If you are wondering where to stay in New Orleans, you must check out Hotel Maison de Ville.
History and Southern Hospitality – one of the best places to stay in New Orleans
Nestled in the historic French Quarter, Hotel Maison de Ville is a collection of renovated townhouses (“maison de ville” is French for “townhouse”) that date back to the 1700s. In fact, its slaves’ quarters, built 50 years before the main house, is the second oldest free-standing building in New Orleans. After several iterations, today it has built a reputation has being one of the best places to stay in New Orleans and one of the best boutique hotels in the United States. It has also received a Historical Landmark designation, and is listed as one of the Historic Hotels of America.
The front door is locked, so you will have to ring the doorbell in order to check in. Upon check in, you will be given a key that opens both the front door and your room. Check in was quick and easy, and Guy gave us a quick tour of the hotel, while telling us some of the history behind the property, before leading us up to our room. One thing to remember is that because of the historical aspect of the building, there is no elevator so you will have to bring your luggage up the stairs, however, the staff is more than willing to assist with your bags.
Every single staff member we encountered was super friendly and pleasant and was always going above and beyond to ensure that we had a memorable stay. They are happy to assist with booking tours, making reservations, or arranging airport transportation for you, as well as help you with recommendations on where to eat or what to see in the city.
You may also meet Trina (or Katrina), the hotel’s cat on your way in – she is the cutest, sweetest kitty ever! If you don’t meet her upon check-in, you will probably encounter her at some point during your stay.
The rooms are a bit cozy (translation: a bit on the smaller side), which is to be expected for a historical property. There are four different room types, each with its own unique decor. I stayed in the Premium room, which features a beautiful four-poster king bed (seriously though, bed goals) with a gorgeous glass chandelier hanging above it. Each bed comes with a quirky little voodoo doll, made by a local artist and available for purchase as a New Orleans souvenir. Oil paintings adorn the wall, and the room has an iron fireplace with some antiques lined on the mantle. The room gets an ample amount of natural light, which gives it an airy feel during the day.
Each of the rooms feature either a view overlooking the hotel’s beautiful private courtyard, or onto the Toulouse Street – one of the features that make Hotel Maison de Ville one of the best places to stay in New Orleans. I selected the street view. It was such a great spot to hang out, bask in some sunshine, people watch and observe the flurry of activity (of weekend revelers) that went on below. One downside of the street view is that you can hear some of the noise from the Bourbon Street madness, but I didn’t find it too bad. If you want peace and quiet, I would suggest requesting a room with a courtyard view instead.
The parlor has a slight New Orleans carnival theme going on, with a plush silver couch, and a masquerade painting on the wall. Here, you can sit and relax, read a book, or enjoy your breakfast or a beverage. There is also a computer available for use, and the front desk is happy to print any documents for you (i.e. boarding passes).
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