Hotel Villa Convento
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... does the amazing large spiders that we have seen in other parts of the world. The garden and many of the works came from one generous benefactor. Also included is a Blue Dog Sculpture by the Louisiana artist George Rodrigue whose Blue dog works are seen everywhere in New Orleans, including in galleries, and as posters on buildings. He died in 2013, in his sixties, and his works are now super expensive. We loved his work. The dog is ...
... rooms, headed to PJ's the hotel's cafe, for breakfast. Our server had a magnificent fro and when we asked about things to see this morning before the shows started he suggested the Aquarium, the Insectorium and a strip club over on Idris... That's right, daytime strippers... After breakfast we all cycled through the showers and headed out. Security is tighter this year and we were forced to dispose of our "coffee" before enter the riverfront festival grounds. Caroline again ...
... the bridge (there's a damn cold wind here tonight. I shoulda brought gloves from Vancouver) and peer into the gloom. Don't see anything yet, but I hear music approaching. Of course, in New Orleans that can happen anytime and any place. But I can make out a canoe, with a paddler front and back, with a tuba player squat in the middle. There's another one, two paddlers at the ends, with two slide trombonists in the middle. ...
... cruisers, mainly from Mississippi, Alabama, New Orleans...they were not a quiet, shy group! Amazing to see the different cultures (redneck being classified as a cluture here also!), and the type of people who cruise. I kinda thought it would be reserved for wealthy retirees, but not so. It seemed to be an everday peoples holiday. Some of the hairdo's we're beyond comprehension. Nobody had any qualms about stripping off for the pool (altho the tequila bar may have helped with ...
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Great location, great rates
We have stayed here twice. The location is great and the price is right. Quite area that is very safe and clean. Balcony room was great as was room 209. We highly recommend this establishment.
We stayed at the Villa Convento Hotel in February 2003 during Mardi Gras. The room was terrible, and it was one of the 2 suites on the 4th floor! The elevator is a COFFIN! I thought it would be better to shlep up four flights of stairs than be in the elevator for 5 minutes! I was wrong. The stairway is awful (paint peeling off the walls, the carpet is threadbare!), needs a major paint job! The room was decent, and that's saying a lot. The ante-chambre or living room was dirty (walls splattered with god knows what), and they gave us a third mattress that had the springs popping out! The main bedroom was OK, and the bathroom was renovated, but you have to go through the bedroom to reach the bathroom. Breakfast was a bunch of day old croissants and coffee--no milk! The courtyard is a wreck, dead plants all over the place. The only positive about this hotel is the location and cheap rates--$165/nt for 3 people including parking.
Stayed Accross the Street
We stayed at the French Quarter Guest House across the street from the Hotel Villa Convento. It is owned and operated by the same people. Our room was VERY small, but in New Orleans, who cares? You don't go to New Orleans to sit in your room. The location was excellent. Close to everything, but far enough away from the rowdy crowds. When I travel, the bed is really important to me. The bed in our room was awesome! Slept like a baby. If you plan on going to New Orleans, check this place out. Also, leave the French Quarter for the tourists. Take the trolley down St. Charles Ave. until you hit Loyola University. Across the street is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Enjoy!
Had a WONDERFUL stay!
stayed at the hotel villa convento october 2002...was wonderful!....the campos were friendly, accommodating and helpful with questions about local restaurants, shops, trolly, everything. the room was clean and quiet. the hotel is walking distance from everything..jackson square, bourbon street...etc...highly recommend it... :-)
Very pleasant stay
We stayed two nights at the Hotel Villa Convento in a third story room with a balcony. The room was lovely and clean and quiet. We spent one pleasant afternoon eating muffulletas, drinking wine, reading the paper and napping during a thunderstorm. The elevator is fun and Mr. Campos is very friendly. In the past we have stayed more on the Canal street side of the quarter and this place is at the other end. More residential. We felt like locals, not tourists. Great coffee/breakfast place across street, some really cool shops within two blocks, a great pizza place and an african restaurant nearby too. The courtyard is not spectacular, and an old place like this is a constant work in progress, but it had everything we wanted/needed and I would stay there again. It's a tad less expensive than some other places too.
