The Frenchmen Hotel
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We woke up early in Austin to get started on the 8-hour drive to New Orleans. Brit drove the first half the trip while Mick took his opportunity to catch up on some needed sleep. Other than a 2 stops for gas, and a few more hours of our current audio book (The Omnivore's Dilemma), the drive was a straight shot past increasingly swampy territory, …
... of New Orleans nightlife, full of 24 hour bars! Again, the atmosphere was carnival, exciting, and absolute Bedlam, with everyone walking round with huge drinks. The two most popular drinks were called Hurricanes and Grenades, which accurately reflect the tone and tempo of the evening! After several (large) drinks we ended in a karaoke bar, where several brave people got up on stage - for me, there is not enough Dutch courage in the world. The next bar we ...
... to say it was probably the best part of 15 to 20 kms of bridge. We tried to cure some photos of the little houses that are built out over the Everglades as ramshackle as they all are. We could see the clouds building and the blackness of an approaching storm, of which they are getting a lot down here at present, and sure enough down it came big time. We managed to get off and off ramp and pull into a garage to put our wet weather gear on when bang the sound of ...
... St. In the afternoon we went for a walk at the river walk and saw the ferry boats on the Mississippi River. We had dinner at the Crescent City brew house. Dave had crab stuffed flounder. I had a shrimp salad. Nighttime we walked to Harrahs casino. We didn't have any luck ...
... French Quarter. Of all places to find in the partying French Quarter, we found a latin/salsa club. It seemed out of place for the area but it was perfect for us. It wasn't that crowded and we had the dance floor mostly to ourselves until later on in the evening (around 2 am) when the really drunk party folks came by to try and dance some salsa. The drunks entertained us for about an hour and then we decided to call it a night.
Rain was on the menu the next day as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Frenchmen Hotel New Orleans
I'm ready to go back....
I used to live in New Orleans. Now when I go back home to visit, I try my hardest to stay at the Frenchman. It's quaint. Eventhough the rooms may not be huge, the atmosphere is great. The friendly clerks made my multiple stays there wonderful. It always seemed that everyone you met there was always in a cheerful mood and in great spirits (and I don't think it was the alcohol). The pool and hot tub in the center of the hotel give a certain comfort and inviting touch. Although parking isn't great, water pressure in the showers is not quite up-to-par, and small rooms...I love it.
I just love the "Old New Orleans" feeling...
I stayed at the Frenchmen July 11-13 2003. I was a little concerned because of a couple of the reviews, but went with it anyway. Upon arrival, i was VERY leary because of the trash in the alley and the strong odor. The front desk area was clean and had a friendly person working, so i asked to look at my room before checking in. We stayed in suite 301 ($75/ night) and quit honestly on the walk up to the room i had decided No way am i staying here! But once i opened the door...I fell in love with it! The room was spotless, had a clean pleasent aroma, and was nicely furnished. I checked the sink, floor, sheets and corners...SPOTLESS! The staff is a huge help. And breakfast is a friendly time with the staff and other guests. Great pastry and coffee!
Great location, good bargain
I liked this place a lot for the $--the courtyard pool was small but quite nice and the location is excellent (near the wonderful Prailine Connection, Old Dog and Spotted Cat). The room wasn't the greatest, but it was clean and comfortable enough for a few nights' stay. This really is a wonderful area of N'Orleans--a bit off the beaten track but close to great food and music and easy walking distance to Cafe Du MOnde, etc.
Character, charm, location
we got a great bargain on this hotel because its summer in New Orleans, and it had a great courtyard with a pool, good air conditioning in the rooms (though the rooms are tiny) and it seems to be pretty secure. We usually stay at the hostile which has nice rooms but its out in the garden district and we didnt want to bother with the streetcar this year. The service was pretty good though our reservation was a little off and had to be fixed. Remember to take all confirmation material with you, Im glad I did. Towels seem to be like gold so try to keep yours clean. Its located on Frenchman st right off Decatur, which is a really cool place. We skipped Bourbon st the entire stay...too many cool bars on Decatur to bother...
