For some reason I thought this hotel was closer to the French Quarter when I originally booked it. It isn't - more like a good 20 minute walk. In the end we are glad it wasn't as it was rather nice to get away from the craziness of Bourbon Street and to arrive at a quieter (and somewhat nicer) area. The hotel has a nice blend of old and new design throughout and the rooms are tastefully furnished. Dan at reception was kind enough to find us interconnecting rooms at a time when there weren't many to be had. Much appreciated. Reception is vast with a number of sitting areas as well as a restaurant/bar.
The only negatives were the following: Charging $13.00 a day for wifi in the room in this day and age is just ugly. You want to make a small extra profit off of business travelers sure go ahead but to hit families on summer vacation makes no sense. Really guys charge $13.00 more per room per night if it is that important. The end result is numerous quests sitting around the lobby crouched over their laptops and tablets. Nice.
Second miss is the restaurant bar in the lobby. We went in shortly after our arrival and after practically going into the kitchen to get the waitress to come and serve us a drink we asked for a domestic beer (Happy Hours special $2.50). She handed us an Abita, said it was local. We drank three and were presented with a bill for $15.00. When we asked about Happy Hour prices we were told that that beer was not part of the special. When I asked for the manager to come over he barely glanced at us and said he was not interested in discussing it and that he had had this problem countless times. So my only question/comment is why don't they just tell people what is on special to avoid problems? Maybe because they don't care! We never went back for an evening drink again and we stayed the whole week....This really doesn't reflect on the hotel itself (I mentioned this practice to the front desk and they apologized but it was not their fault). I merely wanted to warn anyone staying here to ASK what is on special to avoid paying full price.
Many nice restaurants in the immediate area to choose from. No need to go back to the French Quarter at night - unless you want more of that tourist stuff (which gets a bit tiresome after a while). The warehouse area around the hotel has a most definite local feel to it. Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historic setting, contemporary style, and a unbeatable location near New Orleans' French Quarter and in the heart of the trendy food mecca of the Warehouse District: all of this and more elevates Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel to an unforgettable New Orleans, Louisiana hotel experience. Our building is a former warehouse, dating from the early 20th century; we've preserved a sense of old-world elegance in our surroundings, while simultaneously infusing a thoroughly contemporary sense of convenience and art. Our Navigators are delighted to help you discover the best possible cuisine during your stay in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... more less
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