Country Inn & Suites New Orleans
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Historical Traveler Reviews Country Inn & Suites New Orleans
A wonderful saving grace!
My husband and I had the distinct privilege of staying at the Country Inn and Suites during the 2005 Essence Music Festival July 2-5. We weren't supposed to stay here, but after a prepaid reservation was "Lost" at another hotel down the street, we didn't have a choice after a 6 hour drive.
We were heartbroken because we knew that this was a time that most rooms are either sold out, completely booked, or way over-priced. (Think a smaller scaled Mardi Gras)
We drove down the street and saw that the place was new since last Essence Fest and we stopped in the middle of the street. I walked into the lobby (almost in tears from the previous lost reservation) and was immediately given a room way before the regular check-in time. The rate was only $10 more than our previous prepaid room.
The staff was very understanding and listened to me vent my frustrations.
The front desk staff was great! They greeted me by name each time I walked past them. The valet service was $23/daily, but we never needed the car. When we checked out, it was delivered in 20 minutes.
We loved the continental breakfast and the dining area was constantly cleaned by a wonderful attendant. We asked for an extra blanket and it was also delivered (warmed) in less than 30 minutes.
We loved this home away from home and will definitely book again for the Essence Festival. From now own, it will be on purpose!
Keep up the Good Work and see you next year!
Country Inn & Suites have done it again!!
I just returned to Greenbelt, Maryland from a family trip to New Orleans.
I was joined by relatives from South Carolina. I was a little nervous because I suggested the trip as well as the hotel. My first experience with the chain was in Albuquerque New Mexico where the hotel was nice, but the location was not so nice. Not true for the one in New Orleans.
We had a wonderful stay. My cousin who works for another major hotel chain was very impressed. We all had suites with the exception of my father who got the single room with the king size bed. He loved it!
This hotel is a great value for the money!!
1. Location - Great. Not far from the casino and the French Quarter.
However, there is a shelter nearby that might trouble some people. It did not bother us because my family understands that people down on their luck need shelter and a hot meal.
2. Staff - Very helpful and courteous. The bellhop arranged our taxi to the airport.
3. Swimming pool - Somewhat small but in a nice courtyard. (Also small)
4. Continental breakfast - Better than most. Staff was courteous, and greeted you with a warm 'good morning'.
** When I return to New Orleans. This is where I will stay. **
I'd stay here again
My teenage boys and I came to New Orleans for vacation at the end of June and picked the Country Inns and Suites to stay at. I picked it because it was closer to the main action in New Orleans than my last visit and because it had just opened in January 2005. The lobby was nice with slate floors and open beamed ceilings. The front desk personel were very nice and helpful. Our 2 queen room was a little small and "L" shaped, with a writing desk in the smaller section of the "L". But the ceilings were very high, again with open beams and some open brick work. They even have some literature in the room letting you know why the ceilings and walls were like that. The colors of the room are a pretty soft yellow and green. A safe is supplied in the room at no charge! The water pressure is not too bad and there is good lighting in the bathroom. The pillowtop beds were wonderful! Higher quality sheets as well.
They supply a breakfast each morning that includes make it yourself waffles, breakfast burritos, pastries, cereals, milk, juice, coffee and fresh fruit. Believe me with two teenagers in tow, not having to pay for breakfast was great! The pool is very very small, about 1/2 the size of a home pool, but in the summer and all you want to do is get cool and out of the humidity, it will do the trick.
The best thing the hotel has going for it is its location to the French Quarter. It is only two blocks from Canal street and 1 block from the Riverwalk. We walked everywhere, never feeling the need to take a taxi. The only bad experience we had at the hotel was that I had to call twice to get the extra pillows I wanted, and when the man delivered them, he shoved them at me. I thanked him and he walked away without saying a word.
All in all I would stay here again, this time with a friend so I could really enjoy New Orleans.
Nice boutique hotel, good value for the money!
Stayed for 2 nights in May 2005. This hotel is only several months old, and architecturally, the property is quite striking. They intentionally kept visible much of the old original bricks in the walls, which gives the hotel an unfinished "loft" space appeal. Very open, elegant and airy. I was impressed with the lobby area, featuring slate floors and open beam ceilings. I've never stayed before in a Country Inn & Suites, but this did not have the feeling of a low cost "chain" hotel. I'd reserved an astonishing internet only deal of $75/nt. for a standard room. When we arrived, there was a small incident at the front lobby with a guest, which took a long time to resolve, so as a gesture they gave us a slight upgrade to a better room, which was on the upper floor and an executive room with a table and chair and a slight view. The room was small but still nice, with a very comfortable king bed with quality bedding, a dresser, TV, desk and chair. In a small alcove there was an armchair, lamp and footstool, and a tiny closet. The window was small and narrow, and inexplicably, they chose to put in window dressing that blocked out about 1/3 of the light. View was of a high rise building and a rooftop immediately below so it wasn't impressive. The bathroom was spacious and clean. Overall, the quarters were cozy and pleasant. It was quiet even though our room was right outside the elevators. There are more spacious rooms available, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the patio and pool, and at a higher cost. For the money, it was a great deal and removed from, but close enough, to the action of the French Quarter.
