To celebrate my wife’s 60th we drove 1600 miles from Canada to spend a week in New Orleans. After a lot of research we chose HH Whitney because it looked beautiful and – most importantly – had a pool. Glen, our host, was very helpful in the booking process and suggestions of things to do that fit our interests.
We arrived on a Monday around 6 to an empty home with instructions on how to gain entry. Glen’s mom was recently taken to the hospital and this was obviously a stressful time for him. His ex-partner Randy did pull into the driveway while we were loading in, as he lives next door. There never was a tour of the home, but we were very impressed with it – exactly what we hoped and expected – filled with antiques and beautifully decorated.
Our kids and their partners (24 – 30) were scheduled to fly-in for four days later in the week, so we basically rented the whole house for the week. Beds were comfortable and the rooms beautiful.
The grounds could have used some maintenance but not to the point that it impacted on our vacation. Being August it was really hot and we constantly used the pool and were very thankful it was there.
Glen and Randy had an adopted daughter living next door, who was a real sweetheart. We love kids and it was not an issue, but if you don’t want a 4 year old around (for breakfast, in the pool etc.) then that might be a game changer.
The little girls mom cooks breakfast, and since we always arrived at 9:30 there was a little bit of an attitude but nothing overt. She basically remained in the background for the bulk of the stay, with a cell phone permanently stuck to her ear.
All of us had a problem with Glen’s attitude. He got put off easily and severely reprimanded one of our kids for a drunken incident that shouldn’t have happened. Unfortunately no amount of apologizing seemed to help and Glen called them liars to their face rather that take the high road and let it slide. (it involved wearing Glen’s Mardi Gras mask in the pool at night).
This was a recurrent theme in the house – when Glen isn’t happy, everybody is unhappy. He was over opinionated and often condescending. Not good qualities in a B&B host. To be fair he was also very helpful at times, it was just that we always felt like intruders rather than paying guests.
Randy, on the other hand, was gregarious and fun to be around. He invited us to his favorite gay bar on Bourbon Street and bought us a round of drinks, which we appreciated. He also invited us to join him and friends for dinner at the house but we only had four days to spend together as a family so gracefully declined.
All in all we had a fabulous time and were very happy with the accommodations, price and location. If the host’s has less strong opinions about everything, listened more than talked and more consideration for the atmosphere for the guests it would have been perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Southern Hospitality and Old World Charm in this 1865 Italianate Beauty. Your hosts, Glen & Randy, have created a near-perfect oasis for you to enjoy while visiting the nearby French Quarter, Fairgrounds and City Park, all within easy walking distance. Rooms and suites feature queen beds, custom amenities, ceiling fans, hardwood floors, in-room safes, free Wi-Fi. Property features lush tropical garden with swimming pool and hot-tub. Full breakfast and complimentary off-street parking is provided. ... more less
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