The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection Rating: 4.0 Pearls
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Pros

  • Central location a block from Bourbon Street
  • Stylish blue-and-white rooms with great amenities
  • Rooftop bar with panoramic views
  • Sexy Jazz bar on-site
  • Small fitness center with modern equipment
  • Free use of the business center
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Fee for valet parking
  • The restaurant is nothing special

Bottom Line

The Saint is a sleek hotel located on the border of the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Its 166 stylish rooms have attractive blue-and-white decor and great amenities, including flat-screen TVs, minibars, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. There are great nightlife options on-site: a rooftop bar -- offering expansive city views -- and the sexy Burgundy Bar with live music. But foodies might want to explore the myriad dining options outside the hotel instead of eating at Tempt.

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 Scene

A stylish hotel with a sexy twist

The Saint is anything but saint-like. The striking, trendy lobby, with white billowy curtains, bright decor, over-sized furniture, two-story columns, and sexy lighting; the restaurant named Tempt; and the elevator carpets encouraging guests to “Play Naughty” set the mood for an adult-oriented stay. The hotel is not a huge party destination per se, but it does have a sexy Jazz bar, a rooftop bar with expansive city views (slated to open by summer 2013), and chic rooms with a couple of frisky touches, such as the Do Not Disturb signs that play with the angel/devil dichotomy.

The hotel, located on the border of the lively (and touristy) French Quarter and the Central Business District, draws a mix of business travelers and couples. Families might want to consider the nearby Omni Royal Orleans, which is located in the heart of the French Quarter and offers great kid-friendly amenities.

 Location

On the border of the French Quarter and the Central Business District

The Saint has a central location on Canal Street, the border between the hopping French Quarter and the Central Business District. It is within easy walking distance of attractions (such as the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Insectarium, Jackson Square, several museums, and the Preservation Hall), as well as dozens of exceptional restaurants.

Bourbon Street, the heart of the French Quarter, is just a block and a half away, and art galleries and great boutiques along Royal are also within easy walking distance. For longer distances, there are several streetcar lines running just outside the hotel.

  • 23-minute drive to Louis Armstrong International Airport
  • Several streetcars run right outside the hotel
  • 3-minute walk from nightlife on Bourbon Street
  • 8-minute walk to St. Louis Cemetery No.1
  • 10-minute walk to Congo Square
  • 11-minute walk to the riverfront Woldenberg Park
  • 12-minute walk to the Warehouse District
  • 13-minute walk from Jackson Square
  • 13-minute walk to the Superdome
  • 15-minute walk from renowned Cafe du Monde
  • 18-minute walk to the Museum District
  • 7-minute drive to the Julia Street Cruise Terminal

 Rooms

Stylish blue-and-white rooms with great amenities

The Saint offers two room types: Standard King and Standard Two Queens. They’re virtually the same but for the bed type and layout, and have wonderful amenities, including flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, stocked minibars, and free Wi-Fi. The white and blue decor is attractive and chic, with details such as exposed brick walls and black-and-white photos of New Orleans scenes. Bathrooms are on the small side, but smart layouts with glass-enclosed walk-in showers make them feel a little bigger.

  • Flat-screen TVs with premium movie channels
  • Stocked minibars
  • iPod docks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Keurig coffeemakers with free coffee
  • Marble bathrooms with walk-in showers and Niven Morgan toiletries
  • Work desks with ergonomic chairs
  • Accessible rooms available

 Fitness Center

Small but well-equipped fitness center

The hotel’s fitness center is a small, bright space full of modern machines. It features cardio equipment with individual TV screens, as well as free weights and a couple of strength-training machines.

 Family

The sexy touches and party vibe are not quite family-friendly.

The Saint is a decidedly adult-oriented property: The carpet in the elevators reads “Play Naughty”; the Jazz bar has a sexy vibe, and rooms -- while fairly spacious -- don’t fit a rollaway. However, the hotel does offer cribs, which can be borrowed at no extra charge.

 Food

A stylish restaurant serving Southern food with a creative twist

Temp is a stylish restaurant located off the lobby. It has wooden floors and attractive white decor with oversized ornaments, including a huge ceiling lamp hanging low over a long table lined with see-through plastic chairs. It is open for all three meals, and serves contemporary Southern fare with a twist -- but the food can be a little uninspired.

  • Burgundy Bar is a casual spot open for lunch and dinner, but it is mostly known for its solid cocktails. It offers live Jazz performances several times a week in a sexy space off the lobby.
  • Halo Bar, a rooftop bar offering expansive views of both the French Quarter and the Central Business District, is slated to open by summer 2013.

 Services

Free Wi-Fi, valet parking, and evening turndown service are the highlights.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Valet parking for a fee
  • Turndown service available
  • Newspapers available in the lobby
  • Valet dry-cleaning
  • Room service has limited hours
  • Concierge services at front desk
  • Free use of the business center, located in the lobby.
  • 450 square feet of meeting space

 Handicap

The hotel has a few handicap-accessible rooms.

  • The Saint has a few handicap-accessible rooms equipped with roll-in showers and 32-inch wide doorways.
  • Service animals allowed
  • The main entrance, the pathway to front desk, and the restaurants and lounges are all handicap-accessible.

 Bottom Line

The Saint is a sleek hotel located on the border of the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Its 166 stylish rooms have attractive blue-and-white decor and great amenities, including flat-screen TVs, minibars, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. There are great nightlife options on-site: a rooftop bar -- offering expansive city views -- and the sexy Burgundy Bar with live music. But foodies might want to explore the myriad dining options outside the hotel instead of eating at Tempt.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 166
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: French Quarter, New Orleans
Address: 931 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 United States of America
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