Although pricey, the W will be my hotel of choice for future trips to New Orleans. It is perfectly located with easy access to all French Quarter sites but still far enough from Bourbon Street to be relatively quiet on a rowdy night. The hotel food is also top notch. I highly recommend the Chocolate Coma Bar: white mousse, candied pecans, sea salt caramel, chocolate and chicory coffee! While the hotel lacks the authentic charm of the French Quarter, I appreciated the break from the aura of the old city, which can be creepy and overwhelming—while still fascinating. Still, the W offers a pleasant, modern alternative to the more traditional hotels and B&Bs in the French Quarter. Plus, the hotel still has charm with its tarot-themed rooms and I still felt very much in New Orleans during my stay because of the tarot design, the shuttered windows, and the view of the quiet side-street. The rooms are on the small side but comfortable. Tips: walk to Café du Monde (5 minutes’ walk from hotel) for morning beignets and chicory coffee. On the way back along Chartres Street (same side of the street as the W), there is a wine shop which is actually a small market with water, snacks, etc. Stay hydrated by buying the much cheaper large water bottles in that shop and maybe some snacks for the room. You will pay so much more for water at most other locations in the French Quarter. Also near the hotel is the Pharmacy Museum. You will pass it on the way to Jackson Square. It's a fascinating museum. Since it's so close to the hotel, take a peek inside!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- W New Orleans French Quarter is adjacent to historic Jackson Square and boutique shops, and is a short walk from galleries, the Riverwalk and Harrah's casino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w New Orleans - French Quarter Hotel New Orleans
- w Hotel New Orleans