My husband and I stayed at the Gentry House for the New Orleans stop on our honeymoon and had a lovely time. The room was cosy and comfortable (4* Orleans), but still big enough for us to spread out our suitcases with room to spare. The kitchenette was useful for breakfast and the bathroom was small, but who spends their vacation in the bathroom? There was a separate sitting area and coffee table, with a dining table for breakfast. It is very well placed in the French Quarter being just a few blocks away from Bourbon and all the noise, but far away enough that it doesn't bother you. My husband and I are not party animals, so we'd quickly hop across Bourbon after dark! The neighbourhood does get very quiet near the hotel, so we tried to have our keys for the gate close to hand, but we didn't have any problems.
The only thing that marred our stay was that our neighbours weren't the most considerate when it came to noise. Our rooms were separated by a door and they didn't seem to care that there was a couple on the other side of it when they were laughing and shouting at 7am. Not the fault of the guest house or the owners at all. Some people just seem to think that if they're up, the rest of the world is! I got my own back by turning the tv up when they turned their light out at night (at least I hope it was the same guests - if not, sorry!)
We didn't meet Charlotte, but Brian was very helpful and attentive. He gave us a map of the area and some pointers and was very approachable throughout our stay. It felt like we were staying with relatives.
During our stay, we mostly stayed in the French Quarter (which I suppose is the reason people go to N.O.). We had a pretty frightening experience with our cab from the airport (a shockingly rude woman, who I think my husband still has nightmares about), so we walked everywhere and found most points of interest were within easy reach. We did take an excursion to the Laura Plantation, which was interesting for me as I studied the subject at postgrad level, but be prepared for a lot of driving. While in N.O. we did a ghost walk which was fun and also took a wander around the cemetery just off Rampart (the name escapes me). It does seem like a different world to the rest of the US and it can get a bit rowdy in the Bourbon area as the drink flows 24/7, but I'm from the north of England and have seen much, much worse on a Saturday night in Manchester. The voodoo museum was also interesting and the Gentry House is actually just across the road from the site of Marie Laveau's house.
The food in N.O. is really cheap and we managed to have dinner for between $20-$25 inc. tip. We recommend Angeli and Coop's, both on Decatur. Cafe Du Monde is 24hrs and great for late night people watching while you eat beignets and drink cafe au lait. However, if you want your beignets quicker then go to Cafe Beignet. The French Market is also worth a wander.
The Gentry House is really good value for money, to the point where I checked my bank statement and thought "wow, is that it?!" Not for those who like the high end chain hotel experience, but great as quiet and friendly little base for your trip to New Orleans.
- Also Known As:
- Gentry House Hotel New Orleans