International House Boutique Hotel
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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.
TripAdvisor Reviews International House Boutique Hotel New Orleans
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... decided it looked good for food. I ordered some signature New Orleans sand which which was basically salami, ham, pastrami and beef with some cheese and olives. It was ok but very meaty. Once we finished up lunch we continued strolling by the water and it was ridiculously hot by this time. Luckily we find an air conditioned mall which we walked through for a while before sitting down for some fro ...
... cost only 40 cents each into the centre of the city.
Despite the thunder and cloud bursts, we explored the French market which was fascinating with lots of foods, and exquisite masks for Mardi Gras processions.
This city is still trying to recover from the effects of Katrina, some houses have been raised on stilts, then abandoned as the owners ran out ...
... in all save for the walking and the waiting in flip flops and no sweater or jacket in the cool nola winter night, and that bus which would not come except for past three stops i walked and the old funny black man called me back "HEY BOY" and i boarded that bus and transfered and transfered back to the hostel. There i would unwind from a tiring solo walk around town in the warmth of my hoodie and the living room tv showing the end of the awful looking cowboys and aliens and ...
We both didn't sleep well in our uncomfortable small bed, although we were tired, we both just couldn't sleep, causing us to not get up in time for the morning cooking class. Instead we tried to sleep in. Once we got up we headed back into town to the IHOP for breakfast, it took a little longer than usual at breakfast because our waitress was too busy trying to be a diva and not doing her job. We were being picked up near our hotel between 12.45 and 1.15pm. ...
Went to an NFL game today at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (the infamous dome that thousands of people camped out in awful conditions during Hurricane Katrina). The New Orleans Saints played the Arizona Cardinals. Huge stadium that holds 80,000 people and the most impressive thing was the fact it was air conditioned! Really enjoyed the game despite the fact neither of us understood ...