Hotel Villa Convento
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... Rach to get back to work.
I was completely plantationed out so we steered Bruce to New Orleans. First thing we recognised was the Superdome. This was where they supported a fraction of the victims of Hurricane Katrina which devastated this city in 2005, killing over 1,800 and displacing over 400,000.
... was a musician from a local jazz band, he played piano, and wore a narrow brimmed straw hat, something you'd see a barber shop quartet wearing. I guess it screamed jazz musician. Dunno. Will was full of information on the history of the local area and told me of things to see. They left to get some lunch and I unpacked the car and went for a walk. I walked uptown, away from the French quarter. There were people all over the streets, most carrying chairs, all heading for the show ...
... ride from our RV camp with driver "Al" who, in a short 20 minute ride, gave us his own life history, his philosophy of life, a brief history of New Orleans, advice for loving and living, and a brief tour. Thanks, Al, for a one of a kind intro to your city!
2. The French Market.
3. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde
4. River Walk
5. Street car ride along River Walk, Canal Street, and St. Charles
6. Music, music, music!
... was littered with piles of trampled beads and the torn plastic bags they came in. Mardi Gras is basically an underwriting of the Chinese kitsch economy and an assault on the campaign against littering city streets. Today's parade was different. A gathering of 20-something and 30-something musicians, cross-dressers (not mutually-exclusive categories), LGB, unicycle-riders and the like who gathered ...
We caught an 8 hour train from Memphis to New Orleans. Met some nice guys on the train who were on their way to New Orleans to become priests - they'd given up their jobs as lawyers to do it & they looked more like they should be in a band then in a church, but really nice to talk to. We hopped in a cab to take us to our accommodation which is right near the French quarter, but when the taxi driver was trying to find it we appeared to ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Convento New Orleans
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.