hotel help in n.o.

Sep 16th, 1999, 08:54 AM
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diana
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hotel help in n.o.

going to n.o. in nov. and want to stay in a fabulous place - money not an issue. what does anyone know about windsor ct, the international hotel and the westin? please give details in terms of location, rooms (i'm very picky), service etc. on my last trip i stayed at royal sonesta and was dissapointed in the room. thanks for your help
 
Sep 16th, 1999, 10:38 AM
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The Windsor Court has a fabulous reputation, though when my husband and I walked through we thought it a bit stuffy for us. It was so quiet it was like a morgue, and they serve high tea, for pete's sake. But the people I know who've stayed there absolutely loved it, and apparently the restaurant is great, too. The only disadvantage is that's it's across Canal Street from the French Quarter, so you'd want to take a cab at night.
 
Sep 16th, 1999, 11:28 AM
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The Windsor Court's reputation is well-deserved. Service is excellent and the rooms are spacious and very comfortable. Definitely THE BEST N.O. has to offer. The Westin is more convenient to the French Quarter, but I'd go for Windsor Court. I am not familiar with the International Hotel. I live in N.O., so please e-mail me if you need any further information.
 
Sep 16th, 1999, 04:14 PM
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I recently stayed at the International Hotel. It was quite nice, very trendy; ( i.e. jam boxes in the rooms,jazz cd's, Aveda products in the baths). My only complaint was that out room was extremely tiny. If you stay there, I would request a suite. I haven't stayed at Windsor Court, but hear it is the very best. Hope this helps!
 
Sep 17th, 1999, 05:19 AM
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Brian in Atlanta
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I stayed at the Windsor Court a couple of nights on business a couple of years ago. I had a very large and nice suite with living room, sitting room, bedroom and even a small kitchen. It was nice to stay in a "room" as large as my apartment at the time. Service was wonderful and the fresh flowers displayed in the lobby each day were amazing.

It seems to me, however, that it would be a shame to stay in such a "typical" high class hotel (i.e. similar to other cities) when there are other hotels in the Quarter that have so much more character in keeping with the wonderful character of New Orleans. Plus, it's a bit of a hike from the Windsor Court to the Quarter.

Anyone know of a 4-5 star smaller hotel in the Quarter?
 
Sep 17th, 1999, 09:58 AM
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Hi, we stayed at the Windsor Court last Christmas, and must say, I do not know how they get such a high rating. We prefer the nicest hotels, and I know that Ritz Carlton is opening one there very soon. I would look into it. The room was nice, but was right across from construction of a large casino, so there was a great deal of noise. The room was large, however the furniture was a bit in need of new fabrics. The maid expected a tip every day, and by the third day our towels were not replaced, and by the fourth day, it took three calls to get our room cleaned up. We were not happy with the hotel at all. I would not recommend. Check on the Ritz, stay on the club floor, and you'll be pleased. Also, we didn't even have a mini-coffee maker in our room...and getting one was like pulling teeth. Don't stay at the Hyatt, it is in a bad location. The Windsor Court's location, was fine. We walked everywhere...but again, it was not the fine hotel we expected for the price. It took four long distance phone call to get a double bar charge taken off our bill. Stay somewhere else!
 
Sep 17th, 1999, 10:44 AM
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The Ritz isn't scheduled to open until Feb. 2000.

For nice B&B's in the French Quarter, you might try Lafitte Guest House on the quiet end of Bourbon, Soniat House also in the lower Quarter, or Melrose Mansion on Esplanade. Some of the nicer small hotels include include Hotel Maison de Ville (made the small hotels of the world list), St. Louis, Hotel St. Helene, and then there's the heart of the Quarter Monteleone, Royal Sonesta or Chateau Sonesta - which are all in a very busy and noisy section of the Quarter. The Bourbon Orleans is a big nice hotel right smack in the center of the Quarter that is nice. There's also apartments for rent - like the Napoleon House on Chartres. Oh, Le Meridien is also nice - right on Canal St. bordering the Quarter. Hope some of this helps.
 
Sep 17th, 1999, 01:05 PM
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Sorry to hear the Ritz will not be open...why not check out the recommendations from "FODORS"....I'm sure there is a list on this site...Oh, do go to Irene's for dinner..Must have a reservations...in the french quarter, very good.
 
Sep 17th, 1999, 01:16 PM
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I have stayed at all 3. I would say definitely not International Hotel, room service is horrible, the rooms are not that great, and I did not like the location. Windsor Court is very nice, location not that great, one of the best restaurants in the city (of course you can eat there without staying at the hotel. The Westin would be my pick of the 3, every bit as nice as Windsor Court. The restaurant serves a nice breakfast but nothing great for dinner. The rooms are very nice and the location is the best of the three. Great shopping within the building, including Saks. If you like staying in the French Quarter you might like the Royal Orleans, they have some really nice rooms (I think they are called the jacuzzi rooms). Good luck!
 
Sep 20th, 1999, 01:55 PM
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Just came back from 4 nights in NO, where we stayed at the Westin, which is a few blocks from the Quarter and Riverwalk. Yes, the rooms are quite nice, with kingsize bed, coffeemaker, hairdryer, safe, nice amenities & toiletries, and generally helpful, friendly staff. Wonderful views when staying above 20th floor. However, this is a chain hotel much like you'll find in most major North American cities. Fabulous is hardly the word for it, especially if money is no object, and having to wait for 2 elevators spaced a fair ways apart to get to your room (the lobby's on the 11th floor!) got to be a pain. I stayed in the Quarter on a previous trip, at the Hotel Bienville, and far preferred the eclectic charm & character of the smaller boutique hotels to the Westin. There are many that are higher scale than the Bienville; check out some of the many websites devoted to New Orleans, as they often have links to these hotel sites that include photos & extensive descriptions. Just avoid any that are within 2 blocks of Bourbon St. to avoid the late night noise. Enjoy!
 
Sep 25th, 2000, 06:23 PM
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I'd recommend the Melrose Mansion- the service there is exceptional and the rooms are very pretty- all furnished in antiques and each in their own distinctive style. I believe the Donecio Suite is supposed to be beautiful and is around $425 a night with a 2 night minimum on weekends. It is located on the upper east side of the quarter, though everything is easily accessible on foot. Have fun!
 

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