When you pay over $100 per night the basics like heat and towels should be a given, but not here (just look at the pictures!) Checked in here because our usual French Quarter hotel was full because of the Sugar Bowl game and holiday tourists. This old house, converted into a bed & breakfast, is located in the "Marigny Triangle" neighborhood several blocks east of the French Quarter.
As we walked in we spotted a hypodermic syringe on the west side of Marigny Street one door south of the hotel along with a lot of spray painted graffiti. We asked the friendly desk clerk about the safety of the neighborhood and were assured they had never had a break-in and he said that "this is a safe Gay neighborhood where we always look out the window to see who is coming home with whom." We walked (we had no car) during the day in the neighborhood but at night it gets a little sketchy with intoxicated men. The first night we were woken at 2:20 AM with what sounded like gun shots followed by police sirens but we were told the next day it was just firecrackers.
December in New Orleans can get cold. The highs during our stay were low 60's and the nights dipped into the high 40's. Our "suite" was an old shotgun house converted to a European-style youth hostel room with ten beds in what used to be the living room, dining room and kitchen (there are no kitchen appliances). Unlike a normal hotel room, there was no central heat for the four rooms. A small electric heater was placed in front of the fire place (see photo) in the front room and another electric heater (like you see in offices when an employee needs extra heat by their desk) was placed in the converted former dining room now second bedroom, with no heat in the other bedroom or bathroom. At night we were cold and I went to move the front room heater to the bedroom but the cord had a bold tag saying "DO NOT MOVE HEATER". I suspect others had done this to fight the cold rooms but blew a fuse from over loading the outlets in one room. In the mornings the bathroom was really cold.
After our shower we were shocked at the towels! They were so old as to have all the fabric worn through with large holes (see picture). There was a bath mat rug next to the tub that was the same condition (see picture). Hot water pressure was very low in the shower and sink (see picture).
Our bed was old and creaky with a worn mattress that showed the years of use to the point that body impressions were evident. At least the sheets looked clean and didn't have holes. The couch is old and worn with the fabric frayed and torn in several places.
The front desk clerk was friendly and the lobby is more attractive than the rooms. We did not eat the free breakfast in the courtyard so I don't know what that was like. The maid did make up the bed the next day (we stayed for two nights).
If your group is ten college kids looking to do New Orleans for Spring Break then this is the place for you. If your expecting a normal bed & breakfast style hotel, stay away from this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When it comes to a charming pet friendly New Orleans Inn, Olde Town Inn is one of the best. Located in the historic and quiet Marigny neighborhood, our Guests stay in one of Americas four hippest neighborhoods according to Travel and Leisure, which is adjacent to the French Quarter and has a bohemian mix of residents and is the most charming, centrally located and historically significant neighborhood in New Orleans, only a short 2 block walk to the famous music and restaurants of Frenchmen Street. Our luscious tropical Courtyard is an oasis and our rooms are eclectically furnished combining antiques with modern amenities. ... more less
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