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“Want New Orleans Charm and Character? Try the St. Charles Guest House”

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St. Charles Guest House
Ranked #44 of 137 New Orleans B&B and Inns
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Hopewell, New Jersey
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“Want New Orleans Charm and Character? Try the St. Charles Guest House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2005

The St. Charles Guest House in New Orlean's Lower Garden District feels like New Orleans. The place is a 125-year-old former boarding house and it tends to attract an eclectic group of guests, the kind of people who don't get wide-eyed at the idea of big screen TV or rooms that all look the same so the only way you can tell your home is if your plastic key card fits. The people who come to the guest house tend to hang out by the pool underneath the bananna trees and get to know one another. The staff, many of whom live at the guest house, and the owner are helpful and friendly, so you feel like you are part of the neighborhood while you are staying there. The neighborhood is lovely, located between the Garden District and downtown and one block off the streetcar line. The place is basic: breakfast is buns and toast and the rooms have 125-year-old plumbing and window air conditioners. Some rooms have been renovated more than others, but the staff seems happy to fulfill your needs if you are clear about what you want. And, the place is a bargain. Where can you stay in New Orleans for well under $100 a night, depending on the time of year? If you want a place to stay in New Orleans that has spirit, then the St. Charles Guest House will be for you. I have been there four or five times and always run into repeat customers like myself.

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2005

We stayed a week at the beginning of May. The location was excellent and very safe; at the edge of the Garden District, a block from the trolley, and easy access to the French Quarter, good restraunts, the universities and to Audubon park. True, the buildings are somewhat run down, the shower stall was cramped, the hot water tap was loose and the bedding was clean but old. However, we used it as a place to sleep, spending the rest of our time touring and so we really didn't mind the short-comings of the building. We got what we paid for and were satisfied with it.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2005

We wanted a bath tub in our room. When I made the reservation, I specified this and was told "no problem" and then I called again prior to the trip to reiterate it. We checked in, NO BATH TUB! and we were told we could not be moved to a room with one. Also, the room was musty, the shower tiny and dark and when you shut off the taps in the bathroom, the whole sink moved as if coming loose. The day of check out we turned in the key in the morning and left the bags there to pick up on the way to the airport. The front door locks and so we had to ring the doorbell to be let in to get our bags. I rang the doorbell for 15 minutes with the cab meter running before someone answered. Also we were told the guesthouse was "right on" the trolley line. It is not. Service is lax and sloppy; at times downright infuriating and we paid too much for what we got.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2005

Dissapointed. We thought this place would be charming from their web site. Compared to other B&Bs we have stayed in this place is dirty and in disrepair.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2004

Loved it when we stayed there 5 years ago for our honeymoon and we are planning areturn trip this september for our anniversary!! The whole point of visiting New Orleans (for us at least) was the history...I did not want a cookie cutter hotel room or obnoxious hosts. Dennis, his wife and their staff were great and helpful but we still felt we had privacy which is not always afforded in a B&B. I felt safe and comforatble in th area and I would recomend this to ANYONE looking for a true New Orleans experience!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2004

This place has a great location. It is certainly possible to walk to the French Quarter if you are not a terrified old fart. Also, the streetcar is a block away. And you can see some funny sights leaning out of the lovely huge windows over Prytania.

However, the place is not as much quaint as it is run-down. During my stay, we came home to an electrical fire. Our room was not damaged, but we didn't have water for a few hours. This does not inspire confidence in one's lodgings. I wouldn't stay here again, but if you need a rilly cheap hostel in a convienient location, this will do.

PS--don't get excited about the books. They are old textbooks, cheesy romances and dusty library sale leftovers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2004

I found my stay at the St. Charles Guest House to be quite enjoyable.
This b&b is family owned, and you can tell they all make an effort to try and meet the needs of the guests that stay there. Having said that, you do need to realize what sort of place you are booking. This is not the Ritz, but I ask you to find a better deal. As far as the location go, its great. Its located in an area with other B&B's, lots of restaurants, EXTREMELY close to the streetcar, and I never felt unsafe..and its very easy to feel unsafe in New Orleans--and if perhaps the other reviewer had TRIED to take the time to get to know the area he was staying in, he would realize this is as close to the Garden District as you can get (ever heard of zoning ordinances?). Dennis, the owner went out of his way to help our trip by giving us tour tickets, or making dinner reservations for us. His most delightful daughter even helped give our ornery teenage daughter tips on where she might like to go and our daughter can't stop talking about when she is going to go back to New Orleans. If you want Days Inn or cookie cutter hotel, then don't stay here, because the experience would be entirely lost on you and quite frankly, you don't deserve it. THANK YOU ST CHARLES GUEST HOUSE FOR A FABULOUS STAY--SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!

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dhilton1, Owner at St. Charles Guest House, responded to this review, 21 February 2013
The business of hospitality has enormous challenges. We welcome people from all over the world and from all walks of life. In the Guest House business we have people who stay
at the Guest House who just love a place like ours and of course those who would choose to be elsewhere but money is a consideration. This is the normal traveler. When special events are in town such as the Super Bowl then we begin to see travelers that we would not normally see. New Orleans has hosted three superbowls since I have owned a Guest House (over 33 years) . We tell those that call us that we are a simple older kind of place , no phones or tvs and not for every traveler. We are located in the best part of town and are for a special kind of traveler called an allocentric traveler.

I personally reserved every room at the Guest House during the Super Bowl period and worked every day over 12 hours a day during this time period. No one, I repeat no one paid $400 a night. No one complained to me personally even though we had over 40 guests during that time period. We have a wonderful housekeeper who does a great job and works hard every day.
The average price was $200/225 per night for two persons on a 4 night minimum during this time period. ( not $400 per night).. If something is wrong then let the management know and we will do all we can to alleviate the problem. It is very hard to solve a problem after checking out .
We are not perfect and have problems but our price reflects that consideration.

We will continue to work hard, serve guests and provide a safe economical housing option in New Orleans. I will advise those coming that our place is simple and is one of the friendliest housing options available. Additionally, I will further advise those coming that if they have a problem after checking in to let the staff know immediately and we will try to solve it. This review
is not the best and we are always sorry for any inconvenience that we may have caused .The other reviews reflect different opinions.
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Property: St. Charles Guest House
Address: 1748 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Garden District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 137 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The St Charles Guest House is a simple, friendly,affordable Guest House(B&B) located in the Nationally Hisotric Garden District of New Orleansjust one block from the St. Charles Streetcar stop #11. Museums, manyrestaurants, pubs, drug and food stores within walking distance. TheGuest House is over 125 years old and has been a lodging facility forover 50 years. Family owned and operated. Pool and patio area withfree wifi and complimentary bakery breakfast in the am by the pool.Economy and for the allocentric traveler. Just 17 blocks to the FrenchQuarter. Catering to international travelers with discounts to students, teachers, first responders and worldly travelers. ... more   less 
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St. Charles Guest House Hotel New Orleans

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