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It sounded like someone was building a new bathroom above us in our hotel so we decided to head out and walk to the Garden District. It was a bit of a walk and part of me was wishing we had hopped on that green streetcar. A stop at Welty's deli on the way rejuvenated us for the rest of the walk there.
We walked up Prytania St. and saw …
Drove the short 10 miles into the French Quarter (Home of the world famous Mardi Gras) this morning, which we would be calling home for the next two nights. Once again the hotwire gods have smiled on us, so we will be staying in the very stylish Four Points By Sheraton hotel which is smack bang in the middle of Bourbon street.
The drive …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Points By Sheraton French Quarter New Orleans
The Inn on Bourbon Street was a wonderful hotel, very clean, great service, nice courtyard and pool, but the in-house restuarant was somewhat pricey, as are most hotel restuarants. The rooms smelled a little musty, but nothing that constant burning of incense didn't mask. It's also known as the "party hotel", so be prepared for that. I wasn't, but never once felt uncomfortable or unsafe. Also, it's nice at night, the doormen do not allow any non-staying guest access to the hotel. Once you get settled in, step outside to another world - Bourbon Street - a/k/a Decadent Drive, Immoral Street, Indecent Place (i could go on). It reeks of urine, vomit, horse-droppings and other things i don't even want to guess at. The heat doesn't help the smell, that's for sure. By night time, the trash cans overflow, and spill out onto the street (why the city or shop owners do not just line them up and down the street is beyond me). Granted it's cleaned up in the early morning, but nothing takes the smell away, especially when the cracks and crevices in the streets and sidewalks fester the dirty water. Ladies with a penchant for being drunkards -- be careful of what shoes you wear - the streets and pavements are not in the best of shape, one wrong twist...there goes your trip! I guess no one ever heard of street improvements. So leave the high, high heels at home. Parents who bring young children there really need their heads examined. Bourbon Street is certainly not the place for them - day or night. It's somewhat expensive to eat and drink, I don't know where half these kids get the money to keep them in their "party mode". Dacquiri bars line the street - for some reason - they are paired off with pizza. Strange combo, but it works. Try a Po-boy sandwich and definitely a muffaletta. (A twist on a hoagie, grinder, whatever you call it). Hurricanes are the drink craze - they really pack a punch. You can cruise up and down the streets drink in hand, as long as it's in plastic. Check out the French Market and Flea Market off Decatur for good deals on souveniers. Most all the local souvenier shops sell the same crap - offensive t-shirts, beads and masks, magnets and keychains. You can get some great deals at the flea market. Masks for the most part were 3 for $9 in the stores, and in the flea market 3 for $5, so that's a nice savings. There are other shops that you can just spend a small fortune on, and well worth it, but the normal sourvenier stuff, i would definitely save for the flea market (which is not everyone's left overs - it's all new stuff). Everyone brags about the beignetts (their version of a donut), it was okay - cheap enough and filling. You are supposed to have it with their coffee, but I'm not a coffee drinker, so I can't comment on that. There's a shop on Decatur Street - around the 900 block, sells a gross of beads for $10.49 + tax (9%). He's the cheapest by far. Can't remember the store name, it was either near the Central Grocery (great muffaletta sandwich you can get there) or the Christmas Store. He sells victorian type masks and tiara's, princess and queen pins and such (which are in the window) -- that's how you will know the store. This is a great deal, especially if you are the one throwing them away to the crowds. There is great shopping, wonderful restaurants, and some of the most fantastic music everywhere you turn, whatever your taste, on every corner, in every alley, everywhere. The nice thing is to sit somewhere and listen for a bit, once you get bored, you know there is somewhere else. Howl at the Moon - maybe up the 4 or 300 block of Bourbon has dueling pianos and Friday and Saturday nights were a blast in there. There was so much to see and do, in and out of the French Quarter. Grab a carriage ride and see the streets. What I really liked was the way the streets were divided into sections - Art, Antique, Artists, Jewlers, Palmistry/Tarot, street entertainers, etc. Across from the Mint, near the flea market, were some great "garage sale" places...but beware of this area at night, it's streets and clubs caters to a different crowd. I'm sure harmless, but not real comfortable for my group - if it's not your type of hang out, no need to be there. Personally, I think a good trip is a Wednesday through Sunday. At least Wednesday and Thursday ease you into the weekend, especially if it is your intention to remain just on Bourbon Street. I'd high-tail it off of Bourbon by Sunday, things change drastically. The Garden District is definitely worth the $1.25 trolley ride off of Canal Street. Get off the trolley and venture back as far as Magazine Street and do your own indepent tour, at your leisure, see the graduer of the homes in the district. If you are missing "meat and potatoes - or a taste of something not cajun or creole, stop at the Houston Steak House, (St Joseph's Street? - the one the trolley runs on) which I can guarantee you a great meal witht he most superb service. The Bayou Swamp tours are nice, but no guarantee to see gators even though they boast of having the largest gator population. Try the dinner cruise on the Natchez, which was well worth it. Ladies, leave your pocketbooks locked up, carry your cash and cards in your pockets, hold tight to your loved ones and venture down Immoral Road (Bourbon Street), if you dare. We were told to watch out going certain places at certain times, and alone, but I never found a real problem. Maybe I was just lucky, because I ventured out on my own several times, different places, over a 5 day stay. We did get nervous one night in an area we didn't belong, but got out of there once we realized it and got out quickly enough. All in all, it's worth the experience - other than seeing a few drunkards being taken away, never once was there a brawl or major outburst that caused concern or mass amounts of police. Young girls I realize are having a time of their life, being uninhibited and whatnot, but there are so many people out there in the crowds with video cameras getting it all on tape -- terrible thing to see your face and other parts on the internet one day! Be wise, be smart, make your parents proud! You can have a load of fun without being wanton. Most of all, overlook some of what you see, enjoy the company of your travelling companions, make the most of your time and BE SMART and SAFE!
