Renaissance Arts Hotel
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Recently had a two day seminar in this particular hotel. Started with check in at 9:30pm, gave vehicle keys to Valet, vehicle still on street 3 hours later in a neighborhood that is not particularly the best. Talked to front desk about that, said they would take the $15.00 parking fee off of my bill, but instead of taking it off the bill, she added …
Arriving in New Orleans (or N'orlens as the locals call it) was like arriving in a different country. Splayed out on the banks of the muddy Mississippi, air dripping with humidity, we were to learn that N'orlens plods along at it's own pace. Hungover from a night of partying, no one stirs until at least midday and by then it's too hot to do anything but find a cool bar and start drinking again.
We stayed in the oldest section of the city, the ...
... back out at the Festival on Saturday afternoon after a great morning in town (I visited a Voodoo store). The Eagles were really great...touring after 40 years and still able to fill the fields with people!! It was roasting hot - I went from being my pasty grey colour from my life in Vancouver to a rather purple shade of red in a short period of time!! But, beer + sunshine + great music = Happy Natty!! Haha. The Danish girl came out too, and she ...
... fun. A cop car pulls up and gives us a ten minute warning.
Ten minutes later, the parade draws nearer and stops outside the centre. What an atmosphere! I cannot begin to explain the vibe on the street, the sense of friendship, sense of celebration and sense of joy. The parade stopped for 20 minutes, some guy was selling alcohol from the back of his truck, some guy was selling hot dogs and we were giving out bottles of ...
... On reaching home Viv needed a sleep (she is older than me after all....) so I did my washing, organised my stuff ready to re-pack, chatted with Louise and Janine in the cafe - the Magazine Grill - and explored St Vincents.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans
Wow!! I'll be back!!
What a place, I can't say enough!!! This hotel was so cool, so different, I really think everyone would love it here. It is very bright and airey, with a sleek feel. The rooms were great, the beds were even better. The bathroom was small, but really good (see, you can do a lot with a small bathroom!) The hotel is located in the warehouse district, it is two blocks from Poydras and another 3 blocks to canal, but the walk is worth it! The neightborhood is great, there are several local bars and resturants near the hotel including Emeril's. I am their biggest CHEERLEADER!!!!
Never Had A Better Stay
I'd like to take a minute to share my excellent experience at the Rennaissance Arts Hotel. As for the hotel itself, it's a BEAUTIFUL place with art everywhere. It's very appealing with several amenities including wonderful, comfortable, visually exciting rooms. There is a very nice pool/hot tub on the roof, with a great view of the city.
There is also an adequate workout facility, and a very chic brasserie with excellent martinis. The hotel is not near the French Quarter, but is only about a 15 minute (safe) walk from it . . . or about a $4-5 cab ride. With as wonderful as the hotel was, the staff even better. I've honestly never had the pleasure of dealing with such accomodating & polite people before. Eeverytime that we asked for something that deviated from their basic service, they were happy to take care of it.
Another bonus is that the hotel is a short walk to Mother's restaurant, and if you've eaten there, you know why I'm listing this as a huge perk. Do yourself a favor, and treat yourself to a wonderful time at the Rennaisance Arts!
This is a great hotel with character and atmosphere. The rooms are very clean, comfortable, and stylish. The bathrooms are also very nice. I would request a room on the corners of the hallway. Those are the largest rooms. Staff was very friendly and attentive. This hotel is close enough to the french quarter to enjoy it, but far enough to have some piece and quiet. This is the only place I will stay at in New Orleans.
We stayed at the Ren/Arts for Mardi Gras. It was in almost every way a fantasitic experience. The rooms are spacious and well decorated. The bed is the most comfortable I have ever slept on. The linens, duvet and pillows are a luxurious down. The room itself was extremely quite (in the middle of Mardi Gras!). The hotel bar is welcoming and a good people watching area. Several of the Mardi Gras parades end there route near or go directly in front of the hotel. This was a wonderful and uncrowded way to experience the essence of Mardi Gras without the hordes of drunken revelers on Bourbon St. The location is a short walk to all the major tourist areas and the French Quarter. As another reviewer mentioned, there is a nice jacuzzi and small pool on the roof.
The restaurant is as good or better than many of the venerable favorites in New Orleans. Be sure and try the wonderful Gumbo! My only small disapointment was in finding that even though we had paid for a room on the club floor, that the club lounge is closed from Friday morning to Sunday evening. We did receive a breakfast credit for Saturday and Sunday, but it was much nicer to have the cocktails, appetizers, deserts, water, soft drinks etc on the days the club lounge was open. The Ren/Arts also needs to have a 24/7 room service menu. The 11pm cutoff is ridiculous in city like New Orleans.
