We booked this hotel for our very first stay in New Orleans; after reading some of the other reviews, i felt compelled to add my own as either the hotel has done remodelling work or previous posters were just completely wrong.
We arrived at the hotel at about 5:00 on a Friday evening. About the only part of the entire trip that wasnt perfect was the fact that there is no dedicated loading/unloading area for the Inn. It is a former residence and the area as everyone probably already knows is very densely populated - however there is not so much as a driveway to partially pull up on so either take a chance at being able to find a spot or double park and leave someone with the car. The manager of the hotel was extremely friendly and helpful and when I mentioned the locations I had looked up to park he told me which ones were the cheapest and seemed generally very knowledgeable about the area. We unloaded our luggage and left it in the lobby while we went and parked the car. We found parking for 17 dollars a day in a garage with in and out priviledges which i felt was a steal for this area. I work in Chicago and it can cost 40 dollars to park somewhere just for the 8 hour work day.
We got back to the hotel and proceded to move our luggage up to our room...we had the Louis Armstrong suite which according to the manager is the best room in the Inn. Yes, we had to take our luggage up (GASP!) stairs. We were on the second floor, so it wasnt bad and i assume the manager would help you if you need it. I have stayed in all manner of hotels and motels in all sorts of price ranges, and this was not anywhere near the longest i have had to carry or walk with luggage. The footprint of the building is small, so once the stairway was negotiated, the room was only a few steps away. People should generally be aware that a lot of these Inns and little hotels in the French Quarter are old homes that are 150 years old or more and an elevator simply isnt a practical solution. The lobby was beautiful...not overly-rennovated to the point it looks like every other dumb hotel. Narrow hallway leading to a stair that due to a 14 foot ceiling probably was at least 25 steps just to get to the second floor. Also, at the time of this booking, the other more "chain" or "commercial" hotels were renting rooms for about 300 dollars a night - this suite was 168 dollars a night.
We got up to the room and we were sort of awestruck - beautiful room who's size was surprisingly large, when pictured from the relatively compact appearance of the outside of the building. Large sleeping alcove with king size bed - with dedicated flat screen tv just for alcove area. Basic cable offerings were more than adequate. Living room area had beautiful furniture and a large mirror and bureau with a mini-fridge. We had the only private balcony in the hotel, which was nice but being that this was the weekend after mardi gras AND we are about 2 blocks north of Bourbon St., it was not really useful for tossing beads, etc. but did make for a beautiful spot to sit in the morning and have a drink before going out for the day. The bathroom, which can sometimes admittedly be a little sketchy in older buildings, appeared to have been completely new. It was a standard tub/shower with toilet and sink (no large jacuzzi or anything...) and the hot water seemed plentiful and the surfaces extremely clean. We had read other reviews about both the hot water running out and the rooms being generally dirty - NEITHER of which we found to be true. The room was spotless like any premium hotel we have stayed at previously, and the bathroom was extremely modern and the hot water never ran out.
Other than that, i read people complaining about the continental breakfast which my only response to them is PLEASE go outside and eat something...you are in a very rare part of the country where there are some of the greatest restaurants in the world are all packed within a very dense, nearby proximity. I did notice that some very good looking fresh fruit was available when we left for the day - but we were so eager to get out and enjoy the city we didnt bother.
This hotel is very close to Bourbon Street, a 5 minute walk at a very slow pace. This is still, however, far enough away to not hear the craziness of bourbon street all night long and it was close enough to walk back to at 4:00am without feeling at all threatened or worried about my personal safety. Some people mentioned they were robbed or pickpocketed; all i can tell you is that I was not and i never felt any sense of danger or anything. The people both at the Inn specifically and New Orleans generally are extremely friendly and helpful. Cant wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be a part of our extended French Quarter family at the Inn on St. Ann. This charming French Quarter Inn boasts a courtyard shaded by a century old oak tree and common areas appropriately decorated with antiques, chandeliers, and original local artwork.This inn in New Orleans is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1830, the Inn on St. Ann epitomizes the iconic architecture the French Quarter is often recognized for. With its hanging plants and wrought iron balcony fronting St. Ann, you’ll immediately feel the true allure of the French Quarter..Enchanting interior spaces are accented by the exposed brick foyer and grand staircase. Each of our 16 guest rooms has been consistently restored with traditional finishes yet each showcases its own exclusive features with a collection of fireplaces and unique architectural details.The Armstrong Suite, the most admired accommodation of the French Quarter Guest Houses, features floor to ceiling windows opening on to your own private balcony. Whether you desire the grand or quaint, the Inn on St. Ann has what you’re looking for in your next visit to New Orleans. ... more less
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