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 …
... on the streets so you feel a part of the city as you drive. Of course you just need to be sure that it's a short distance so your poor driver can manage!!!
The following day saw us leave New Orleans for Shreveport which was to be a layover stop only. After driving for most of the day, we arrived early evening and enjoyed a relaxing night-in, which was nice after the busyness and fast pace of the city-to-city travels we had so ...
... drink in New Orleans apparently. Nothing to with the hand grenade drink we had in Cambodia either by the way. This one was a lot tastier and more drinkable. It was served in a super tall bright green novelty glass and was some sort of cocktail but it really packed a punch especially with the drink itself being so huge. We wander down the famous Bourbon Street, sipping our drinks and taking in the sights and smells, before heading to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant! After ...
... anything else that would move on their bodies. Mostly in doorways but some on the footpath. Lots of booze, loud music and activity. There was one guy walking down the street dressed as a scotchman and he had a live cat sitting on a hat on his head. Lots of people had a variety of beads round their necks and then they would throw them at people, we couldn't work out the reason for this. It just went on & on. Ended the night on ...
... back home so we had higher expectations, but nonetheless the tour was enjoyable and interesting, lots of history in the area dating back some 400 years to a very early Indian settlement.
As we wandered though the tour I kept getting stuck behind the tour as I was just so engrossed in taking photos ( all very low light and no flash - no tripod so each one took a little longer than those using their dodgy Iphones as cameras, anyway they patiently waited for ...
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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!!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.