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“Almost Like Staying In a Quaint Art Museum”

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Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel
Ranked #49 of 166 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 April 2009

Staff was helpful from the moment we parked in front of the hotel. Valet or off site parking only, so be advised of the $28/night parking fee. Room was elegant, but a bit small. We stayed on the "club floor" which offered both evening and breakfast fare, eben on the weekend.

The hotel is about a five minute walk to Harrah's and another five minutes to the French Quarter. There is a great burger/bar restaurant just across the street (Lucy's).

The Renaissance Arts is quite unusual for a "chain" hotel. The architecture and public art collection make it delightfully unique. We have stayed in many of the downtown NO hotels over the years, but this one has now become our favorite.

Do take the time to view the art collection.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2009

My wife, one-year-old child, and I stayed in the Marriott Renaissance Arts Hotel in March of 2009. We stayed for 3 days, and our experience from valet to checkout was absolutely wonderful. The hotel lobby is very contemporary and elaborate. Check-in took all of 5 minutes. There is a small room to the right of the check-in desk with snacks, drinks, disposable cameras, and an ATM. Soft drink and ice machines are also located on each floor near the elevator. Our room was on the 4th floor in the Club Lounge area. For those of you with access to this level, you can obtain free soft drinks and water from this area as well as having a continental breakfast, including scrambled eggs, everyday except Saturday and Sunday. The lounge offers hors d’oeuvres during meal times as well as free Internet access, television, and books to read. There is also a restaurant adjoining the hotel lobby, which is quite elegant, but we were dressed casual when we ate there for breakfast, as the restaurant was not very busy. The breakfast buffet was around 16 dollars and featured sausage, bacon, pastries, juice, cereal, and made to order eggs. The fifth floor has an exercise area with several elliptical machines and a few weight lifting stations. On this same floor, proceed out the door to the right to access the pool and hot tub area, which has several seating areas, arranged with a beautiful view of the New Orleans skyline. Be aware that this area has a room key access to return to the building, so don’t forget your room key or you may be on the roof for a while enjoying the view. There was a king-sized bed in our room, which was soft and comfortable. The entertainment-center featured free cable with HBO and of course my favorite, webtv Internet access as well as a huge in-room movie selection. There was also a small refrigerator and a digital safe inside the entertainment center. Internet access from your own computer could be obtained for 12.95 per day. The air conditioner works very well and is controlled by a digital thermostat. There is a small business area in the corner of the room outfitted with a nice table, chair, and coffee maker. The closet is large enough for a small family’s clothing. This is where the iron and ironing board are stored. We found the bathroom area to be quite nice featuring a dresser-like sink stand with granite counter tops as well as a nice size bathtub with a diffusing shower cap. There is a large window in the room with a view of the small side street and adjacent building. Our room was very clean and there is a digital do-not-disturb button located next to the door, which was quite nice. The valet was obtained by a phone call to the front desk. Our car was ready within 5 minutes of the call and was always waiting for us by the time we made it downstairs. We were in and out of the hotel three or four times per day and the valet’s were always courteous. I highly recommend the valet service due to the fact that the other option is a Central Parking managed area located about a block from the hotel with no in and out privilege. This parking area does not offer an attendant, but has a computerized ticketing system and the overnight rate was 28 dollars, which is the same price as the hotel valet service. It was much more convenient having our car brought to the front door. We were in New Orleans for the NSTA convention and this hotel is only about three blocks from the convention center. We made the walk one morning with our child in his stroller, which was quite nice. The only other advice I can offer is to remember to look up when searching for this hotel. The only sign for the hotel is located on top of the building. We passed it up several times before locating it. As stated before, this hotel is absolutely wonderful, and we look forward to more stays with the Marriott organization.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 March 2009

I stayed here for about 100+ nights in 2007 and 2008. Really like the place and have zero negative issues. Hotel is very well-maintained with sublime design elements that make it a cut above others in this price range. If you are lucky enough to gain access to the concierge lounge, you will find a very comfortable room, well appointed with a den area, reading nook, flat screen TV, and really good food (morning and evening) and assisted by helpful attendants. The lobby restaurant has a wonderful staff and knows what customer service is...and the food is terrific. The rooms are beautiful with the high ceilings and huge windows, especially the suites and corner rooms. The top floor gym is rather complete and very good. The location puts it within blocks of the best restaurants in the U.S., including Emeril's and August plus cool little bars and dives. This is in the warehouse district, a relatively safe part of NOLA with businesses, restaurants and loft apartments throughout. TIP: pretty easy to find free parking on the street in the area

