New Orleans was high on our priority list when preparing our Amazing American Adventure holiday. This Louisianna city on the Mississippi is known for its music, night life, culture and food, so a real melting pot of randomness. This element of the city we loved.
We stayed in the French Quarter at Hotel St Pierre that was an easy walk to all things entertainment especially real New Orleans music in the heart of the city. This hotel is on the register of historic places with its authentic French Colonial jazz themed cottages dating back to the 1700’s. First the location is perfect right in the north west corner of the French Quarter. Walking distance from Bourbon Street, the Mississippi river and Frenchmen Street. Thats where the positives terminate ! My room was small, and a little dated – big tube TV, keys that didn’t work, creaky stairs, old carpet. Also, there was not a fridge or microwave in sight. The bed was incredibly lumpy, and there was about 1ft of space on either side of the bed. There also wasn’t a microwave or a refrigerator as stated on the website. New Orleans gives off the “Old World” feeling, and I felt like the hotel was attempting this poorly. We had to move rooms due mould and dampness in the room – a side effect to the authenticity of the 1700’s “Old World” feel !
Our second room was about the size of a large walk-in closet and not much of an improvement it was very small with worn carpet a very smelly bathroom in need of some TLC. We decided not to trouble the staff again and spent time touring the city or by the pool.
Our friends occupied two other rooms and despite us paying the same amount our quality of rooms varied significantly. However, if you are to book ask for a room across the road as these are newly renovated spacious apartments.
The positives in this hotel are mainly within the foyer such as the jazz museum artifcats and the cookies and milk afternoon teas everyday. The foyer has character, the buildings are quaint with lovely external finishes however stepping inside the two rooms that we stayed in we were met with an underwhelming musty space. The positive out of this is that we spent the majority of our time tripping around and enjoying the architecture local music, carriage rides and beignets of New Orleans !
New Orleans Hotel St. Pierre French Quarter. 911 Burgundy St, New Orleans LA 70116 Ph 15045244401 http://www.hotelstpierre.com