mscoulter (New York) said:October 22, 2009 6:30 pm PST
This was our second trip to NOLA but our first B&B experience ever, and I must say that we were enchanted with it. The rooms were clean and the beds were very comfortable, but what really made it special was the innkeepers, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, who totally went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience. I can't thank them enough!
We stayed in the 2 bedroom "sweet dreams" suite which had access to the rear balcony overlooking the lovely courtyard, and also had the most comfortable bed I ever slept in. Every morning coffee, tea, bagels & pastries were provided in the lobby, as well as computer access 24/7. We also brought a little netbook computer and were able to hook into their wireless broadband from our suite. There are a few small improvements that could be made, such as hooks on the bathroom door, a bed frame without footposts to make the king size bedroom feel roomier; but overall, it was much better than expected!
The location was great too...far enough away from Bourbon Street to be quiet, but close enough to walk to without tiring out. It was also close to the French Market and the streetcar station that will bring you to Canal Street or the Garden District for very little money.
One very important point to consider is that there were absolutely no mildew odors at the Creole Inn...a problem that plagues New Orleans since Katrina. In 2007 we stayed at the Hilton, which reeked of mildew then, and still does now!
My partner and I Travel quite extensively and every time we go to a city we have been to before, we always stay someplace different than the last time. Mainly because we have never found a place we would ever want to go back to. Well that has changed for New Orleans! This was our second trip to NOLA, but our very first B&B experience. And I was amazed. As soon as we arrived, the Inn Keeper (Dianna) gave us a quick tour and showed us to our room. She took us into the room and showed us where everything was including extra towels and a mini fridge just outside our room door. We stayed in the Sweet Dreams Suite which had two bedrooms (one King and one Queen), a full bath between the rooms, and a balcony overlooking the Garden Courtyard style backyard which was shared with the room next door. After giving us our keys, Dianna invited us for wine on the patio later (Unfortunately we never made it, we were otherwise occupied out and about), then she went about her business. I was amazed that no mention was ever made about payment, checkout, or any kind of restrictions. It was like staying at my grandmother's home.
We stayed for a whole week and I have to say, I never wanted to leave. The bed was the most comfortable Bed I have ever slept in while travelling, The fountain in the Courtyard was so soothing that most nights we slept with the Door to the Balcony open so that we could hear it. The Inn was booked pretty solid the whole week yet it was so quiet and peaceful that many times we wondered if we were the only ones there. Inn Keepers Dianna and Glenn were so helpful in directing us to various restaurants and other points of interest in the Neighborhood, we even ran into them at a local Bar and Eatery one night.
6 minute walk to Phoenix/Eagle and John Paul's
15 - 20 minute walk to La Fitte's, Bourbon Pub, and Oz
4 minute ($6.00) Cab ride to Rawhide
1 1/2 blocks to Schiro's
2 blocks to Big Daddy's
worldtravel80 said:October 22, 2009 6:24 pm PST
I have traveled a lot in my life to approximately 20 countries and all across the USA and I must say that I have never felt so welcome at a local place before. We understand that the managers of this property keep the rates low and the place nice and comfy so people can spend their money on the fun things in New Orleans! We stayed 4 nites and the rates were $59 a nite. Our bed was unreal. We sneeked and looked at the bed and it was padded memory foam. Our room also had a private bathroom. We had wine in the tropical garden with fountain in the back and the inn keepers told us eveything we wanted to know about the local scene in town! We were only 4 blocks from where all of the locals play Jazz on Frenchmen! Truly spectacular stay although there were no desks in the rooms to set a computer. There was free wi-fi and a computer to use for free in the lobby. The last time we stayed we had to pay over $20 a nite in parking..needless to say the parking here was free and they even welcomed our little yorkie with no pet fee! Cheers to Glenn and Diana our wonderful hosts. See you next year my dears!! We hope you read this.. WE recommend this place to anyone that wants to experience the local culture of new orleans and want cheap rates and nice place!
Ranger76132 said:October 22, 2009 6:24 pm PST
My wife and I enjoyed this B&B so much, we booked two extra nights (already had stayed a week). Dianna and Glenn are great. They share their knowledge of the area, attractions, and history of New Orleans. My wife stated the bed was the most comfortable bed she has slept on, and we have a $2000 mattress at home. Dianna and Glenn make you feel like you are at home. They are great to visit with in the courtyard in the evenings. We will definitely be back to the Creole Inn, as long as Dianna and Glenn are the managers.
EvanstonianGuy (Evanston, IL) said:October 22, 2009 6:23 pm PST
I have been a repeat guest at the Creole Inn for over a year now and I can honeslty say it gets better and better with each stay! Here is my disclaimer: I am the kind of person that wants to get up in the morning and know and feel that I am in a different city, not just wake up to some generic wallpaper and floral print that you can find at any given big name hotel in any given city for that matter. If youre like me, a traveler who wants to experience the local flavor of Nawlins and still be within walking distance of all the tourist trappings of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, then the Creole Inn is definitely for you.
When I travel, I like to do what the locals do, hang out where the locals hang out and eat where the locals eat. I like to immerse myself in a city and really get the feel for what it has to offer. The Creole Inn allows me to do that. It makes for a great base to explore this awesome city. The table in the main room of the Inn is a smorgasboard of maps and information for the explorer and the staff really knows their stuff and are extremely helpful.
From its quaint and comfortable rooms (the rooms I have stayed in all have memory foam-- and i have yet to find a memory foam mattress I didnt like), to its beautiful garden (which I recommend that you have a glass of wine at night while you sit and look at the stars and chat with that special someone) to the great staff and awesome location (the Marigny and Frenchman Street is alive with local character and close enough to the French Quarter for you to get as decadent as you want and still stumble back in one piece) the Creole Inn is a great place to stay.
At the time I write this review (June 2009), you really get the feeling that the city is getting back on itâ??s feet again and that the Marigny is going to be a hot spot for the locals. Coffee shops, bars, restaurants are beginning to abound. So if your looking for local character at an amazing value, give the Creole Inn a try.
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