The Park View Guest House, to me, is ‘The Unofficial Tulane University Hotel”. However, while sipping our complimentary wine and sherry with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies on the wrap around porch, watching the St. Charles streetcars stop as they make their way to the French Quarter, and joggers in Audubon Park, I learned that parents of students at the other nearby schools feel it is their schools unofficial hotel as well. I ‘moved in’ to the Park View 2 years ago. It has proven to be worthy of the terms, home away from home, southern hospitality, a class act, The Big Easy and a lesson in the big dream come to fruition. Though it was love at first sight for me, the Parkview was a work in progress, and now, 2 years later I feel comfortable recommending this treasure. My favorite rooms are the suites overlooking St. Charles, though others prefer the Audubon Park views. One of the problems with success is that it is getting harder to just pop in: last visit I lucked out with a last minute cancellation but I ‘had’ to take a room in the back. I hadn’t been to the third floor yet and what I found was charmed elegance not just in my room, but, in the common area and all of the other rooms (I peeked into the next day when left open to the cleaning crew). Period pieces take center stage but not at the expense of comfort in yummy bedding, a relaxing shower or Internet. The reason I am writing this review now is because of the breakfast, which, in my opinion, took awhile to reach the standards of the rest of the place. I’ve always loved sitting at the table nestled near the large windows overlooking Audubon Park, and always left amply nourished for the day, but now the atmosphere is calming, the kitchen staff quietly go about their service, the buffet is ready on time, the plate du jour is consistently good as are the custom eggs and omelets with a wide range of ingredients now always available. The breakfast jambalaya, gravy and biscuits and poached egg dishes are favorites though it’s hard to stay away from the self serve waffle table. As a northerner, I’m able to develop my taste for Chicory by spiking the excellent brewed coffee. Now for what is always at the heart of a place like the Parkview, the staff. Though we haven’t met, I’ve seen the vivacious, gracious owner tending to her renovations and her guests. I am quite happy to work with the desk staff, primarily Marco and Brian, who gladly carry my bags to my room or print something off that I need. I haven’t done much touring but I can depend on them for consistently good restaurant recommendations. They always make me feel welcome and special. In closing I just want to say that you should not feel that you need a nearby student to stay at the Park View. I’ve shared the porch and breakfast room with visiting scholars, newlyweds, people with business at nearby hospitals and tourists. Hope to see you there.
- Also Known As:
- Park View Guest House Hotel New Orleans
- Park View Guest House Hotel