If your plans include extensive Frenchmen Street nightclubbing, this is a good option. The freshly renovated historic building (previously a Boys and Girls Club) is a soothing, somewhat more sophisticated respite from the street scene, and your bed is within stumbling distance of all the action. The building facing Frenchmen houses 13 rooms with double queen or king bedrooms; those upstairs have French doors leading to small balconies where you can check out the street scene (and vice-versa). The indistinct suites are in a quieter back building. Betwixt them is a pleasant brick courtyard with soothing fountain and occasional live music. Guest-room character comes from original or reproduced architectural touches like fireplaces (nonworking), crown moldings, and window shutters, which complement the simple antique reproduction furnishings and small but nicely updated bathrooms. The handsome, white-marble-laden lobby features dramatic paintings by surrealist artist Vladimir Kush. Complimentary continental breakfast (fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels) is a nice plus, as is free gated on-site parking. The calm, cozy bar serves unexpectedly good small plates (the food and beverage team is mostly Commander’s Palace alum; service throughout is casual and friendly). Soundproofing is decent, but expect some street noise. For many visitors, that’s a plus—but if you’re not among that number, march on.
New Orleans› Hotel
700 Frenchmen St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Faubourg Marigny Phone 504/619-9660 Prices $219–$309 double queen, $299–$399 suite Units 16 Amenities Bar, concierge, free Wi-Fi Web site Royal Frenchman Other Rates include continental breakfast and gated parking
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