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Lamothe House Hotel
Ranked #26 of 163 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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“Our experience was good”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Reading other's reviews I can see that staying her is a bit of a gamble, but we certainly won Our friends met us in NOLA - they had tons of luggage and asked for a larger room. They got one of the antique rooms facing the street, which was palatial. As we admired their new digs, our host Rene offered us the "matching room" on the other side of the hall, which we happily took, though we were perfectly content with the simple room in the back we had originally booked and set our bags in.

If there are downsides it might be these...if you like big bathrooms, these old rooms don't have them. If you want sound insulation, these old buildings don't have it .If you are short like me you need a stepstool to get into the bed.

As mentioned in other reviews, lots of luggage up the curved wooden staircase might be problematic, but these two rooms were on the ground floor.

There were brief periods without power and another without wifi, but all was resolved ASAP.

The location was perfect - away from Bourbon Street and close to Frenchmen Street. Street noise was not an issue.

If you are booking one of these two rooms, ask for the one under reception which is on the second floor. Much quieter than the one under another guest room. Take earplugs anyway. It's old and it's charming, and well worth the little inconveniences..

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Marianne P, Manager at Lamothe House Hotel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
We are thrilled you enjoyed your recent stay in one of our first floor Antique Suites. Our authentic charm seems to be exactly what you were looking for in your accommodations while in New Orleans. We appreciate your kind remarks regarding our "perfect" location as well as our helpful staff. In regards to the power outages, they are not a common occurrence and we apologize for any inconvenience they may have caused during your stay. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again at any of our French Quarter Guest Houses properties!
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Love the hotel/ house ambiance. If you are looking to experience history, this is it! The cracking sound of the stairs and old pictures from the late 1800's. By far, the most layback staff ever! We stayed during Christmas Eve and Rene was so kind to let us eat at the master's dining room. Housekeeping was ok, just make sure you get it done before 1pm, otherwise you'll be looking for towels only

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Marianne P, Manager at Lamothe House Hotel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
We are so pleased you enjoyed Christmas Eve at the Lamothe House in New Orleans! it sounds like our authentic charm and old New Orleans ambiance was exactly what you were looking for. Thank you for your feedback in regards to our housekeeping stay over staff. They now stay a bit later to accommodate our guests that might be sleeping in a bit later. Thank you again for sharing your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again upon your next visit to NOLA!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

Have you seen pretty photos of this hotel on their website? Me too. Is it all there as promised? Yes! But wait there is more! I was a "lucky" customer who received a room in the shack across the hotel... You can try and find it in the photos but you won't. Because it ain't pretty. It's a small barrack divided onto tiny boxes that somebody ingenuously called rooms. Why boxes, may be they're just tiny rooms that French Quarter is known for? No, rooms have windows by definition and my did not! Come on, but there was that glass opening above the entrance door (at about 6 feet high), yes, the one that kept the room lit with street light at night despite the piece of cloth attached to it. Hm, but unless you 8-9 feet tall you can't look in it so it's not a window!
OK, now stop and sum it all up: small windowless box in the former barrack with walls so thin that they not only give you impression of direct participation in all your neighbor's conversations but also provide you full account of nocturnal bodily functions across those walls (advice - get lucky and get the healthiest neighbors possible).
And was it cheap may be? Here's best part. It was not. Similar prices were available in 3 and even 4 star hotels in French Quarter except (and that's what killed me) for Sat.-Sun. night. I should have moved out after the first night but was reluctant to argue about cancelling the reservation.
Also the service seemed nice and quite possible that people in the real part of the hotel were happy. If you are adventurous and are in a habit of playing the lottery of getting the right rooms then this is a place for you!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Marianne P, Manager at Lamothe House Hotel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and others on TripAdvisor. In regards to your mention of not having pictures of our Marigny House rooms on the website, that is incorrect as we do have them as the examples of some of our guest room type pictures, as all of the modern furniture in our Deluxe guestrooms is identical. As we are a historical property, the sizes of the guestrooms do vary, however some of our largest deluxe guestrooms are located in the Marigny Annex. We find that our repeat guests find a room that best suits their needs and request it each time they return, sometimes choosing a few they like best (some of which are in the Marigny Annex). You are correct in noting that the service is quite nice at the Lamothe House and our agents are available 24 hours a day to accommodate any requests you may have, including moving you to another room to better suit your needs. We are most disappointed to read of your experience and opinion of the Lamothe House and hope that you would consider giving our property another chance upon your next visit to New Orleans. You just may find your stay to be as authentic, memorable and relaxing as most of our other guests have who have shared their experiences on TripAdvisor as well.
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Toronto, ON
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Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

