Travel Blogs from New Orleans
New Orleans… the land of jazz music, Po-Boys, beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, oysters, shrimp, crawfish etoufee, The Swamps and Mardi Gras. All the reasons we are here in New Orleans, much more so for the jazz.
All the hype about Bourbon Street was a little bit of a disappointment as we felt that it was not a great representation of New …
I met up with my contiki group at our hotel & we headed straight into action, last night we went on a Paddle boat cruise on the missisipi river & then out to bourbon street to try the local specialties. Today I went down to the riverside area & walked the entire french quarter way cool, then it was off to the bayou's for a swamp fan boat tour awesome loved it....so far so good.. Leeroy out!!l
On our way to New Orleans we stopped in Grenada and Jackson before driving through Kentwood, Louisiana where Britney Spears is from. After arriving in New Orleans we went for a walk along Bourbon Street and went out for dinner at Bubba Gump's before going into one of the clubs and saw a blues quartet. They were really good! The party atmosphere …
... not only did it rain, it poured down. No one but the guide was prepared with an umbrella.
Along the way we learned other interesting facts about very old New Orleans history involving writers such as Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. Brian showed us an original mosaic that was still in good condition. Very interesting! Everyone had fun and got a good buzz on. We've made plans to party with our SF friends tomorrow night. One of the great things ...
... on polystyrene plates, plastic cups with wine and 88 year old grandma nattering on about everything southern and Katrina and when she was in her first mardi gras parade - crazy evening but so worth taking the punt that we weren't going to be chopped up and robbed of the cameras etc!!!! Crime is a huge problem here, the poverty is huge. Oops.. thats our call for the flight.. I'll post again from Miami..and I'll add pix!! Be back soon Y'all xxx ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Prytania Park New Orleans
WARNING!! There are two different hotels with almost the same name, and this is where the problem lies! Folks, please be cautious because there is a hotel called Prytania Park Hotel and another called Prytania INN -- stay AWAY from that "INN"!! I have stayed at the Prytania Park Hotel, and trust me, it is the most charming place with spiral iron stairs to loft bedrooms and a guard who walks patrol all night, every night (or at least he did when we were there). They have free parking and are half a block from the streetcar on St. Charles. Go to the Prytania Park Hotel website and look at the photos - the place is lovely. BUT the other place -- Prytania Inn -- is horrific. Picture the most flea-bitten, scary looking dive you have ever seen in a movie and translate that to real life. I can't even describe this place! Sheet covered, cigarette burned furniture, suspicious looking locks, huge stains and filthy! I booked this place for a WEEK and nearly died.
Great time in the "Big Easy"
Just returned from New Orleans in the middle of Mardi Gras. The parades were great - everyone having a really good time and very friendly. The City is the most relaxed I've ever visited in US - Bourbon Street full of people enjoying themusic and bars. Good for walking in Garden District and French Quarter - very safe. Enjoyed trip on Natchez riverboat. Shops in Riverwalk very good - also lots of choice for lunchtime snacks in food mall. Only negative experience - you need to be careful if you are buying cameras in Canal Street - check on prices before you arrive. My bargain turned out not to be so good when I checked price back in UK.
Watch out for prices.
We were quoted one price and they tried to charge us more. The desk clerk did give us the quoted price when I brought it to his attention. He was very helpful. They charged us $10.00 to park in their parking lot and $3.95 for the phone in our room that we did not use or need. It is not in the garden district but on the outskirts in a poor neighborhood. The ads claim more than what it is, be careful.
All of the negative reviews on this site surprise me because my wife and I enjoyed it very much. My guess is the people who didn't like it are the kind of people who like only modern, high rise, cookie-cutter hotels. This is not the Hyatt Regency or another luxury hotel. But it is a nice place if you like the feel of an early 1900s home. We stayed in what was called the old section of the hotel. Our room had beautiful hard wood floors and was very clean. Sure the floor boards creeked, but who cares? The bathroom was clean, the sheets were clean and the bed was comfy. It's a one block walk to the St. Charles Ave. streetcar, which we took to and from the French Quarter every day and felt totally safe day or night. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The price that they quoted over the phone was exactly the price that we paid.
