Country Inn & Suites New Orleans French Quarter

When we drove from Miami to San Antonio during our move, we decided to take advantage of our long 20-hour drive, break it up, and spend a couple of days in New Orleans, which I hadn’t visited before. By taking advantage of the second night free by leveraging my Club Carlson VISA Signature card, we were able to stay a total of 2 nights for a total of 44,000 points.

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The hotel’s name is misleading. It includes the words “French Quarter” in its name, but when we arrived I was disappointed to find out it wasn’t actually within the French Quarter, but it was rather a 5-minute walk. The area is safe to walk. The hotel has valet only at $28 per night, which we used. Parking in the area is limited and expensive due to the location. Since we were moving, we had quite a few things to unload from the car, so I told the valet that we needed help with the luggage. I was surprised when he brought a luggage cart, set it down on the curb, and left with our car and no one came to help us with the luggage. We took care of loading and unloading the luggage cart, took it to the 5th floor ourselves, and no one offered to help. Very bizarre.

Country-Inn-New-OrleansCountry-Inn-New-OrleansCountry-Inn-New-OrleansWhen we arrived to the front desk dragging our luggage cart, we were immediately told that we had been upgraded to the top 5th floor suites thanks to my Gold status.

The room:
We were given a one-bedroom suite on the top floor. The room was just ok. The carpet looked old and stained, and the room was really lacking windows. The biggest window is facing the hallway, and it must remain with the curtains drawn because of privacy. The living room could have used a window on its large, featureless wall with no decorations or anything else on it. The bedroom window was really tiny. I couldn’t figure out why an architect would ever design a room with so little window space.

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View from the room

View from the room

View from the 5th floor hallway

View from the 5th floor hallway

When we entered the room, we had a welcome letter from the hotel management, and a small basket with a couple of postcards, chips, a bottle of water, and a bottle of Abita root beer. Abita is also New Orlean’s locally brewed beer. Very nice personal touch. The room also had a fridge, microwave, and a nice work station.

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We asked for late checkout on the day of our departure, which was a Saturday, and we were given only an extra hour even with my Gold status. The front desk staff explained that Saturdays are bad days due to the heavy influx of tourists to the city. While we didn’t need to check out later than 1:00 p.m., I was disappointed nonetheless.

Hotel common areas and amenities:
The lobby area is beautiful and nicely decorated. There is a tiny bar with 4 stools as well. The view when you look up is very nice as it has a glass ceiling that lets a lot of natural light in. The hotel has a tiny pool that was in a nicely decorated and furnished patio area near the lobby. We did not try it even though the weather was really hot. I’d much rather spend my time sightseeing than in a hotel’s pool.

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The hotel has free wifi, although it was somewhat unreliable and we kept running into connection issues on the first day.

As usual, the part where this chain really excels is the free hot breakfast for all members. The breakfast spread is pretty good, including scrambled eggs, sausage, french toast, pastries, toast, yogurt, fruit salad, cereal, milk and coffee, and waffles. Good variety. As I have encountered in many of my stays, the service and staff in general is very friendly and welcoming.

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Country-Inn-New-OrleansThe verdict:
While the hotel has a great location and the free breakfast is a plus, I really don’t believe this is a 44,000 points per night hotel. In comparison, some of the top Radisson Blu’s in other parts of the world are 50,000 points. In my opinion this hotel is a mid-30,000’s points hotel at best. There are many other options in the area, such as the Sheraton with its beautiful lobby just 2 blocks away, the “W”, the J.W. Marriott, the Westin and several other brands. While I did enjoy taking advantage of the second night free thanks to Club Carlson’s program, I would not stay again at this hotel unless the 44,000 points per night price comes down, and would consider stay elsewhere.

 

 

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2 Responses to Country Inn & Suites New Orleans French Quarter

  1. Laura says:

    Was it a good location for site seeing? I have a reservation to stay at this property next month on points too…

    • travelguys says:

      Certainly. The location is great and that’s one of the things the hotel has going for it. Not exactly “inside” the French Quarter, but just 2-3 short blocks away. Less than 5 min walk.

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