French Market Inn

501 Rue Decatur, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130, United States | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located in the French Quarter area of New Orleans, is near New Orleans School of Cooking, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Napoleon House, and Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsFrench Market Inn New Orleans

    Reviewed by ftworthnana

    Our hotel

    Reviewed Jun 1, 2014
    by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

    Such a quaint little hotel across from the River front. Courtyard with a plunge pool, great staff, and a visit from spirits on our last night.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by nabeards

    Awesome old building

    Reviewed Jan 20, 2013
    by (3 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Although still under renovation, this was place was very cool. Other than the weird parking situation, it was a great stay.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews French Market Inn New Orleans

    The big dark room

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    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.

    Wonderfully quaint

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    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!

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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!

    Historic French Market Inn Hotel

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    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).

    It was dark upon my arrival, so I didn't get a good look at the courtyards, but it seemed rather quaint.

    The location was excellent. It was probably 4 blocks from Bourbon Street, 2 blocks from the Harrah's Casino, and maybe 2 blocks from the RiverWalk. Plenty of restaurants are close by (unless you are departing early and then good luck on finding breakfast). I came in on AMTRAK and the train station is about 5-8 minutes away.

    My requested 5:00 a.m. wake up call never arrived, so I wouldn't depend on them to get you up on time. There is a clock radio in the room. However, some misguided bozo did come by knocking on my door at 4:15 a.m. telling me to "get up, it's time to go".

    Bad points - they add about $6 to your bill for "incidentals" (namely being nice enough to provide a phone and safe for your use in your room, whether you use it or not). I thought this was a little low-class. With taxes and these nickel-and-dime incidentals, my $99 room finished out at around $129.

    No rooms

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    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).

    Hotel for people who don't use their room

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    If you're 20, on a drinking tour of New Orleans, and plan to use you room for one or two showers and the toilet, then this is the place for you.

    If, however, you would like to sleep or walk along an unobstructed line, steer clear. Microscopic rooms within miniature beds and the smallest tubs I have ever seen in my life. It is indeed a funky old building, with exposed brick walls, but they should eliminate 1/2 of the rooms and make the remainder larger. It is like sleeping in a closet. To get to the bath, you have to sit on the bed and rotate around the edge. They talk about a multimillion dollar renovation, but the carpet is dirty and threadbare, and the tub was installed by a drunk plumber with a caulk gun.

    I spent the entire first day looking for another hotel to move to before my girlfriend arrives. I can't make her stay here. The hotel requires a minimum 2 night stay, and my guess is that policy insures some sort of income. No one would voluntarily stay a second night in such a place.

    TripAdvisor Reviews French Market Inn New Orleans

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding
     

    Travel Blogs from New Orleans

    The first night

    A travel blog entry by hollynjym on Sep 02, 2014

    17 photos

    ... the cheaper room so not a suite) is small but I expected that being a downtown hotel in a big city. I also expected the awkward quirkiness of the building due to its historic nature as 7 old buildings dating back to the 1860s. My room has an alcove sort of area that has a small closet and by small I mean it goes up to my boobs like in an attic. I think that is all part of the historic charm of the building and that is something I don’t mind. ...

    All that Jazz!

    A travel blog entry by swannieg on Jun 08, 2014

    1 comment

    ... for some much needed rest.
    4/6. Up nice and early -was a bit warmish in our room but not unbearable. Head off to find somewhere for breakfast - our hotel not doing it because of the lack of AC - what a lot of wimps! Better not come to Oz in summer! Guy decides Cafe du Monde is the go (Lonely Planet again!) - find it without much trouble - only one table left so grab it and then realise they only do coffee and beignets ( a very sweet concoction like a long donut covered in icing ...

    The Big Easy

    A travel blog entry by healsby on Mar 22, 2014

    12 photos

    ... 8217; and this cool ‘mysteries’ programme which was really dramatic and over-acted. It’s been quite a quiet day by our standards, but we’ve really enjoyed it and feel like we’ve seen a good part of New Orleans….especially as a lot of it is geared towards drinking and partying and that’s not really our scene anymore. Plus, we need to get our rest, as tomorrow we’re headed into the bayou so spot gators!

    Deej ...

    New Orleans-Lafayette

    A travel blog entry by nyckelly3 on Nov 09, 2013

    65 photos

    ... the world if we even saw an alligator, and I found myself becoming more and more ecstatic with each new area. The reflection of the moss-filled trees on the calm, clear water gave the swamp a gloomy aura, and the perforated patterns in the clouds below the blue sky mixing with the orange setting sun like a painting set aflame comforted the entire scene.

    The tour was two hours but I easily could have spent the entire day out there. Each time I would think ...

    Trepidation Conquest

    A travel blog entry by paulej4 on Sep 29, 2013

    3 comments, 3 photos

    ... Joint" option would make my Cheeseburger Thursday crew quite happy. The lunch buffet offers extraordinary variety. There is a deli and a fish 'n chips option alongside pizza and tacos and a carving station. Soft serve ice cream machines are humming, comfort food abounds and the lemonade is quite good. So, the price break, for me at least, is not apparent in the food available.

    The crew seems to me to be like all cruise ship crews. A large variety ...

    Traveler Photos French Market Inn New Orleans

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