This small Holiday Inn property, in a historic 19th-century building on a busy block of Dauphine Street, is chock full of friendly staff and French Quarter charm.
This hotel offers valet parking, but at $43 (quite higher than the average French Quarter garage), you might consider skipping the convenience and parking at one of the cheaper garages a few blocks away.
Newly renovated rooms enjoy the unique features of this 19th century building, like exposed brick walls, and chic decor. Book a King Balcony room so you can sip coffee or cocktails while looking out over the French Quarter.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Expect some noise from the street, even at night.
Clean and spacious bathrooms have walk in showers lined with subway tiles. Doubles, as well as certain suites, have bathtubs.
The lobby is a pleasant small parlor facing Dauphine Street.
The outdoor pool is heated during cooler months. You'll find plenty of lounge chairs around the pool, including a shaded, covered lounging area. The red-bricked courtyard also has a separated dining area with bistro tables and chairs.
RF's Restaurant, a loungey, red velvet-covered spot with old world charm, serves Creole fare.
Most items from the RF menu are also available for room service.
The RF bar specializes in martinis. There is live music nightly in the lounge, and a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening.
You can catch the streetcar just a few blocks away on Canal Street, which is also a good place for catching cabs. It's easy to travel the French Quarter by foot. For a fun alternative, rent bikes from RideTHISBike (1-minute walk) a block down Dauphine Street.
Arnaud's (1-minute walk) remains a longtime favorite for old school ambiance, Creole classics, and an excellent French 75 cocktail. Started as a pop-up kitchen in the Erin Rose Irish pub, Killer Po Boys (2-minute walk) now has a full, very popular sandwich shop a couple blocks down Dauphine street. If you're looking for local seafood, Redfish Grill (3-minute walk) and Acme Oyster House (4-minute walk) are both solid (though sometimes crowded) choices.
In a historic stone building on a Bourbon Street corner, the friendly bartenders at Old Absinthe House (2-minute walk) will serve you an absinthe the traditional way, sugar cube and all. At The Hotel Monteleone, The Carousel Bar (4-minute walk) is a raucous see-and-be-seen from post-brunch well into the night. You're about a 2-minute walk from the main drag of Bourbon Street, where you can grab a daiquiri and take a stroll through tourists, musicians, and street performers.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This section of Dauphine Street, between Canal Street and the Quarter, can feel quite busy, but the large pool and courtyard, charming historical digs, and clean accommodations help this hotel achieve a serene, oasis-like feel in the middle of the madness.