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Thought l would start a new thread.
Has anyone stayed in this hotel,pro and cons
Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel,its a bit out of our price range.Not much is available for our dates 23rd to 28th April 2019.

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I have not stayed there, but been to New Orleans half a dozen times or so. Just some general observations.....

The hotel is on the edge of the French Quarter, but only a couple streets away from Bourbon st., so location is good for that but further from the river area, Downtown, and trolleys to the garden district. I looked at reviews to see if anything stood out that I can comment on, but generally they are good, might want to look at some of the suggestions for picking a room.

We usually shop for rooms on Booking.com, Tripadvisor, or Priceline; have gotten some good deals, but are usually looking a few months before, not 10 months out. That far out, room selection is good, but prices are basically their standard rate, deals come later. New Orleans hotel prices are highly flexible based on what is going on that week (Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival, dozens of other events and conventions) so if your dates are flexible, maybe look at an events calendar and pick a week that is quieter. Just an Edit: Looks like Jazz Festival starts on April 26th, so room prices will be high for that weekend. If that is not your reason for going, maybe try to move dates up a bit.

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hey patty
what is your price range and how many people? Years back we stayed at place de arms in the french quarter. loved the small hotel, walked all around the quarter, took a couple tours. we rented a car just for a day so i don't know about the parking. there is a jazz and heritage festival starting april 26. would be fun and crowded and rooms booked from this year or hotel has blocked out dates, best thing to do is either call hotel or email them about availabilty and prices.
aloha

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Is this the one on Rampart street? If so I am staying there now through Tuesday. I got the king room for 4 nights.

I paid $529 so that is pro. It has an outdoor pool. The bed is comfortable; the room is clean and quiet at night. Easy walk to all the action if that is what you are looking for.

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We liked the Bourbon Orleans--a perfect location in the French Quarter. The cathedral and market are a short walk away and lots of restaurants are nearby. I think the less touristy restaurants( favored by locals) are out of the quarter but we did not want to rely on taxis.

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I would be a little cautious about the Rampart Street location. In that price range, I would stay at the http://www.villaconvento.com or http://www.frenchmenhotel.com. I stayed at the Villa Convento a few years ago. At that price point, we were able to afford the most expensive room and it was great. I suggest the Frenchmen Hotel because I have recently discovered Frenchmen Street and absolutely love it.

But no, I have not stayed at that hotel. I've been to New Orleans a few times as a tourist, and I'm a bit leery of Rampart Street.

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Been to NO twice. Once we stayed at Place d'Armes and once as a solo I stayed at Hotel Le Richelieu. Both were in the French Quarter, both were excellent reasonably priced options. Enjoyed my stay in both of them, but have to say that I was upgraded to a suite at Le Richelieu and it was like staying in a castle.

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Depending on vacancies, staying in the Garden District right on the street car line can be quite economical. Some will say it's not convenient, but often one just has to step out the front door and hop the street car. There is also the Drury Hotel that may be in your price range.

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What tc said. I have usually stayed on the garden distirct. Just a touch quieter:)

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It's all a matter of preference of course, and what you plan to do while in NO, but I have to agree about the benefits of staying in the Garden District. We have done the French Quarter a couple of times as well as the edge of the FQ. Our last visit was this past Feb. and we decided to give the Garden District a try since we had enjoyed using the street cars in the past. We found an AirBNB in the GD and loved the area. It was quieter than less congested than the FQ but equally convenient and less costly. We stayed less than a half block from a street car stop and found them to run very frequently. Something that we found intriguing about getting around this way was exposure to the local community. The people we very welcoming and more than willing to offer assistance if needed.

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Hi Pat,would you be able to let me know the B&B you stayed at.Enjoy your day Trish

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I think I stayed in that hotel in 2003. I remember it being fine - a pretty standard American chain hotel - but I'm sure a lot has changed since then.

For dates that far in advance, even though it's Jazz Fest, I suspect that if your're not seeing much available, it might be because some places haven't opened up their inventory yet, rather than because they're all sold out. As I mentioned in your other thread, I was in NOLA over Jazz Fest this year. We made our hotel reservation about six weeks in advance and were still able to get a good location at a reasonable(ish) price.

As we were researching hotels, we noticed there were a number of smaller places, especially in areas like the Garden District, that don't seem to be on the big booking sites. But they do turn up on a Google Maps search. So that's another approach to consider.

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When l have looked at hotels they don't seem to mention private bathrooms (ensuites)
I ask because in Europe if you don't ask for private bathroom,you could end up sharing.

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Shared bathroom lodging is pretty much unheard of in the States. Ensuite bathrooms are standard, that is why it is never mentioned. The only places that have communal bathrooms and showers that I have experienced are rustic ski lodge type places, like the Peruvian in Alta, UT.

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Yes, in the US ensuite bathrooms are standard - so much so that the term "ensuite" is not even used. Those of us going to Europe have to learn the difference between "private" and "ensuite"; USers who haven't traveled do not usually know what "ensuite" is.

If a hotel, B&B, etc has rooms with non-ensuite baths, you can be sure they will specify this, to avoid having enraged customers. I'm not exaggerating - it is so ingrained that all accommodations have ensuite bathrooms, people would really be screaming if they arrived to find otherwise without having been warned first!

That said, I recall New Orleans as having some French Quarter guesthouses that did have shared bath options, but this was years ago, so I don't know if they still exist.

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I've had shared-bathroom accommodations in the States, usually in expensive cities like New York, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Often they're advertised as "Euro-style" or something like that, but one way or another they make the bathroom situation clear. Small family-run B&Bs sometimes also have shared bathrooms.

But generally private bathrooms are indeed standard in the US, and it's safe to assume you'll get one if you're not told otherwise. This is especially true at chain hotels.

