Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Hotel Le Marais Review - New Orleans

On our recent trip to the deep south of the USA, we visited New Orleans where we chose to stay at Hotel Le Marais.

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 Lobby


The outdoor courtyard area with pool (not shown)


View from our balcony

Bathroom

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.


Bedroom

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.

Room facilities include:-

Free wi-fi
Coffee maker
Free spring water
Flat screen TV with 42in screen
Digital alarm clock with Ipod docking station
Hair dryer
Ironing board
Waffle robes

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
Business centre
Outdoor heated pool
Gym

The Pool

The bar area serves as a breakfast room in the morning and a bar at night with an excellent happy hour - 5pm-7pm Monday to Friday where beer is 3$ and cocktails from 4$.

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.



Breakfast area

What we liked about this hotel

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.

Contact

Hotel Le Marais, 717 Conti St, New Orleans, LA70130 
Tel: (504) 525-2300 
http://www.hotellemarais.com
https://www.facebook.com/HotelLeMarais
https://twitter.com/HotelLeMarais

* I was given a media rate for an honest review
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24 comments

  1. This looks like such a great hotel. New Orleans in on my list of places to visit one day.

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    1. I love the fact that the decor is bright and vibrant!

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  2. My goodness this looks amazing! New Orleans is on my bucket list :) H x

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  3. It looks like a very nice and well equipped hotel. The vibrant decor seems in keeping with New Orleans.

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    1. Yes it is well priced for the area too.

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  4. I'd love to visit new orleans and this hotel looks amazing. definitely want to see more of america one day x

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    1. New Orleans is a fabulous place to visit, such beautiful architecture and wonderful culture. This hotel was a great base.

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  5. Oh I'd love to visit here one day. Love the facilities, hotel looks amazing!

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  6. This hotel sounds like s little gem. I think it is the little touches that make a difference. I'd love to go to New Orleans some day, happy anniversary!

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    1. Sarah, I think you sum it up perfectly - a little gem. New Orleans is well worth visiting.

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  7. oh my this looks like an amazing place and I so wish I could visit

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  8. It looks like a wonderful hotel, that bed looks amazing x

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  9. It looks like a really wonderful place to stay. Love somewhere that has a punch of colour

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    1. I hate it when hotels are decorated in beige!

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  10. I would go to New Orleans one day and this looks like a great base to explore the city

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    1. Yes Jo, it's right in the heart of everything but still a quiet hotel.

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  11. oh this hotel looks lovely I love the fun bright decor and how comfy do those big pillows look!

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    1. The decor was a refreshing change from the blandness you get in some hotels and the bed was very comfy too.

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  12. What a lovely hotel and massive thumbs up for the surprise bubbly x

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  13. Oh wow, I love it and the outside pool area is stunning!

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    1. It's a very classy hotel and the prices are reasonable too for the location.

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