If you're someone that likes everything pristine and glossy like a hotel, this is NOT the place for you. If you want a true taste of what New Orleans is really like, the Elysian Fields Inn is a wonderful place to stay and relax.
Jim & Leigh made us feel welcome, like good friends you've come to visit. The location may seem a little strange, especially if you're accustomed to staying in the Quarter, but it's most definitely a neighborhood with real people. Frenchman's St. is only a couple of blocks away with great music and food. From there, you can cross Esplanade to Decautur and be in the Quarter in 5-10 minutes. We walked pretty much everywhere we went when we didn't take the River Front Street Car at the end of Esplanade, and never felt nervous about the area. We were there over a weekend when it was not busy, so it was a good time to judge what the area is really like.
Although breakfast wasn't gourmet, it was always tasty and filling. Personally, I prefer uncomplicated breakfasts in NO so I can enjoy the wonderful food elsewhere, of which there is plenty.
Our room was neat, clean and comfortable even though it was one of the smaller ones. My favorite parts of the Inn were the front and back porches where you can come back after walking all day and relax for a bit with a good book or conversation before getting ready to go out for the evening. And of course Zeke, the live-in loveable pooch.
People need to remember that NO is still rebuilding, including the Faubourg Marigny where the Inn is located. New Orleans wouldn't be right if everything were bright, shiny and new. It's a city with atmosphere, that almost has a heartbeat of its own. If you like clean and sterile, stay at a chain hotel. If you want to feel like you belong, this is a great place to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eight newly renovated rooms & one suite. Each has private bath and most have Jacuzzi tubs. All rooms feature fine linens, digital cable flat screen TV, dataports, hairdryer and more. Located in the Historic Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans and only 5 short blocks to the French Quarter and 2 blocks from the Frenchmen music district. Free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elysian Fields Hotel New Orleans