I had two enjoyable stays for a total of eight nights at this location, interrupted in the middle with a weekend road trip. First mention definitely should go to check-in desk staffer Latrenda, who cheerfully gave me a free upgrade as a military veteran upon each arrival. Many thanks!
My trip to New Orleans was mainly for gastro-tourism, and the hotel is perfectly situated about a block across Canal Street from the French Quarter, on Carondelet Street, which becomes Bourbon Street once you cross Canal. Excellent walking distance (other hotels in the FQ may actually result in a longer walk) but no exposure to the nightly partying crowds.
There are also plenty of good restaurants in the Commercial District where the property officially lies, including being well-centered around the John Besh ones, for which the hotel (and Hilton) were running a “Taste of New Orleans” room rate which gets you a 20% discount off your dining bill. This offer was well-used and much appreciated.
The corner mini-suite I was given (819) was very clean, quiet, spacious and made for a great home base for all my dining, music club and tour outings on both sides of Canal. If you’re also going to the Garden District, the St. Charles trolley line runs right out front. Its rumble sounds like distant thunder at first, but adds to the local charm once you’ve figured out where the noise is originating. There is a spacious breakfast each night, with a good hot/cold selection, but which I hardly used in order to keep room for lunch and onward. Honorable mention to the high ceilings and high-mounted shower nozzles, not to mention free basic Wi-Fi and local calls.
This would be my first choice on a return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Hampton Inn & Suites provides spacious, thoughtfully-appointed New Orleans accommodations amid the area's most celebrated attractions. Just a short walk from Jackson Square, Bourbon Street and numerous premier dining venues, we offer exquisite location near festivals, theater, music and nightlife, while providing a peaceful respite from all the noise and excitement. We also feature spacious, fully-equipped accommodations, contemporary amenities, free Wi-Fi and a delicious hot complimentary breakfast. Center your Big Easy adventure at our welcoming New Orleans hotel and discover a truly unique lodging experience in one of the world's most unique travel destinations. ... more less
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