Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel
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After an early morning departure and a transfer in Dallas, we arrived in New Orleans in mid-afternoon. The humidity was immediately obvious as we waited in line for a taxi. We checked into our hotel, The Pere Marquette Renaissance, on the edge of the French Quarter and took a short rest to recover from the travel. We ventured forth down Bourbon …
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We were traveling with our friend (W), his girlfriend (B) and his parents (Mom and Dad). We, along with W and B, flew to New Orleans and landed about 2 p.m. By the time we got our luggage and a cab, we were arriving at our hotel around 4 p.m. Mom and Dad were already there, having driven from Southern Illinois. They spent a couple of days in Biloxi …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
This hotel was part of a travel package. It is an excellent location just on the edge of the French Quarter near Canal Street and the streetcars. We had a spacious, quiet room, with friendly service and an excellent breakfast.
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We've stayed at many Renaissance hotels and while this one was fine, we didn't feel the rooms were quite up to snuff. They were small, which wasn't unexpected but the furnishings were not great and the bed was actually uncomfortable. However, the hotel is in a wonderful location, within walking distance of the French Quarter and surrounding attractions. We appreciated the nice lobby bar and Starbuck's onsite. We'd stay here again but only if there were a substantial discount.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel
Great service and location at the Renaissance!
My mother and I attended the Southern Heritage Bayou Classic football event from November 28 - 30. During our stay at the Renaissance we really enjoyed ourselves. The rooms were nicely decorated with bold coloring throughout the whole hotel. Our bathroom was spacious and very clean. The customer service we received was wonderful. We were not too impressed with the restaurant in their hotel, the food was ok. We understood due to the event the price for the weekend would be higher but we felt the price we paid per night (169.00) was not worth what we received at this hotel.
My partner and I visited the City in November of 2003 and found the hotel to exceed expectations. We were made to feel welcome, which is always important to us. The location is great. Close to everything, but not in the Quarter and near the noise. You just one block from Bourbn Street and maybe four blocks from the Casino.
Booked hotel through the Marriott website and got excellent Government rate ($89.00 + tax). "Rack rates" in the $150.00 - $200.00 and up range. Front desk staff (and all the staff in general) were quite pleasant and helpful. Heard good things about the restaurant but did not try it out on this trip. Booked two rooms for a group of five. My room was on an outside corner with windows on two walls. What a spectacular view overlooking the Quarter and the twin copper spires of the Jesuit church next door! My room was showing some minor signs of wear & tear but nothing that would make me hesitate to return. The other room was in perfect condition and both were attractively decorated with a contemporary decor. Great location just outside Quarter, two blocks off Canal. Do NOT use Airport Shuttle from airport to town! Very long waits and poor service. Waited 45 minutes, then they put us on a trailways-style bus with 50 people. It took almost 2 hours to get to hotel! For $1/person more, you can take taxi. For only $2/person more, you can take a limo.
This hotel was really lovely. The rooms had nice bedding, pretty decor, and the hotel overall had good facilities. The staff were pleasant, and always willing to do a little extra to please us. The location is good - one block off of canal and one block off of bourbon street in the CBD makes it very convenient to downtown action. The nice thing about this not being directly in the quarter is that the rooms are really quite quiet. We were in two different rooms (explain later), one facing inwards and one facing the street, and both were very very quiet.The gym was adequate - two treadmills, two ellipsers, some weights and nautilus equipment, and it was very empty, but the pool was unusable at this time of year (November) as it was outdoors. It looked very small.We paid for our hotel using priceline, and my one quibble with this hotel experience is one that I have felt with many priceline experiences: one often feels like a second class citizen as a priceline buyer at these hotels. When one asks, "am I able to partake in this benefit that others have?" I often hear, "well, you paid by priceline, so no." I think that priceline should negotiate with these hotels for their customers the same amenities that others who pay full price are entitled to. For example, if we had paid full price at this hotel, we would have been entitled to a full breakfast at the hotel's fantastic restaurant every day. We would have been willing to pay more had this been included in the price, both for the convenience, and because it really was a very nice restaurant. I'm not sure who is to blame for this - the hotel, or priceline, but it would be nice to have it included in the cost.Our one other problem had to do with the beds in the first room we were given. At both of my last priceline experiences, even though I have confirmed the day before, we were given two double beds upon arrival, and told that because we had paid by priceline, we weren't entitled to our first choice since a full-paying customer also wanted it. After some coaxing, the hotel gave us a free breakfast for our trouble, but they weren't overly gracious about switching us, and again mentioned our payment method as the reason. Overall, my experience with this hotel was very good. I didn't appreciate the subtle differences in service due to my payment method, but I suppose that is an issue I will have to take up with priceline directly.
