Hotel Review: The Inn on Bourbon, French Quarter, New Orleans
When you think of Ramada, you normally think of a middling, non-descript hotel, but The Inn on Bourbon is anything but, and it is part of the Ramada Hotels chain. The location is superb, right in the middle of the historic French Quarter. The site on which the hotel rests was historic; the Old French Opera House was the first opera house in the United States and had stood there from 1859 till it burned down in 1919. What stands in its place is a beautiful building with wrought-iron balconies overlooking Bourbon and Toulouse Streets. There are also rooms with balconies overlooking the inner courtyard and pool. But don't be afraid that its historical appearance mean dated amenities. It's a modern building and inside you'll find a comfortable sitting room, and a dining area, the Cafe de l'Opera which offers a breakfast buffet from 6:30am till 11am on weekdays and until 12 noon on weekends.
My hotel room had comfortable beds and the room was a nice size and not at all cramped, which is what I expected in more older buildings. The hotel also offers free in-room wireless internet and a safe along with the usual coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron and ironingboard that is part of Ramada's normal services. The hotel also has a small gym and business center and there's no fee to use the computer. The hotel has also conveniently placed an ATM machine and a small store where you can buy snacks and items you forgot to bring, such as toothpaste. For a nightcap, the Puccini bar is available.
Since the hotel is right in the middle of everything and if you are the early to bed, light sleeper type, I would recommend that you request a room overlooking the courtyard on the Toulouse St side. It will be quieter and away from the regular noise of "partay"-ing. If you are a party animal, especially on Mardi Gras, the balconies overlooking Bourbon Street will be a lot of fun for you.
The staff was lovely and helpful. I had a very nice time at The Inn on Bourbon and would recommend a stay there. But the best feature of this hotel is really the location, the parties of Bourbon Street are right out there for you to enjoy.
Address: 541 Bourbon Street, cross street is Toulouse. Their reservations is 1-800-535-7891 or local number is 504-524-7611. Website: innnonbourbon.com
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