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Columns Hotel
Ranked #119 of 161 Hotels in New Orleans
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55 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A trip into an older era...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

I stayed here for a wedding party and really enjoyed it. The hotel is old and the floors creak when you walk over them. The main stair case is slanted from the years and the only elevator is in the back and controlled by manually closing the door. If you sit next to the air vents, you can hear the next room's conversations as if you were in the room.
Staying at this hotel was an experience that I will always remember when I think of New Orleans. The city was working on the street-car rail, so there was no noise from the trains at night - good or bad, depending how you look at it, sometimes it's nostalgic for me to listen to them. Regardless, the very large oak trees that line St. Charles Ave. look really beautiful. Plus the Garden District allows somewhat of a buffer from the city feel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone that wants to absorb an experience and feel of a different time.
P.S. - The movie Pretty Baby was filmed almost entirely at this location, hence there is a 'Pretty Baby Suite'

Room Tip: The 'Pretty Baby Suite' has minimal windows and an older, not-so-comfortable bed.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

I recently stayed at the Columns Hotel and had a great time! The front desk staff was really helpful. We stayed in Room 13 which was really cute! Some previous posters had mentioned the live music kept them up, but we had no issues whatsoever with that. Also, since the street cars were not operational, we had no noise from that. Our room was on the backside of the mansion so we had no street noise at all. The parking was fine. There was more than enough space on the street to park. And the made to order breakfast included with the room was really yummy! The price, the location, and the feel of the hotel were all wonderful!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Spent a great few hours at this wonderful New Orleans hotel -- drinks plentiful and good sized -- best part was Guitarama with John Rankin, Camille Baudoin (former Radiator), David Doucet (of Beausoleil) and banjoist Don Vappie. Great to see/hear these pros mix it up. They do it on Tuesdays every now and then. Go catch them and get there early.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

I can't say enough about this place. The trees, the atmosphere. We sat outside around the side of the "hotel" with a group of friends and spent the afternoon there. It was an experience I'll never forget. The service kind of sucked but the feeling you were sitting out in the garden a 100 years ago and enjoying the amazing weather, we didn't mind getting up to go inside and grab a refill. (In their defense, they were preparing for a wedding as well). ANYWAY, find it and have a drink in the garden or even at one of the tables on the front porch! Its EVERYTHING!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

We first went to the Columns Hotel to listen to Dave Doucet play up a Cajun storm. As an intimate music venue the Columns Hotel was like sitting in someone's parlor listening to friends perform, albeit not quite as comfortable. The crowd was mixed age, which I really appreciate, being a bit older myself. The bar business was brisk and lively with mostly late 20-40 somethings, which meant it was interesting and active but not full of teenagers getting sloshed. New Year's Eve we found ourselves lodging the the Pretty Baby Suite, which made us sit down and watch the movie, which was way controversial for it's day (1978) with Brooke Shields and a lot of prostitution in Storyville. Definitely worth a watch. The suite was delightful. Comfortable, warm, spacious, period decor, a couch, desk and chair, and full bed...couldn't have asked for more. The room came with breakfast for all three of us, which was a super added bonus. The following night we stayed in room 25. Also lovely - the decor was interesting but not as amazing as the Pretty Baby Suite. The food from the bar/restaurant was well prepared and plentiful in quantity. The bathrooms both had showers. Perhaps the water pressure could have been stronger, but given the ambiance of the hotel, the attentiveness and helpfulness of the staff and the overall experience - I could have cared less about the water pressure. There is live music almost every night performed by well known local performers. The neighborhood in Uptown on St. Charles is a short walk from Magazine Street, on the streetcar line, and great for architectural buffs.

Room Tip: Pretty Baby Suite was a very cozy room with great ambiance -- no windows but who needs windows in th...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed at The Columns when we were in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl (Boomer Sooner).
It is a restored mansion in the Garden District and full of turn of the century charm and ambiance. We stayed in the Pretty Baby suite, large room furnished with period pieces and even its own stained glass window. Some of the furniture and furnishings (rugs) were a little worn, but it was clean and comfortable. All the rooms have private baths, there is an elevator as well. We stayed on the third floor and area was quiet, although other reviews indicate that the second floor is not necessarily so when the (famous) bar on the first floor is in operation. The lobby, staircase and shared areas are beautiful. The front gallery is a lovely place to relax and have a drink if you wish. There is also an upstairs balcony for the guests. A nice complimentary breakfast is included for guests. Parking is on the street, but we were fortunate and got a place near the front on St Charles. If the streetcar line was not under construction, the stop would be just at the corner, for now while they are working on that section, it is about four blocks away but not a bad walk. The streetcar is an easy way to get to the French Quarter (and other places) -be sure to get a day pass ($3) - a great value and easier than trying to pay each time. Magazine Street is close -several blocks away but walkable - and full of shopping and dining options.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful. One of the reasons I love New Orleans is for the history and this place is certainly full of that. It is much like the city itself, full of charm and just a little worn around the edges.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

This gorgeous hotel is quaint- 20 or so rooms. Lovely large veranda to sit and have dinner and drinks overlooking St. Charles Street. Staff was very friendly and helpful and the food and drink was lovely. They have live music as well which was great. We skated in two rooms- both were lovely. If you are looking for quiet on a Saturday night this is not the place as noise carries. If you chose the largest room, room 16, for the two balconies that the website boasts of, don't waste your time. One is not at all accessible and the other is a small balcony with no view. The decor in the rooms and in the hotel is beautiful and old fashioned.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Columns Hotel
Address: 3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115-4681
Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #119 of 161 Hotels in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:1 star — Columns Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Boutique Hotel featuring Louisiana Dining & Craft Cocktails Wedding Venue, Catering and Meeting Planning Services also available ... more   less 
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