Le Richelieu in the French Quarter
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Le Richelieu in the French Quarter New Orleans Reviews
Heart of the Historic French Quarter of New Orleans Jan 13, 2011
Le Richelieu is a delightfully historic hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans, situated between the French Market along the Mississippi River and the famous debauchery along Bourbon Street. The hotel lobby has an antique flavor, including some famous portraits or reprints along the walls. The clientele of this hotel include some very famous guests, with photos on the wall of the manager's office that include Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Mickey Mantle, and several other actors and sports figures. This 3-star hotel even has a pool, food service and a well-stocked bar.
The value of this hotel over all other locations is it’s a large sized hotel with its own parking lot just about 3-4 blocks from the "party zone" of Bourbon Street. This means it is a bit quieter at Le Richelieu than any of the smaller guest houses/hotels along Bourbon or Royal Streets, which will be smaller and noisier. Some of the smaller hotels we passed did have limited parking or parking in an inner courtyard, but Le Richelieu has a large parking lot with a gate guard. We chose Le Richelieu because according to Expedia.com reviewer comments, the parking was also FREE! Unfortunately, on 1 January 2011 the lease rate the hotel was paying for the empty lot used for parking rose dramatically and the owner had to start charging $20 per night per vehicle. This is still a good rate for parking in the congested French Quarter, but was a complete surprise to us after booking/arriving to discover since we had 2 cars that was going to cost $40 per night. We ended up paying more to the hotel for parking than one night's stay. We had just picked up our car at the New Orleans Port Facility and had to park both our car arriving from Europe plus our rental car to get us to New Orleans--and why we picked the "free parking" hotel.
====WARNING: (Especially if you book on Expedia.com) Parking is no longer free at this hotel and it will cost you $20 per vehicle per night and you may be limited to only 1 vehicle!====
We had stayed at Saint Vincent's Guest House in the Garden District in 2002 (pre-Katrina Hurricane) which also had free parking and we happened to pass by Saint Vincent’s on our trip in January 2011. It was still operating and still had free parking--we would recommend staying here if you have 2 vehicles or do not want to pay for parking, even though it is further to the shopping district/French Quarter.
The value selecting Le Richelieu would have been better for us if we had at least 1 car parking for free over our 4 night stay in New Orleans during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The location is superb--restaurants and shopping in adjacent buildings to the hotel, half a block to the French Market "flea market" daily, a trolley stop, and the famous bars/music/voodoo venues of the Big Easy's French Quarter. Even a few of the carriage rides pass right in front of the hotel. There is also a Chinese-run reflexology/massage place, a hair salon, antique stores, coffee shops and a convenience store right across the parking lot. It was about a 15-minute walk to the main sightseeing area of the French Quarter or the Mississippi River.
The rooms were clean but did not always get replenished with TP. The room did have a small refrigerator which was very handy, but did not have a mini bar. There was a linen closet in the bathroom so there was plenty of towels--could have put some extra rolls of TP in there too. The TV and artwork were fine and the bed was large and comfortable. The bathroom was "historic" with tiny fixtures. The bathroom was large but definitely not modern (except for the hairdryer) with the blue tile and a toilet that seemed to be built for kindergartners! Even the tub was a "low boy" about 1 foot deep. The hotel room and closet was actually quite spacious and surprisingly quiet for a first floor room right at an intersection. The room we had (#103) was a bit "historically" musty smelling upon arrival and even with a ceiling fan, it was apparent that there was no outside air moving through the room. In olden days, these rooms had French double doors that opened directly onto the street, but now are shut tight. Perhaps a bit of air freshener or leaving the doors open when serviced would help with the stuffiness.
Some of the staff were great--like the bar tender and the cleaning staff. The front desk was hit-or-miss depending on who was working at the time. We also were not apologized to when we found out that the parking rule had just changed 12 days before we arrived.
+ Location, location, location
+ Food and bar with good service
+ Convenience of nearby shops/restaurants/massage
+ Has a large parking lot with gate guard
+ Big rooms with comfortable beds
+ Refrigerator in room
+ Historic aspects including artwork
+ Free Wi-Fi
- $20 per day for parking--limit of 1 vehicle
- Front desk staff seemed defensive sometimes
- Bar closes at midnight (even on weekend nights)
- Musty smell in room
We would definitely consider staying again at Le Richelieu if we were more prepared for the new parking fees. Overall our stay was good but not totally exceptional.
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Good value and charming. Mar 06, 2010
There's really nothing to say that's bad about this place. The service was very friendly; the internet was free; they had a pool; the parking was free; my room was HUGE (admittedly a suite, but I didn't pay much for it) - I even had a fridge and separate lounge. It's also just far enough away from the 'crazy' bit to be quiet, but still very close. It's rated as 3* but to be honest I think it deserves far more than that.
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Le Richelieu in the French Quarter Overview
Centrally located in the French Quarter, this hotel in New Orleans is close to all of the city’s best attractions. One block from the French Market, the Le Richelieu in the French Quarter puts the visitor in the heart of the city. Within easy reach, guests can visit Preservation Hall, Morial Convention Center, the Louisiana Superdome, and the Riverwalk Marketplace. Upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities surround the hotel. Located in the French Quarter, the Le Richelieu in the French Quarter is just 13 miles from the New Orleans International Airport.
The 86 guest rooms of the Le Richelieu in the French Quarter offer air conditioning, brass ceiling fans, hair dryers, refrigerators, wet-bars and/or balconies, irons and ironing boards, color TV, voice mail, data ports, and free wireless Internet access. VCR’s are available upon request.
The Le Richelieu in the French Quarter was built in 1845, and made into a hotel in 1969 to capture the essence of New Orleans. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool with a patio garden, access to a local fitness center (for a fee), concierge, 24-hour front desk, bellman, and free self-parking. The facility has an on-site restaurant and lounge. Fax service is available at the front desk.
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