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

Great location, great big & quiet rooms, friendly staff, okay restaurant (fabulous places w/in walking distance), but need to vacuum the carpets in the public areas more frequently.
I would definitely stay here again, particularly for the $55/nt rate I got on Priceline.com.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2009

I travel extensively and am quite particular. The Renaissance Arts has some terrific qualities, but also some pitfalls. We arrived early and had no expectation of checking in early--but we had great service from Nathalie at the front desk. I had called earlier in the week to request a exterior king corner room as I had heard that these rooms were bigger and quieter. The person I spoke with indicated a note would be made on my reservation and that it would be no problem, albeit, she sounded ambivilent. Upon arrival, Nathalie noted that there were no notes on the reservation and she indicated that no king beds would be available during our stay. After expressing my disappointment, Nathalie was able to unblock an exterior corner king. The room was blocked because it was to have some carpet sections replaced. The room clearly needed to have some carpeting replaced. My sense is that some rooms have already been through this process--hence the reviews about no carpet stains. Ours was pretty stained and torn up--so it's good they'll be replacing. The duvet in our room was also stained and looked like it needed to be changed.

Again, Nathalie was the only real standout on the staff--most were aloof at best--especially the bell staff.

The location is good--much quieter than in the Quarter and if you can get a good rate, you should opt for this hotel.

Room service was average--not what we ordered, but we were tired and just went with it.

Visit Lucy's across the street--a retired surfer bar--fun!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

We got really lucky and randomly booked the Renaissance Arts through Priceline (picked 4 stars and warehouse district) for a ridiculously low price. I was really really impressed especially given the price we paid. The hotel common areas and our room were extremely clean and everything looked very new (rugs are not worn, rooms don't smell like smoke, modern fixtures and furniture). Thankfully, the hotel was not full of rowdy Bourbon street revelers - probably given its distance from the French Quarter. We are used to walking in NYC so it was no problem to walk to the FQ and beyond (one day we walked from the Bywater all the way to the hotel - which is a great walk if you want to see some interesting neighborhoods and architecture). The St. Charles streetcar is only a few blocks away and very convenient to go to the Garden District and Uptown (although streetcar service is spotty so we had to call a cab after waiting 45 minutes on the way back). Service was very friendly and helpful but I think they are a little understaffed (which I can't really complain about given the price we paid). The art throughout the hotel was interesting and very colorful without being too gaudy.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

My wife and I stayed March 6 thru 9 and had a wonderful time. The hotel and staff were unbelievable. The lobby was clean and beautiful and was decorated in an artsy feel. The staff greeted us as if they had known us forever and were all to happy to help with anything. The rooms were beautiful, well appointed and clean. The only thing I would have changed is the shower head. If you like rain shower you are set. If you like the shower head to peel paint you might be a ittle disappointed. Also, I felt parking($28.00) a night was a little excessive but since I named my price on price line($50.00) a night the parking didn't seem so bad. Across the street there is a popular locals bar with great pub grub. My wfe had chicken Quesadillias (best guac ever) and I had the best hot wings I had ever eaten. You are a 4 to 6 block walk to bourbon (short walk) or an 8 to 10 dollar cab ride. About the cabs, the cab drivers add a 1 to 3 dollar extra fee to the ride (check the extras window in the meter). They do not tell you this...you have to figure it out on your own. Therefore I did not feel the need to tip. Normally I tip well to service industry but hate it when they decide their own tip. In this case their loss. Take the walk to bourbon. Its safe and a fun way to see prople and things. Beware of the brewhouse $21.00 for 2 beers. Look for beverage specials up and down Bourbon. Alot of 2 for 1 and 3 for 1. Also huge #@$ beers for 4 dollars and 2 dollar shots. Also check out Jackson Square and St Johns Cathedral from behind(at night) for an awesome sight. Have a great time...we did.

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Address: 700 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3612
Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in New Orleans
#28 Business Hotel in New Orleans
#51 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range: £118 - £296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 217
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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