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Trip Report A quick trip to New Orleans - Dec 2010

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R was less than 1000 miles away from Medallion status for 2011 so I did a quick "shopping" trip to find the cheapest flights to "somewhere" before the end of the year. The two finalists were New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale. I'd just been to FLL and we didn't want to rent a car so NOLA it was.

My first stop for hotel prices was my favorite in New Orleans - the Dauphine Orleans.

I'd stumbled upon this hotel when I was there for business in the late 80s and a friend planned to drive out with my pup to start a long trip through the American and Canadian Rockies. I picked it way back then because they accepted pets, but it has remained my favorite hotel ever since - even when traveling sans pup.

I've recommended it many times and my mom used to visit on her "girls trips". The hotel is nice and they really enjoyed the accomodations. I opt for the Hermann House rooms instead.

"The 14 rooms of the Hermann House Courtyard occupy the home of an early 19th century merchant who directed that the structure be built of nothing but the best country bricks and cypress. All 14 Hermann House Courtyard rooms feature a Jacuzzi tub and shower. All suites have large Jacuzzi tubs and marble bathrooms."

The entrance to the Hermann House rooms is via a gate across the street from the hotel. As you enter the courtyard, you're greeted with the sound of the courtyard fountain and peace and tranquility. There's a hot tub available in the courtyard and jacuzzi tubs in the bathrooms. Second floor rooms have vaulted ceilings with an exposed brick wall that goes up for at least 20 feet. Great beds, beautiful rooms, wonderful bathrooms - all in a private courtyard setting. It's a wonderful home away from home in NOLA and I love it still.

Some pictures available on Facebook. I may share some on a more public site later.

The Dauphine offers an free extended continental breakfast with the usual items as well as waffles and hard boiled eggs. There are plenty of breakfast options nearby but the breakfast worked great for us. Complimentary beer or wine was offered for the first night in the bar. The front desk folks were very knowledgable and helpful. What can I say? I just love this place. :-)

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