Fodor's Expert Review Le Richelieu in the French Quarter
1234 Chartres St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA See on Map
This charming, traditional hotel offers an affordable stay in a prime location. Access to the private courtyard and pool, as well as the cozy cafe and bar, help you wind down after sightseeing.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some amenities, like a gym or continental breakfast, are missing at this quaint hotel, but you might be too busy exploring the neighborhood or enjoying the pool to notice.
Guest rooms have brass ceiling fans, and many rooms share a wrought-iron communal balcony facing the street, or look into the courtyard. Floral-patterned curtains and bedspreads can make room decor feel a little kitschy.
Gorgeous marble vanities and full bathtub/shower combinations.
An elegant lobby features gold chandeliers and crown moldings, black-and-white checkered floors, and small parlor-like seating areas.
A mid-size pool lies in the central courtyard at this property, surrounded by lush tropical plants and lounge chairs. There is a small shaded area with complimentary water and towels.
Enjoy breakfast, soups and sandwiches in the Terrace Cafe, daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. An affordable Sunday breakfast (enjoyed poolside) is highly recommended.
Guests enjoy complimentary coffee from the cafe all day.
The Terrace Lounge, with its casual atmosphere and outdoor seating, attracts guests and locals alike.
Travelling by foot is best within the French Quarter. Walk to Canal Street to catch the streetcar to the Garden District, Uptown, or Mid City.
The French Market (3-minute walk) has many great stands for lunch or a casual dinner, including crepes and sandwiches. Make a reservation at Three Muses (4-minute walk) for small plates, delightful cocktails, and music.
The Spotted Cat (4-minute walk) hosts some of the best brass bands around town, for a small cover or drink minimum. Marigny Brasserie (5-minute walk) is a fun place for boozy brunch or cocktails to start out the night on Frenchmen Street.
WHY WE LIKE IT
At the end of the more touristy section of the French Quarter, you get to enjoy the neighborhood's more scenic, quieter section, as well as explore the nearby Marigny Triangle and Frenchmen Street. Rooms are simple and slightly outdated, but the price is affordable for where you are, and staff is friendly and accommodating.