St. Vincent's Guest House
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Last night we arrived at 11.30pm, half an hour before Amber, the girl on front desk went out to party. We dumped our stuff in our room, which thankfully was on the ground floor - there's 3 of them - there was a note on the bedside table from our housekeeper MELodie wishing us a happy Mardi gras, placed next to some bead necklaces. There were lots …
Kept hitting snooze this morning.....for two hours! Got up at 11 but could've kept sleeping. The girls in the Grill say that's how New Orleans gets you. So, I got dressed and ate some sardines. Drank some cranberry juice and decided I was ready to face the day.
Vivvy woke up and said she'd stay and do washing, so off I went through the …
So. This morning we rang to see whether Viv could pick up her car any earlier, but no. All the sensible locals are getting outta Dodge before Fat Tuesday and are taking all the hire cars with them.
We decided that we had a plan, and that was to walk up to the Riverfront and along the Mississippi to the French Quarter, walk down to Bourbon …
We were really impressed by Graceland - a beautiful home, very comfortable and luxurious yet not in an over the top way - I could easily imagine kids running around and people feeling at home there, and although Elvis obviously took pride in it and furnished it to his taste and budget it is definitely not merely a showpiece. There are larger houses …
I do really like St. Vincent's but I’m not quite as thrilled with them this time as much as before. The tricky thing with them is every room is different. The last time I thought the shower was really cool. This time not so much. The shower head is really kind of a POS. And this morning Donnie & I got up early to make sure we got some …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Stunning old building. Interesting, friendly, real people; character plus. Everything I personally want in a place to lay my head & just far enough from AND close enough to The Action.
Great gumbo & conversation at The Magazine Grill. If you want a vibrant, fascinating experience stay here; if you're after air-conditioned comfort in beige & chrome, and room service, don't.
I'll take one of Benny's burgers at 2am over that any day.
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You would be better off staying at the bates motel
We did not even stay at St. Vincents and yet we are ****** enough right now to throw something at the manager. We were going to stay here because the web site looked oh so cute. But after reading bad reviews, we cancelled and booked somewhere else. It has been five months since cancelling WELL IN ADVANCE and yet, no refund. The manager continues to give me as well as the company we booked with the run around. Lying and deceiving to keep his measly $80 is not a good way of advertising. DO NOT STAY HERE. As well as problems with refunds, we drove by the hotel just to see what it was like while we were in New Orleans. The place looked run down and was in a section of town I would not want to be caught in at night. AGAIN, STAY AWAY!
No worse than the rest of that crappy town
Where to begin? First off, let me say that this place was pretty dirty, but then again ALL of New Orleans is filthy so, relatively speaking, "da V." might not be all that bad. More than gross, the place is highly amusing especially if you think puke stained carpets and blood stained sheets are funny. And who doesn't really? Oh, the pool, you wonder? Fit only for ducks and fish. Also, don't worry if you are leaving pet Rover or KittyKat behind. At "Da V." they provide you with the most loveable of cockroaches. You'll be cuddling with them at night in no time.
Really, it wasn't that bad. If you're just looking to party in the French Quarter., it's only a $6 cab ride away. If you've done your work on Bourbon St., then it really doesn't matter where you sleep, now does it?
I recently stayed at the St. Vincents Guest Hotel and I was pleased with my stay! This is not a hotel for those snooty, upscale folks who think they are going to a Victoria bed and breakfast...this is a good place for those who want to experience new orleans and have a place to crash afterwards at a good price! No, the building is not new, the walls are not freshly painted, the grounds are not immaculately landscaped! But for the price I was satisified. I didn't go there for a relazing get-away, I went to New Orleans to visit and have a good time. The hotel is within walkin distance to the trolley and even to the French Quarter if you are up to a nice, but long walk! The rooms were clean, no the carpet isn't brand new, but it was clean, bathrooms were clean, water was hot, airconditioner worked fine, rooms were quiet at night. And the pool was fine..I can imagine that pool is pretty ****old, most hotels just fill them in with dirt, at least this one was still sparkling. Even at check out the owner said he would give us a discounted rate when we came back..and we plan too!
