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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Hotel Modern New Orleans
The rooms themselves are great. The parking situation was a little hairy but and my room window opened up to a stairwell. The location is great because it is close enough to everything but far from the nightly nonsense.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Hotel Modern New Orleans
My room had a view of the roof of another part of the building and there was a dead bird right outside our window. The carpets and bedding were stained there were tears in both our sheet and velour(polyester?) blanket. This room was in a state of disrepair and needed some serious cleaning. For some reason the room was very loud too. There was some sort of a vent into the hallway and we could hear every door slam. The staff was polite and the decor was pleasant. I don't like being charged for a safe that I am not going to use and phone calls that I am not going to make. Next time I *will* stay at the W, it is worth the extra cash.
Worst Hotel with Horrible Manager
The Manager Magda Chappetta is the most rude and inconsiderate woman ever and her staff is the same. After losing my reservation they sent me to a cheap and nasty hotel. She offered complimentary car service for my trouble however when I called about 2 hours later she declined to send a car. Please do not book reservations at this hotel, they do not honor expedia reservations. While I waited for an answer they did the same thing to another family.
Well after reading the first reviews and already having booked the room I was thinking I had made a mistake. But as the last few reviews came in I was beginning to feel better. Booked the room on the internet for about $66.00 per night without extras, taxes, phone safe, occupancy tax, etc. It actually ended up being $82.50 a night and having to pay the extra for the phone was great. You could call anybody long distance for free. My husband was not a believer as the room info said, I think $1.00 surcharge per call. But not true it was free. The room was a little smaller than average and there was not a window to see out of. There was a small window high up so you did get some sunlight. My only small compaint was we asked for extra pillows about 9am one morning and did not get them until we called back about 10pm the next night. All in all I would recommend this hotel, the trolley runs in front of the hotel but it is not a bad walk to get the Riverfront or the French Quarter. We did not use the trolley as the people looked like sardines in a can, but took nice walks during the day, when we came home a night from Bourbon Street we would catch a taxi a couple of blocks up and I think the fare was maybe $6.00.
We had read the reviews, and were expecting this horribly small room. True, we have stayed in larger rooms, but this room was far from small. It was well decorated, a place we felt very comforatble in. My significant other will leave a room if he is not happy, we stayed. The view was nothing to speak of, but we just closed the curtains. I loved the door leading into the bathroom, and the large shower in all marble. I found only one problem with the shower, it had no shelves for shampoo's, etc.
We loved our stay there
The staff was friendly. The renovation of the building was well done. Rooms were modest in size but well done and there was plenty of space. We were impressed by the unlimited local and long distance telephone usage for 4.00 a day. Usually anywhere we have stayed would charge .50 - 1.50 per call just to make local calls, and forget about making a long distance call from a hotel phone unless you win the lottery 1st but from here, no problem. The Hotel is right on the street Car line making New Orleans very accessible.
New, modern, small, comfortable
In April 2002 my wife and I stayed at Le Cirque for four days. It was very new, modern, lots of marble and dark colors. The rooms were small but comfortable, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We liked the location between the Graden District to the west, and the Downtown Warehouse District and French Quarter to the east, on the streetcar line. We booked the room on the web, and at $75/night it was very nice.
This hotel is really nice. It is not for those who are used to the major chains. So if you are used to staying at Holiday, Comfort, etc, don't bother staying here. This Hotel is not for you!
The photos are misleading. They make you think that the lobby is large, theres maybe room for 4 people. The first room we were shown faced the front of the building, right on the street car line. It also had a broken window latch, so every time the street car went by it sounded like it was coming through the room. The next day, after we were told the latch had been broken during Mardi Gras and this was Jazz Fest time, we were moved to another room with the view of the dumpster. Luckily the dumpster was quiet at night.
As for the rooms, while stylishly decorated, you need to be extremely thin for two people to even maneuver around. the bedding felt cheap and uncomfortable, and the bathroom sink was too small, so water gets all over the floor. Bring flip-flops. Ladies, bring a caddy. There is no counter to place toiletries or makeup. The service was helpful, but we were sorely disappointed by the hidden charges when we got our bill. Anticipate spending twice as much as the room rate per night. I'm not kidding!