We keep trying out different hotels in New Orleans hoping to find that perfect blend of price, location and amenities. The Omni Royal Crescent has definitely provided us with most of what we need, with some caveats.
First - location. If you have a car and/or are planning on exploring ALL of New Orleans (which your really should), this is a great spot. Because it is not actually in the French Quarter, getting in and out with a vehicle is much, much easier. If you are comfortable walking, the Quarter is not that far, though you might think it is if you indulge in a night of serious recreational drinking. There are also tons of cool things to do in CBD and the Warehouse District if you are into the arts, so if you have good shoes, you can cover a lot of ground and visit some great galleries.
Next - rooms. Very clean. Well kept. Cleaning service seemed on top of their game. The bed was comfortable. The wi-fi was a little confusing. In order to get the free wi-fi, you have to give the Omni your contact information as part of their marketing campaign. If you don't, they will charge you quite a lot every day. The beads on the door (one for "do not disturb", one for "please clean the room")were cute. The price was also definitely competitive.
Slightly annoying things about the hotel - valet parking. When you want your car, you need to call down to the desk at least 20 minutes before you want to leave. I think there is one parking lot for all the hotels in the area, and the poor valet guys have to run a half mile to get your car and wait in line to leave the lot. Not that any of this makes you any less impatient when you are late to meet someone and you have been waiting for a half hour for your car to arrive. Just be prepared to wait.
Also annoying - food service - the cafe attached to the hotel is just ok. Breakfast is not included in the price of your room, and the buffet isn't anything special. You can also buy a breakfast sandwich, which I did one day. Not a bad option if you don't feel like spending a ton on buffet. That said, there are a few better options within walking distance. It is just nice sometimes to not have to worry about finding a spot for coffee and a muffin.
That's about it. It isn't the Biltmore, but you are saving a ton of money if you stay here. And really, who spends that much time in their room in New Orleans unless you are sleeping off the night before? In general, the staff were really nice, though the issues with valet permeated our whole stay. There is a little pool and gym if you want to burn off some BBQ shrimp. We would probably stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- New Orleans Omni