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LOUISIANA HIGHLIGHTS: superdome, the gumbo shop, ornamental ironwork, voodoo, scary confederate flags, beignets, café au lait, inaccessible sidewalks, def jam rappers at the ritz, riverboat, plantations, spanish trail, bayou, spanish moss, beads, mint juleps, egrets, daquiris-to-go, aquarium, alligators, live jazz, acadian culture, cotton, …
... can find the music bars the locals frequent. There is so much music here and you can sample it as you walk down the street. If you like what you hear, go inside, buy a beer and set a spell (That's dudespeak for sit a while). If you love live music of many sorts (excluding pop) then go to New Orleans. It has soul... Along with blues, jazz rock etc. We moved from trad jazz to a great young group who played two sets of modern jazz in Maison. Sometimes you get a moment that is just ...
... of one of the buildings. I had a look at the photo and I could see what she meant but you never know if your eyes are just playing tricks and you see what you want to see!
Our last stop on the tour was The Bourbon Orleans Hotel - the hotel in which we are staying!!! The hotel was built in 1816, almost 200 years ago, as a ballroom. It has been many things since then such as a soldiers infirmary and a convent. The Ballroom on the 2nd floor is ...
... a real one let me know) is a lot sharper than most tourists. Maybe that meant I enjoyed Bourbon Street less, I dunno. Even though it was about 6pm, there were masses of middle aged men and women in the bar who had clearly been drinking all day and were absolutely wasted. After quickly realising I was the only person under 40 in the bar, it was too late. I'd been pounced upon. A group of teachers had surrounded me and were interrogating me about my accent. Danger. "You're young enough to ...
... is this still remnants of Katrina?
Our second trip into the French Quarter was better… we knew what to expect and enjoyed the ambiance... a drive down St. Charles St. through the stately Garden District - Tulane and Loyola campuses & a walk on the levee.
Later that evening we partied Mardi Gras style... joining opening night on Bourbon Street - gorging on oysters and the crazy parade of people. A camper friend we met invited us to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maison Orleans New Orleans
Booked package at Ritz-Carlton for anniversary weekend. Ended up in double room at R-C (very average and not what we were hoping for). Upon notifying the manager that this was a special occasion, we were immediately upgraded to the Maison Orleans! What a difference that made in our weekend. Complimentary food, wine, other beverages provided throughout the day - the really "nice" type, too. Elaborate pastries, sandwiches, cheeses, salads, etc. Awesome! The service was fabulous. The location of a "boutique hotel" within the R-C was a little confusing at first...we kept taking the wrong elevators and wandering a bit.. but it was nothing compared to the luxurious room and service we received. It was sooo nice to just step out of the room and grab a quick glass of wine and a snack before heading out to the French Quarter. I would recommend this place to anyone that enjoys a little extra pampering. Also - staff was great. Mentioned to Dexter in the gift shop that this was a special occasion and he presented us with a set of lovely glasses as a gift! All staff seemed to go above and beyond to make our stay memorable.
Our family of 4 includes a 13y/o girl and a 10y/o boy, we stayed at the Ritz in the Maison Orleans section, it was just FABULOUS. We paid for the "Club" option and it was truly worth it. At all times there were beverages available for the kids and adults presented in a truly charming setting. The breakfast was wonderful, bagels, lox, fruit, pastries and delicious hot coffee. Tea time came in handy, after a long day of sight seeing, the "Club" offered a nice relaxing setting for a quick snack. When we returned from dinner, we would stop by the "club" and bring a glass of wine up to our room. We never needed room service, it was great. The staff was terrific and the hotel Spa was lovely. The most memorable part of our trip was bumping into Steven Tyler of Aerosmith..TWICE, once in the hotel elevator and once walking back to the hotel, the kids actually talked with him, he was so incredibly nice to our kids, he looks AMAZING, he looks at least 10 years younger than he is. When we got home we immediately bought their new album "Honkin On Bobo", our kids LOVED New Orleans for the food, the Aquarium, IMAX theater, Voodoo, the Hermann Grima House tour, having their palms read, but the greatest memory is of the Maison Orleans and meeting Steven Tyler twice, and talking to him!!!
spectacular rooms and common areas. staff was not held to the same standard as the rooms and decor (as of my 2003 visit). advance booked yet staff turnover impacted ability to secure the best restaurants (kept losing my restaurant requests every time staff turned)..pricey for the town but well worth it if they can deliver the service..
Great--but some things not up to par
I loved this hotel--very luxurious, Huge bathroom . A few odd things--when I reported that the hair dryer was missing, the person who delivered it literally Held it out of my reach until I checked again.
Also , the room was missing a chair . However, the service was for the most part extraordinary and the whole experience mostly good. I'd go again--but would demand perfection for the price:)
This aint the Ritz
For over $500 per day the room was the most over priced of any hotel at which I have stayed in 30 years. My room over looked a parking lot and a giant air conditioning compressor. The room was noisy,hair on the over-sized bath tub, no toilitries the second day and water at $4.00 abottle. This hotel is part of the ritz Carlton chain but does measure up to most Ritz Carlton hotels. This is not a good choice for a seasoned travelor.
My favorite hotel in the world!!
The rooms are gorgeous and the staff is the most accomodating I have ever encountered.
The Maison Orleans was superb!
We stayed at the Maison Orleans for our honeymoon on the weekend of 8/23. The rooms were absolutely fabulous. Everything about the hotel is elegant, the location is great, and the staff was wonderful. I ordered the Napoleon's bath for my wife (it was beautiful), and the butler had it ready by the time we arrived so I could surprise her. On a weekend full of memories, the Maison Orleans stands out. My wife and I can't wait for our anniversary so we can return to this wonderful hotel.
Charming & Warm, Worth A Visit Again & Again
Maison Orleans is one of the best hotels I have stayed at. Every room has that old European charm. The decorations very warm, very clean, food is excellent (love those double chocolate chip cookies and iced tea!), and most of all, the staff are very hospitable. I totally recommend this hotel to everyone! We were just there 2 weeks ago, and already we are planning a second visit. Loved it loved it loved it!
We stayed at the Maison Orleans 7/17-7/19/03. It was wonderful. The rooms are very beautiful and the bathroom was fabulous. The tub is huge and can easily fit two people. They had food "presentations" set out I think 3 times a day. We made it down for breakfast every morning and they had delicious muffins and fruit out. One of my favorite things was when you walk into the lobby it smells like magnolias or some other fresh flower that is beautiful. I think the Maison Orleans was my favorite part of the trip. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who is willing to pay for it. We found a good deal on travelocity for $175 per night and it was well worth that amount. Our friends stayed at Royel Sonesta. I thought there rooms weren't very nice at all. If you do go to Maison Orleans use the spa and the spa facilities. The spa is incredible and they offer really unique services.
LOVED THE MAISON ORLEANS
Stayed at Maison Orleans during the Essence festival and I must say it is a very nice hotel and very friendly staff. However, afterwards I received a charged on my credit card when I had prepaid for that room through hoteldiscounts.com