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Lamothe House Hotel
Ranked #27 of 163 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Burnaby, Canada
2 reviews
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“"Authentic" is a euphemism for disrepair and run down”
Reviewed 10 July 2012

I will preface this review by saying that we are very hardy travellers, having slept in fields in India, ice-caves in the mountains and on the beach. When we are paying 200.- per night we are not camping. On a positive note the location is great. On the edge of the French Quarter - close to great food and shopping but quiet at night. The pool was great, too.
That said, the room its-self was terrible, especially for the rate we paid. My husband made the reservation and was assured that there would be beds for all four of us. When we arrived there was a king bed, and day bed that was about 30" wide. When we got the cot for our son it was so saggy we had to take the mattress and put it on the floor.The mattress was thin and lumpy and didn't have a mattress pad, we ended up folding a dingy blanket and using it as padding. The furniture was "antique" and had parts broken off, the curtains were saggy. There were no bed-side tables and the lighting was inadequate.
The bathroom was awful! The vanity was coming off the wall, there was someone else's make-up on the wall and the caulking around the tub was black and the faucet was about 3" off the wall with a gaping hole behind it. These are all repairs that can be made, even if the building is 200 years old. We stayed in a 400 year old farm building in Italy that was in much better repair.
On top of all of this, the new management began phasing out the complimentary breakfast during our week long stay! I'm all for authentic character but don't use it as an excuse for shabby (not chique)!

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Juneau, Alaska
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Two and one-half months in advance, we reserved four nights with a queen bed, and an additional single night separated by ten days of travel in the state in order to fly home from the city. We were first scheduled in a room in a building behind the LaMothe on a different street, but after complaining, we were moved to the courtyard. The room was very small, and the bed was a double bed, not even full size, for two adults. After complaining, they did adjust the room rate down to the double bed rate. On our return, the bed we had was again a double bed, and felt like straw. It was a miserable night's sleep. On the plus side, staff was excellent. They assisted the best they could with what is available there without getting angry or testy. If you are two older adults needing an extended stay, this may not be the place for you. The rooms are very small and not very comfortable. May sister/husband and two adult children had the same problem and had to stay in a separate building from the LaMothe House.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

my husband and I visit New Orleans usually twice each year and have stayed at the Lamothe house on several occasions. we stayed there in the past because they was pet friendly. I am not writing this to give Lamothe House a bad review or anything like that, I just want to let other pet lovers that may be as disappionted as we are that Lamothe House has changed their views on pets another option other than the Lamothe House. We stayed at the Rathbone Mansions 3 weeks ago and all 3 of our dogs were allowed to stay with us. if you decide to book with the Rathbone (even if you book thru bookit) call them first and ask if room 115 is available...let them know that you are wanting to bring your pets and they will let you know what to do ..I had my concerns about staying there after reading some negative reviews, but i had nothing but a positive relationship with both Pat and Tina when trying to book my room. It is a little bit more out of the way than Lamothe House, but I didn't care about that as long as my babies were there with me...like I said 115 is an incredible room, has a very comfortable bed. It is a suite has bedroom with TV, living room with tv and 2 couches, bathroom and a kitchenette and the dogs can run around the closed in courtyard. I called first told her I was booking thru bookit and was given a pet code, if you call first maybe you can see if room 115 is available..I booked it for 3 nights and it was 257.oo and then I called and wanted to come a day early (got to check in at 10;00 a.m at no extra charge) i was only charged 50.00 for the room for the extra night and 50.00 for my pet charge...Sorry Lamothe House but I am pretty sure I am not the only pet lover that is upset that you no longer accept pets.

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Property: Lamothe House Hotel
Address: 621 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-2018
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Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#24 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#28 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lamothe House Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the ancient oaks of Esplanade Avenue, the ornate architectural detail of the past meets modern comfort and convenience in our restoration of the historic Lamothe House hotel. Featuring an elaborate courtyard accented by mature landscaping, a garden pond, and a refreshing pool, peace and relaxation are just steps away from the thrill the Crescent City has to offer.In addition to 30 guest rooms refinished in traditional style, five Grand Antique Suites have been preserved from the original 1839 construction of the home of Jean Lamothe, a wealthy sugar cane planter of French descent. Furnished with antique furniture & artwork, the detail and charm that exemplifies old New Orleans is accessible to today’s traveler.Not to be overlooked is the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood the Lamothe House calls home. Here visitors will find Frenchmen Street, often referred to as “the local’s Bourbon Street”, which features some of the best local music and cuisine found in the French Quarter.Whether it’s your first or your next visit to the Big Easy, find the authentic New Orleans experience you are searching for at the Lamothe House. ... more   less 
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