Two friends and I stayed at the Empress for six nites during Mardi Gras 2005 and granted we were NOT in New Orleans for the hotel experience but rather the French Quarter, parades and parties. But I have to say that staying at this hotel was an experience in itself. First let me say that it is a very low budget hotel and once inside we did feel safe. But when outside you should walk with a buddy. One of my friends was mugged two blocks from the hotel and thank God he was not hurt and only lost a few dollars.
It is located three blocks from the border or backside of the French Quarter and the neighborhood looks old and in need of a very good paint job. The rooms are small (we were warned of this) and I brought with me an air mattress because of the one double bed. Glad I did because the bed looks so old and used that sleeping on it may be hazardous to one's well being. The carpet looks like it should have been replaced back in 1984. The tv is a small 15 inches plus no cable tv or radio. No closet or drawers to hang clothes on. The window faces a garden consisting of an old tub and weeds. The bathroom is also small and the toilet backed up when we first used it and continued to get backed up each day of our stay. We requested our own plunger so that we could flush and plunge at the same time. The plunger was cheap and it sucked. There is no vanity or counter area in the bathroom and the towels are paper thin. There was a strange odor in the room which only got worse as our stay progressed. The staff is very friendly and helpful and will do anything to best of their ability but the owner needs to renovate this hotel big time.
The empress okay for a very short term trip maybe a one nite or two nite at the most. DO NOT have more than two persons per room. Bring your own towels and soap.
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