My friends and I stayed here for the Jazz Fest and we loved it. This hotel makes you feel like you're in New Orleans without getting your wallet assaulted and not having to deal with crazy drunken tourists vomitting in your hallway. The Maison St. Charles is owned by Quality Inns but it feels completely independent and has a charm all to itself. The property is so charming. The suites are adorable and all of the rooms have a little New Orleans flavor.
The location is great if you are looking to be near the French Quarter WITHOUT being too near the French Quarter. I personally don't like the French Quarter and like the less touristy parts of New Orleans. I chose this hotel because it was close enough for my friends who had never been and close enough to some other cool destinations in the city. The location is convenient because it is right outside of a cable car stop and it is essentially "mid-city." There is also usually a taxi cab waiting to take passengers and there is a shuttle for the Jazz Fest for only $8/per person one way.
The other appealing aspect of the location is the price. You won't get too price-gauged for French Quarter hotels. We paid about $150/night and stayed during JazzFest so we were thrilled with the value for the price. The hotel is right next to a bunch of fast food restaurants, including the "original" Popeyes and a bar, so it's a fairly bustling area. It's also across the street from Emeril's Delmonico. As for safety, two blocks away is a pretty rough neighborhood so just stay on St. Charles and you'll be fine.
The rooms are spacious and ample for 4 people. We had a room with two double beds and it was more than enough. There's a sink area and the bathroom is small but clean. The room had a mini-fridge, iron/ironing board, blowdryer, coffee maker and basic amenities. Each room has a TV with cable (Showtime). The hotel has free WiFi and it was a decent signal.
They charge a bit too much for parking -$20 - when the lot is across the street from the hotel and not in a garage. The only time I saw the lot locked was the last night I was there. Otherwise, it didn't feel very different from parking on the street. So that's exactly what we did. We parked right outside the lot and our rental car was fine.
The security guards are very nice and helpful and they are always circling around the property to ensure safety. The hotel is pretty out in the open in a neighborhood so you might not feel secure at first but once you see how hard the security guards are working, you'll feel better. And we made it all four nights without incident.
The pool is small but relatively clean, as is the jacuzzi. We didn't use the pool/jacuzzi at all but if you have a room near it, it does get loud. I'd recommend you ask to be moved if you'll be bothered by noise because it does get a little loud in the pool area.
The lobby employees are nice enough and will answer any tourist-y questions you have. We didn't get to check in early which would have been nice but they at least let us leave our car there for free until check in, and we appreciated that.
The only weird situation I had was discovering a cockroach in our room. I tried calling the lobby desk around midnight but no one answered. I finally went outside, found the security guard, and he helped me track down the lobby clerk. I asked him for bug spray and he said that the maintenance has the bug spray and they were gone for the night so he had nothing. I found this bizarre. You have a hotel in bug-infested New Orleans and you have no bug spray?? The clerk said the only thing he could do for me was move my room. I was not interested in rooming with a cockroach so we all agreed to move. It was inconvenient but not the worst situation. I would have appreciated an apology from the clerk but he didn't offer one or seem to care that there was a cockroach in the room and no bug spray. We at least got to move the room but I was thinking, what would he have done had all of the rooms been full?
In any case, I had a great time here and would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Quality Inn & Suites™ Maison St. Charles is conveniently located on St. Charles Avenue, near the French Quarter and the central business district. The St. Charles Streetcar, the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, runs right at the hotel's front door. This New Orleans, LA hotel is close to popular attractions, including the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Audubon Zoo, Mississippi River Cruises, the Louisiana Superdome and the University of New Orleans.The hotel has just completed an extensive remodeling of the grounds and guest rooms, including 32-inch flat-screen televisions, painted walls instead of wallpaper, new carpet and new vanities that rival those of higher priced hotels.The Unofficial Guide to New Orleans (Macmillan Travel) named this hotel the Best Accommodation Deal in New Orleans.Hotel amenities include free continental breakfast, free local calls, free in-room coffee, free The Wall Street Journal, free in-room premium movies and delicious free coffee, juice and pastries. Be sure to take advantage of the outdoor pool with hot tub and poolside cabana.This New Orleans, LA hotel provides business travelers with conveniences like wireless high-speed Internet and access to fax services. Meeting and banquet space is available to accommodate most events and business functions.The guest rooms are located in buildings that surround patios with tropical flowers, plants and trees. Five of the hotel's buildings are listed as historically significant by the United States Department of the Interior. Select rooms come equipped with refrigerators and microwaves.Whether traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana for business or pleasure, the Quality Inn & Suites Maison St. Charles provides friendly customer service, unique accommodations and affordable rates to every guest. Come enjoy this hidden gem in the heart of it all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maison St. Charles Hotel New Orleans
- Quality Inn New Orleans