This hotel is about a 30 second walk from the chaos and madness of Bourbon Street yet it is quiet and relaxed and makes for a nice stay in New Orleans. The room we stayed in was of a good size, had a brilliant shower, an enormous bed, a TV with all the standard cable channels, phone, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee making facilities and a safe. The wardrobe was a bit small but adequate and there was plenty drawer space. We would have preferred a balcony or a window that opened [my advice is to request a room overlooking the courtyard with a balcony - obviously these are limited so they can't be guaranteed] but the air conditioning, although a little noisy, ensured we were comfortable at all times of day. The decor was a little dated and could have done with refreshing but as this is N'awlins baby, let's just say it was shabby chic. Honestly, it really wasn't a problem and added to the overall character and charm of the hotel.
The courtyard provides a great place to get away from the noise and heat and is a wonderful location to take breakfast. The hotel bar was nice and cosy and they know how to knock up a cocktail - no stingy measures in this establishment - which is great for setting you up for a night on the town.
There is a computer in the lobby that you can use for full internet access and it is free - very handy for checking out which bands are playing where.
The staff were all friendly and helpful and we were made to feel very welcome.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a good hotel with bags of character in a very convenient location that offers good rooms, good service and excellent rates. When we go back, we will definitely be booking with the Hotel St Marie 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