The hotel is a couple of blocks from Canal Street and the French Quarter and within easy walking distance of most downtown sights and the convention center. Trolley stops along Canal Street make it easy to get to most tourist spots within the city, including the cemetaries, garden district and riverwalk. The trolley from Canal Street to the French Market is under construction this summer, however, it is really not far to walk through the French Quarter to Cafe du Monde and the shops.
The hotel staff are some of the best I have ever encountered. Anna was especially friendly and charming throughout my multi-day stay. The hotel reflects an aged elegance and is quite cozy. The room was clean and the bed comfortable. My only real issue with this hotel was the noise from the street (there is a night club a couple of doors down from the hotel) and noise from nearby rooms. The second night I was there a couple with children checked into the room next to mine and one of the kids screamed ALL night and everyone at our end of the short hallway endured it. I travel with ear-plugs and they could not even block that out. I had never experienced this level of noise from a nearby room. Had it not been for this incident, the only noise would have been from the street below--which I assumed was due to the old windows which may be part of the original facade and therefore un-fixable in a historic district. However, noise from nearby rooms and the hallway should be dealt with.
Another caveat is the room I had was VERY small, which was not a problem for me as I was traveling by myself to a conference, however, might be a problem for a couple. But then again, the hotel may assign rooms based on number of people staying in the room and therefore a couple would not be assigned to a very small room. The historic details of the rooms (odd shape, floor-to-ceiling paned windows, moldings etc) were part of the charm of the hotel, so if you like old buildings you will probably enjoy your stay here.
Were it not for the noise issues I experienced while staying here I would have given the hotel 4-stars, however, due to the noise I am not sure I would stay here again and therefore don't want to give it too high a rating.
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- Residential-style Boutique Hotel located in the heart of downtown New Orleans business district, 2 blocks from French Quarter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Omni Royal Crescent Hotel New Orleans
- Omni Royal Crescent
- Omni New Orleans
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