2203 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, USA
Chic, modern design and friendly staff, this hotel offers large rooms at a reasonable price. The location, on a pretty block of St. Charles Avenue, gives you easy access to the rest of the Garden District and some respite from the crowds of the French Quarter.
Bring a pet under 80 lbs for a $50 fee.
Rooms have comfortable, over sized beds, and most have large windows looking out onto tree-lined St. Charles Avenue. Enjoy 42-inch flat screen TVs and in-room coffeemakers. Decor is modern and colorful, if not bizarre at times, but the size of the rooms and available comforts are what count here.
Larger-than-average bathrooms with roomy walk-in showers and Aveda products.
The loungey hotel lobby gives you front row views to the biggest parades during Mardi Gras season.
YOU SHOULD KNOW "Modern" decor here shows some wear and tear, and the biggest pros to the hotel's public hangout spaces are size and location.
A small gym has only a few cardio machines and free weights. A large window gives it nice natural light.
Babin's, a small bistro overlooking St. Charles Ave., serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Creole-inspired menu is just okay, but there are too many good restaurants within walking distance for you to care. Babin's also has a patio on St. Charles Ave.
There is a dark-lit lounge on site, where knowledgeable bartenders serve up cocktails and tidbits of Garden District history.
The St. Charles streetcar passes by the hotel and can take you Uptown and to Audubon Park in one direction and to the French Quarter in the other. Valet parking is $23/day.
Locals go crazy for Stien's Deli (9-minute walk) a Philadelphia-style deli and sandwich shop with some New Orleans influences. District Donuts Sliders and Brew (9-minute walk) serves insanely inventive (and indulgent) sweet treats and sliders.
Half Moon (11-minute walk) is a local favorite for cheap beers, and Rosa Mezcal (12-minute walk) serves tacos and an excellent mezcal selection in a funky, casual environment.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The streetcar is slow at times, so if you need to be in the French Quarter or CBD for business, perhaps look elsewhere. Other than that, this is a beautiful, historic neighborhood that will let you fall in love with New Orleans. The hotel won't blow you away, but rooms are bright and spacious.
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