The free continental breakfast was marginally good. They had make-your-own waffles and breakfast burritos along with the usual toast and cereal. The one microwave and 2 waffle makers tended to get congested at breakfast time. It wasn't designed well for crowds; when you have half a dozen people all waiting at one microwave to do their minute and a half to warm up their burritos, or 2 mins. for each waffle to get done, it creates a backup. Everyone seemed to be standing around waiting on something (toast, microwave, waffle) and there was confusion as to whose was what. This is not a hearty breakfast offering; OK if you need to just grab a few basics (coffee, juice, fruit, yogurt) to tide you over. Or just skip their breakfast and go out to eat. The "Huey Long" diner right across the street was good, and nearby, the well-known "Mother's" restaurant deserves its reputation!
The outdoor pool area was small and narrow, although quite attractive with a mini waterfall type spout and nice planted foliage. For a hotel that supports at least a hundred guests or so, it didn't seem sufficient. I could only see perhaps 4-6 people max using it comfortably, and as from what I could see, there was no kiddie-pool or hot tub. There was a workout room adjacent to the pool. Bar was tiny but bartender was super friendly and the indoor lounge area airy, bright, and attractive. We never had to use the valet (expensive at over $20) as we always managed to find free after hours off-street parking around the hotel. There is all day parking available at the corner lot and around that area for half that cost. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel. It has a few tiny problems, but is a wonderful value if prices remain reasonable. Staff was friendly, it is only a short walk to the French Quarter, and is in a safe neighborhood. I was very pleased with our stay.
Great hotel, great price, awesome location
My family and I (4 people) stayed at this hotel this past weekend. I booked the room directly from the hotel, and got the internet special of $99 plus tax. I was a little nervous about it, considering most of the other hotels around there had rates of $139 per night and more, but since we were only spending one night, I figured it should be ok.
The hotel is very nice, not what I was expecting from a chain hotel. The lobby is nice and bright, with exposed beams, chairs, and tables. The front desk was very nice and called us to check how we liked the room a few minutes after we checked in.
The room (#236) was nice and very clean. It is not huge, ours had 2 double beds, a desk, TV, closet with a safe, and window overlooking another building and a street. I wasn't planning on staying in the room more than just the necessary, so the view didn't bother me. The bathroom is nice and the biggest bathroom I've seen in a regular size hotel room. It was also very clean.
The beds are firm, so if you are not used to a firm bed, or you don't like them, you may not like these. The pillows were very fluffy, but again, it's all up to personal preference.
The continental breakfast was very nice. They had hot/cold cereals, pastries, fresh waffles (you get to make your own), juices, coffee, and breakfast burritos (which were surprisingly good). It was more than enough to fill you up, and a lot of the guests were taking advantage of it.
Valet parking was $25. It was more expensive that some of the other places, but I was very pleased with the professionalism of the valet attendants. They were all young but very nice and courteous. We mistakenly looked the keys in our car and the attendants were great. They contacted a locksmith and told us not to worry, they would take care of it all for us, so my family could go out to dinner and enjoy New Orleans. They went above and beyond their duty to help us out and make us feel at ease.
The location is great. We walked from our hotel to Landry's Seafood restaurant (on N. Peters St.) and it was an easy 5 block walk. Very safe area and very nice. Other hotels located in the vicinity were the Best Western St. Christopher.
If you are looking for a place to sleep while you are enjoying New Orleans, this place is a great deal. It has the amenities you need, if you are looking for something affordable, in a great location, and are not planning on spending much time at the hotel. It is very nice, and clean.
I can only think of one thing I didn't like, the walls were thin. I could hear people in the hall. But apparently I was the only one who did, because no one else in my family heard anything. I'm a light sleeper though.
I will definitely stay there again.
Best Kept Secret in new Orleans
This hotel opened in January 2005. The hotel is a series old converted factories on the Historical Perservation List. The lobby is exposed to the sky. They kept the flooring and the brick as part of the architecture. It is charming and comfortable. The suites were nice and clean. The staff very pleasant and helpful.
