The great first.
I was on the second floor, in the king size bed. It was spacious, warm, and lovely. The bed was its own massage for me. The view was pretty, looking out to the neighborhood. The bathroom was large, immaculate, and comfy. The room had a large closet. I could stand in it, spread out my arms to touch the length, and hang up my clothes, luggage, and shopping for my trip. There is ample storage space, a microwave, a fridge, and a safe. I adored my room! The room felt like I was living, not visiting.
The Queen Anne was a block away from St. Charles, which has a trolley. I could get many things--dry cleaning done, clothes washed, have a drink, dine on a budget or splurge, (EMERIL'S DELMONICO IS LESS THAN A TEN-MINUTE WALK AWAY [ABOUT FIVE OR SIX BLOCKS], FINE DINING LIKE I'VE NEVER SEEN! THE MILK RUM PUNCH WAS YUMMY! YOU MUST ORDER THE GUMBO! THE WAY IT WAS SERVED WAS PRECIOUS!) and go to a drug store for extra stuff you need or forgot--within walking distance. I had a car and the QA is close to Hwy 10 and a straight shot to Baton Rouge.
The good next.
The free parking that was close almost always had a spot available. I once had to park on the street. I wasn't sure if I could park on Prytania, but it looked like I could. I just didn't want to intrude on the people who live around there, so I parked on Euchere. Most of the front desk staff were very helpful. I feel like I have new friends in New Orleans. One of the employees (Alphonso?) was amazing. He helped me with my bags, gave me some help with an odd request, and always had a smile. I want to make that point because some people don't recognize these people who are supposed to be behind the scenes.
You've got to wonder why I can't give five stars. Here's why.
Though there is free Wi-Fi, the Queen Anne's access is separate from the main hotel, the Prytania Park. I could not get on it. There was not a place in the room that gave the password, which could be placed in the information binder. I might have missed it, but I didn't see it. I went to the front desk--which is a block away, half down Prytania and half down the other block--to ask about it. The guy there was a little short on answering me. I didn't hear his one-word response correctly the first time he answered me. I told him that the statement wasn't helpful and to be more specific. He repeated his reply, I understood it, but got the real sense that he took me for being a dumb tourist. Upon request, he gave me the password for the Prytania Park access, presuming I was there. I walked back, tried it out, and it didn't work. Of course, I thought it was I who had the problem and did try to resolve it with him to no avail. I received a different password from another front desk person and it did not work. This person did that they would have to check with tech support to reboot the wi-fi. If I were on business, I would have been a little frustrated. The problem was that the QA has two or three wi-fi connections and the passwords might be different for them, which are different than for the PP. The PP access showed up on my device, but I could not use it. I used my own phone instead, which I did not want to do.
The night staff is sparse. I had a problem with a key. I would have had to walk the block to the front desk. I was tired and just did not want to walk. I called the front desk. The person there had to come to me, leaving the front desk. A sparse staff is acceptable for a hotel with lower expectations, but not for two properties where guests and staff have to walk a block to be accommodating.
I did not like the parking situation. The main parking lot is for all three properties. I didn't want to walk a block to get to my car. Yes, I didn't have to walk, but the other lot gives the impression that it was only for the Prytania Oaks guests. I want to say that there are about 15 spaces for cars. I did park there instead. That's no big deal, true, but you have to know that. Yes, I did find parking spots.
The Queen Anne is not (NOT) close to the main attractions: Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, the venues. They may be walking distance for some, but not for me. The good news is that the QA is away from the hubbub. When I wanted to sleep, I slept! I was very comfortable and I felt safe. The not-so-good news is that I wasn't familiar with the area. Yes, I could have researched, got a map, plotted my strategy, blah blah blah. It's not the fault of the QA; it's my own fault. However, I was told the QA was "a mile away" from the attractions.
It's a long mile.
I drove. Parking was $30 a day for lots that are close, cheaper that were not as close. I would consider a cab for travel in the future. Again, that's not their fault and it's not completely a bad thing.
The free breakfast? I have no idea why it ends at nine. I was not compelled to go because I was told it was not a hot-food breakfast, so why would I try to wake up for it? I went to a store and bought breakfast food instead.
Would I stay there again? Yes. Do the amenities the QA provides match the cost? I'll let you be the judge. Was it beautiful? Absolutely. This is the place to go for a getaway vacation. It's also the place for many of the attractions, but it's not as convenient as are the hotels that are on the other side of the expressway. That said, living at the QA was divine and I enjoyed it.
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