We made our reservations for this hotel a few months ago after reading good reviews. As we got closer - wifey started to get second thoughts. I read more reviews here in TA and I was convinced we made the right decision.
Be advised - this is not the high end, spacious, luxurious high rise of the big city and the cost reflects that. This is an older, architecturally perfect setting right on the fringes of the French Quarter. I saw craftsmen working every day trying to update different features - always painting - etc.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Rolita. This woman was absolutely wonderful. She guided us daily - helped us with different tours and there was absolutely no pressure for us to take a tour. (Remember, many hotels get a reward for booking specific tour companies - this was NOT the case for us.)
Our room was approximately 11' x 11' with a queen bed, ceiling fan, a flat screen TV, and our bathroom had a tub. Again - the room is older style - wide pine flooring - tile in the bathroom - but spotlessly clean. We stayed in room 209, after originally checking into room 203. We wanted to be further away from the noise of the main street and 209 was back in the courtyard area. (I think 203 would have been fine - but I love my wife.) We were there in early April, and had the A/C on while we were there.
I read in other reviews about room problems. We had none - plenty of hot water - everything worked - WiFi was great. No complaints whatsoever about our room.
The rooms do not have refrigerators - so we went to a local corner store - Matassa's at 1001 Dauphine St, and purchased a Styrofoam cooler, beer and wine. The hotel has a small and large ice machine and it worked perfect for us.
There are no elevators so pack lightly. Again - remember - this is an older New Orleans mansion. The woodwork is amazing - the building itself very rich in history. Although the weather was warm, we did not use the swimming pool.
There is a simple continental breakfast each day consisting of self made waffles, orange juice, plenty of muffins, bread for toast, and bagels. On Saturday, there was a tray with meat and different cheeses. Guests were cordial and comparing different tours they had taken, or were about to take. In this dining area, there is also a computer/printer to access reservations, etc.
We walked miles and miles each day - Rolita giving us some guidelines on where to be cautious if walking out late at night. We felt safe regardless of the time of day - and the heart of the French Quarter - Bourbon Street - was a 5 minute walk.
I believe you will enjoy staying at this hotel. The price is right. The staff even better. Feel free to send me a private note via TA.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Owners 2009. The New Orleans Courtyard Hotel is one of several historic New Orleans homes and cottages that have been lovingly restored and converted into beautifully appointed Rooms, spacious Multi-bedroom Suites, luxury Townhouses and charming Cottages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- French Quarter Courtyard Hotel
- New Orleans Courtyard
- Courtyard New Orleans