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Columns Hotel
Ranked #121 of 166 Hotels in New Orleans
Reviewed 18 May 2014

My husband and I spent four nights at The Columns, and I would recommend it to my friends. The building is a 19th century mansion on St. Charles, so understand that it's not a modern spa-like hotel, but it is very charming. The neighborhood is residential (I was hoping for more shops and restaurants), and safe. We did not want to be in the city center. The hotel was a great bargain considering it included breakfast and parking was free. Last year at a different hotel near the French Quarter we spent $30/day plus tips for valet parking. Not only did we save on breakfast, the breakfasts at The Columns were so substantial that we usually skipped lunch. (The breakfasts are your basic bacon/eggs/toast/fruit/juice/coffee--not innovative, but plenty good. Community coffee [NOLA brand] was excellent and plentiful.) We never had a problem finding parking close by. We were on the 3rd floor and usually took the stairs, because the elevator is small and slow. There is a lovely balcony on the second floor where hotel guests can have their coffee or afternoon libations (we shared a bottle of wine bought at the grocery store). We couldn't pick up the wi-fi signal in our room, but could in the dining room and sitting room near the front desk. Room was very nice, bathroom was adequate and clean, bed was comfortable with nice sheets. Staff was friendly and helpful. The St. Charles streetcar was not running in early May, because of construction, so you might want to check on that if you were counting on it for transportation. There is a bar downstairs that can get noisy at night, but it didn't really bother us on the 3rd floor. It's always a good idea to pack earplugs when you travel. If you like new and shiny, The Columns is not for you, but if you like a hotel with local character and charm, I would highly recommend this hotel. I think it would be hard to beat for the price.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Our first stay at this hotel. From the outside it was everything you expect. Our check in guy in the afternoon was very friendly. Parking was limited to on street parking and that was a bit of a bummer being that it is a very busy neighborhood.
Elevator is locked and has to be unlocked by hotel staff which is understandable but a bit of a headache. We were in room 22 and it was nice. Bed was comfortable, really small tv.
Night clerk was not as nice as day and wouldn't get up to unlock elevator. Problem for us because i have RA and harder to walk up three flights of stairs.
Breakfast was very good and check out was a breeze.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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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!

Room Tip: Be sure to check the website to pick out your room. Every room was listed and you could pick the fl...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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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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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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4  Thank Djodi
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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 #121 of 166 Hotels in New Orleans
Price Range: £127 - £198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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