In a quiet area, but very close to Bourbon Street, Hotel Le Marais is a chic and modern boutique hotel in the heart of the action in the gorgeous French Quarter.
The bar area
So often a hotel can be in muted beige and black colours, but what I loved about this hotel is the vibrant fun decor that was very unstuffy.
The outdoor courtyard area with pool (not shown)
View from our balcony
The bathroom was compact but well appointed with a shower and complimentary toiletries. These included mouthwash, which was a nice touch as I've never seen this in a hotel bathroom before. A magnifying mirror was also extremely useful as I am short sighted and this was very handy to put my contact lenses in.
The bedroom area was spacious. We stayed in a premium room and this had a desk, large chair and footstool, bedside cabinets, 42 inch TV, desk and chair and wardrobe space.
A surprise bottle of bubbly
As we were in New Orleans to celebrate out 10th wedding anniversary, I was excited to find a bottle of complimentary sparkling wine in our room which was a thoughtful touch.
Free spring water
Flat screen TV with 42in screen
Digital alarm clock with Ipod docking station
The toiletries are replenished every day and the room is made up as well. The room was exceptionally clean which is very important - don't you think? The hotel does think of the environment and this is evident by a polite suggestion to reuse towels to save them being laundered.
Hotel facilities include: -
Vive lounge and bar offering daily drinks specials
Complimentary breakfast every day
A light menu cooked to order
Outdoor heated pool
Breakfast is served buffet style. A selection of fruit, cereals, muffins, bagels, and pastries as well as a hot selection of bacon, sausages, eggs and fried potatoes. Whilst not the widest selection I've ever had in a hotel, it was perfectly fine and the bacon was delicious - very crispy and tasty.
My husband used the gym. It was small but perfectly formed with a couple of running machines, some free weights and other exercise gear. He was also very pleased that there was free bottled water to take away after his work out.
This hotel is beautifully designed and very modern. Within a couple of minutes walk you are on Bourbon Street - where all human life is, and Royal Street, with classy shops, great restaurants and beautiful architecture. We ate at Mr B's Bistro on Royal Street one night and can highly recommend it. Considering where the hotel is situated it is surprisingly quiet though, and the beds were so comfortable that we slept really well throughout our stay.
There are some great touches in the room including complimentary coffee, mouth wash and free wi-fi and the breakfast is great considering it is in with the room rate. We were also given vouchers for two complimentary alcoholic drinks at the bar which was very welcome after our flight.
If you would like to book this hotel, you get a special rate by going through this booking link here. We thought the hotel prices were excellent for the position of the hotel too.
The golden question is - would we stay again? New Orleans is a vibrant city with great architecture, incredible history and fantastic food and drink. I hope to return one day and I would definitely consider coming back to Hotel Le Marais - a little oasis in the heart of the French Quarter.
Hotel Le Marais, 717 Conti St, New Orleans, LA70130
Tel: (504) 525-2300
* I was given a media rate for an honest review