Great location/forget swiming
You're only two blocks from the French Quarter in a hotel that opened in a renovated office building in 2002. Good service. Friendly staff.
The carpet in my room was worn and dirty. Remember that New Orleans is a party town and these rooms are used all the time. Room was quiet and comfortable. Booked through Marriott's Web site for $109 Labor Day Weekend. Would stay there again. Swimming pool is onlly about 20 feet long. If a big swimming pool is important to you, choose another place.
But if you want a convenient locatin for a good price, this is a good spot.
We recently stayed at the Pere Marquette with our 2 children and my parents and we had a fantastic week-end. The hotel is beautifully and tastefully decorated with all fully renovated rooms. It was quite trendy and very comfortable. The staff were pleasant and helpful at the desk and the restaurant and was our favourite. The restaurant has a French Chef and the meals at night were wonderful and the service excellent. The restaurant was extremely child-friendly and all the staff made a fuss of children and brought them appropriate utensils etc. Breakfast was also lovely too with lots of choice. The hotel is perfectly located. A short walk to Bourbon Street, just a couple of blocks. The hotel pool is outdoor and though small, it is a lovely setting. We had a great week-end staying at this hotel and have already recommended it to our friends.
Air vent blows in your face
We stayed there in May of 2002. I think it is a very nice hotel. Bathroom was great. All features were fine except the air vent blows directly in your face as you try to sleep and there is no way to change it. They told us on checkout others had complained about this and that they "were working on it". Parking is 23.00 a night. Still I think it is a very nice Hotel.
Location, Location, Location
I have stayed in New Orleans numerous times for long weekends. Of all the hotels, this was the best. When in new orleans I dont spend a lot of time in the rooms so size doesnt matter. The only downside to the stay was our room wasnt ready when we checked in. We checked in after checkout time and still ended up waiting around 3 hours to check in. This was after Christmas but before the New Year. The lobby is contemporarily decorated and the theme carries over in to the room. You get bath and body works in the bathroom and the tile is done nicely. These rooms are clean, but the price is from the location. It is close to the interstate and bourbon is about a block away. It is definately worth the price if you are there to take in Canal and Bourbon Sts.
Very nice hotel!
When we stayed at the hotel, it had only been open a few weeks. All of the staff members were very nice. They had trouble finding our reservation, but were extremely polite and helpful. The lobby was nicely decorated - kind of like a contemporary museum. The room was somewhat small compared to others we have stayed in, but still very adequate. The view was of the downtown buildings and street rather than of the quarter, but I enjoyed that anyway. It is a new hotel in an old renovated office building. Having a very critical eye, I did find some hairs on the bathroom floor when we arrived and the room safe did not have the key available as it should, but that did not detract from our overall enjoyment of the hotel. We really liked it and would definitely stay there again.
Danger! Tobacco Smoke Poisons Everyone!
When we made reservations, both the national reservations people AND the people at the local hotel number stated that the entire hotel was SMOKE-FREE! We were also told that it was brand-new.
Both statements were LIES! When we walked into the hotel, we are immediately assaulted by tobacco smoke in the lobby. And the hotel was a "remodel", not brand-new. On our supposedly non-smoking floor, there were ashtrays just outside of the elevators.
Tobacco smoke has ruined EVERY SINGLE HOTEL STAY I HAVE EVER HAD! Run the smokers out of town!