An old European-style hotel overlooking Lafayette Square. Decor is slightly run down, but the rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the location is an easy in-and-out to the Quarter.
Down below, Lafayette Square is a pleasant green space where you can often find free festivals and music during the spring.
While rooms are smaller, beds are large and comfy and most have sunny windows looking out into the street. Select rooms have balconies over St. Charles.
Up to two small dogs are allowed to stay for a $65 fee.
Bathrooms are marble, with smaller sinks and bathtub/shower combinations.
The restaurant takes up most of the first floor of this hotel, with a dining room on either side of a narrow staircase leading up to the rest of the hotel. There is a lounge area at the bar to the right of the staircase, and a check-in desk, with some seating and work stations on the second floor mezzanine.
YOU SHOULD KNOW It can feel a little disconcerting that there's no real lobby here, you consider that you'll spend most of your time out and about from this conveniently located hotel.
Desi Vega's is a classic, white tablecloth steak house, with some New Orleans-inspired seafood specials like shrimp remoulade and andouille-crawfish mac and cheese.
There are two wide bars at Desi Vega, one on either side of the staircase leading down from the hotel. Find happy hour drink specials, like $5 Grey Goose drinks and $4 beers, daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The St. Charles streetcar passes in front of this hotel and connects to several streetcar lines that can take you to other neighborhoods around the city. The valet fee is a little steep here, at $38/night.
Pulp and Grind (3-minute walk) down the block serves fresh juice, inventive pastries, and great coffee. Across the street, Herbsaint (1-minute walk) is a nice bistro atmosphere with upscale comfort foods sourced from local produce. With its own wine cellar, where you can choose your bottle before sitting down to a meal of fantastic pasta, Marcello's (1-minute walk) is a favorite fine dining spot in this neighborhood.
St James Cheese Company (6-minute walk) has a fantastic selection of bottles and by-the-glass options to pair with cheese boards and light snacks. Across from the courthouse you'll find Capdeville (3-minute walk), a hip dive with a good beer selection and pub fare.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The narrow hallways and some outdated features give this hotel an old, European feel, and the impression that the building was once grand; but there is charm and the staff is friendly. The location allows you to have some space and quiet while traveling easily to other parts of the city.