W New Orleans - French Quarter
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... of WW2. The exhibitions in the main building cover mainly the D Day Campaign and the Pacific theatre. There are many uniforms and weapons displayed in the galleries as well as many personal items carried by soldiers as well as neat little stations where you can listen to veterans tell their stories.
A word to the wise. There are some very graphic images on display. This is necessary and certainly not gratuitous, given the subject matter, but ...
... this waitress was because she barked at us to stay in line! We hadn't even read the menu and the waitress wanted our order, twice she came back and we said we needed more time and then the third time she said "You better hurry up, you can't have that table all night"!! Finally Stuart settled on Chicken Gumbo a Louisiana stew and I had shrimp!! Well it was delicious and Stu had to help me with the shrimp because I had so much! Safe to say we left there extremely ...
... and Indians”, but it’s not until the big day itself that we see how we’re to be dressed.
The weather forecast for parade day is not good. Heavy rain is forecast for the first part of the morning but should taper off before midday. Our parade is scheduled to run from around 12 noon to 2 pm, so fingers-crossed, we should be OK. And old parade hands tell us that rain is invariably forecast, but in the previous 17 years they could only remember any rain ...
... area are Bald Cypress trees - deciduous and leafless at the moment - so they looked quite drab. The tree grows quite well in the river and swampy grounds and has an aboveground root system which seems to be the ideal spot for the wild rice to grow in spring. The Cypress tree has a red sap which is anti-termites and this has earned the tree the colloquial name of 'the eternal tree'. As I understand it, the cypress tree seems to be aligned with the cedar tree ...
... are English, Out of town Americans, Spanish and us . There is a lovely ooh and ahh when people hear we have travelled all the way from NZ. The congregation, choir and band all sing a beautiful welcome to us all. When it is unfortunately over, Max chats with the bass player. It turns out he is playing later that night on Frenchman St. He is also a professor of music!!
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Room smelled like someone peed in it, very dark, dank hallways, I did not stay.
Dank, dark, moldy rooms
The room smelled like an attic but we just opeed the window and didn't think about it very much. We woke up the next day with sore throats and discovered that the air conditioning unit was covered with black mold.
I spoke with the front desk and we were changed into another room which was better also had mold...new orleans is humid and perhaps old carpets are a bad idea...the loud music gets old...there is no real breakfast...the staff is uninformed...i stayed at the chicago W lakeshore which was a better hotel but the previous guest had vomited on the carpet and they had not bothered to clean it, so perhaps W has a housekeeping problem in general...I would not stay at a W again.
I stayed at this hotel in October of 2003, and I must say that I am very disappointed. At 10,000 Starwood points, I expected more than a small room with a distinct odor, like that of a small dank and carpeted apartment whose occupant has never thrown anything away in 20 years. So we opened the door to the balcony as wide as we could, and when we came back the door had been closed by what we believe must have been the turn-down service. They failed, however, to turn down the bed, replace the towels in the bathroom or empty the trash. In the morning, we noticed to our horror that someone had taken a candy bar from the basket, eaten part of it and thrown the rest on the lower shelf of the nightstand. When we brought this up upon check-out, we were merely assured that we would not be charged for that item. The folks at the desk, as handsome as they are, are for the most part clueless teenagers, whose annoyingly chipper demeanor is straight out of an employee manual, somewhere along the lines of TGI Fridays. I was expecting a stylish hotel with a hip, with-it staff, but what I got was very much below-average, and not worth the price.
This was our first time staying at a W Hotel. If the rest of the country runs their W-Hotels as good as this one, we're hooked!
My wife and I stayed 5 nights at the W French Quarter during the last week in May. I selected, this hotel because I am familiar with the Starwood Hotels, and I was unsure about all of the private hotels in the Quarter. If your looking for the 100% French Quarter experience I would suggest you stay somewhere else. The rooms at the W are very trendy, and nice. The bed was the best I have ever slept on, It was also a King which at times seems had to find in the Quarter. The hotel porters were helpful and very nice. The location of the hotel is outstanding. The only drawback is the electronica music they play in the lobby and courtyard, it gets old soon. Considering the price of the room I was very pleased. It's not the Fairmont or the Omni, but it is a good option if you don't have $200 to spend per night on a bed.
Hated the "W"
we had stayed at this hotel when it was the del a post. it was a really unique small southern hotel. when i read that it had been renovated, i was excited to stay there picturing high post beds, antiques, etc. we walked into a dark lobby with incense burning and the rooms were sleek, modern with a japanese flair. it was so ugly that i couldn't believe i was in new orleans and in the french quarter. they ruined a good thing and charge twice as much for this disaster. there are so many neat places to stay, so don't waste your time in New Orleans at this contemporary hotel.
Not a bad place to stay
We stayed in the W, French Quarter, New Orleans for 3 days last weekend. The room was great - clean and adequate for all our needs, nice shower, great to have Aveda Bath Products. Most annoying things were no room service after 9.30pm (we arrived late the first night and couldn't get any food as most restaurants stopped serving at 10pm) and the only way you can have breakfast is with room service. The location was great though. I would stay there again, if I could get a good deal on the price.
I stayed at this hotel in March 2003 and I have never stayed anywhere quite like it.The hotel is ultra modern and they do have the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept in.The hotel is as close as you can get to Harrahs the casino.From the minute you walk through the hotel you notice how different it is to any other chain hotel.The rooms are in black and red with every luxury you can think of including aveda toletries.The pool is small but has cabanas around it with private televisions!!At night the lobby and bar are all candlelit there is even a small den off the lobby which you can relax in for a bit of privacy.The hotel I am sure would like the young,hip and trendy as guests but the guests are of all ages.I would stay here again for novelty value ,the staff are very pleasant and dress all in black.......of course!!!!!
Not at this price
Checked in and checked out--immediately. Small dark room, long dark hallways. No lobby to mention. Bolted to the other W across town, thank you very much.
W stands for WOW
My wife and I stayed at the "W" French Quarter a few months ago. I was so pleasantly surprised at the accomodations. They aren't blowing smoke about the beds. I had a famous New Orleans hangover the 2nd morning there and the comfortable beds at the W helped restore me. The pool and courtyard are great. The staff is cheerful and helpful. I'm going back in a few months and couldn't think of staying anywhere else.