We chose the Bourbon Orleans based on it's great reviews and location. It really has a great locale, center of it all and easy walking distance to everything.
The hotel has nice rooms. We found the bed comfortable, despite other reviewers that had said otherwise. The regular pillows are a bit stiff, but I just used the longer decorative pillows that were more soft... The shower was good as well although the partition/glass door only being a 3/4 door was different, but it was ok. Good water pressure and the shower head was actually taller than me, for once. There was no tub, but that was ok for us.
The room was very clean, charming, with nice art on the walls and spacious. We happened to stay on the second floor. Other reviewers stated that 'the second floor' was terrible and noisy, but not so for us. Our room was 235, which overlooked the corner of Bourbon and St Ann Streets, not too noisy, day or night. Trash trucks cruising around fairly early, not a problem for me, as that's what happens at home anyway.
Big TV, i-doc on the clock radio and free wifi; awesome.
The one thing that I didn't like; the room window looking out onto the street is a half moon shape and the shutter-style blinds that covered the window didn't really make the room 'dark' at night to sleep. I got over it quickly, but if you're one who likes pitch dark at night, beware.
The room had a safe, nice to put your valuables during the day when you leave or go out.
The pool area was gorgeous, but it was too cold to swim. The Hotel gym area looked like it had the right equipment to burn the calories, but we walked 5-8 miles a day and didn't use the facility.
The Bell guys were great, told us which way to go, as we are directionally challenged in new cities.
We used the free drink coupon at the hotel bar... How good could a 'Hotel Bar' be? It was awesome. The bartenders know their stuff, serious drinks here! Steven is New Orleans Magazine Best Bartender winner, and talking to him about his craft was a blessing for us. We challenged him with making us things that we hadn't tried before, which was fun and thought provocative. The other bartenders truly had a strong passion for their craft as well and they we fun as well. In fact, the place was so good, we ended up there almost nightly for a last beverage...
We found the Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro across the street to be a go-to place a few nights. Great staff, sat at the bar, great food, drinks, beer selection and great wines. We avoided Bourbon Street for drinking mostly, but we had to try a 'Hand Grenade' Martini... You'll understand when you see it.
Fleur-De-Lis for breakfast was awesome, easy walking distance to the place on Chartres Street.
We were there in January, 19th-23rd. Chilly at night, but nice during the day.
We did not eat at the hotel.
That's about it. Enjoy your stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a place where old world charm meets new world luxury. Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans New Orleans Hotel features a rich history and opulent French styling reminiscent of the early 1800s. Its central New Orleans location, just steps away from the famed St. Louis Cathedral, means you're never far from the best the city has to offer-from upscale shopping on Royal Street, to the local artists and performers of Jackson Square, to all of the restaurants, galleries and nightlife in between. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bourbon Orleans
- Wndham New Orleans