This is an interesting and well situated property with very good customer service. It's a retrofit into the old D.H. Holmes Department Store on Canal Street, and the rehabilitation and transformation is a home run. The ceilings are high, and the rooms that I saw were quite substantial and airy feeling. The conversion also created a layout which is much like a maze, with offshoots and dead ends, so it pays to learn your way around or carry a pocketfull of breadcrumbs. Our room opened up into a rooftop courtyard, which was quite a nice place to relax. Our traveling companions had a room which opened on to the pool area, which they reported had some noise issues (apparently the place is quite popular with bachelor and bachelorette parties).
Speaking of the pool, there is a nice pool on one of the upper levels, complete with a tiki bar. I highly recommend the bloody mary there.
Service was professional and friendly. We had a nice chat with one of the managers one of our days there, and I was especially impressed with the hotel's cocktail bar's bartender, Patrick, whom remembered my name after one visit.
The hotel does border Bourbon Street, though there is no direct entrance. The hotel does therefore offer easy access to the lower portion of the Bourbon Street corridor, and also nice walking access to the CBD and Warehouse District, both of which are below Canal and offer some great dining without the throngs of tourists.
All in all, this was a very pleasant stay, and I'd highly recommend this property for someone looking for the French Quarter experience but without being directly in the middle of the mayhem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hyatt Centric French Quarter is a New Orleans luxury hotel located in the historic French Quarter adjacent to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. This beautifully restored historic hotel offers 254 smoke-free guestrooms with expansive 12-foot ceilings, plush bedding, modern in-room amenities, and balconies that overlook the historic French Quarter, our gorgeously landscaped courtyards or New Orleans' famous Bourbon Street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wyndham New Orleans
- New Orleans Wyndham
- Sonesta New Orleans
- New Orleans Chateau Sonesta
- New Orleans Sonesta