Hotel Mazarin Rating: 3.5 Pearls
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Pros

  • Centrally located in the heart of the French Quarter, off Bourbon Street
  • Attractive rooms with large flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Sleek black ceramic tile bathrooms with walk-in showers and rain showerheads
  • One of the city’s most luxurious courtyards
  • Upscale wine bar with an outstanding wine menu
  • Tasty breakfast included in standard rate
  • In-room spa services by Le Jardin Spa
  • Great freebies include Wi-Fi, bottled water and newspaper

Cons

  • No full restaurant on site
  • Fee for parking

Bottom Line

The Hotel Mazarin is an upscale boutique located in the heart of the French Quarter. It features 102 rooms with elegant decor, striking bathrooms, and solid amenities -- including large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The property offers wonderful freebies, and a popular wine bar with outdoor seating -- but the highlight here is the gorgeous arched courtyard, a welcome retreat from the crowds of Bourbon Street. Plus, rates are competitive, and location is convenient for those looking to explore the main tourist attractions on foot.

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 Scene

This boutique is a good value off Bourbon Street

The Mazarin has great potential, with a prime location straddling the bars of Bourbon Street and the hushed art galleries on Royal, and within walking distance of major attractions, including the St. Louis Cemetery and Jackson Square. Its elegant rooms, gorgeous courtyard, and hushed atmosphere make it a popular pick among middle-aged couples, but its business center, gym, elegant meeting spaces, and high-tech amenities make it a solid option for business travelers as well.

The hotel has one of the most luxurious courtyards in the Quarter, a jungle of sky-high palms, merry lights and a rushing fountain. Its shade and the fountain’s ambient noise make it a welcome retreat from the heat and from Bourbon Street, and is a popular spot for wedding receptions. (All outdoor events must end by 8 p.m., so guests don’t have to worry about being kept up by loud celebrations after the sun sets.)

The wine bar has a wonderful selection of wines from around the world, and is popular with locals and tourists alike. It has a long bar, and comfortable seating by the windows, which overlook a tranquil private courtyard perfect for a nightcap. While the restaurant primarily handles catering for the many wedding receptions and meetings held at the hotel, it does serve a wonderful breakfast daily, with eggs, fresh fruit, and a variety of pastries.

 Location

In the center of the French Quarter, within easy walking distance of art galleries, boutiques, museums, and world-class dining

The Mazarin sits in the liveliest heart of the French Quarter, straddling Bourbon and Royal streets. Chic boutiques, art galleries and fine street musicians can be found on Royal, while adults who enjoy strip clubs, free-flowing cocktails and an always-buzzing, electric street crowd should head for Bourbon. The hotel is also within walking distance of streetcars, the Mississippi River and its riverboats, Harrah’s Casino, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Insectarium, Jackson Square, Preservation Hall, and dozens of world-class restaurants.

The French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré, is an historic neighborhood that stretches 12 blocks to the Mississippi River. Originally settled by the Spanish, and then the French, the Quarter features a variety of architecture, including colorful Creole cottages, gorgeous antebellum mansions, intricate ironwork and some buildings that date to the late 1700s. Today, the Quarter is a mix of private homes, museums, commercial shops, restaurants and hotels, as well as wide open public spaces. Property values in the Quarter have gone up since the 1984 World Fair, driving more tourist-related development but also creating a residential demand among elites and celebrities.

Keep in mind that the heavily tourist parts of Bourbon Street are closed to vehicles (except for delivery trucks, taxis and airport shuttles) every night after 6 p.m. Likewise, parts of Royal Street close in the afternoon to all vehicles.

  • 20-minute taxi or shuttle ride from Louis Armstrong International Airport
  • 5-minute walk to Canal Street, where you can pick up streetcars to St. Charles Avenue or the New Orleans Museum of Art
  • 5-minute walk to Preservation Hall
  • 10-minute walk to the Mississippi River
  • 10-minute walk to Jackson Square and Café du Monde
  • 15-minute drive to Mardi Gras World

 Rooms

Classic rooms with a view, and beautiful bathrooms

The Mazarin offers several room types, all featuring up-to-date technologies -- including iPod docks, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi -- and elegant touches, such as white plantation shutters, dark marble floors and heavy wood furniture. Most are spacious and quiet (especially those in the back building), but note that there are a few smaller rooms (Petit rooms), and that some facing the street can experience some noise at night.

Bathrooms are sleek and upscale, with large walk-in showers, Archive toiletries and one or two pedestal vanities.

  • Flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • iPod docks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Plush beds with crisp linens and duvets
  • Free bottles water
  • Coffeemakers with free coffee and tea
  • Free local calls
  • Minibars stocked with water in some rooms
  • Archive toiletries

 Food

A popular wine bar and hot daily breakfasts

  • There’s no full restaurant here, but the hotel does offer free breakfast daily in a bright room overlooking the tranquil courtyard.
  • Legendary New Orleans maitre d’ Patrick van Hoorebeek’s Bar Vin features a staggering wine list, original cocktails, and indulgent little plates with local touches, such fried oysters tumbled with mirliton slaw, or charcuterie paired with Creole mustard.

 Fitness Center

Small but well-equipped

The hotel features a small fitness center with modern equipment and natural light. It offers mostly cardio machines, but there’s also a good selection of free weights.

  • Free bottled water
  • Free use of towels

 Services

Free Wi-Fi and in-room spa services

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free breakfast served daily
  • Valet parking (for a fee)
  • Free bottled water in rooms
  • Free local calls
  • Free use of the business center
  • In-room spa services by Le Jardin Spa
  • Full catering, and wedding planning services
  • Private airport shuttle (for a fee)
  • Pets not allowed
  • No rollaway beds

 Weddings

The hotel is a popular wedding venue.

The hotel’s charming courtyard is one of New Orleans’ top picks for smaller wedding receptions, but the hotel offers extensive indoor events space great for larger groups as well.

  • Wedding packages available
  • Catering services include full menus, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, champagne and wedding cake.
  • Seated dinners for up to 132 guests; cocktail receptions for up to 225
  • Outdoor events must end by 8 p.m., but gests can move indoors after the sun sets.

 Bottom Line

The Hotel Mazarin is an upscale boutique located in the heart of the French Quarter. It features 102 rooms with elegant decor, striking bathrooms, and solid amenities -- including large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The property offers wonderful freebies, and a popular wine bar with outdoor seating -- but the highlight here is the gorgeous arched courtyard, a welcome retreat from the crowds of Bourbon Street. Plus, rates are competitive, and location is convenient for those looking to explore the main tourist attractions on foot.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 102
Pool: N/A
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: French Quarter, New Orleans
Address: 730 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130
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