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... retirement ceremony of a Coast Guard officer, held in the large foyer area of the museum. It would have been neat to catch it, as military ritual fascinates me.
I got a ticket and boarded a Pullman car where I sat on a wooden bench seat and listened to the stories of different Americans telling their stories about how they came to be in the war. The stories are not that different to those of many aussies.
The museum is intended to show the ...
... tombs were massive and some held their whole family! That evening we decided to take in some real southern food, looking at our Trip-advisor bible we went to a highly recommended tiny little restaurant. The funny thing was a lot of the reviews said that the service from one waitress was quite bad, not thinking much of this because of the 5* food reviews we went along anyway. We had to queue outside the entrance for 10 minutes before we got a table and we soon ...
... bars and downing large quantities of oysters. We take time out between bars to catch a few beads and also to check out our float and our assigned stations on the float. True to form, Bill has made sure that our stations are well stocked with beads (we have around 2000 strings each to throw) as well as sundry other items – soft toys, doubloons, and “exploding towels”, whatever they are! The theme of our float (one of around 20 in our parade) is ...
... and stretched out to take the sweet. It was all pretty exciting and our anticipation of more sightings of other animals grew.
We saw a lovely grey heron sitting on a log above the water - whilst looking very graceful and elegant they are quite aggressive birds. Our guide told us that heron eat about 15% of the young alligator hatchlings but the adult alligators even the odds by sneaking up on heron sitting on logs and devouring them!
The native trees ...
... district, sampling some local French donuts called beignets, which are tasty treats covered in icing sugar. On the way back, we drove past New Orleans's grandest homes, including the home of author, Anne Rice. There are some truly spectacular homes here, with the oldest being the most expensive.
After our tour, we were dropped back in town where the cold wind was quite unpleasant. The kids headed home and Gary and I braved the ...
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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.