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
First of all, just to be clear, this hotel is NOT in the French quarter. It is about a block off in the business district. When booking this hotel it was our understanding that we would be in the French quarter so I was a bit disappointed when we found out otherwise. The first night we were there we were put in a room with no window, which was a bit troubling to me. But, the staff changed us the next morning to a room with two windows and a decent view. Most of the staff were very friendly and helpful. The accommodations were pretty good but not great,The parking fee is $42 a night, which I found a bit high. The next time I go to the French quarter I will seek out a new spot, actually IN the French Quarter.
Not a lot to say but everyone we encountered at the hotel from the parking attendant and up was very helpful and friendly. Make sure to walk down the street and not the sidewalks at night for your safety.
close to the New Orleans action. we were there on RED dress day...it is a charity event to raise money but both sexes jump in...wear a red dress or close to one and get free drinks by going bar to bar...(so I hear).