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Got to New Orleans an hour earlier than expected yesterday. I apologize for not writing last night, however.........Did you ever hear about a drink called "Hand Grenade?" Well, after having a world famous, "Hurricane" Ricky G and I had a Hand Grenade, Then dinner, and another Hurricane and whoa...we were sailing.
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No driving today, just sightseeing and fun! When we planned the trip, we found an agenda for 1-day in New Orleans in the AAA book. Hopefully it'll work on a Sunday! Our day began with Cafe Au Lait and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Next we walked around the city, admiring the art and architecture. We can't wait to frame some of these pics and create …
... at the traffic lights near areas with homeless people living under the freeway. Certainly these are sights we don't see at home.
Our afternoon has been very lazy; Gary and I are watching old movies on TCM and the girls are doing whatever kids do on their iPads. We'll eat in later, our first home cooked meal since we left home. Tomorrow we will head off to explore the city on foot, and hope the weather improves.
... jambalaya which was pretty good. After a few more beers we headed back. That night there was a bit of a problem with the house cat in that it's a hyperactive vicious piece of ****. I like cats but this one was something else...it kept clawing at me, trying to bite and wanted to climb on my head and because there's no doors in the damn place there was nowhere to lock it away, so after emailing the owner it went straight out the ...
... it! haha!!
The Boudin is awesome... try it if you have never had it! spicy and yummy! The crawfish were good and if you check out the posted picture you will be able to tell if Jim liked his or not! lol!.
With our tummys full of good Cajun food, its time to head back down the street and get some more beer... There are street venders and husslers everywhere... plus a few adult entertainment places ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFrench Market Inn New Orleans
Although still under renovation, this was place was very cool. Other than the weird parking situation, it was a great stay.
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Historical Traveler Reviews French Market Inn New Orleans
The big dark room
My room was quite large, but completely dark. It was on the first floor in a lovely (if dirty) courtyard. The only natural light came from the french doors leading in and out of the room. THey had wooden blinds which I never could open because right outside my room was a little table and chairs which other guests used. I had to excuse myself and to walk around them to get in the door of my room in the afternoon. Then, at night, people sat there chatting at 1:30 am and another group came about 3 am after they left. Since I was there on business, this was a problem. The bathroom was very large and brightly lit - but that's not enough to make up for the courtyard problem.
Stayed at the French Market Inn, New Orleans, for the Sugar Bowl. Has a great location, excellent staff, great accomodations. Will stay there again!
Very pleasant stay!
What can I say, the hotel was ideally located, the room was clean, air conditioned, nicely decorated, and it was affordable! A perfect place to stay for a true New Orleans experience. I'm suprised to read so many negative reviews: I mean, hello, New Orleans is an old city, and the locals move at a different pace because they haven't needed to go any faster for hundreds of years, don't expect them to move any faster for you! You're in Louisiana, just relax and chill out! If you just need a decent place to stay and you don't want to spend a fortune I would definitely recomend the French Market Inn.... and say hello to "Mark the Bellman" for me, he was very entertaining and helpful during our stay!
What a Pit
We booked this hotel due to the website pix, and held a confirmation for a non-smoking king room. Upon arrival we were shown to a small, windowless room w/ a double bed. OK, down to the desk: "We'll get you fixed up in an hour." Upon returning from lunch, we were shown to another windowless room. This one had a king bed, but the bed sloped about 3" down from left to right. The wallpaper was peeling, the bathroom door had paint splotches. The mattress felt like 4" of foam rubber. Thank goodness another hotel could take us. We checked out and disputed the charges. The ONLY positive was that the front office staff was as understanding as they could be, and our "check out" was at least civil and polite.
Rather stay in a campground
Stayed on ground floor with double doors. I think this room was made for handicapped. Someone could have leaned on doors and broke them. Payed $120.00 in November 2002 for a room with no bathroom door, cold water (never had anything even remotely close to warm), a public toilet for bar next door that flushed all night and kept us awake, smelly, and definately not clean. Also sent a brochure to us stating they had continental breakfast....HA! Forget the continental breakfast. This hotel would be rated a -10 by myself and other couple with us. Very, very, bad. Like I said in the title, I have been at better campgrounds than this hotel.
Decent hotel with Great location
My husband and I decided last minute to attend the jazz fest in 2002. I spent hours on the Web trying to find a hotel that was under 200 bucks a night and in the french quarter and available during jazz fest about 3 weeks before the event. This hotel met those needs. Thank goodness. The hotel filled our purpose exactly. Someplace to sleep at night and shower. The staff was nice and the hotel room was fine. If you want a romantic love fest of a hotel room then I wouldn't recommend this hotel. But, if you are just looking for a bed with a great location that is safe and decent where you can rest up for the next day of jazz fest or whatever and not spend too much money, then this hotel will do you just fine.
Warning on Frech Market Inn
The good side: it is quaint, historic, and supposed to be haunted, very convenient to the French Quarter, and the staff seems to be trying. The bad: The guest who checked out before me (who were fleeing the hotel actually) and I shared the same experience: The air in the rooms was
very bad (due to mold or something worse?). Also, perhaps this is just New Orleans but most things didn't work (iron, closet light, coffee maker) the shower water ALWAYS cycled between hot and cold, and the room had "windows" looking out on a hall.
Constructive Advice: CHANGE THE CARPET (!) or whatever it takes to get rid of the smell!
I selected this hotel based on what I learned on the Web. I was pleasantly surprised. My room was spacious, clean, and well-maintained. It had a comfortable queen-sized four-poster bed. The bathroom was much more than adequately sized. The halls, elevator, and public spaces were clean and well-lighted (and these buildings are pretty old).
I reserved a room at the hotel for the weekend and got my comfirmation number and even called before getting into the car to drive down there. When I arrived, I was told that they overbooked and that my room was given to someone else. I can't really say how the rooms looked because I never stayed there. To their credit, they got me a room at the Alexa Hotel on Royal and even payed for the first night. The manager at the front desk was also very nice and helpful and apologetic about giving up my room. For those considering a hotel in the French Quarter, the Alexa was pretty nice with clean and decently sized rooms (it just opened a few months ago).