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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Columns Hotel New Orleans