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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.
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.
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.
A popular wine bar and hot daily breakfasts
Small but well-equipped
Free Wi-Fi and in-room spa services
The hotel is a popular wedding venue.
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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