Airport Shuttle Service
To get from the Airport to the French Quarter we used the Airport Shuttle service. There are a couple desks at the airport downstairs at Baggage Claim. Only $23 for a round trip ticket. They scheduled a pickup time for our return flight and they were on time! The drivers on both trips were funny and we had some great conversations.
Since our hotel was at the far end of the French Quarter (Frenchmen Hotel) we were dropped off near the end but this gave us a chance see some of the French Quarter and meet other tourists. The vans were air conditioned and comfortable.
Picture borrowed from the Airport Shuttle web site.
Stay at your own risk
We stayed at the Frenchmen for French Quarter Fest April 2004. After much research and checking prices around town for 4 months , their rate and location could not be beat. The location is perfect for French Quarter Fest ( or any other Fest, I imagine). It is a REALLY short walk to anywhere you want to go in the French Quarter. and conviently located across the street from the River and riverfront streetcar line. I couldnt of been more pleasantly surprised by the convient location. much closer than it seems on maps. Now for the unpleasant surprises....I expected the rooms to be small, based on prior reviews, but these are really, small rooms. Very euro style. Absolutely NO FRILLS! Cold tiny pool, cold,tiny jacuzzi that never got fixed, loud housekeepers right outside your window in the morning, and a nightmare of a credit card problem with the front desk. We paid cash, in full upon arrival, less 85.00 we had charged to a credit card. The hotel manager checked us in. the next day, we discovered we were charged the full amount of our 3 night stay to our credit card ,plus $85.00. When we approached the Front Desk girl about it she said she showed no record of recieving our cash or charging our credit card, and we still owed for our entire stay. The CREDIT cCard company showed clearly we were charged from the Frenchmen Hotel for the exact amount. they still argued we were wrong. After batteling with the front desk girl to contact the manager, she finally did after an hour. She wouldnt let me speak to him as I was asking. She said he was on his way over to take care of it . 1 1/2 hours later, he's still nowhere to be found. She said he's definitley on his way. I THEN Saw her sneak outside to call him, and heard her say we were annoying her and we werent going away. She then handed us the phone and I had some words with Manager. He clearly instructed her to lie to to our face and waste 2 hours of our vacation time, sitting there waiting for him. He never had any intention of coming. He said he didnt know how to handle the situation and didnt know what to do. I informed him of my prior front desk experience ,and told him what I thought happened. I walked his front desk girl through instructions on clearing the problem with my credit card company. It was really by their competant people, that this situation got resolved. It was a draining experience for all of us. Especially when your on a budget and need all available credit. Or in this case it was a direct debit. I wish they had thier act together, because it's really a great spot, lots of cool clubs and live music litirally steps from the hotel. But next time I visit I will find somewhere else to stay in the same area.
it was a wonderful surprise
My boyfriend and I wanted to experience New Orleans for the first time. A very exciting city, almost 24/7, but when your at the Frenchmen, all the music, people and noise is where it should be, in the city.....the Frenchmen is in a very relaxing area of New Orleans, but only a hop, skip and a jump to the fun.....
Reservation deposit not refunded
I've read many good reviews of the Frenchmen and really wanted to stay there. That's why I didn't think twice about sending a check for half the full amount of my stay as a deposit for the French Qtr Festival at the end of January after makeing sure with the reservationist that a full refund would be given upon cancellation. However, by the first week of February I realized I could stay much longer at the Holiday Inn at a much cheaper daily rate so called the Frenchmen to cancel. Several weeks later I called to check on the refund of my deposit and was told it has to go through the accountant and takes 6-8 weeks. I thought that odd since they insist on a check or money order - no credit cards - within 10 days of making the reservation. The cancellation occurred the first week of Feb. It is now the second week of April and I still have not received my 310.00 back from the Frenchmen. I call weekly and am told the check is in the mail. If it ever does come I'll be afaid to deposit it into my account. If you reserve at the Frenchmen, better stay there cause you'll never get your money back.
Great Place at a great price
I visit New Orleans every year and I have stayed at the Frenchmen twice and I love the place. If you are looking for the true feel of New Orleans then stay somewhere small and quaint like the Frenchmen. They offer free breakfast and free parking. The parking can be a little bit of a pain because the area is very small. The courtyard is nice and the pool and the rooms are always clean. The location is close to the mississippi end of the french quarter and the hotel is close to the french market. You can get a room for $49 sometimes.
This was our second stay at the Frenchmen and I think the best thing going for it is the location. Everything is a bit tattered around the edges but it fits with the neighborhood. Rooms are clean and staff helpful. If wire hangers bother you, don't stay here. But I do empathize with the previous poster. I was uncomfortable about sending the full payment for our special events stay. I think there were indications of a cash flow problem. Some items went beyond being quaintly tattered and into the disrepair realm. Examples: broken patio furniture and cold whirlpool. Also, there is no attendant after 11pm and the hotel security is not fool proof.
Comments about The Frenchmen Hotel
I am planning a trip to NO and will be staying at The Frenchmen Hotel. I just wondered if anyone could share some experiences they've had there. Any advice on must-sees in the neighborhood? Thanks!
Re: Comments about The Frenchmen Hotel
The Marigny is a great area. I had some relatives stay at the Frenchmen in October and they loved it. They have a free breakfast and free parking and I was able to take them to the clubs on Frenchmen Street like dba and the blue nile. They are in walking distance of the hotel. the restaurants I took them to were Fiorella's, Cafe Angeli, Irene's, and Maximo's. We also went on a Natchez Jazz evening cruise. For must sees I would suggest the music clubs on Frenchmen at night and for the daytime a walking tour of the quarter, st louis #1 cemetery, and the garden district. Also a street car ride uptown.