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... get run over if it meant he got their first. Derek's more subtle smile and wave approach seemed successful and with me just smiling and trying to avoid being injured we all ended up with more than enough necklaces to be festive and feel we'd taken part in the tradition even if it may not have been in the way that Bourbon St. generally brings to mind.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Lafayette Hotel New Orleans
The Only Place to Stay in New Orleans!
I've been to New Orleans many times, and I have stayed at various hotels in an out of the Quarter, but I have never stayed at a hotel that was more charming and accommodating as The Lafayette Hotel. We went during the first weekend of Mardi Gras when the parades go down St. Charles in front of the hotel. We had a second-story suite with a balcony overlooking the street and parades (we were given the upgrade by management), and our view of the events was spectacular. We were able to stay out of the fray yet enjoy all of the festivities.
Furthermore, we were only a few blocks from the Quarter and riverfront, so we were able to walk or take the street car to other locations quite easily. The Lafayette Hotel staff was fantastic, too! I'll never stay at another hotel in New Orleans besides the Lafayette again!
Wonderful small hotel
We had a great stay at The Lafayette. The rooms were nicely decorated, immaculately clean, quiet and large. There were lots of nice touches--umbrellas, two newspapers each morning, robes, extra pillows and blankets in the closet and two phones in the room and one in the bathroom. The bed was exceptionally comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. The walk to the French Quarter or the Arts District is short, and we enjoyed staying in a place a little away from the hustle and bustle. Would definitely stay there again. Got a great price too.
The Lafayette Hotel is charming, in a quiet location, and has a helpful staff. We were surprised however that a $2.95 daily fee was charged for safe rental. We also were charged a daily $5.95 fee for unlimited phone use anywhere in the U.S. Since we do not carry valuables when we travel and use a cell phone, we felt these costs were unnecessary
Lafayette Hotel a quiet gem
I just returned from the Lafayette Hotel.My room was fabulous. Make sure to get a room on the second floor on the street side. They have a lovely little balcony. All the staff was completely accomodating, especially Kerry, and I loved the decor and the rooms were spotless and well appointed. The only drawback is the mandatory charge of $4.95 a day for phone use and $2.95 a day for safe use. I do not think I should have to held hostage to such charges, and was not happy about the mandatory charge. It is on the St. Charles streetcar line and when these trains come by it is loud, and that may bother some people. It is a short walk to Bourbon Street and many attractions. As a thrifty traveler, I would recommend taking the Jefferson Transit Airport Express bus for only $1.60/person vs. the 28.00 plus tip cost of taking a cab. It did take us quite awhile to get back into the airport though, as we left at rush hour and the bus made many stops more than it did on a Saturday. Bourbon Street was wild and not to be missed, but I would not take my kids down there on a weekend night. There are alot of drunk people and girls flashing their chests at people up on balconies to get beads thrown at them, as well as many strip bars with scantilly dressed girls in the doorways. Further down there are some gay bars with the doors wide open and alot of revelry going on, which might bother some people. I thought it was a blast, but my mother would pass out at such sights. It was nice to have a hotel that was in a quiet neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle. The restaurant closed there recently and it it aways from any restaurants except a Thai place and a bakery across the street, so be prepared to walk aways or take a cab for dinner, etc. The jambalya at Coop's Place was great and the Court of Two Sisters was very good for nice, fancier meal.
We heard about the Lafayette Hotel through friends, so we already had high expectations. The staff and hotel, itself blew us away! It is such a cute, cozy hotel located only a few blocks from the French Quarter.
The rooms are spacious and decorated beautifully. What really makes this hotel impressive is its staff. The front desk agent, Katie was extremely helpful with suggestions on where to eat and fun places to go and the bellman, Gilbert was hillarious and extremely courteous. We had a blast and we owe most of that to the staff at the Lafayette!
The Meaning of Customer Service
If you are looking for a great place to stay in New Orleans and cannot make up your mind where to stay, I have the place for you. Elegant, comfortable, quiet, convenient, friendly and knowledgeable staff are just a few things I can begin to tell you about this hotel. Set just a few blocks from Bourbon Street, near City Hall you will find a wonderful hotel that knows the meaning of customer service. From the beginning of our stay until the end we were treated wonderfully and definitely better than expected. Gwen and her staff advised of many things going on that even through tons of research you will not always find. We gave them our itinerary and they would always have alternative options or the best way to see the sites. One night we asked about a restaurant for dinner and they not only made reservations but told us to be ready in our room at 8 pm and right on the money we heard a knock on the door telling us that a car had been arranged to take us to dinner. Wow! What service! They also told us about an old theatre called the Sanger in the area that was playing "Singin' In The Rain". Even on the day of departure we were not due at the airport until late afternoon and they extended our checkout until our shuttle picked us up. I have stayed at a few other hotels in New Orleans. Never again! None of them offer the same type of good old-fashioned customer service that many of the bigger hotels have forgotten the meaning of...
Good Service & Cute Hotel
We stayed in the Lafayette in part to get a "non-corporate hotel experience," and it proved well worth it. The hotel is a bit worn in places--small chips in the paint, the brass is in need of polish, etc--but the staff and the location are excellent. We received a free upgrade to a suite--it seems from reading the other reviews that this is pretty standard, if there is availability--and the room was lovely. Beautiful English prints, a fabulous king bed, a wet bar, and a comfortable sitting area. (The whole room was probably 700 square feet or so). If you go, ask for a higher floor to escape the trolley / street noise. Even if you grew up in a city like I did, the relative quiet will be much appreciated. Friendly staff and good maid service; the only negative was that the restaurant was out of service. If you can get a good price--we paid $75 / night for our terrific room, including tax, which was a steal, in my opinion--by all means go!
Elegant and Comfortable
I stayed here back in Nov. 2002. I cannot express how impressed I was with everything here. The staff was friendly and informative, including the manager. It was a perfect location for those who do not mind walking 3-6 blocks to get to French Quarter, Casino, Mississippi River, Malls, etc. (After eating all the food, you need to walk!) The manager of the hotel accomodated us with a free upgrade to a suite since it was available. We didn't even need to ask, she automatically did it. The rooms were clean and the furnishings were elegant. The HUGE four poster king bed was VERY comfortable. My husband and I kept joking we were going to pack it up and take it home with us. As a matter of fact, the week we got home I bought 4 down pillows and a down duvet to mimick those of The Lafayette Hotel!! If you are thinking about staying here....my advice to you...don't look anywhere else because you will not go wrong here! We will definitely be back!!
Lafayette Hotel a real gem
The Lafayette Hotel is wonderfully located just minutes away from the French Quarter, and right on the streetcar line. If you like to walk, you can leave the car parked, as we did, and see everything you have on your agenda. Suggest requesting a higher floor, as we were not troubled by street noise. The hotel is beautifully furnished, small but elegant. The only down side is what makes it quaint-you must call room service for everything, including ice. The service is lightening fast and extremely courteous. The front desk was solicitous and very helpful with sightseeing info and streetcar tickets. We were very satisfied with our stay.
Small Luxury Hotel
The Lafayette Hotel is about 5 blocks from the French Quarter on St. Charles. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The staff was very accommodating, but unobtrusive. They upgraded our room to a suite without even being asked. There was no room service while we were there, but the restaurant was about to re-open under new management so perhaps that will change. Being so close to so many fine restaurants, we didn't need room service anyway. Kerry, a native of New Orleans who works the front desk, gave us very good advice on sites and restaurants. Our towels were refreshed twice a day. Although we could hear the street car go by, our room was otherwise very quiet. We would definitely stay there again.