I absolutely loved out stay at the Hotel Royal -- it is a wonderfully redone boutique hotel in an 1870 Creole townhouse. The rooms are redone with more contemporary decor, but the hotel has retained the wonderful French Quarter charm we came to enjoy, from the inner courtyard with fountain, to the individualized and unique rooms, to the exposed brick, and inner staircases to get to your rooms. If you are looking for cookie cutter, ultra sleek, typical "american" hotels, this is not for you. The age of the building is what makes it wonderful, but it also means some of the rooms are small, some oddly shaped, there is some noise when others are in the courtyard, and you have to walk steps (up some AND down some) to get to the rooms. Those are all things I loved about the place and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Our room was on the third floor facing the courtyard. It was a deluxe room (one step up from "petite"), and it was nicely sized, with lots of windows and a big double door facing the courtyard with large inner shutters. Queen size bed, lots of pillows ( a lot of hotels skimp on those), big fluffy comforter, dark wood floors, a nice sized closet, and refrigerator and counter area outside the closet, and a nicely done bathroom. Downsides were the lack of shelves or counter space in the bathroom (which did have a very TINY pedestal sink), but that didn't bother us much as we used the counter over the fridge to store the extra toiletries, makeup, etc. I would suggest a small wire shelf next to the sink as that would help a lot with little things like toothbrushes and toothpaste, just because the sink was so small. The shower itself was beautiful, but pretty small. It was quite useable, although if you are a very large person you may not have found it comfortable. The angle of the showerhead and the opening of the shower door made it a tight fit, but the water pressure and hot water were wonderful.
The AC in our room was a little challenged - if it was set below 71 degrees it would freeze up and have to be turned off for a couple hours to reset (we had to do that twice, but just turned it off while we went to dinner and then it was fine when we returned). The AC unit in that room particularly has to work pretty hard to accommodate the sun on the room most of the day, but the staff was pretty helpful in that respect, and made it clear that they were trying to deal with that issue, which was a known issue. It didn't bother me so much - I don't like a lot of AC, but my husband was a little perturbed, especially the first day when he was a tad tired and not amused by the heat.
We never really ate the breakfast offered, but got coffee the one morning, as we were usually up and out and about pretty early, and would eat out at one of the great restaurants nearby.
I was a little concerned at first reading some of these reviews, but realized that most of the negative ones were either BEFORE the hotel was under new management and redone or were done by folks that clearly seem to want a typical "american", cookie cutter hotel, which is NOT what I wanted at all. I absolutely adored this hotel, and I cannot say enough about the fabulous location in the French Quarter -- 2 blocks to the Market, 1 block to Bourbon Street, only a few blocks to Frenchmen Street (and all of its fabulous music), 2 blocks to Jackson Square. I couldn't ask for a better place to stay - off the crazy main drags enough to allow you some time to relax and get away, but close enough that you are truly still right in the action.
The hotel staff was quite helpful. They carried our bags up to our room, gave us a map they marked with wonderful suggestions for restaurants, and had the cab all set up for our early morning departure, and even came up to make sure we were up in time that morning.
Well done, Hotel Royal, I would love to come back! I do wish I could have a tour of ALL of the rooms - they each seemed to be so individualized and unique.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the French Quarter on the corner of Royal St. and St. Phillips, Hotel Royal is the perfect location for leisure and business travelers alike. All 42 contemporary rooms and suites are surrounded by brick walls, high ceilings, fan windows and comfortable furnishings in the antebellum style. Accommodations range from courtyard rooms to large balcony suites with Jacuzzi, complete with private bath and wet bar. All guest rooms feature:-300 thread-count linens & duvet covers-Welcome Amenities upon arrival-All-marble bathrooms with spa tub or shower/tub combo-Suites with iron-laced balconies-Recessed Lighting -Wi-Fi access-Flat screen LCD TVs-Irons and ironing boards-Individual air conditioner controls-Ipod clock radios. Coffee and Tea are available 24 hours a day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel New Orleans
- Royal New Orleans