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I had planned to meet Erin, my Airbnb host at midday, but as I was up early and checked out early, I wasn't sure if she would be ready when I arrived. It was only a 20 minute drive to her place and she had agreed to put some traffic cones out to reserve me a park on her busy street. It was jazz fest and she lived within walking distance of the festival and the French quarter. When Erin had messaged me about jazz fest, I replied with ignorance. I had no idea about the world famous annual ...
... swamp are big and luxurious, not many pets around the place though, which we found out later was because if people had pets the alligators would eat them. There were some shacks overhanging the swamp but these were definitely just run down shacks but still very cool to see. I think the most amazing thing for me was seeing the damage and debris caused by hurricane katrina which they are still trying to cope with. Some of the shacks on the swamp ...
... a note here - New Orleans is very big on seafood - especially the type that sit on the bottom of the river. It's not unusual to catch a 120lb catfish (translates to about 50kg).
Then we headed off to walk along the water front and see the Mississippi with a paddle-wheel ship just heading off from the quay - it's horn was disconcertingly long and loud! It really took me back to the days of reading Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer.
We then headed off ...
... the Decatur Street market and up around the church where all of the local artists sell their wares. There, we ran into Erin and Allie who were wandering aimlessly as well, and after a few more minutes of exploring we all piled into Diego and (upon Monica's recommendation) headed over to a place called Willie Mae's which held a reputation for having the city's best fried chicken.
Monica and her sister were already at the front of the ...
... Alligator's. The Captain had a real strong Louisiana accent and if anyone has seen True Blood ( Vampire Show) then he sounded like someone of that.
We put our headphones on because the sound of the boat was really loud, and then blast off, proper wind swept.
We pulled up and he pointed out an Alligator, about 8 feet he said, he grabbed some pieces of chicken and was shouting come here and splashing water, sure enough the Alligator came up and he fed it. We moved ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel New Orleans Downtown
Stayed in the Suite - Excellent
Great room, great service, great location. Have to try a sandwich at "Mother's" next door. I recommend the Ferdi special.
Wonderful Weekend at the W
Just returned home from a Bachelorette Party weekend stay at the W. The rooms were great, the bed great, the service absolutely charming, and the atmosphere fabulous. Convenient to shopping and nightlife, without being too caught up in the chaos. I reccommend it highly.
We loved the W !!!
We stayed at the W and loved the hotel!!! Everything in the room was first class and the bed was "out of this world" comfortable. Everyone was so polite and friendly ... Todd at the front door gave us excellent advice on where to eat and go and Clara at the lobby coffee bar in the morning was just so friendly and efficient and had the most wonderful "warm" personality. We loved the candles lighting the lobby at night. We were pleased with the convenient location on Podyras Street which was within walking distance to most places we went to. We will definitely stay at the W on our next trip!!!
Background runway "music" annoying....Room maintenance poor....Would be a better hotel with adult supervision....Close to our regional office....We would return on someone else's nickel...
When my partner and I feel we need a get a way a weekend at the W provides a bit of heaven ZOE's, Wrisky Blue and the Beds.
Pleasant but please turn down the music
A good location--as close as you want to get to the French Quarter--and bright pleasant smallish rooms. Halls are dark which I found offputting. Nice helpful staff. Nice bed. Nice toiletries.
If you rate hotels by their bars...
...I would say that the Whiskey Blue bar pretty much tanks the rating of an otherwise fine hotel. We were a party of 10, and in a free-spending mood. One of us wanted to rearrange some of the seating because of his lower back pain making it impossible to sit in the low stools provided at this table, which was the only one large enough for all of us to sit together. We were then admonished by the bar manager that this was absolutely prohibited, and would create a nuisance to the other customers. This was hardly plausible, being a Sunday night, and we were almost the only people there. So we finished our round and quicky departed for the French quarter to re-start a cocktail hour that had been rudely derailed.
Snooty, but nice
Nice hotel - great beds. But the halls were a bit dark. FOlks were helpful with the exception of checking in - they have a lot of late check outs - which is very problematic. THe rooms were not ready at 4pm when we checked in and we were told to go walk around for 2 hours after sitting on an airplane for 2 1/2 hours. For such a fru fru hotel they could have made some accomodations and had a room ready!!! But I'd probably stay there again - great beds and they made sure the rooms were clear.
Best Nights Sleep Ever In A Hotel !!!
The W has the most wonderful beds! My husband and I spent two nights in September 2002. The W is very different than other hotels we have stayed in, but the staff is very friendly and we really enjoyed our stay. The service is great! The most wonderful bed, and the cookies and milk from room service for a late night snack was more than great! The room has everything you need to be comfortable, including deluxe robes and linens. The view of the Mississippi River was a treat. My husband and I both enjoyed this hotel. If you don't find the super comtempary style too distracting, this is a great place to lay your head down! We will stay here on our next trip to New Orleans.
The W Hotel - Polydras St
If you are looking for a great hotel with a great staff, stay a the W Hotel. This hotel is very modernized. It has a great pool, fitness center (on the sixth floor), and a nice restaurant. It is located across the street from Harrah's Casino. It is in walking distance to the Aquarium and Bourbon street. The rooms are very nice - featherbeds and goose down pillows nice. I really liked this hotel.