, hat and 1800's style clothes has appeared to some; we've yet to see him. But we never felt afraid during any of this - if we did, we wouldn't go back! The hotel doesn't really advertise themselves as haunted and it took a few conversations with the bellman to get him to confess his experience. Just know, it's an old building and things have happened there!
It is situated perfectly, right next to Muriel's restaurant (also haunted!). If you go out on either the St. Ann or Chartres St balconies you can view part of Jackson Square and watch the vendors ply their wares and the musicians serenading. Because of it's location, you feel fairly safe walking late at night, although don't try it alone!
There is no room service, however, the desk clerk will give you a list of places who deliver to the hotel.
It is a wonderful hotel to experience the French Quarter from. Which is why I've already made our reservations there for Halloween 2009.
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