We (mother and teenage daughter) stayed at Hotel Villa Convento for 4 days following several day stays at the Cornstalk and the Hyatt. We will absolutely return to the Hyatt and Hotel Villa Convento. The Cornstalk had courtesy and security issues, but that's another topic. The Hotel Villa Convento staff was wonderful, relaxed, competent and friendly. The building is old, run down, a bit tacky and shabby, but it was also charming, well maintained, clean, and interesting. The room was spotless and plenty roomy for the two of us. The bed was comfortable and clean with a fresh smelling and pretty matching set for the comforter, shams, dust ruffle. The bathroom was basic but clean and functional. The open grillwork balcony rooms are inappropriate for small children but wonderul for people watching, morning coffee, and reading. There is a very good deli 30 feet across the street, a community coffee shop 1 block around the corner, and you are within easy walking of other low or medium cost places to eat on the east side of the Quarter. The bus stops abt 1/2 block South of the front door. They have free excellent coffee and croissants in the morning - until they run out. There is no lobby, just a short and small hallway and desk, so its not a hotel for people watching - I would say they speak Italian at the front desk if that's any help to foreign visitors. The front door iron grille is locked before dark (enter with your room key) and we felt secure. It's true the courtyard could be spiffed up, but it was charming in a run-down sort of way. This hotel is on the edge of the residential area of the Quarter but is only a few blocks from the action on Bourbon. We walked back late at night and felt comfortable. There is nothing fancy or upscale about this family-run hotel, but it is an excellent value, is safe, comfy, and we loved it. The Hotel Villa Convento has an interesting history. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get a feeling of the people who live in the Quarter.
Charming sans Pretense
...Lovely place. Nestled amongst the other Cuban built Spanish architechure, this hotel is not the "story-book 'Creole' dream plantation bed-n-breakfast", it's real New Orleans, with no pretension. The rooms were clean, rates are great and the staff were lovely, personable and attentive. Having lived most of life in New Orleans, I love this kind of place as it feels comfortable without having to prostitute the "native" culture to try and impress you. If you want the Fantasy, go somewhere else. If you want to feel like a local, by all means stay there. The generous continental breakfast will keep you going until you're ready to head out for real fare and another cocktail....
Best place in the Quarter
The Villa Convento was a great place to stay. It was clean and our balcony room was so cosey, comfortable, and romantic. The Campo family was so friendly and helpful. The hotel was in a great location and was at a good price. I recommend to place to every one.
What a Dump!
This place was a disgrace. The "lush" courtyard was filled with dead plants and the tables and chairs were in bad need of a good cleaning and painting. The room smelled moldy and damp, and there was mold growing in the bathtub. The walls of the room were all dirty and smudged. The floor in the bathroom was so dirty that when I put the floor towel down after my shower it practically turned black. Even the ice bucket leaked! The family who ran the place was nice, but this hotel is in need of some MAJOR renovation. It is in a nice location in the quiet end of the Quarter and the hotel has great potential, but it needs help fast before it gets beyond repair. The stairs leading to the upper floors seemed like it was going to rot and break beneath your feet. My family stayed one night and then checked into Le Richelieu.
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Villa Convento for one week in October, 2000. We were on our honeymoon and wanted an inexpensive place to stay that was in a convenient location. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It is not luxurious, but the rooms are spotless and air-conditioned, and it is within walking distance to many major attractions and close to the bus system and streetcars. Continental breakfast is included in the rate, or you can walk across the street to the magnificient Croissant D'Or cafe. The hotel is owned by the Campo family, who are very friendly and can provide a wealth of information on the city and its attractions. I would definitely stay there again.