Lots of different B&B options in NOLA..and believe you me, I did my research. If my memory serves me correctly (I'm a little late in writing this review), the home is a century old family mansion built in Italinate style. Like others said, the location - just outside of the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter and with a tram into the heart of all the action literally right outside the front door - was ideal.
The innkeepers Monica and Theresa were very friendly. They very kindly allowed us to choose between two rooms in the same price range and we ended up going with the Pyrtania which was much more luxurious than the room we initially chose! The room was tastefully appointed, the bathroom recently renovated, and the bed was soooo comfortable. There was even a little sitting area where we could go through our travel books and plan our day. Unfortunately when we wet to take a shower after a long day of traveling, the shower only had one setting SCALDING. According to Monica it had just been installed and we were the first people to use it..which was all well and good but we just wish it worked! The plumber couldn't be there right away and we had a tour planned so we couldn't wait around, so we just ended up going without a shower that first evening. Thankfully, it was fixed and working just fine upon our return. :)
Maybe Canal Street Inn has changed their policy recently, but our room was cleaned every day and our bed was made. I see that a lot of people have also mentioned that the breakfast portions are limited..and this is true. There is a set menu every day which we were informed of as we sat down..not much choice if you wanted something different, but thats just the way it is at Canal Street (that being said, everything we had was DELICIOUS). All of the food is inside of the kitchen so you can't help yourself to anything,,you have to wait to be served. A few minutes after sitting down (we were asked to let the inn keepers know what time we would like breakfast), Theresa would bring out a plate of delicious food, one glass of juice, and coffee. One day it was an egg/bacon/onion/pepper casserole and another it was a typical American breakfast of a fried egg, bacon and sausage..both served with a single piece of toast. To be honest, the portions served are more than enough..both breakfasts kept me going well into the afternoon. But I will say my fiancé did feel awkward when he wanted a second egg and some more juice. Did he really need it though? No, he just likes to treat himself (maybe a bit too much) when he travels like most people do.. I dunno..I can see how some people feel "nickeled and dimed" but I also feel that Americans have become too accustom to gorging themselves on food while on vacation..and that is probably better (and less wasteful) to have breakfast structured this way. However,,, given their clientele and the amount of reviews on here that express dissatisfaction with the breakfast, I do think management should consider at least leaving some toast, pastries, fruit, and orange juice out for guests..the hot dishes I can understand need to be made to order.
Outside of this, I do have a few bones to pick with Canal Street Inn though.. First, while the tram is RIGHT OUTSIDE there seemed to be some confusion regarding the tram timetable. Neither Theresa nor Monica could say with any certainty when the next tram was coming.. I got a little frustrated after a while..and ended up going online and to find the information I needed - the tram stops in front of the B&B every 15 minutes during the week, and every 30 on the weekends (at least that was the case when we were there in Sep 2013). That being said, they were very accommodating when we needed to print off some tour tickets and travel documents and when we needed help calling a taxi.
Aaaand, finally..and I hate to write this as Theresa was so nice..but one day she asked us to come for breakfast at 9:00am (I suppose we were the only ones in the Inn that day) because she had an appointment to go to. Breakfast was supposed to be served between 8:00am - 10:00am daily. We were a little annoyed at having to wake up extra early for breakfast..as (you guessed it!) we are those travelers who like to go out drinking and are always the last ones to stroll in hungover before breakfast closes!
We enjoyed our stay at Canal Street Inn but I think we will likely choose one of the many other B&Bs in NOLA if we ever return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Canal Street Inn (circa 1912), a beautifully restored Neo-Classical style villa, is nestled under centuries-old live oaks on world-famous Canal Street, just a short streetcar ride from the French Quarter. We are right on the streetcar line – with direct access to St Charles Avenue, the Superdome, the Garden District, the Mississippi Riverfront and City Park. We offer free parking too. Whether you are taking a short vacation for Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, Voodoo Fest or going on an extended stay business trip let our bed and breakfast be your home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Canal Street Hotel New Orleans