My fiance' and I live 45 minutes out of New Orleans and travel there quite frequently. We have stayed at several hotels both in and out of the French Quarter. We have also paid high dollars to stay at some of the bigger named hotels and were very disappointed. When we stayed at the Renaissance Arts we were not disappointed at all. I read about it in Travel and Leisure magazine and there was a weekend special we tried it out and loved it!!! It is located outside of the quarter, but the walk is very safe, and there are some cool bars along the way. The hotel itself is the cleanest I have seen anywhere. There is an art gallery on the first floor, and art exhibits throughout the hotel. The rooms are decorated in an art deco fashion and complimentary bathrobes provided even in the standard rooms. The hot tub on the rood was very private. The bar was a great place to have a smart cocktail or watch a football game, we did both. The bartenders were very friendly and provided service above and beyond. On the Sunday of our departure we had brunch in LaCote Braisiere, their restaurant. Let me just say it was fabulous. The restaurant alone was worth going back for.
Hate the Renaissance Arts
For a relatively brand new hotel this one is already showing wear.
Carpets were filthy and the bathrooms were dirty. The service is horrible and be aware that this is not the best area of New Orleans. I will not stay here ever again!
You'll LOVE this place!
We stayed at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans for 2 nights before departing on a cruise - as did many others from the ship. We chose the hotel based on several points:It is within walking distance of the French Quarter, but in a safer area; it is close to the port; it was brand-new; and the staff welcomed our group with a great rate.The staff was fantastic, and the service impeccable! The rooms are beautiful, spacious and well laid-out, with wonderful decor. The hotel itself could be described as "eclectic" in its decor - very, very interesting. It has its own art gallery, for instance. There's a good bar for socializing - not too noisy, nor is it a meat market.The concierge can get you anywhere, and recommend just about anything you need. We got a good map to the cruise terminal with alternate routes marked in case the traffic was heavy.We only used the restaurant for the breakfast buffet one day, and we weren't very impressed. The service was good, but the food was not hot and the buffet was not replenished timely. Lunch & dinner might be a totally different story, so don't hesitate to try it.We - everyone in our group! - considered our stay at the Renaissance Arts an integral part of our vacation experience. We highly recommend the hotel to anyone looking for a pleasant, quiet oasis near the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Let the good times roll...
The hotel had just opened when i stayed there for a couple of nights on Sept. 18. At first a was a little scared when i pulled up to the hotel i couldn't even tell it was a hotel. Watch closely or you might pass it! When i entered the relief set in. Beautiful. The carpet was the most unique carpeting i've seen so far, and there was a colorful chandelier made out of blown glass. The staff was very friendly as i checked in. I had a corner room on the second floor, so that allowed a lot of daylight into the room through the huge windows. The bedspreads were really cool, and the backboard of the bed was a plush gold padded fabric. Very comfortable to rest your head on while watching TV. The mattresses were also really, really comfortable. The all white bathroom was immaculately clean and fresh looking. The toilet even felt like it was heated since it was never freezing cold to sit on. This hotel has tons of personality, you could never tell that it is owned by the marriot chain. If you want something different from the norm with lots of charm this hotel is for you. I give this hotel a 10!!
This is a new hotel in the arts district about 5 blocks from the French Quarter. As we entered our room we phoned the desk to extend our stay. The hotel is brand new. Everything about it is what we look for in a hotel. Beautifully decorated, excellent, courteous service, rooms pleasing to all the senses, well located (close enough to access the action but far away enough to get a good nights sleep). Can't wait to make a return visit.
Stylish, Unpretentiouus, Comfortable
My boyfriend and I stayed for a long weekend and had an incredible time. Everything about the facility is top-notch, with a stylishy design lobby and very beautiful and tasteful art. All of the public areas are colorful and there is a rich variety of material and finished used throughour the hotel -yet it is not over designed, but just right.
I loved the fitness center and roof top pool, and the bed was enormously comfortable.
The genuinely friendly staff is helpful and seemed very sincere.
Interaction with the desk people, bellman, and maid were pleasant and real.
My only complaint is that the pool should stay open 24 hours. It is nice to come back from the noise of the French Quarter and relax in the pool late at night. Since it is located on the roof where there are no rooms you wouldn't be disburbing anyone.