The Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown is a quirky but cool hotel centrally located in the historic Warehouse District making it an ace base from which to explore the heart of “The Big Easy” on foot.
Located a short walk  to the World War II Museum, Julia Street Cruise Terminal, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Garden District with its antebellum mansions and the French Quarter with boisterous Bourbon Street and iconic St. Louis Cathedral opposite Jackson Square the Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown is made up of restored adjoining warehouses and the 19th century red brick St. Mary’s Market and so completely blends in with the character of the neighborhood that pedestrians may not recognize it as a hotel unless they spot the small wall sign.
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As the 231 one and two-bedroom suites are in separate four story buildings, there are some quirks such as covered outdoor walk ways between the different wings however directions to various parts of the hotel are well signed and so the layout is not a challenge but rather a unique feature of the non-cookie cutter accommodation.

Room 163 is a one-bedroom suite with high ceilings, a leather sectional,  desk with comfy ergonomic swivel chair, wall-mounted flat screen TV and kitchen with full-size fridge, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop and a small dining small table. The cupboards hold pots & pans, plates and utensils, cups and mugs.

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The bedroom features a queen bed and heavy black-out drapes with a 49-inch big screen TV mounted atop a dresser.

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While not huge, the bedroom is functional as there’s room to hide luggage in the closet which is opposite the vanity with acres of counter space with the tub/shower and toilet in its own room. I liked the suite layout as having some privacy to shower or use the toilet while another guest uses the sink makes for a much more flexible space. The tub is too shallow for me and would prefer a really nice shower stall instead.

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The wall-mounted bath products by Paul Mitchell are more than I expected for a three-star hotel but appreciated for the quality and eco-friendly refillable bottles that have replaced the tiny plastic shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles.

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While very impressed with the modern suite amenities that make for a very pleasant stay, there are some realities of this unit I disliked.

The lack of an in-room safe is an unexpected oversight for a long-stay hotel brand.

The desk makes for a great place to work from as there are plenty of outlets and good lighting however no phone which seems another obvious omission.

My last criticism is about this particular unit’s drawbacks as being a ground floor suite it suffers both from street noise and having a  lack of privacy.  Suite #163 is in the same building as the lobby and faces the sidewalk on Tchoupitoulas  Street  (just below the Residence Inn sign in the photo below) so anyone walking by can see right into the suite. Working at the desk and having pedestrians walking by takes a little getting used to however I had the bedroom drapes drawn my whole stay as the street view would be through the bedroom and into the bathroom and vanity area. I would recommend requesting a higher floor suite at the time of booking and repeat that upon check in. As my stay was a short two-nights and I was out from dawn past dusk, I didn’t request to be relocated.

In the interior courtyard is a heated outdoor pool and spacious pool deck with lounge chairs and shade umbrellas. A sport court and BBQ grill corner are also found in the courtyard.

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The buffet breakfast restaurant is open 6 – 10 AM daily and features a good selection of bacon or sausages, scrambled eggs, waffles, yogurt, cereals, bread and bagels plus tea & coffee. Unlike some hotels that cram breakfast diners into a small space, this Residence Inn offers a spacious dining room with a good variety of large and small tables.

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Beyond breakfast the Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown doesn’t have on-site dining or a lounge however is within a few short blocks of some bars and exceptional eateries including Mulate’s, Emeril’s New Orleans, Peche Seafood Grill, and  Galliano Restaurant so no guest need go hungry in this foodie mecca of a city.

The Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown has much to like including a super central location, sprawling suites with modern amenities and value added bonuses such as daily buffet breakfast and a resort-like outdoor pool which all make for a comfortable stay at a very good value despite a few drawbacks.

Pros

  • Central location within walking distance to New Orleans historic French Quarter, Garden District, convention center and World Ware II Museum
  • Spacious suites with full kitchens
  • Heated outdoor pool and roomy pool deck with loungers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary daily buffet breakfast

Cons

  • No in room safe
  • Only one phone in suite in bedroom, not at work desk
  • Ground floor suites lack privacy and suffer some street noise

 

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