International House Boutique Hotel
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Louisiana is built on water. Literally. The highways, the towns, everything! So what better way than to arrive in a storm. Or T storm. After a whirlwind day arriving in the peace of the International House lobby with its dusky reds and sweet aromas was a completion to our dream like state. We are still not sure whether it was our natural beauty, …
The next morning we rose, as early as possible, to make the most of the unusual fine sunny weather and check out New Orleans' waterfront. Heeding Laura's moms advice we stopped for a light breakfast of Beignets (a deep fried doughnut covered in a mountain of icing sugar) and some famous cafe au lait in the French Market. Then we meandered along the …
Back in the city, no time for the nap we so longed for after our previous boozy night. It was a quick clean up and straight on to Snug Harbor for an evening of dinner and jazz. Located just outside the French Quarter around Frenchman Street, supposedly this is what Bourbon Street used to be like 20 years ago, Snug Harbor was one of many lively …
... first quarter we went on a mission to find food and ended up with burritos. We kinda forgot about the game for a while and walked around, drank purple "dranks" at the haunted Blacksmith Bar, danced to a cover band in another bar and remembered when there was about five minutes left. Turns out the Saints were up and won the match, so all of New Orleans was in party mode since they hadn't won a game all season. I laughed every single time I heard someone yell "WHO DAT?" which for ...
... to a proud, aristocratic Creole family; their “rabais,” or notions, outfitted many of New Orleans’ high society women in formal gowns, lace, and perfumes imported from Paris. With a larger courtyard than its neighbors, the residence lent itself to visitors, and the sisters’ shop received many.
Marriage, reversals of fortune, widowhood--nothing could separate the two sisters. Indeed, as ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsInternational House Boutique Hotel New Orleans
Enough said... No windows, black out room. A great room for New Orleans. A huge bathroom and nice staff.
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The rooms have photos by Herman Leonard. The hotel and service are excellent.
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Historical Traveler Reviews International House Boutique Hotel New Orleans
Overpriced Hotel not 4 Stars!!!
I stayed at the International House for my Honeymoon in Feb. I was extremly disappointed by the small, stinky rooms!! From the way the hotel was advertised online, I thought it would be a nice elegant hotel. It was no better than a Holiday Inn!! The lobby was nice, but the rooms were dinky, and badly furnished!! There was also very little in the way of amenites, only a small workout room. I was very disappointed, and will NEVER be staying there again when I am in New Orleans!! Not worth the money!!
Enjoyed our stay at International House
We stayed at the International House as part of a Delta Airlines package booked on short notice in June. Lobby is very hip and interesting; staff was helpful, allowing us to check in early (we arrived around noon.) Our room was on the small side, but nicely appointed. No view, but none of these things were really issues as we intended to spend most of our time out. VERY comfortable beds! Usually I have a lot of trouble sleeping on hotel mattresses and pillows, but I slept really well here...and no, it was not from drinking too much on Bourbon Street! :-) The second night, a voodoo altar had been set up in the lobby and it was there till we checked out. Cool! We had lunch at the restaurant, Lemon Grass, and it was an excellent meal. The hotel is conveniently located to walk to the French Quarter as well as the D-Day Museum and arts district. Very quiet since it's located in the business district. We walked back from the D-Day Museum in the rain, got soaked, and when I went into the bathroom off the lobby to dry off (we'd already checked out) the attendant offered to get me a bath towel, which I certainly appreciated. I would recommend it based on our experience.
My wife and I stayed 3 nights this week at the International House. Booked a rate of $99 a night directly through the hotel for a king room. When we arrived we were offered to upgrade to a corner, king room for $50 more a night. We expected this through our reading of a previous review, and accepted the upgrade. The room was large, with huge windows on two sides. It had a shower, no bathtub, with a double headed shower head. Unfortunately, only one of the heads worked. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. The Aveda bath products were an improvement over most hotels bath amenities. The staff was helpful, sometimes overly friendly. The LOA bar was o.k. Kinda small, but nice ambiance. Overall the hotel was good for $150 a night. Convenient location. I would probably stay there again for the same rate.
Not too impressed the IH
We stayed at the International House this past March and I have to say it was not very impressive. First, the rooms were rather small and really did not live up to it's price tag. Secondly, the walls are very thin and we heard what we shouldn't have. Thirdly, it was not very clean. Stinky smoke smell everywhere!!Maybe we came on a bad week since it was the weekend after Mardi Gras, but I woudn't recommend staying at this place.