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Hi Harold and khbuzzard,thank you for explaining the bathroom/ensuite. One less thing to think about 🤔.enjoy your day.

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I have not stayed there, but at the Marriott about two blocks away. Good area to stay. Royal St Charles gets a lot of good reviews. Easy walk to the French quarter and Jackson Square and the Cafe Du Monde to fill up on those fattening beignets. Take the No 48 streetcar (tram) on Canal St 1 block away to the Art Museum, then an easy walk to Fairgrounds Race Course for the Jazz Festival.

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I'm a bit late to this but here are my recommendations.

First of all, if you can shift your dates a bit, that might help. NOLA hotels are very expensive on the weekends and availability is harder to find. Can you do the 21st Sunday to the 26th Friday? If not, just keep looking, and book when you find something. It is possible that some hotels haven't started taking reservations yet.

Traylaparks suggested the Frenchmen's Hotel on Frenchmen's Street. I love the street and would have loved our stay there, had it been a better hotel. I expected noise, but not loud pop music played all day and most of the night. I didn't stay there to hear Taylor Swift. Staff weren't great, the room had a terrible layout. It's the only hotel that I wouldn't return to.

Place d'Armes is right off of Jackson Square. Wonderful courtyard. Hotel le Marais was more modern and very nice. LaMothe House on Esplanade was great but a bit out of the way for the rest of the Quarter. Most recently we stay at the Provincial. It's on a quieter bit of Chartres and we really liked it.

I'd like to stay in the Garden District sometime, but for a first visit, stay in the French Quarter. It can be busy and crowded but there are quiet streets. It's not all partying.

Guard your personal belongings. Dance when you want. Eat good food. Magnolias will be in bloom.

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Hi Karen, thank you for your information very helpful.Would change dates,Easter fall 19th to 22nd put our flights from Australia up , because it get very hot we want to start in NOLA,(doing a month road trip to Atlanta,could we start in Atlanta how humid is NOLA late June). Hubby is 71 and I'm 69 happy to have a quiet area,is the FQ far from Esplanade we are both happy to walk Saint Charles look like a nice area to stay.

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NO is humid all the time. And warm all the time.

I usually stayed at the Westin Canal Place. Right at the edge of the French Quarter. Very quiet at night. Great views of the river. Excellent food. Modern construction. Great place if you don't mind the walk into the Quarter if that is where you want to go. Or right across the street from the casino if that is more your interest.

Also stayed a few times at what is now called the Omni Royal Orleans. Antique building but well maintained and well fitted with modern conveniences in the hotel. A lot closer in the Quarter, but still not so close to Bourbon street that the noise is an issue.

Many decades ago the the family went there, we stayed in the Garden district. Very nice, but I am sure the place we stayed has probably changed names and owners too many times to count. I do remember a car was needed to get anywhere from there.

There are so many nice hotels in NO I'm sure you will find one that is within your budget and still providing everything you want.

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If you look at a map, the French Quarter runs from the river up to Rampart, and from Canal to Esplanade. "Upper" and "Lower" are the terms, and they relate to the flow of the Mississippi. The upper Quarter is closer to Canal, with the lower Quarter nearer to Esplanade. The streets make an easy grid but don't follow a north/south axis, because of the river. The upper part tends to be busier, with more of an urban feel, especially on Canal, Iberville, and Bienville. Below Jackson Square the streets are quieter. Lots of good walking. The blocks are short. It's nice to sit in the square or on the river walk.

I've only been there in January or April/May. This last April was perfect weather. I would not want to be there in June, but then I don't always want to be in northern Indiana in June. If you want to avoid hot weather, go in April.

If you like music, look up WWOZ radio station and their calendar. You can look bands up on Youtube and decide what interests you. Frenchmen's street near the FQ is a treasure.

Five days will not be too long. The WWII museum is great. You can spend a day walking around the Garden District, and the rest of the time in the FQ.

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I just got back from 5 nights in New Orleans yesterday stayed in the Best Western Plus French Quarter on Rampart Street. It is quiet
I am under 50 in great health. But It sucks in hot and humid weather to be walkin anytime around trying to drink and eat the spicy food (now am originally from Mississippi but lived in Chicago for 45 years) there in the day 9 am to sunset in June. The trash is disposed of in the front of building ( as there are no alleys) so it stinks big time in hot weather in the French Quarter.

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If you will have a car, we enjoyed Rose Manor B&B for the quiet, the free parking ... and the cooked-to-order breakfasts! Drove a few minutes to the end of the streetcar line at the cemeteries, then used public transit (senior citizen discount) into FQ, Garden District.

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There is a pretty good podcast about New Orleans called Beyond Bourbon Street. The episodes are released every other week and go into great detail about sights, restaurants, traditions, festivals, history, etc. You should be able to find it on iTunes or other podcast services like Stitcher. The creator of the podcast also has a website by the same name.

I am not from Louisiana, but I did go to LSU and my daughter is in law school at Tulane, so I have been to NOLA numerous times over the past 39 years. While I know a lot about New Orleans and the surrounding area, I have learned a lot more about the city from the podcast.

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Hi Malette,thank you had a look at podcast the one about first timers .Top 10 things to do,this will be helpful. This is a general question over Easter ,what will be closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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My family was in New Orleans over Easter in 2015 for my daughter’s 21st birthday. It was business as usual as far as we could tell as we did not encounter anything that was closed. There are some parades in the French Quarter on Easter Sunday.

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Thanks Malette,decided to book 16th to 21th April. Thanks everybody for your amazing help.that's one piece of the puzzle 🤔

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Has anyone stayed at the Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter 124 Royal St? And?

Thanks,
Jean