We got a great deal from Marriott.com for Memorial weekend. Price was great, including breakfasts for 2 adults and kids, plus a 50-dollar amazon gift card.
The hotel is located in the warehouse district which we never stayed before. I found myself liked this area because it is quieter and clean. It is always a 5-15 minute walk to everywhere but I enjoy walking. The hotel is about 15 minute away from the intersection of Canal and Burbon Street (including waiting for the traffic lights.) by walk. If you walk straight down from the hotel on Tchoupitoulas St toward French Quarter, Harrah’s casino is 3 blocks down on the right. The insect museum, which young kids love, is 4 blocks down. Emeril’s restaurant is a block away. Across the street, is a favorite local hang out place, called Lucy’s Retired Surfers restaurant. In my opinion, the hotel is conveniently located.
Parking at the hotel is not cheap. It is 28 dollars per night, plus tax (which is more than 10%). Valet and self-parking are the same price. I looked around. There wasn’t other close by cheaper and safer solution.
The hotel is tastefully and pleasantly decorated. Staffs are friendly. Rooms are small but very comfortable and clean. There is a very small swimming pool on the roof. It is not very practical to think about actually swimming there, but a nice place to hang out. Cool lounge chairs and sofas, too.
Our not –so-perfect experience was caused by the location of our room. We were put at the 2nd floor, facing the interior court yard, overlooking the hotels conference room/party room. The first night was fine since there was no party. The 2nd night, there was a graduation party. The party went on till 2am. I finished watching Saturday Night Life, the kids was still partying very hard. I can feel the quake of music. Eventually, I fall sleep under “Bohimian Rhapsody.” I love the song, but wished there could be a better lullaby. At 5am, I jumped out my bed, waken by the loud hysterical fire alarm. 15 minutes later, when we finally got ready to evacuate, the alarm stopped.
Personally, I felt the staff could have avoided our sleepless in New Orleans by putting us away from the party room when we checked in. Shouldn’t those who were having a party have our room instead? I feel a 4 star hotel should have this plan-ahead type of ability.
- 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 the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel to an unforgettable New Orleans 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. Please note that our restaurant is currently undergoing renovations and we look forward to unveiling a stunning new restaurant to our guests in early 2015. For now, we recommend that our guests enjoy the many amazing New Orleans dining experiences within a short walking distance of our front doors, such as Cochon, Emeril's, Root, Tommy's Bistro, and many more. Our Navigators will be delighted to help you discover the best possible cuisine during your stay in New Orleans. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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