I chose this hotel due to its location, price, the fact that they have balconies and the reviews on this site. We arrived around 10:00am after a short ride from the airport. Check-in was I believe 4:00 and we hoped we could drop off our bags and explore the city. After a quick call to housekeeping, Amy surprised us by saying we could check in right then. Amy was a delight, she asked us if this was our first time to New Orleans (it was), when she saw us leaving the hotel she ask what our plans were, and upon our return she would ask how we enjoyed ourselves. While I'm on the subject of the front desk, I'd like to thank Rachael for coordinating a taxi to the train station and our wake-up call both of which were on time. Also a shout-out to the young man with the long hair who offered to brew a fresh pot of coffee at 5:00 am so I wouldn't have to drink what he called "dreg coffee".
Now on to the room. The beds were a little on the soft side for our liking and the spread had seen better days. But the room was clean and housekeeping did a good job our entire stay. As an apartment dwelling New Yorker, I usually choose a hotel with a balcony to get a little outdoor space. Room 214 had one of those black wrought-iron balconies you have seen photos or on television. It was large enough for 3 chairs and a large round table. If you look down the street you can see paddle-wheelers going along the Mississippi. Now a little warning. This street runs perpendicular to Bourbon Street which is less than a block away. Many people come to New Orleans and spend their entire vacation on Bourbon Street due to the fact the bars are open 24/7, and some have never left. We were there the first week in November, so when we closed the balcony door to sleep it block out the street nicely. If you are there during the warmer months, you will hear the noise. There is also a continental breakfast offered daily from 6am to 10am, the coffee is hot and the danish is fresh.
The Hotel St. Marie is in a great location to explore the city. The Mississippi River and Bourbon Street are right down the from the hotel. Canal Street is a short walk away and it's streetcars will connect with the rest of the system.
If we go back, we'll stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate French Quarter Hotel situated 1/2 block off Bourbon Street & 5 minutes from central business district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Marie Hotel
- Saint Marie Hotel New Orleans