It's a great time to visit New Orleans, not just because it is a fantastic city that needs all the help it can get but also because the drop-off in tourism following Hurricane Katrina has made it one of the great travel values in the US. Traveling on a business trip, I got this room in a prime spot near the French Quarter for $84 per night and it was a very good value for the price.
The pros: The Wyndham Garden is clean, centrally located and has a good range of standard business travel facilities, including a well-equipped workout room and good - if not great - Wi-Fi performance. The king-size bed in my room was quite soft, which is not ideal if you have a bad back, but the down comforter was a great touch. There are excellent restaurants within just a couple blocks and Bourbon Street is a five-minute walk, if you're into that scene. Personally, I'd just as soon avoid the tourist meccas and explore some of the lovely parks and beautiful architecture around the French Quarter. Those are also a short walk.
The cons: A lot of the rooms at the Wyndham Garden face inward, making it impossible to tell whether it's day or night. I love a plush towel, and the bath towels at the Wyndham were surprisingly chintzy and small. My room was also freezing. Even with the air conditioning set at the highest temperature, I doubt the room got much above 68°. I couldn't figure out how to make the alarm clock work and the face isn't illuminated, making it impossible to read at night.
In short, the cons are pretty minor, and considering what you pay for a downtown room at most U.S. tourist destinations, the Wyndham was a very good value.
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- Also Known As:
- Baronne Plaza New Orleans
- Hotel Baronne Plaza
- Baronne Hotel New Orleans