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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Provincial New Orleans
Hotel Provincial is a Keeper!!!
Wow! I booked this place by researching many of the reviews here and also by how Frommer's had to rate it. I was hoping for clean, safe, convenient, pleasant, and comfortable. Hotel Provincial fit the bill to a tee for my husband and I! As soon as we pulled up, the Valet "Lee" was there to check us in and get us settled. The staff was very congenial, helpful, and easily approachable ( sometimes hard to find in a hotel staff). Everyone from the valets to the housekeeping staff always passed us with a smile and a "Have a nice day" or "How are you?". The room hallways were clean, nicely kept, and well lit. Our room was slightly small, but ample room for the two of us and our loads of shopping bags. Let's face it, we weren't there for sleeping. But when we did come back to our room at the end of the night, it was a welcome sight, and comfy. Our bathroom was immaculate, and the water pressure in the shower was awesome, we were on the 3rd floor. We never had a problem with hot water staying hot or cold staying cold. The location of Hotel Provincial was so convenient. We could enter thru the carriageway on Chartres, or Cafe Bienet / Honfleur Bar on Decatur.
Sometimes it was better to return to the hotel via Decatur on a very late night, because simply there were more people around than on Chartres. The pools were great as well, there is a large pool in one courtyard, and a much more private one in another adjacent courtyard.
The pools and courtyards were also very well kept, clean and manicured.
The on-site valet parking was a plus for us. It meant our car would not be parked on a side street where we had no idea where it was. Street parked cars, as we witnessed, were easy targets for thieves to smash, grab, and run. We were told by the front staff that we could access our car at anytime we wished. We also felt comfortable that the only entry to our car was thru a carriageway always manned by a valet, and gates were locked after 11 pm. There was always a valet on duty to let us in with proper hotel i.d. After multiple visits to N.O., this hotel was everything we've been looking for in a reliable hotel in N.O. I know we've found it. We had a great time, and our visit was made even better knowing we didn't have to worry about our room. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. We also were able to get a great summertime rate, but would not mind paying this hotel's regular rate for the safety, courteousness, cleanliness, and convenience it offered us.
I wrote a letter to the manager to inform them of the problems I had during my stay Memorial Day weekend - see previous review. The Manager sent me a letter asking me to call her. She was very apologetic and explained that they had 3 people miss work the weekend of our stay and were short staffed. She gave me a nice refund for a portion of our stay and asked me to call her directly to make reservations next time. We will stay at Hotel Provincial again.
Perfect Vieux Carre Location
The room was outstanding & the service was absolutely impeccable. We'll definitely stay here the next time we're in New Orleans, and it won't be long. Also, think about the Hotel Provincial because of its location: you're a few blocks from any noisy section of the French Quarter, but then again, it's just a few blocks. Perfect spot.
Unsatisfied with my stay
Not satisfactory. The room was very stuffy, with poor ventilation, poor air conditioning. Also, the room was rather dark, and appeared in ill repair. Unable to get room service when I requested (no one was available for room service that morning). However, the room was clean, with a decent amount of space. Overall, I would not stay there again.
Can't wait to go back
Can't wait to go back to the Hotel Provincial. This is a charming hotel in a historical building in a great location in the French Quarter - 2 blocks to Jackson Square and the Cafe du Monde. Our room (deluxe) opened on to a lovely patio with a gurgling fountain. There is also one large pool, one small pool, and more patios. Our room was spacious, very clean and comfortable. The service was outstanding - very helpful and friendly. We used our Entertainment discount to get a good rate. I highly recommend this hotel.
Good time had by all
My wife and I brought my mother to N.O. for her birthday and we were all very happy with the Provincial. Great location, central but quiet and with great service. The courtyard areas were all great and the pool area is wonderful. We had a room in the back through the parking lot and although the carpeting and wall paper were a little worn it seemed to add to the charm combined with the antique furnishings and high ceilings. I would stay there again and recommend to anyone looking for a small, comfortable hideaway in the French Quarter.
Good for the $
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay 11/2002. Staff was extremely polite and helpful and found the rates excellent if booked in advance. Large convention in town and hotel was full but service was still good.
Best Hotel I've Stayed In
As soon as you get there from the airport they take your bags for you and show you your elegant room. We were supposed to have a plain suite, but it was not available. Instead they gave us a condo that was connected to the Hotel and that was just fabulous! Two floors of pure antiques. Everything is right there when you wake up, Cafe du Monde, the French Market, Jackson Square, etc. Its just a lovely place, especially since you can see the French Quarter from your own balcony. Now, don't go to New Orleans if you don't think you'll run into a ghost. We had our share in that room, lights going on and off, things moving and falling off tables, but I love those kinds of things. I loved the high ceilings and the French doors! Lestat would have loved it there. So go! =)
Hotel Provincial..a nice suprise
When my friend and I were planning our girls weekend away I began looking at hotels that met specific requirements... had to be in a safe neighborhood, and had to be conveinently located. Not an easy task in New Orleans. Finally decided upon the Hotel Provincial. I have been to New Orleans several times, and for the most part stayed in hotels located at the upper end of the French Quarter...more toward Canal Street so I knew that this hotel was on the lower end toward the French Market and flea market.
I was totally suprised. The room was as nice as those at the Monteleone that we had stayed previously and paid much more for. Not only that, but the staff were very nice. Best of all there was an added extra. They gave us a menu of a place called the Verti Marte, a delivery grocery on Royal street that brought take out food to you at the hotel. Talk about saving a bundle on room service. WHEW! I highly recommend this hotel. You can walk through the parking lot, enter the back door at Cafe Beniget and be in the heart of the French Market. Don't forget the flea market, where you can buy things at a fraction of what you can on Bourbon Street. All in all, perfect hotel, perfect stay.
This is a great place, perfect location, beautiful. It is haunted, believe me, I saw the ghost of a Confederate soldier (it was a hospital during the war). But if that doesn't bother you, this is the only place I would ever stay in New Orleans. It's close to everything, the staff is great, the parking lot is secure and it has two beautiful pools.
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After leaving, we walk back through Louis Armstrong Park to Congo Square (we learned about this yesterday from Milton), it is where the African slaves would gather on Sundays which was their only day off and reconnect through music with one another and with their culture. It was also a place of trade where the slaves could trade the crops they had grown with the Native Americans for money ...
... dressed in rags which hang from their skinny bodies, hair matted into clumpy dreads, a duffel bag at their side and of course the obligatory dog with a rough rope lead or chain. They sit on the street, begging with witty cardboard signs and gather in large numbers in the parks and green spaces or, as the night progresses sprawled out in the gutter unconscious on alcohol or drugs. Some sleep where they pass out while others retreat to abandoned, blighted ...
... to head back to the French Quarter. We even caught the Canal Street car to take us all the way back to the French Market.
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