I enjoyed my stay at the Columns immensely and you might too, depending on what you are looking for. Clearly people's opinions are all over the map. I stayed here for three nights on a weekend when we had a function planned at The Columns. The price was reasonable considering that it came with a full breakfast. The hotel is in a big old house right on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans' Garden District. This is very convenient if you want to take public transportation to many NOLA attractions since the streetcar runs right in front of the hotel and goes to the French Quarter for $1.25.
I stayed on the third floor and was happy I did. The bar on the first floor does a brisk business and is open late most nights and could be noisy. Many people seem to hang out at the bar in the evenings. The hotel's wireless did not reach to my room so I had to go to the lobby to use it. The hotel had an elevator but I don't know if it was for general use so I climbed 58 stairs to go to my room. Not a big deal for me, clearly a dealbreaker for others. The stairwell is paneled in dark wood and decorated with wall murals and stained glass with an impressive stained glass skylight at the top of it. The whole place is tastefully decorated in similar ways with statues and neat furniture and light fixtures. Nothing in this place is new, I think that's part of its appeal, you might not.
My room, room 26, had a giant bed that was elevated so high off the floor that there were portable steps to climb into it. There were ample pillows and nice bedding and a comfy carpet with plenty of drawers to put things away into. There were also dark curtains which made the room great for sleeping. The room had nice prints on the wall, and a mismatched series of lamps. The AC worked great and there was also a ceiling fan and an old but functional TV. The bathroom was pretty basic [stall shower, no tub, sink, toilet] but clean and while there was a lot of soap provided, there were just a few random-seeming sample sized shampoo bottles provided. Each room seems totally different and I was happy with my room and didn't see the need to pay extra for a corner room.
Every staff member I spoke with was polite and friendly and available for local questions and transportation arrangements. The event we had at The Columns was terrific and we felt well-supported by both staff and management. The place is definitely funky. If you're looking for a top of the line place, this is not it. That said, if you're looking for an interesting and midrange place to stay without staying in a chain hotel I'd strongly suggest it.
- 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