A combination of its great location, wonderful value and hostess Kelly all make for a high recommendation of the Royal Barracks Guest House. I had the pleasure of staying with Kelly for a week, and was treated to two of the bedrooms during this time: the Bunk Room and the Garden Room.
I found the Bunk Room to be what many may find as an acquired taste; I however loved it. It is a small room with beautiful blue tiles, small shower and restroom area (not the most privacy) and larger- than- life bunk beds. The room reminded me of something out of an earlier season of MTV's "The Real World." While small, I loved the vibe of the space and with its location one block from Bourbon Street, one could not beat the amazing rate of $79- $89. It was well worth it, and a novelty within itself. Special note though to guests during the cold months; the room is rather quite cold during cool nights, and the wall unit wasn't as much help. It is nothing that an extra blanket cannot cure, just be sure to bring one ahead of time.
Later in the week, we moved into the Garden Room. While less novel than the Bunk Room, I found this space to be remarkably cozy. Tucked away in the corner of the building, I felt as though I had great privacy and the room was warmer and very inviting. The shower and bathroom area were larger as well, and once again were such a great value.
Kelly is a separate facet of the Royal Barracks Guest House that must be commented on; what an absolutely charming woman. From the moment we each met Kelly, she was sharing glasses of wine, stories and plates of cheese and berries. She is an excellent hostess who was not only attentive, but warm, a true belle and provided all of the little extras that help make a trip to New Orleans unique.
Royal Barracks Guest House is not a Ritz Carlton, and should not be compared to one. Those who are looking to stay in the French Quarter at a low cost and experience an inn that is true to the history and flare of the town will love staying here. For those guests that want a high- end, polished and newer lodging experience, I would recommend one of the larger chains in the Central Business District. For all the rest of us, please do not hesitate to stay with Kelly; I was highly satisfied with the inn.
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