We were 2 blocks from Canal St. and the french quater. St Charles street was a block away and the art galleries 5 blocks away. The Breakfast bar was pentiful.
We can't wait to go back.
Loved the new Country Inn!
My husband and stayed at this hotel for four nights in March of this year. It had only been open a month and it was not only beautiful and well located, but the price was very reasonable for New Orleans. The hotel is made up of three old warehouses that were totally gutted and turned into a hotel. They kept the exposed beams and brick walls and beautiful wood floors. The staff was cordial and always helpful. Everthing we asked for was taken care of quickly. All the rooms are suites, but some are larger than others. We had one with floor to ceiling windows that were spectacular. It is located on Magazine street just 2 blocks from the French Quarter, 2 blocks from Harrah's casino and 3 blocks from the Convention center. We can't wait to go back and have some of their wonderful coffee.
Good choice for short stay
Nice size rooms for a downtown location. Continental breakfast augmented with make your own waffles and microwavable breakfast burritos. Not far from anything but the shortest distance to the French quarters requires passing by a homeless mission which was not a problem but might make some uncomfortable. A half block down the street in the opposite direction is Bon Ton, an exceptionally good restaurant and a good value for NO.
Never staying anywhere else
God bless 'em. We go to New Orleans a few times a year--usually when there's a good hotel deal somewhere, like the Ritz for $99, etc. But we wanted to go over St. Patrick's Day weekend and most hotels were marked WAY up--$400 and $500 rooms were common. So we tried an unknown place that was so awful we wouldn't stay there. We were either going to get gouged big time somewhere or turn around and go home, or so we thought. I called Country Inn and Suites and told the woman I talked to that I was stuck, that I'd already paid for one place and really needed something reasonable. I was hoping for just their regular rate, but they actually gave me a "hot rate" of $79 instead of$169 (or something like that).
The hotel had only been open six weeks when we stayed. It's built inside a few old buildings that they connected, and they put a courtyard in--very New Orleans. The room was very comfortable, great bed, exposed brick wall, and the quietest place I've ever stayed, anywhere. I didn't even unpack my earplugs.
When we checked in we had to book a suite for the second night because that's all that was available, but the next morning they let me know that something had opened up and we could stay in our room if we wanted, which we did.
Continental breakfast nothing special, but come on--you're in New Orleans! Get out and find something good. The hotel is just a few blocks from the Crescent City Farmers Market (a real farmers market, not the tourist trap that the French Market has become) at Magazine and Girod, and just a few blocks the other way from the Quarter. A couple of streets over is St. Charles, where you can catch the street car. GREAT location.
I admit I like finding my $99 rates for 4-star hotels, but these folks were so nice to us that I'll keep going back as long as it stays the same. Parking is $22 daily, but that's about typical for the area. Be absolutely sure to dine at the Cuban restaurant next door. Fantastic (they had paella the day we were there and it was superb)!
Great for the price
The Country Inn and Suites is a new addition to the New Orleans CBD (central business district). From the hotel promotional info, we learned that the hotel was constructed from a number of adjacent buildings. The effect is absolutely charming.
We tried the hotel during our annual St. Patrick's Day trip. We had a large party split up between a room and a suite. The room was rather standard with two queen beds (extremely comfortable - more upscale than we expected). It was spacious but rather nondescript. We had a view of the alley and the next building. The suite was much more interesting, consisting of two rooms with 12+ foot ceilings. Original brick walls were exposed and it was decorated with a little more New Orleans flair. There was a small refrigerator and a microwave. The bedroom was secluded - even more so by the lack of windows! The front room had a pull-out sofa bed. The room opened onto the atrium.
Because of the multiple buildings, there are some minor issues with access in the hallways. For example, from the main elevator on the fourth floor to our room, we had to descend a half flight of stairs through a "building" then ascend more stairs to reach our area of the floor. We discovered the back elevator, thus eliminating that problem.
The pool is small (4 feet deep and not much surface area) and is located in a small courtyard. It wasn't heated, seriously hindering our swimming plans in mid-March. The continental breakfast was adequate. For a better time, it's only a four block walk to the Riverfront and a Cafe du Monde.
The location was fantastic - three blocks from Canal Street (and the French Quarter) and two blocks from Harrahs. The valet parking was pricey at $22/day, but there is attended self-parking at the corner of Magazine and Poydras (less than a block away) for $10/day. The hotel staff was attentive and helpful. This is one of the SAFEST places that I've stayed in New Orleans.
We shopped around the prices and paid significantly less than for other similar hotels in the area (e.g., La Quinta Suites, Staybridge by Holiday Inn). The hotel advertises that they will beat any price if you book directly through them.