Fantastic boutique hotel with friendly staff and all the amenities we wanted. It was nice to relax by the pool at the end of the day. The location was quiet and walking distance to Bourbon Street and everything else.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Marianne P, Manager at Lamothe House Hotel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
We are elated you found your stay at the Lamothe House to be so enjoyable and hope to have you back again at any of our French Quarter Guest Houses properties!
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Our King suite was in a separate building on a side street behind the main Lamothe House. Upon arrival, we were greeted by champagne, balloons and cupcakes, all of which had been thoughtfully arranged by the concierge DeAun to surprise my lover for his birthday. The front desk receptionist Rene was kind enough to lend us his personal knife and corkscrew so we could indulge in wine and cheese on our charming front porch. We spent three fantastic days exploring the Marigny, shopping and eating at some of the local's favorites, thanks to the suggestions of Jonathan at the front desk. Our nights were spent hopping from venue to venue on Frenchman Street, which was literally around the corner. We crawled home each night and fell into our giant bed, replete with soft sheets and pillows, and slept soundly in the dark silence of our room. Spent our mornings luxuriating in the pool and hot tub; the perfect antidote to a night out in NOLA. And our afternoons regrouping in the gorgeous front room, with it's high ceilings, charming fireplace and tasteful decor. The perfect combination of romance and rock and roll!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marianne P, Manager at Lamothe House Hotel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
We are so happy to read of how much you enjoyed your three nights stay at the Lamothe House in our Marigny Annex! It sounds like our close proximity to Frenchmen Street, relaxing pool and courtyard as well as the comfortable and quiet guest rooms were exactly what you were hoping for while staying in NOLA. We are pleased that Jonathan and Rene' were able to be so helpful during your stay and find that most of our guests enjoy their local suggestions and friendly vibe. Thank you for sharing your kind remarks with us and we hope to have you back again upon your return to New Orleans!
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We had booked a room at the Inn on Ursulines, but when we went there to check in, the front desk manager suggested that we switch to the Lamothe House, and said he could put us in a room right by the parking lot. After he showed us the steep staircase to get up to the room we were assigned at Ursulines, we took him up on his offer to move.

I do want to mention that a concierge from the Inn on Ursulines called us the day before we checked in, noting that we had kids listed on our reservation. She provided in the room a personalized letter from Santa Claus with a candy cane to each of our kids. Cute surprise! Not sure if they also do that at the Lamothe House.

We were in one of the rooms directly off the gated parking lot, not in the main building. Could hear jazz at night, which was really nice, but during the day, things were quiet as can be. The room was spacious, with lots of open floor space. The decor was more modern than what appears to be in the main hotel. We kind of wish there was a desk/table and a chair in the room (the beds are high, so it's tough to put on shoes before leaving), but there's honestly really not anywhere to put them. For a 100+ year old building, it's well-kept and in great condition. Loved the in-room Keurig and bottled water. The linens were on the softer side and there was great water pressure and temperature.

The parking lot is gated and accessed with a remote control. We were there during a slow period, so there were always plenty of parking spaces to choose from. Best of all, the parking was free. Pulling out of the lot, the hitch on the back of our van would scrape the ground, but there's not much that can be done about the roads in New Orleans, and that's not the hotel's fault. Just be aware, if you have anything on a hitch or a lower vehicle, that the back might hit the ground when pulling out of the lot.

The French Market is a few blocks away, and the French Quarter is as well. Truth be told, the Inn at Ursulines would have been more convenient, because we were walking with little kids, but the Lamothe House was only slightly further away from the places we visited in the Quarter and we got some extra exercise in.

Every staff member we encountered was cheerful and helpful.

We'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Marianne P, Manager at Lamothe House Hotel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent stay in December at the Lamothe House. It sounds like our manager was able to place you at the Lamothe House, as opposed to the Inn on Ursulines where you originally booked, to provide you with a larger guestroom to accommodate you and your children as well as provide you with closer proximity to our parking lot. It also appears as though you were able to take advantage of our limited "Free Parking" special offer on TripAdvisor! We are thrilled you not only found your time at the Lamothe House to be so great, but will be returning upon your next visit to NOLA!
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Longview, Texas
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Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

First time to stay in marigny. Love the laid back atmosphere, very little traffic, convenient parking. Room was spacious and clean.

It's a short walk to the best local music on Frenchman Street and the French Quarter is right across the street.

We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Marianne P, Manager at Lamothe House Hotel, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Thanks for your kind feedback. It sounds like our close proximity to Frenchmen Street, clean and spacious guestroom and convenient parking lot were exactly what you were looking for. We look forward to having you back again!
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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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