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Why New Orleans, Louisiana?
#1: It's right next to Texas. (duh.)
#2: It's been recovering since the Katrina incident.
#3: Culturally enriched--- French/ Spanish colonization reflected in architecture, original voodoo history (story of Marie Lavuea, voodoo queen), historically grand cathedral, Jazz Blues...etc.)
#4: Cheap travel …
Ok, so I'm now more than half way through my first real tour...Got off my last cruise on a Sunday, went to the office and was told my next tour was starting a couple of days later so really only had time to do my laundry and then head out again. Flew into Victoria on a float plane to meet and greet my passengers at the Empress hotel as they arrived …
Tuesday, August 2 - Today was a whale of a day! We headed down to the Bellingham harbor where we arrived at 8:15am, checked in at the boat terminal and picked up our tickets. We had about 15 minutes to spare so found a little gift shop where we heard the story on plank cooking and even bought a plank cookbook. It will be fun to try it out with some …
... a standard of mine which i must regulate lower over the days, i passed out on these same sheets at 5am and had the deepest 8hr sleep since toronto) while in the process of huffing over my bags and sheets and items etc two european girls walked in, one german blonde and the other austrian brunette, with no heavy hint of accent in either, we spoke briefly and smiled and such and they went off to giggle in the inside room. Another blonde girl, very cute walked by and said ...
... who harvested the sugar cane. Celine lost three of her seven children to illness, and became increasingly unhappy with her life in the country. She spent more and more time in New Orleans with her children while Jacques ran the plantation. Eventually, the end of the civil war freed the slaves and Jacques struggled to make the plantation viable. He eventually died, alone, at Oak Alley at the age of 50. Celine proceeded to burn through the money left to her and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Empress Hotel New Orleans
The people writing bad reviews have obviously never been in a Euro-style hotel before. If you're expecting a "hotel-hotel", you're going to be disappointed....its just a bed in a really small, musty, room, and a really small bathroom...it really should be called a motel, or a boarding house I think. I have stayed in many a hotel like the Empress, so I kind of knew what to expect...the price should give it away....my fiance on the other hand, was a bit shocked and afraid....however, to my surprise, after a couple of days, she really warmed up to the place. She realized what a great deal we were getting for just a place to sleep....that's all it is, a place to sleep....if you're looking for a hotel where you can hang out at, find a place downtown and towards the riverfront...this place is the ultimate travelers' hotel.....don't be fazed by the neighborhood, its not as bad as it looks....sure if u head in the direction opposite of the quarter it gets kind of bad, but that direction is really not anywhere a tourist would go anyways...we had no problem walking anywhere, from the entire quarter all the way to the Garden District (yeah that's a bit far away, but after a week of walking around, you really won't care)...ok, ok so I'm rambling on, but here's my point....give the empress a chance, you'll find there's no place near the quarter that will give u safety and as good a deal as the empress...they'll even watch your luggage if there's a lull between your check out time and your fly out time...and they still invite you to hang out on the balcony until your cab gets there.....Friendly, Friendly....i'll stay there again, hope to see y'all there
Better than a cardboard box!
I have stayed at many New Orleans hotels through the years and this was probably the worst hotel by far. The double room was about 8x8 with the double bed taking up most of the room. We ended up paying over a hundred dollars for the room, after they charged 15 dollars for every guest over two people. Ended up getting in around 3 in the morning and left for home at 6 in the morning because it was such a horrible nights sleep. I don't know what was worst the mattress you were sleeping on or the excersize mat we were given to sleep on.
Well, as the airport shuttle guy was driving us to this hotel, I asked him if this "hotel" was a good place (the price and location seemed too good to be true!). The driver looked me straight in the face and started laughing! All he said was, "Well, man, you get what you pay for!"
We drive to New Orleans a lot for vacations, and we always stay at the Empress. You can't beat the price. I've stayed in hotels in Europe that were far dirtier with far smaller rooms, where you didn't even get your own private bathroom, and they charged over three times as much as the Empress.
Place is awesome with a captial A. I cant say enough about this place. They were so nice they gave us excersice mats and a luxorius futon to sleep on and let us sleep 5 to a room, even though it can probaly only fit a 210 pound man. The big screen had over 3 channels on it and a remote with no battery to match. The recliner was something out of MTV cribs and could easily fit in the bathroom. The skin was the color of rust and granite! The bed gave you a thereputic feel with the springs jamming your back. All the mirrors in the hall and room gave it a vegas feel to it. But teh best was the Breakfast buffet, with eggs, pancakes, toast, sausage, bacon,grits, OJ, milk, beer and malt liqour. For $73 you cant beat it, if you have more to spend try The Cresent on Canal!!!
A great place
I thought the Empress was great it's on the outskirts of the French Quarter, next to armstrong park, and did'nt feel that it was much different than the rest of the french quarter. It's neighborhood was being totally renovated and while there were still some run down homes most of them were beautifully redone. It is a very real view of new orleans as opposed to other sections that have been disneyed up to quintessential french quarter life. And THE best deal around. would stay again
Don't listen to the naysayers. I'll stay at the Hotel Empress any and every time I go to N.O. Why? Every other place is just plain outrageous. Here the price is around $45 - $70 a night. It is in a so so part of town but so is the ENTIRE FRENCH QUARTER when you think about it. It is blocks away from the French Quarter as well. Only a moron too afraid of their own shadow would take a cab (which by the way the staff of the hotel would be happy to arrange for you.). I don't know why that other person thought it was 5 blocks. Even if their particular destination was 5 blocks away; WALK! What were those other people expecting for so little $ in New Orleans. Even the Motel 6 is pricey. Granted, the Empress Hotel is cheap and looks cheap. That's perfect b/c I'd rather spend my money other more important things when I'm in New Orleans ;)
that's why i booked it. i found it on the chamber of commerce web site and was offered $50.00 off per night that sounded good too.
Just plain dirty!
Not clean, in a very bad location.
To begin I wouldn't have stayed here but they were going to charge me for the first night any way so I did. First, Of all the website should just say, "Cheap & dirty rooms w/ drug dealers next door". But it was diffently not worth $57 a night. This hotel was extremely dirty and in a very bad side of town. The first room they tried to give us smelled like pet urine. There was no air circulation and it was quite dusty. The second room smelled a bit better but, the bed was very old that you could feel every spring in it. And it was stained with dirt and other unknown objects. As if they only bought beds form a salvation army or a thrift store of used beds. We didn't even sleep under the blankets for fear of what might be in the sheets. The walls were stained as well but you could only see it during the daylight. The TV didn't work. And by the way it is not 2 Block form the French Quarter. It is more like 5 blocks. And it was only safe to walk during the day. At night you needed a cab. The bathroom was kind of clean but you didn't want to walk on the floor of the room it was quite dirty. The room door did not have a handle. You had to lock yourself in which would not have been safe if a fire were to start. There was only one window and only a size 6 woman could fit through. To end, the hotel should have been condemn long ago. I don't know why anyone would want to stay in a place like that. And any reviews you find the says clean room, Lies. It was far from clean. So pay the extra money and get a clean room.