Spent three nights at Bienville House and had a great time. The location is EXCELLENT, a few well traveled blocks from Bourbon street one way, Riverfront another way, Canal Street one way & Jackson Square another way. Approximately 10 blocks to the WWII museum. I felt safe walking everywhere we wanted to go in the quarter. A quiet section of Decatur (a main street) but a few steps to all of the action. What more can I say? Well, there's more!
The hotel lobby is beautiful, quite elegant. The staff was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable Our room, which we booked for $65 a night (!) was also very nice. We often have trouble sleeping in hotels due to the high quality mattress we have at home, but no troubles here. Nice sheets, great mattress, feather pillows, plenty of closet space, in-room safe, TV (we never turned it on, though). Our room was clean and made up every day.
Each floor (2nd-4th) has a beautiful patio for guests filled with flowers, plants, tables, & chairs. The only time we had to call the desk was due to the fact that the guests in the room next to ours returned at 3:30 am with about 20 friends and started a loud party. The desk clerk promptly called our noisy neighbors and sent the security guard to check in on them. When the party still hadn't stopped 20 minutes later, the guard returned and told them to send their guests elsewhere, or they would be removed from the hotel. With the wide range of party locations in NO where you can be as noisy as you want to be at 3:30, it was the right thing to do. The guests left and we went back to our quiet night. This was the only time we had any noise problems during our entire stay.
The front desk people were very nice. By day two, they knew me and my room number when they saw me! This is a boutique hotel = small, about 70 rooms. They also had a nice amenity in a small nook off the lobby- a free computer with internet access to check and send email from home. There was a sign asking to restrict use to 10 minutes which seemed to be honored. I never had to wait more than a minute or two if I wanted to use the computer. If no one was waiting, you could stay as long as you wanted.
Breakfast was the typical muffins, English muffin, bagel, toast, cereal you see most places. Milk, tea, OJ and coffee was also available. Depending on the day of the week 2-3 papers were available for guests (USA Today, Wall Street Journal and The Times Picayune).
Parking is pricey ($25-35), like most hotels in the French Quarter, which led to our decision to not drive in. Everything is within walking distance once you get there, and the trolley is one block away if you need it and the lobby will call a taxi if you need that too.
There is an on-site restaurant but we didn't eat there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just as the French Quarter is perfectly situated in the heart of New Orleans, the Bienville House New Orleans hotel is perfectly situated in the midst of the historic French Quarter. Having just completed a multi-million dollar renovation, the 83-room hotel is a truly distinctive downtown New Orleans hotel establishment. It has a sense of style and grace only to be found in America’s most interesting city, within this New Orleans' boutique hotel accommodations in the French Quarter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Bienville Hotel New Orleans
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