Royal St Charles Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal St Charles Hotel New Orleans
Convenient location, reasonable prices!
The Royal St. Charles is conveniently located one block from Canal Street and two blocks from the French Quarter. I stayed at the Royal St. Charles from 7/23-30, 2003 and found many things to like and many things to dislike about the hotel. Let's start with what I liked:
1. Convenient location.
2. Reasonable rates.
3. Clean rooms and responsive housekeeping.
4. Friendly staff.
5. The lobby bar.
6. Clean hallways and newer furnishings and carpet in the room.
Now, let's go on to what I didn't like.
1. I asked for a quiet room and was put on the third floor right next to where the trolley car stops and it makes a horrible noise - day and night.
2. Thin walls. For two nights I was tormented by the howling of the woman next door as she and her partner romped in bed all night long. I was embarrased to complain because of the nature of the noises but once I did complain the noise stopped.
3. The king bed regular room is tiny. I mean really, really tiny. There is very little shelving for storage. I would NOT recommend this room for more than one person.
4. The bathroom was equally tiny and I banged myself in the head every time I needed to take a shower.
5. There are no robes in the room despite what the website says.
6. No room service (I knew this before booking so I can't really complain).
As you can see, I have mixed feelings about this hotel but rated it above average due to the cleanliness, responsive staff and great rates.
Quality room plus quality service plus convenience
My Girlfreind and I stayed at the Royal Saint Charles for two nights earlier this week. We recieved great treatment from the staff. The service is truly impeccable. The doorman and front desk lady were so very nice! I also loved the location. The proximity to Bourbon Street was a block away! We were upgraded to a non-smoking junior suite for such a great rate! The room was very nice and clean. I loved the bathrooms. I would definitely return to the Royal Saint Charles for a future visit! Comes highly recomended.
Clean, quiet & close to everything
It's so hard to determine a nice place to stay from across the country via the internet. But this time I hit it right. The Royal St. Charles was a wonderful place to stay. It was very clean (an important thing for me.) The rooms were small. It was hard to fit two suitcases in the roon so you both could get to your clothes, and there wasn't enough storage places to empty your suitcase. But if you can get past that, this is the place to stay. They offer a continental breakfast in the morning. The best part of all is that they are within walking distance of the French Quarter and the waterfront...and the trolley stops right in front of the hotel. This is a very convenient hotel. It's close to food, drink, entertainment, tourist attractions, transportation.
Good taste of New Orleans
I spent four nights at the Royal Street Inn and I would return a second time. There was nothing particularly special about my one room street-level studio, but it was clean and decorated and the bed was comfortable, and that's all I was really expecting for the $90/night rate. The more expensive suites at the Royal Street Inn looked nice and were further from the street and they had their own balcony. The best part of the hotel was definitely its location right outside the French Quarter, within walking distance of everything. I felt like I was more "in the city" and experiencing New Orleans in a genuine inn like this as opposed to the other times when I stayed at the typical 30-floor tourist hotels. The staff seemed pretty cool, and you can't beat the two free drinks a day at the R Bar. And I had no problems with the parking. Give this place a look.
Fair to moderate
If you're looking for a location near Bourbon St. that is within crawling distance...stay here. Clean and cozy; you probably will mind the vacant room next and its alarm clock ringing from 5am until you call to the desk numerous times to turn it off!!! Or even the street car rumbling through at St Charles Ave at all hours either. And make sure to ask about PARKING FEES......... but let the good times roll.
Great Hotel- Great Location
We really enjoyed the Royal St Charles Hotel- it is two blocks from the French Quarter and the St Charles Streetcar stops right in front of it- a very big bonus. The hotel itself is attractive and clean. The staff is friendly and well trained to answer guest questions. Our room was a deluxe King and we found it to be very attractive and cozy- the room was a good size for the 2 of us and had everything we needed. The bar in the lobby is lively and inviting. The continental breakfast is lousy- we skipped it. If you choose this hotel ask for an upper floor away from the St Charles Streetcar line. We stayed here for 4 nights March 12th 2003- March 16th 2003. We will be going back to New Orleans and we would return to this hotel again. My husband and I are 48 and we were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary in New Orleans- we had a blast!!!
I recently stayed at the Royal St. Charles and I found it to be very reasonable and accommidating. I was very skeptical weeks before my arrival because I couldnt find a review of the hotel in any travel guides. I was very pleased with the hotels appearance and especially its location. Its location could not be more ideal. Its far enough away from the noise and rowdiness of the Quarter but within walking distance of EVERYTHING. The Quarter, the cemeteries, the St. Charles streetcar, Jackson Square, the Riverwalk... everything but the Superdome. There only a few downfalls to this hotel. For one, the room size. We had a king size deluxe non-smoking room. Its a little tight but that was okay since we rarely spent no more than two hours in our room when we werent sleeping. The complimentary breakfast was pretty weak. The water pressure in the showers could be stronger but other than that, thats all I can say that was questionable about the Royal St. Charles. I highly recommend staying at this hotel.
Great Location! Great Service! Great Price!
Stayed at the RSC for 4 nights, just returned today. Had a wonderful experience - desk clerks were more than willing to help and go the extra mile. The concierge offered great advice on where to eat, what tours to take, and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. Given some of the experience in some of the other NO boutique hotels, the customer service level from everyone in the hotel was excellent and felt like they really wanted the guests to enjoy their stay.
Rooms and housekeeping was immaculate and quick - the rooms are small, but that seems to be the norm for NO. 2 guests could comfortable enjoy their stay in a double room, with plenty of closet space for longer stays. And really, in NO, you aren't spending a lot of time in your hotel anyhow.
The price was very reasonable and received the 4th night free.
We had 3 rooms in the hotel and had the same experience in all three. The water pressure in the showers was a little lacking and there wasn't quite enough lighting, but that seemed to be the only downfalls that we were able to find.
The location was great - on the corner of St. Charles and Common, it was just across Canal St from the French Quarter/Bourbon St. and within walking distance of Harrah's and the Riverwalk. It is also right on the St. Charles streetcar line - which was convenient for going to the Garden District, cemetaries and the Audobon Zoo.
Highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting NO - this was our first trip and the RSC made it very enjoyable!
Great bargain room
Was able to get this room for only $60 a night on a
weekend so we were not expecting much. It was very clean and had a great location. It is just 2 blocks from bourban street and maybe four or five from Harrah's. The room was very tiny but who's spending much time in there room in new orleans. It offers a continental breakfast (which isn't very good) and the employees were very good at helping you
find places. Great location and if you can get a deal I would recommend staying here.
The smallest room in NO
First, the positives:
The doormen were great. Taxis came on time, luggage was held and they were generally very courteous. The location is also great. It's less than a block from the quarter and the front door is about 6 feet from the first St. Charles streetcar stop.
Front desk staff was generally rude and unhelpful. Wakeup calls were 15 and 20 minutes late on two occaisions. Doormen double as concierge, which meant that during busy hours, there was no one to act as a concierge. Our room, although it faced St. Charles, was the smallest hotel room I've ever been in. Not counting the bed and the desk, the open floor space was probably 8x2.5 feet.
Room cleanup was also shoddy.
If you can get a room for $100, or you don't plan on staying in your room, go for it. Otherwise, find somewhere else to stay.