W New Orleans - French Quarter
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The start of the real driving begins today. We are trying to pull at least a 10 hour drive before we rest up. That will hopefully bring us to New Orleans for the night. Who knows what the road holds ahead of us though. All I know is I had a good breakfast and a huge cup of coffee that's supposed to settle my nerves. (yea that won't happen). I can …
... 8217;t think Lynn would fancy holding my hand for that one. So I had to be tough! Random – Hey big sis! Remember when I was eight and you were 15 and you used to make me sleep with you because you were too scared, after we’d watched the SAME horror movie? WTF? What was an eight year old meant to do? ;)
Up again the next morning and we took the ...
... on the cliff top) it was literally like walking into an oven the difference took your breath away, we knew the midday temp was 37c but I suspect it was certainly higher here as the natural surroundings served to protect it from any cooling winds and the heat just seemed to build and build. All in all it was a fantastic day well worth the discomfort caused by
aggressive heat and the interesting ferry ride both to ...
... just tell you.. or he'd see something to point out so the story was put on hold, he'd start a different story then later say... right, I was telling you about..... we drove back a different way so saw quite a bit of the surrounding area. We drove over Lake Pontchartrain..
I think I said already that New Orleans is below sea level so most of the land is swampy.. the highway system built over all of that soggy soil is quite ...
Friday it was get up, get dressed and get in the car to head to Mother's for breakfast and then to the French Quarter after that. Derek had looked up a lot to park in just off Canal St. that was more than reasonable and we found it easily. The garage was a gauntlet of twists and turns and Liz and I agreed that after squeezing into the spot that we did Derek should have no problem maneuvering a fire truck in the future. We made the short walk to Mother's in ...
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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.
Very creepy experience
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.
Great Atmosphere, Great Service, Wonderful Room!
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!
Starting with an efficient check in and ending with a late checkout courtesy, the W was worth every $ we spent. The staff goes out of their way to treat you as if you were the only person at the hotel.
Even though any bed would have been fine after a long night on Bourbon Street, going back to the W was great. Their rooms make you feel like you're a guest in somebody's home. They decorate them to look absolutely nothing like a "hotel room."
Very convenient as well...the W was 2 blocks from Bourbon Street and only a block or so from the Mississippi River.
Have fun! (make sure you go to Cafe DuMond and have some Beignets and Cafe au Lait. Good stuff!)
Location, location, location
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.
Ultra modern hotel
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.