Was looking forward to the trip to New Orleans, this 'hotel' totally runied it. The hotel was dirty, the decoration left a lot to be desired, plaster peeling off the walls, and cracked and peeling paint, the bathroom was so small it was nearly impossible to shower and dry yourself. The bed was so high you needed a ladder to get in it.
Television was stuck on one channel and no remote. Breakfast consisted of a prepacked muffin, an apple and tasteless coffee, which was served on a table in the outside alleyway, complete with smelly drains.
Seating was very old and dirty benches. The receptionists were very rude when we complained. Never, never again would we go there and would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
I respect those who actually spent the night! My son and I tried but left at 11:00 pm - we just could not force ourselves to stay. Being budget conscience, it was difficult for me to justifypaying for the room without spending the night. After getting a good look at the room, we had already booked another hotel for the rest of the week. At 11:00 we called the other hotel to see ifwe could come one night early. The only saving grace was the price. We got an excellent rate but even a great rate is not great if you cannot bring yourself to sleep in the bed. My son is 13 has had better accommodations at summer camp. The room was small and drab. The decor was verydated and the drapes and bedding was less than clean. There was water damage to the sheet rockin the ceiling. My son would only consider sleeping in the room if we could leave the light on. No remote at all for our television. Would have considered moving to another room; however,we overheard guests in the lobby arguing about their room not being available. We were verypleases with the room we moved to and enjoyed the remainder of our stay in the city.
A pretty nice place
I stayed for three nights in this hotel while in town for a short vacation with a friend. My father recommended this qauint little hotel since he is a local. It is a small hotel but it is full of New Orleans culture and represents the style of housing from years ago. The rooms are fairly spacious and mine was clean. I had the double queen loft and thought the room and hotel were charming. If you are looking for charm and a taste of real New Orleans, this is the place. This is not the place for the descriminating traveler - no frills, just a laid back cajun atmosphere at a great price. Great Value! The front desk was helpful and polite and the hotel is in a great location one block from the streetcar stop. Great place to stay! Will stay here again.
We arrived on Friday morning at what they call a hotel to attend a law school graduation for our nephew. We had reserved two rooms a few months ago. One didn't have the crib we requested for our grandchild, nor did it have a working remote for the TV. It had holes in the walls. The other room did at least have a working remote. Both rooms were in dire need of a facelift. The bedding and drapes were old and dirty. The drapes were black along the bottom. The blanket in one room was so nasty it was frightening. They did bring another one, to their credit. When my daughter mentioned something about the conditions to the front desk, he said he agreed with her. The man cleaning the floor agreed with him! They gave her the card of the owner--a Mr. Halpern--who apparently owns the adjoining furniture store. We will be writing him. Believe me, the place does not look anything like the pictures.
This hotel was disgusting! The mattresses were thin and covered with rubber (I guess in case we wet the bed.) It looked like the room hadn't been cleaned in years, everything was dirty. The "maid" was a young man in his 20s who wore sunglasses inside during the day, no wonder he couldn't see how filthy it was. I complained to the manager and he told me to write to the owner because he had no authority to provide a discount or do anything to help me. He told me that he couldn't really argue with anything I was saying because it was all true! Another employee caught me outside and told me he was glad I complained because he agreed too!
Place was just fine
In contrast to the other reviews, I thought this place was just fine. The room was nice and fairly new, had a fridge and mircowave also. The breakfast is simple like most places and the courtyard is narrow in keeping with the city life style. The desk people were nice and helped us. the public transport is only 1 block and they have pay parking at 10 dollars a day or you can park in the street. Neighborhood is safe and there are local resturants. I was there over new years for 2002 2003 and got a killer price thru the net.