French Quarter location one block from Canal Street
Vibrant, spacious rooms with large flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers
Modern bathrooms have plenty of countertop space
The Vieux Carre Café serves coffee, sandwiches, and light dinner
Full bar offers evening cocktails in a bright, cozy space
Small 24-hour fitness center with modern cardio machines and free weights
On-site snack shop and coin-operated laundry facilities are convenient
Access (for a fee) to the neighboring Ritz Carlton's pool and spa
Free Wi-Fi and a guests' use computer
Complaints of odors in the bathrooms
Some views face a neighboring building
Fee for parking
Fee to upgrade to faster Internet
Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville is a great value mid-range property that's convenient for both business travelers and tourists who want a clean and quiet base to explore the French Quarter. It's attached to a Ritz-Carlton, where guests can pay a fee to use the swimming pool and spa facilities. Cheerful, vibrant rooms look more like those in a boutique hotel than the standard chain. Mini-fridges, iHome docks, and coffeemakers are nice touches, but views of a neighboring building can feel claustrophobic. Vieux Carre Café provides specialty coffee and pre-made sandwiches, but better options abound in the French Quarter neighborhood. If you're looking for a sexier boutique hotel with a great jazz bar, compare rates at the nearby Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection (which is often slightly more expensive).
Multi-story chain hotel attracts couples and families.
The lobby is located on the second floor of Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville, and there's a separate elevator to access the guest rooms. Three individual reception desks are grouped in front of a blown-up photograph of a pink flower, and a tiered crystal chandelier adds a touch of elegance to the space. Gray sectional sofas look brand new, while hot pink ottomans and circular silver settees are fun contemporary touches. This fun, vibrant style pervades throughout the hotel.
Flat-screen TVs and computers are plentiful in the lobby and there's a place to print boarding passes. An unfurnished balcony overlooking the street is accessible via double doors -- though it's probably not a comfortable place to linger for long.
Though Iberville Street is definitely within the borders of the French Quarter, it's one of the quieter streets. Lively Canal Street is just one block south while the over-the-top party scene of Bourbon Street is one-and-a-half blocks east. Expect a five-minute drive to the Mercedez-Benz Superdome. The Ritz-Carlton is attached to the hotel, and the surrounding area includes a seafood restaurant and women's clothing boutique. As with most hotels in the French Quarter, expect to pay daily for valet parking.
There are 230 rooms and suites at Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville. Though noise isn't generally an issue, book a top floor for the most quiet rooms with the best views. Lower level rooms can face a small gap with a neighboring building on the other side. Thankfully, accents of green and yellow -- with overblown photos of plants and flowers -- make the rooms feel cheerful and bright. Small gray sofas add a comfortable seating area. Features include mini-fridges and wet bars, iHome docks, and coffeemakers. All of the bathrooms have glass showers with Kohler heads and white square sinks. Paul Mitchell hair products are a nice touch. Wi-Fi is free, though there's a charge to upgrade to a faster connection. Business travelers will appreciate easily accessible outlets throughout the room. Past guests have reported the occasional sewer smell coming from the bathroom.
Fitness center, Vieux Carre Café, and evening bar service, but no pool (however, guests can access the one at the Ritz for a fee)
Though there are some chain hotel type features at Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville, many guests skip them entirely in favor of exploring the French Quarter. The on-site Vieux Carre Café is a grab-and-go option for salads, coffees, pastries, and sandwiches. There's an adjoining bar for cocktails and wine. The Market sells microwavable meals, cold drinks, and toiletries in the lobby. Microwaves are available in the lobby and on each floor next to the ice machine.
The small fitness center includes Lifefitness machines, weights, and a flat-screen TV. It's open 24-hours. Computers and a printer are available in the lobby for guests to use. There's a coin-operated washer and dryer as well. One of the best features at this hotel is paid access to the adjacent Ritz Carlton's spa and indoor swimming pool. If business is part of your trip, you may want to check rates at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. It has 14,000 square feet of meeting space and a rooftop pool.
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