Travel Blogs from New Orleans
Just a collection of more Nola photos. Unlike last year when I tried to write for each day and maybe if you were lucky I'd ever go back in and put up photos, this time I haven't written daily or even tried... I'm doing a 'pictures tell the story' thing instead. I still have to go back and fill in how we got from Clarksdale to Nola!
Nola is …
Our DMExperience has now hit the Big Easy! After weeks on the bus in Memphis and Mississippi and a weekend in Helena, we're now here in the Crescent City for a week. Which is actually a long time to be in NOLA. We had a night at the New Orleans School of Cooking and City/Swamp Cruise, and now a final three days of festival. So what do I do with my …
... But once fed up, I was keen to have a little look at Bourbon Street.
The first thing to assail you on Bourbon Street is the aroma. There is nothing else quite like it. A potent mix of stale vomit, **** and cigar smoke. You have two options - develop a cast iron stomach, or breathe through your mouth. Every few steps it wafts up and assaults you all over again. The second thing you notice on Bourbon Street is that it's a neon ...
... they had to keep starting it again on demand. As we wandered along Frenchmen Street, the home to cool jazz in Nola, we came across a lively brass band made up of teenaged boys. They had a crowd of about 100 people dancing in the street, much to the annoyance of the taxis, and played such happy, upbeat music with real skill. I couldn't quite believe how young they were, nor could I believe that they were playing in the street for tips rather than in one of the hundreds ...
... strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette. Amazing! Next up I had a small bowl of Mushroom risotto. The whole meal only cost me $15! Mum and Michael's were more expensive, but we all really enjoyed it! After dinner we went bar hoping around Bourbon and Royal Streets. I had wanted to see another Jazz band, but Michael wanted to see some other styles so we decided to try a few, no cover bars. First up a bar which actually has a carousel inside as the bar, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Olivier House New Orleans
My car was wrecked
My car was wrecked within 10 minutes of arrival. The "free parking" requires a 4wd. My wife and I walked in and turned around immediately after seeing our room. We are not picky people, but we would NOT recommend staying here, even if you do not need the parking. The staff is friendly, but cannot make up for the terrible condition of this hotel. It will take alot of work, but with the location and the architecture of the building, this could be a great find. (D- at best)
With the cookie cutter approach most chain hotels take, you could be staying anywhere. The Olivier House provides what I expect New Orleans to be like - exotic, mysterious, unexpected. If you're the type of person who finds the Chelsea Hotel in NYC charming, this is the place for you.
This place is disgusting!
I stayed at the Olivier House for three long nights. It is by far the most disgusting hotel I have ever stayed in. The hotel was literally falling apart. There were water stains on the ceiling, as well as wallpaper peeling off the walls in our room. Our room had two double four-poster beds, which the posts were broken on both beds. There was mold and mildew everywhere. The place looked like it had not been cleaned for 20 years. Our bathroom was the most disgusting place of all. The soap holder above the bathtub looked like it had fallen off the wall and mildew was there in its place, the ceiling of the linen closet in the bathroom looked as if it was about to cave in, and the wallpaper on the walls in the bathroom was molding terribly. The room was not even very clean when we arrived. As for the swimming pool in the courtyard, let's just say that one could not even pay me enough money to swim in it. It was so dirty that it looked like the water had been pumped directly out of the swamp and dumped into it. Overall, it was a very unsanitary and unkempt place. Although I had a great time in New Orleans with my friends, I was very disappointed with the quality of this hotel for the price we paid. I will not stay there ever again!
I am surprised the building inspectors have allowed it to even stay open. It should be condemned!
Great Place, Great History & Great People
I'm giving this place a 3 (Neutral/Average) only because there was work going on there and you could tell that they are trying to make this place a 5. This is a beautiful place with alot of character and a lot of history. Sure your not going to get these fine 500 count sheets but this place is what New Orleans is all about. The courtyard is out of this world totally beautiful. Getting in and out by car isn't the easiest but once you are here you are walking distance to nearly everything you've come to New Orleans for. I'll definitely be paying the Olivier House another visit.
Love this place convient to all of the French Quarter's Goodies.....relaxing away from, this is the place.
Don't stay here !
For $200/night I expect decent sheets, decent towels, and a clean room. We got the cheapest sheets from KMart along with towels that were thin enough to be sheets and room with a film of filth. Also, the decor I would describe as lawn sale. Nothing looks or is nice. I stayed in better places when I was in college on spring break. I had a great time in New Orleans, but this place is a joke.
We were dissapointed with almost ever aspect of the stay. From the dirty rooms, torn furniture, mildew filled bathroom, to the towels that wouldn't even wrap around us (and we are really small women). Bed linens were torn and stained, smoke detectors were open and missing batteries. Windows that would not open, carpet that had probably seen one too many people vomit on it. You would have to be really drunk to get into the pool as it was filthy, and there were no chairs to lay out on and let the sun burn off your hurricanes.....even the (I'm sure) once beautiful building seemed in all corners in disrepair, and the rat running down the outside corridor did not add to the flavour. We paid a steep price per night only to find that for about $40 a night more we could have stayed across the street at a clean place, where they actually changed the sheets on your stay. SKIP IT
Don't make the same mistake we did.
You work hard. You save your money. You go on vacation. Then you make the mistake of staying at the OH... We reserved a suite that was not available when we arrived. They gave us the penthouse suite. Sounds nice but it wasn't. There was a scattering of trash in the room upon our arrival. No cleaning service at all our second day, which meant no clean towels. We never saw a wash cloth. In three days our trash was removed once. The fridge freezer needs to be defrosted. There was a TV in the room without a cord (no big deal really). We had planned to stay in the OH for five days and luckily got out of there, although scathed, in three days. We went a half of a block a way and had a wonderful stay there. The pool and the courtyard were nice to look at but not very functional.
Olivier House:Authentic NOLA!
We stayed at the Olivier House over New Year's. The price was very reasonable relative to other hotel's in the quarter during a holiday. The place is family run. It is ever so slightly frayed at the edges, but we have never had more comfortable or roomy, or authentic-looking accomodations in the quarter. We stayed in the cottage, which is like having your own creole mansionette. Beg for it! We were transported back in time and honestly had to drag ourselves out of the room. If you want a TV, HBO, Game Boy (as opposed to a boy who is game), stay elsewhere! Bobby, our host, has down home southern charm (and a cute mole!). The place has parking, but getting in and out may be difficult sometimes as other guests may block you in. The hotel will try to extricate your car, and we never had any difficulty getting it out of the garage, which is 30 steps away.
There were other rooms that we peeked in that looked equally charming. Several have kitchenettes --all appear to be well above FQ average in charm. This place is a throwback to a non-corporate era when there is real individualism in accomodations. If you are an individualist, into FQ authenticity, and don't mind that you might have to remind the maid for towels, this could be the place!
We had a Blast!
We had an absolute BLAST at the Oliver House Hotel. Friendly staff. Great Location. Haunted and truly a unique experience. I am already planning a return visit...