I’ve rarely been more pleasantly surprised by a hotel than I was when we arrived at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel in New Orleans.
This beautifully compact hotel offers guests an unbeatable location. At the heart of stunning French Quarter, a mere three blocks from the main Canal Street shopping district and a pleasant ten minute stroll to St Louis Cathedral which has a bustling performance and arts square.
Inside, the lobby area is small and has all the qualities you’d expect from a boutique hotel. It’s clean and comfortable and has an array of tourist brochures and leaflets on display. If you don’t fancy looking through hundreds of marketing materials then just ask the attentive staff for their advice – we found them very helpful and unbiased which is nice when you’re presented with so many choices.
Visiting during Mardi Gras
The rooms, are similarly compact, but have been designed well so you don’t feel cooped up. The wonderfully large bed sits in the middle of the room and dark wooden shutters keep out the light so a good nights sleep is guaranteed. I also liked the fact the shutters were in keeping with the atmosphere and architecture of the French Quarter and this hotel definitely had a vibe and style reflective of its surroundings.
A complimentary continental breakfast was provided and while not anything spectacular, it did the job and set us up nicely for the day ahead. I also found out the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is haunted (which I discovered after I had checked out, thank goodness!)
We visited New Orleans during the busy Mardi Gras season so the hotel was full. Mardi Gras attracts all types of people, but given the city’s 24-hour, seven-days-a-week bars and nightclub offerings it is especially attractive to a young crowd looking for a good time. For this reason only, the hotel was a little noisy during the night, but staff did try their best to manage the noise and were quick and attentive the one time we complained about the noise levels.
I certainly wouldn’t be put off staying here because of it, after all if you don’t want an all-party atmosphere it’s best not to visit New Orleans in the midst of Mardi Gras, its biggest party season.