My 3-night stay at the Columns was fine. As a former New Orleans resident, I had been to bar on the first level of the Columns many times and was excited to check out the guest rooms. (Even if you don't stay at the hotel, definitely check out the bar. The bar has great happy hour deals, gorgeous Victorian decor, and a huge columned porch with a nice vantage point over St. Charles Ave.) I stayed in the $120, "cozy" queen on the 2nd floor. The room and bathroom were small (the bathroom was really small) but clean, and as plain as can be. Compared to the great ambience downstairs, I was kind of disappointed by how spartan the guest rooms were. The bed was a fine size for me (5'8), but my 6'4 companion was uncomfortable in it. Be advised that the rooms do have a serious "old house" odor, but it adds to the character of the place. The staff was helpful and friendly, but the service was very no frills. One perk is the guests-only balcony upstairs, which I thought was great for relaxing with a drink and a book. Overall, I thought the room was a bit overpriced for what I received, and if I stay here again I will definitely pay a little more for a nicer room. I think that in the future I will just stay elsewhere and come back to enjoy the porch for happy hour, but the great downstairs area is enough to make me consider returning.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Columns Hotel New Orleans