Royal St. Charles Hotel
What We Love
- The killer location, a stroll from some of the city’s best attractions
- The famous St. Charles streetcar line runs just in front of the hotel
- Award-winning local PJ’s Coffee served in the funky café
What To Know
- Guestrooms recently underwent a major revamp and have a bright color scheme with patterned carpets and lime-green and burnt orange accents
- The hotel is primed for business travelers, with plenty of meeting space
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This 143-room bank turned boutique hotel feels custom-designed for a city known for its vibrant Mardi Gras and anything-goes style. The welcoming, accessible vibe starts on the street, with a popular café sporting floor-to-ceiling windows on a corner just a block from Canal Street and the famous French Quarter. Then there are the eye-popping colors of the lobby, which features a curved reception desk that changes colors along with retro-inspired furnishings in rainbow hues, colored glass objects and a carpet that would make Austin Powers proud. The guestrooms follow a similar — if slightly more subdued — script, with patterned carpets and accents of lime green and burnt orange. The hotel is primed for business and leisure travelers alike, with plenty of meeting space, a well-equipped gym and a café that serves award-winning, locally produced PJ’s Coffee. When it’s time to step outside, the St. Charles streetcar runs just in front of the hotel, allowing easy access to some of this city’s biggest attractions, from of-the-moment restaurants to music venues to the Mississippi River itself.
In the Area
Get a taste of the Gulf at some of the Big Easy’s most talked-about restaurants, like Patois, chef Aaron Burgau’s cozy neighborhood joint, which dishes up jazzed-up versions of old Southern favorites. Try the Bayou Pigeon Frog Legs, the fried oyster salad or the seasonal gumbo. For a more traditional feast, head to Bourbon Street’s Red Fish Grill, where you can sample only-in-Louisiana treats like barbecued crab claws and alligator (don’t worry, you can also tuck into more mainstream Creole fare like crab cakes and jumbalaya). Afterward, walk off some of those calories in leafy Woldenberg Park, 16 acres stretching from the French Quarter to the Mississippi River with a jogging path, an aquarium and plenty of outdoor art to gawk at. After dark head to Republic New Orleans, a dance club that features an eclectic lineup of performers set in a magnificent 1850s building in the Warehouse District.
How to Get There
No windows in our room. Room only half cleaned the first day. Not cleaned at all the second. $14.95 charge per day for internet, beers (I don’t drink alcohol and my wife doesn’t drink beer), use of printer, fax and microwave in reception. Bit of a con really. Staff were fantastic.
To start with the only negative: we were "walked" because the hotel was overbooked, but that isn't the problem, since I completely understand that a few overbooks on a busy night is unfortunately the nature of the beast in the hotel industry. We arrived at the airport at midnight and I called to advise the hotel about our late check-in. I was not notified then, nor in the next two hours that it took to get there that there was any problem. Upon arrival after 2AM, we were met at the door by a clerk with papers who explained that the Drury would accommodate us for the first night.
From then on, we were treated like royalty at both hotels with upgraded rooms and better-than-expected compensation for our troubles.
Both rooms were spotless, sparkling and bug-free (I checked closely, and have to mention that only because of so many scary reviews out there when I booked this trip!).
Room 512 at the Royal St Charles is highly recommended. It is a spotless and sparkling, bug-free junior-king suite corner room, with floor to ceiling windows facing offices and a parking garage on one side, and overlooking the street with a view of other downtown buildings on the other. Speaking of the view, the windows made it more than a little inviting for us to put on a show, so that happened...
Sorry if you have to sort through the reviews to separate the good from the bad (even some November reviews for standard rooms sound like they had some valid complaints), but room 512 and the treatment we received were just stellar.
Great room, great staff, great location a block from Canal St., close to Acme Oyster House, easy walk to the Riverfront Streetcar to get to everything else worth getting to...just a great trip!
The Royal St. Charles Hotel is a great location and value. We were able to walk to Bourbon Street, WWII Museum, Jackson Square, and more. New Orleans can be noisy. I was provided a room on a high floor away from the busy street.