All in all, a nice hotel
We made reservations via the Internet and, on arrival---chic lobby, hip bar---were given "the opportunity" to upgrade for an additional $75 a night. To help us decide, the guy behind the desk took us up to the room they'd reserved for us (at $125 a night). This was a small, but elegantly furnished, cubicle whose window faced "interior courtyard," or airshaft---with the result that a deep and gloomy twilight reigned, even at midday. Tight quarters, fine for sleeping, but you wouldn't want to hang out in them. So then we looked at the upgrade: 512. This was a large corner room, elegantly furnished, with lots of windows and light from two sides. No bath, but a good shower. We took the upgrade and enjoyed our stay.
Problems at International House
My husband and I spent 4 nights at International house during the French Quarter Festival April 2003. We were celebrating my birthday and our 10 year anniversary. I had reserved the room 1 month in advance and requested a king size bed, bathtub (hoping to indulge in the "flower bath" offered by the hotel), standard amenities. I reserved the room at what I thought was a very reasonable rate and offered to "upgrade" for a nice room-Michael assured me I would get a nice room at the rate he offered me-$199/2nights, $99/following 2 nights. One week prior to our departure I emailed the hotel to confirm my reservation and the hotel responded with my reservation and a room rate increase-$319 each night! They finally honored my initial room rate following several phone calls over 2 days and numerous discussions with reservation attendees, initially they would not make any changes until I spoke directly with Michael who was never available, finally I told them I intended to cancel my reservation at which point Teesha (sp?) immediately changed my room rate to the original quoted. Upon arrival-very nice lobby, hotel staff very pleasant. I stayed in room 612-queen bed, no bathtub just a shower, but the bathroom was very large. The room? Stained bedcover, room smelled like cigarettes, amenities-sparse, some of the wall paper stained around the ceiling. Not the worst room but not setting I had hoped for my romantic weekend...I called the front desk and requested a different room and offered to discuss an upgrade if available. The front desk staff said no other rooms were available that night but would be available the next day, just call and check in the next morning. Needless to say they never found us another room during our stay and staff seemed to forget each day that we had made a request to move.....the hotel provided odd service, they changed our bathroom towels each day, even when I didn't need them changed but when I left the "change linens" card on the bed they never chanstain on my pillow case. As for the smell in the room? My husband discovered several sources....filthy socks & t-shirt under the armoire....once while remaking our bed he reached under and a cigarette flew out...then we discovered all of the cigarette butts under our bed.....all in all nice hotel if you stay in the lobby and in your bathroom :) Staff very attentive when it comes to offering to arrange tours, etc but not when it comes to hotel services. I did not get a chance to see another room so I can't comment other than to warn anyone who may stay in room 612-beware, we cleaned up the cigarettes but left the suprises under the armoire! I'm sure they will still be there when you arrive :)
Awesome/Fab hotel with fab service
Fabulous hotel. Stayed here for my birthday. Service was absolutely outstanding. Staff found out it was my birthday and left a huge chocolate cake in the room. We're looking forward to our next stay at International House.
Stay at Loft 523 -- Intl House sister property
Loft 523 is a new loft style hotel owned by International House. My husband and I recently stayed there and absolutely loved it!! I don't think I've ever seen such an incredible bathroom at a hotel -- Italian spoon bathtub and walkin shower, just for beginners. The decor is very stark, minimalistic and contemporary. It felt like New York in New Orleans. Although they only have 20-30 rooms, they still have room service from the international house and a very cool bar downstairs to lounge in.
I would recommend it and stay there again.
Fantastic spot (in french - "tres cool")
Beautiful, funky, cool space. Lobby was decked out in a bluesy outsider folk art exhibition. Also, interesting books were laid out in lobby lounge areas. Bar looked swank too. I'm a former New York City boy and I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the cool scene and any other fans of unique decor. Even the lobby bathrooms were gorgeous.
On top of looking good, the place also delivered on service. Ashante at the front desk was a dream at taking care of special requests and Sean (the owner, I believe) was kind enough to send up a card and some amenities when he heard we had just been married.
Room service was delicious, the room had a large fun canvas that was so right on that I wanted to buy it. The sheets were silky smooth.
I will be recommending this place to all my friends visiting NOLA. The price was nice too!
We had a wonderful stay
My wife and I stayed at the International House during the first week of JazzFest and liked it so much that I cancelled my room at the hotel where my conference was about to begin and stayed at this place instead. Great location, wonderful staff, nice rooms, great music all the time. A little minimalist and definitely hip, and therefore not for everyone, but definitely worthy of consideration if you like something other than the usual lodgings. I highly recommend it.