We stayed at The Frenchmen April 15-20, 2003 and were very disappointed. I had stayed there two or three times in the past and had always found the place a bit funky, but clean and well-kept. Alas, this was not the case. The room was tiny and dirty. There were only three bent wire hangers in the closet and our request for more yielded two more equally bent and broken hangers. Our feet turned black on the bottoms after walking around the room. The bathroom floor was sticky and missing ceramic tiles; each day a few more came loose so we had to put towels down on the floor to cover the sharp edges. On the first night we turned out the lights and were surprised when it didn't get dark. There was no "blackout" curtain on the window and the corridor light shone right in the room so brightly we could read! We called the front desk and the clerk came up and thumbtacked a white sheet halfway up the window, which of course was no help at all. The next morning the manager was shocked! shocked! that there was no effective curtain in our room. He promised to personally remedy the situation. When we got back to our room that evening, no curtain had been installed. The desk clerk was extremely unpleasant about our complaint that we couldn't sleep with lights shining in our eyes. Eventually they installed a curtain, a thin fabric that made the room glow red all night. The front desk suggested we unscrew the lightbulb in the corridor! We go to New Orleans every year; next time we'll spend the extra $30 a night and get a clean room with a curtain on the window.
Loved the Frenchmen
We had a great stay at the Frenchmen. We had a good size room and it was very quiet. The rooms are kept very clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful! The hotel is comprised of 3 buildings and the room we stayed in was not close to the courtyard/pool area so it was very quiet! If you want more New Orleans charm, request a room off the courtyard. The tour packages the hotel offers were great. We did the swamp/plantation tour and the cemetery tour-great! The hotel is within walking distance of Bourbon St., but you may want to take a cab back late at night ($5). I would definately stay there again!!!
I've read the other reviews and am not surprised by them. During busy periods you can find a lax in service. Though honestly part of loving in New Orleans is understanding that people aren't and concerned with busying themselves with work as much as in other parts of the U.S. Yes you'll be laid back and well... so will they. I've stayed at this hotel 3 or 4 times. If you stay in the right room it's elegant and homey. That would be the big balcony room overlooking esplanade avenue. The other rooms are very small. Though the one that opens onto the pool was comforting during Mardi Gras. I did have a large water bug incident once. Stay away from the ice machine on the first floor to avoid that. Other than that I was treated quite well. In Fat Tuesday they give a complimentary bottle of champange and a King Cake. Would I stay there again? YES
Great Stay At The Frenchmen Hotel
I stayed at the Frenchmen for a week with some friends in town for a wedding. The hotel was in walking distance of all the great restaurants and clubs, especially the new clubs on Frenchmen Street. The staff was very personable and accommodating, especially Amy and Shane. They gave great recommendations on what to do and where to go. Had a great continental breakfast with French pastries fresh every morning. Nice jacuzzi and pool and a cool courtyard. Most of my friends that stayed at the "chain hotels" wished they would have booked here. The perfect place if you like a little history rather than a generic hotel. I would reccommed this hotel highly. Kudos to the excellent staff!! Josh Slaten
My recent stay at the Frenchman was fair. For $99 a night in the middle of ths summer, I expected more. The courtyard is cute and the breakfast is decent, but the rooms are old and overpriced. The staff was friendly, but didn't know much about the neighborhood. You're better off relying on the tourist publications found in the lobby.
Unless they have a very cheap room deal going, I would stay somewhere on Canal street or at one of the classic hotels on Royal.
When we arrived we helped ourselves with our bags and headed to a room that was still dirty, with a used hand towel still on the shower floor and dirty sheets. We were told "that's aweful" - but no reperation or cleaning was forthcoming. That night a bed-size painting fell down on us as we slept. They re-hung the painting, leaving the old nail and hammer for us, but still no cleaning. I stripped the bed, gathered my towels and trash and put them on the front stoop of my room, hoping to jump start the process. That was the only day of an 8 day stay that my bed was made and clean towels were provided, despite daily requests, and having to listen to 3 cleaning women swear, laugh and share stories beginning at 8 am directly outside our room. They may claim to have a heated jacuzzi, but it was pretty obvious that it never got above 70-75 degrees, again, with no concern. The location was great, the breakfast repetative (but pleasant), front desk very basic (no concierge type service). There is no N.O. charm, as advertised, just a small filthy room with furniture falling apart, and no care for housekeeping. We would never return.