If we could rate this less than terrible, we would. Based on everyone elses comments, I feel better. Here's a list of what we encountered: Mattresses in the hallway. An apple core rotting under the bed. Bath towels that you could read a newspaper through. No maid service. Towels were left in a plastic bag tied to the door knob. Paper plates for breakfast. (Probably more sanitary anyway) Students sliding down a laundry shoot as a sliding board at 2-3 AM. (Not sure the Dept of Licensing has approved?) Broken beer bottles strewn around the pool. Carpeting stained w/ filth & bleach marks. Unresponsive security guard to disruptive guests. Smoking in non-smoking rooms. Breakfast is the same every day. Minimal building security. Neighborhood was okay. A short walk to the trolley or 1 block to the public bus. Shame on New Orleans Dept of Licensing for letting this establishment continue in this condition.
Would not give me a refund after I cancelled
After cancelling my reservation well over a month in advance, St.
Vincent's refused to give me a refund. Then had the hotel had the audacity to charge me again for the reservation.
Found the business office to be poorly managed along with poor customer relations.
St. Vincent's certainly didn't meet my expectations, but overall it's not a bad experience if you know what you're getting into. Don't expect luxury for sure, and the service is adequate but seemed cold and unfriendly most of the time. The location is not in the best part of town, but it was certainly quieter than the French Quarter. The room furnishings seemed old and rickety, but the bed was comfortable. There's no air conditioning in the lobby and the halls, but the air conditioner in my room worked fine. It's certainly worth $50 per night, but definitely not $100. The pictures on the web site make the hotel look much nicer than it really is. The place certainly has a lot of charm, but if you're looking for luxury as well, you'd better go elsewhere. If you're just looking for an economical place to lay your head near downtown or the French Quarter (but not walking distance), this place is not so bad.
I can't say enough bad things about this place even though I was probably there less than an hour. But I want to sound rational at least so you will take this review seriously. We had seen a bad review that was so bizarre we thought it wasnt a valid complaint and decided to try this hotel that seemed so charming on line. Well, after spending 23 hours in the car and arriving at this roach hotel I can understand the review. Everything the other reviews say is true and wish I had seem them before we left. We arrived many weeks after Mardi Gras however the FIRST room we were shown to, not the one we had requested, smelled like there had been a week long pot party in the room, not to mention the disgusting shape the room was in. Three more tries for rooms took us to rooms already occupied by other guests. The final room we were shown to was about 5 new coats of paint behind, carpet was filthy, and there was a dead roach on the floor that the manager euphemistically called a water bug. Even though jazzfest was in New Orleans we were so fortunate to find a room available at Travelodge, Baron Plaza which looked like the ritz to us after St Vincents. We had to battle just to get one of our two nights, $166/night on top of everything else, credited back to us. Get a cancellation number and you can get your full refund if you are lucky enough to escape this trap. The staff is inept, overwhelmed by even the smallest things and the online sell of this place is NOTHING what it looks like. I also heard Magazine St described as hip and trendy. If you enjoy vacationing in a rather questionably safe neighborhood then that will be right up your alley. The pool from what we saw of it on our several walks by trying to find a room like they promised also looked disgusting.
Housekeeping is seriously lacking at this hotel. The pool is not maintained at all based on the dirt visible at the bottom. The room has a 18 ft high ceiling with ceiling fan and room air conditioner. There is a homemade closet with 1 hanger someone else probably left. There was a cobweb 1 ft in diameter at the top of the ceiling/wall-no kidding. The king-size bed was old, the pillows pathetic and the bed was made with queen-size sheets and bedspread. The bathroom was modern but bring your own towels as theirs are very thin and small. The carpet is stained and only vacuumed around the bed area. There was litter behind and up against the bed that has been there for quite some time. Breakfast menu was the same everyday-grits, eggs, pancakes, toast, dry cereal, milk, oj and coffee. The kitchen ladies were wonderfully friendly.
We arrived after Mardi Gras hoping to have missed the madness. The power was out when we arrived and the staff was not prepared to handle the situation. Our room looked like the staff hadn't fully recovered from the party. The bathroom door was coming off its hinges, underneath the bed was dirty, the mattress was worn out, the walls had hand prints, there was peeling paint on the walls, the closet had only two hangers, etc. The cleaning staff rarely made up our bed or left enough towels despite a daily tip. The last day we had a number of huge cockroaches come out of the walls, but we were given a can of Raid. Our room looked nothing like the photo we saw on their site. Obviously we did not get a remodeled room. Our stay almost became comical after a while.On a bright note, the building has a lot of charm and the cooking staff was very nice, although they were often overwhelmed by the large number of visitors every morning. The bathroom was usually pretty clean, but that was seemingly the only part of the room they worked on. The secure on-site parking was a very nice feature.