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Olivier House Hotel
Ranked #27 of 167 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2010

Really enjoyed the view of Toulouse St. from our balcony. It was so New Orleans! Felt more like a bed and breakfast than an actual hotel. Staff were very helpful and accommodating. The sink in our room didn't work very well but we enjoyed the lay out of the room and spaciousness. We were in 201 upstairs. The elevator not working was a pain and walking up the beautiful staircase actually took my breath away! Getting luggage up and down was not good.
The street noise was a bit problematic as we were on the street side and could hear the trash trucks running at 3:30 am.
All in all we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

Other reviews capture the physical nature of this hotel -- it was renovated a long time ago and is showing its age. This is not the Roosevelt or Ritz Carlton. Don't expect it to be. First of all, it's half a block from Bourbon Street, and parking is included. Considering the location, it's quiet, but only if you consider the location. I heard some (not much) street noise from Toulouse, but that's it.

From the moment I walked in and had to duck under a staircase to get to my room, I knew this would be a treat. The housekeeper, manager, grounds keeper, and other staff immediately felt like old friends.

Rooms vary in quality significantly, but the proprietors were honest about what I could expect.

If you're physically handicapped, you will not be able to stay here. All rooms are through odd hallways with stairs. Most rooms are split level -- living room on the floor and beds up a tight spiral staircase (complete with Fleurs de Lis).

They have a small pool in the courtyard, which was great during summer in New Orleans.

Come, have patience, and enjoy a unique, authentic view of New Orleans. Then go to Bourbon Street, dance your butt off, drink until you can't remember your name at Pat O's and stumble the 30 yards back to the hotel. In the morning, enjoy the free, fresh community coffee the hotel provides and the new friend you'll make.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

Went during Memorial Day weekend 2010. We stayed for 6 days and really enjoyed our stay. The people, especially Miss Kathryn really took care of us like family. Our rates were decent for that time frame and we had planned to stay for only 3 days, but we wanted to stay longer. So she extended our stay and took the rates down to help us out.

My friend and I decided that we will be returning to the Olivier House in years to come. Our room - Room 108 wasn't that great unfortunately. As a short trip, it would have been fine, but 6 days, we needed more. The bathroom was updated nicely, but the issue we had with the room as that it was at street level, so our windows faced the street, therefore, causing us to keep the curtains closed and not see daylight. The furniture was ok, could have used some updating.

When we looked around the place, it definitely has New Orleans style charm and the location is excellent. It is on a quiet street, yet one block from Bourbon St. There is an Annex across the street which was helpful if you want a quick beer, coke or some aspirin.

Toulouse street is a great street with some great bars (Molly's, drinks for $3.25 and Margaritas for $5). It was really center to a lot of great sightseeing and music, restaurants and bars. Felt that it was in a safe neighborhood.

The courtyard is lovely and so is the study for quiet reading. The A/C worked perfectly in the rooms only. We looked at some other guest rooms and they were very nice, especially in the pool area or up on the top floors!

The pool is small. So if someone is staying in the main area, they tend to take over the pool and there is no room for chaise lounges. But it is refreshing and quiet. The hotel is overall a tranquil place and very very old New Orleans. It has charm and a great feel about it.

When we left, we were sad. It was like our own NOLA apartment. We enjoyed Miss Kathryn and the staff. The location is excellent. Felt at home. It's old, but it is still beautiful!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 May 2010

From the moment we walked into the door until the moment we said goodbye this will be the beginning of a long standing tradition that our family will carry on for years to come. The warm greeting and ambience that the hotel exudes is truely an authentic experience of old new orleans. Our family is composed of social butterflies and by no means - shy. We would hold intruiging conversations with the owner and also the other employees. The winding hallways, narrow passages and secluded courtyards lead to the natural curiosity and exploration of the hotel. The "Coolness" factor was on the top of the charts for our family and especially our seven year old. If you are expecting the flat screen and room service - this is not going to be for you. If you appreciate the European travel experience - this one will bring you the old world charm of cobblestone courtyards and gas lanterns lighting the way. We have told others and we will be back!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 May 2010

We stayed here for four nights and were NOT impressed. Things started off on a bad note because upon arrival at 3:30pm we were told our room was not quite ready and would be ready in a half an hour... We waited until 5:30pm without an apology. The bathroom had been updated and was the best part of the room. The mattresses and furniture were old and stained, the bedding was cheap and uncomfortable- more stains were on the ceiling. Be sure to also ask for new towels if you stay here, as they won't replace them unless you ask. Even more appalling was the leak in the hallway outside our room where they had set up a bucket to catch the drips. Oliver House customer service was also poor, no apologies and when I asked for a discount due to the long wait to get into our room we were given a $12 discount. I would never stay here again and I would advise anyone else against it as well. Also, friends of our stayed at two different hotels with equally good location which were nicer and less expensive. This hotel needs to shut down and remodel if they want to continue to charge their current rates. On a bright note we didn't spot any roaches. If you stay here understand that you're paying for location only: one block to the north of the middle of bourbon street.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

My husband and I just completed a stay here for #4 nites for the Jazzfest.
Let me say that the hotel location is good, right in the French Quarter, a block from Bourban street. That is the good thing I can say about this place. I think this 250 year old hotel was last renovated in 1960.
For almost $200.00 a nite one would expect no roaches, furniture that looks and feels like it was gotten at a local salvage yard, a mold problem, a working fire alarm in the room, poor ventilation, leaky plumbing, running toliet, and an AC unit that must remain on as the noise from rowdy hotel residents can go on for hours unchecked by the management. If you are 25 and under than you would likely be able to handle staying at this place.
Anyone else I would say this place is a nigthmare and dont waste your money. Spend the extra money and stay somewhere nice and roach free.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Oliver House Hotel 4/18 to 4/23 2010. We stayed in Miss Anne's Creole Cottage. It was wonderful! Large bathroom with a tub big enough for two, additional seperate shower. It has it's own small kitchen and it's own courtyard. The courtyard was charming! The furnishings are older but all were in great shape in our room. We didn't have a car so I cannot comment on the parking situation.
The only bad thing I saw at this hotel was on our checkout we were waiting for our cab and I had to use the restroom. There is no lobby restroom so I was given a key to room 105. This room was not in very good shape it had water stains and torn wallpaper. But for our room 114 the cottage, I have no complaints every bit of our stay with the Oliver House was wonderful.
I would highly recommend the Creole cottage to anyone who wants a great room away from the rest of the hotel. It feels like your own little house.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 828 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70112-3492
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Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#31 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range: £112 - £269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Olivier House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Olivier House Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is a unique and historic property that was originally constructed in 1839 as a Creole townhouse for the wealthy Olivier family. It has been privately owned and operated as the Olivier House Hotel since 1970. The hotel offers 42 unique guest rooms, lovely public areas, a refreshing outdoor pool, and paid off street parking. The Olivier House Hotel maintains a feeling of old world New Orleans, while providing modern conveniences such as free wireless internet and flat screen TVs in all rooms. The Olivier House Hotel represents New Orleans, and feels a responsibility to share our unique history, traditions, and culture in order to enhance the experience of guests to our city. Guests at the Olivier House Hotel can feel at home in the French Quarter, while experiencing the best New Orleans has to offer. ... more   less 
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