My friend and I stayed here on July 10, 2003. We had no reservation. We just decided on the spur of the moment to go party in New Orleans. I have never stayed on Bourbon before, so this was a real treat. My friend and I are in our 30s and we wanted a clean, respectable place to pass out after a night on the town. The rooms were neat; the beds were pretty comfortable. Yes, the room was on the small side, but we weren't there to sit in the room so it didn't bother us. I could see how it might get crowded with 4 adults and their luggage, but there were only two of us. The price was, I thought, incredibly reasonable for such a room. I got the cheapest room they offered ($89), and we still had a really good view of the city skyline. The best part was being able to head right back to the hotel at the end of the night, no cab ride or anything. We even came back after going to Pat O's to drop off a picture we had taken there, and the friendly night staff just held it for us at the front desk so we would not have to go all the way upstairs. A security guard was on staff at the door to check room keys, and he also was very nice. The next morning at checkout, we asked the concierge for directions to a restaurant we had heard about out in Metarie. She gave perfect directions and told us a little about the area where the restaurant was located. All in all it was a great stay. The parking garage was a little pricey, but it didn't bother me. This was the perfect hotel for the type of trip we were on.
Good location, that's about it
I booked this hotel because of it's location - and it surely doesn't disappoint there. Right in the middle of Bourbon Street. However, there's not much else great about it. We reserved a king bed room weeks in advance - we get there and they're out of king beds so we get a room with two doubles. (Same price because it's the "view" that determines price). It was not beautiful inside, a little run-down feeling. And, of course, the ice machine near our room was quite loud. But if you're only there for the sights and not the hotel room, it's fine. (Oh - and what is with charging $2.00 if you want an additional packet of coffee in the room?? That's not cool).
Stayed here for the 1st time 2-23-03 to 2-27-03 and loved the place. The only thing I can even begin to complain about is having to wait for our room at check in. This has happened almost everytime we visit New Orleans so it's not just here. After that everything was great, great staff, great location and yes it's load but look where your staying. We brought this great new invention called ear plugs with us, slept like babies. I would recommend this hotel and will be back myself as soon as I can. Great job, Marc.
The hotel management is by far the best example of what not to due I have ever seen. The management refuses to speak with any guest and to date has not returned any phone messages. This hotel should only be used as a last resort and in the mean time I would recommend a legal investigation into their business practices. BEWARE!!
8 of us stayed DURING The July Essence festival on the 4th weekend. needless to say NO guest were allowed in the hotel unless you stayed there even if you were accompanying a paying guest .Upon reservation we were now told we could no longer have the adjourning rooms nor could we receive the guarenteed balcony "oh well ...we were told different by our travel agent.. not responsible these are our policies she should have told u " is what the hotel clerk statedalso trying to rest in my room for a while to escape some of the bourbon madness i was told my girlfriend could not come upstairs with me "IT'S AFTER 11 THEY SHOUTED" while a security guard blocked the door with his whole body the entire night!!! the only thing they offered was clean rooms ......oh the poolside breakfast we ordered came 2 1/2 hours later
The Inn on Bourbon = Disappointment
Bad Bad Service!
I had stayed at this hotel in the past and had enjoyed it. Last summer my friends and I were shocked to find out how flaky the staff has become. When we arrived, they had lost our reservation for our prepaid hotel room. It took a few hours to straighten it out. Later, they gave us the wrong directions to a famous restaurant a few blocks away. They did not seem to know where anything was and could care less about there guests. The hotel has a great location. The rooms are comfortable and the price is ok. It is a shame they cannot find good people to work there. After the vacation, they had the nerve charge my credit card for mini-bar items I did not use. I have had much better service at cheaper New Orleans hotels.
We stayed at the hotel in October 2002 and could not fault it. The staff were more than helpful towards us. We were suprised how peaceful the hotel is considering its position. Always take a courtyard room as the Bourbon St rooms must be LOUD!!!!!!
Adequate lodging. Rooms small, but clean and well appointed. Staff was competent
we spent july 13th--july 16th at the inn on bourbon. it was a perfect location, with our balcony room over tolouse street, we had our own late night party right beneath us. i personally loved this. if you want a little more quiet at night, you may want a courtyard room. but it is the french quarter after all....
the hotel staff was very helpful and friendly. the room was a king deluxe, with a balcony. it was just fine as far as size, quality and cost. but then again, you are in the street most of the time. i would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to be in the heart of it all.....