I should have trusted the negative Trip Advisor reviews, but I just had to find out for myself if this place was cool. The hotel website convinced me it could be. Oh Trip Advisor, I will never doubt you again!
This place was a mess. I have stayed in "European Style Hotels" before. I have no problem with funky joints, small rooms, old furniture. I like old places with character. But when I walked into my room at the St. Charles Guest House, I just had to laugh. What a filthy mess! Not charming. Just gross. There were dirty handprints all over one wall. Holes and tears in the wallpaper on another. The rug was trashed, ripped, stained. The ceiling was waterstained and warped. The mattresses were dark brown with age. The furniture looked like it was salvaged from the street. Everywhere I looked was a nasty surprise. The shower was in this bizarre industrial closet and was disgustingly dirty.
I compare it to this motel in Illinois that was a halfway home for released felons. There was no physical danger at the St.Charles but the facilities were equally depressing. I just wanted to leave. The only positive about my room was that I didn't see any roaches or other vermin.
It's in a fine location, it has a beautiful lobby and the staff were very nice. Nice, but amateurs. Kids in the city for the summer. They didn't know much about working in a hotel. Thye didn't know anything about the hotel they were working in. They got drunk by the pool alot. Thats cool, I guess. I might have partied with them, except the place was just such a depressing dive. It's somewhat inexpensive, but way too much money for the shape its in.
I would stay here again if it were $20 a night. Maybe.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- St. Charles Guest House Hotel New Orleans