The Place d' Armes Hotel
625 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA, USA
www.placedarmes.com - 1-888-626-5917
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The Place d' Armes Hotel New Orleans Reviews
Easy going, southern helpfulness Oct 15, 2012
I stayed here solo for 4 days during November 2011 and didn't want to leave. A colonial era hotel in the French Quarter, the location is fabulous - on a safe and quiet street just off the main drag, Bourbon St. All staff were polite, helpful and extended genuine southern manners and hospitality during my stay, from the bell boy/porter to the check in staff, to the kitchen staff and cleaning ladies.
The Hotel itself is quite stylistic, I didn't mind the heavy room settings, stone corridors, older four poster beds and low lighting because I was seeing a different side of the USA. I'm not sure why it's only rated a three star hotel, I thought it was as good as any four star I've stayed in elsewhere - except there wasn't a bar or in-house restaurant though free continental breakfast is served every morning. It's nothing fancy, just some croissants, pastries, fruit, toast, coffee and juice - but it was nice, and I enjoyed it whilst reading the local newspapers in the sun room each morning. The Decor in that room is just amazing, took my breath away. I had a bath the first day I was there, the tub was very clean and deep-soaking, it was very comfortable and relaxing. The shower also had good pressure and got hot quickly.
To get between the hotel & MSY airport, I took a cab for the flat rate of around $36. The rest of the time I explored the city on foot (a keen walker can see most places for free) and by taking the tram to outer-lying parks and museums.
You can drink alcohol anywhere on the streets in New Orleans, as long as you don't have glass - you can also take it out with you/sometimes bring it in, it's very laid back. As I was traveling solo, I tried not to stay out late (esp not drunk), but the free Jazz nights teased me out twice - with the downside being you HAVE to order a drink if you want to go, and you HAVE to order a second drink if you finish your first (to keep your spot in the bar). This is fairly safe to do as a solo traveler providing you are watching the amount you drink, know exactly where your hotel is (it should be close) or are willing to get a cab. Stay away from/off St Louis st, lots of locals told me that at different times.
Dancing down frenchman street is fun, but be careful if you're walking back alone a bit tipsy. I did, and it was scary and I wish I'd just shelled out the odd $10 for a cab.
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