St. James Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel
What We Love
- A luxury boutique hotel in the Central Business District, with continental breakfastStarting each day with a complimentary continental breakfast in your room
- Being in the CBD, just steps from the French Quarter
- Staying in a landmarked building, at a hotel with an impressive history
- Following Magazine Street to the Garden District, packed with shops and eateries
What To Know
- The hotel offers valet parking but there is a cheaper public lot just around the corner
- If you're looking to do some laps or go for a real swim, beware that the pool is rather small
- Free WiFi
Recharge between Big Easy outings at St. James Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel. Housing 84 refurbished rooms; West Indian-inspired décor, in tribute to a former merchant from the Caribbean who set up shop here; and landmarked 19th-century architecture, this Magazine Street property makes for a luxury boutique base in the Central Business District and near the French Quarter and Canal Street. There’s lobby access to a popular next-door chophouse, and fitness passes are complimentary – as is a daily continental breakfast.
Which is exactly what you’ll need to get ready for the main attraction: The above neighborhoods, and beyond. With an infectious joie de vivre, New Orleans offers a rich and historic culture, and there’s something here for everyone. Whether you’re a foodie, a jazz enthusiast, an all-around bon vivant or pretty much anything else, you’ll find your days in this city quickly filling up and turning quickly to nights – late ones. So let them, and let the hotel, whose beds feature plush pillow-top mattresses and luxe bedding, happily take care of the rest.
Each of 84 refurbished guest accommodations has a touch of West Indies-inspired décor, in a nod to the 19th-century merchant Che, who kept a shop in the Banks Arcade building. They are spacious and inviting, holding a flat-panel TV, a microwave and a mini-fridge.
The hotel is conveniently located in the Central Business District, in the heart of the Big Easy. From your door, you’ll be just blocks from some of the French Quarter’s most beloved attractions, like boozy Bourbon Street, the French Market and the path along the mighty Mississippi River. You’re also on Magazine Street, and a short walk uptown will take you to the thoroughfare’s shops, bars and restaurants.
How to Get There
Before we even arrived, Donnie got us set up with a shuttle to from the airport and answered several questions I had. Upon arrival we were able to drop off our bags until our room was ready; it was ready 3hrs before official check in. Throughout our entire stay all the staff said hello, asked if we needed anything and answered all our questions. Room was spacious, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was always prompt and delicious; just enough to hold you over until lunch. At checkout we again were able to leave our bags until it was time for us to make our way to the airport. I highly recommend staying here!
It was a delightful three days and four nights. Miss Audrey was helpful, friendly, and courteous, especially after my wife fell on NOL's infamous sidewalk(s) and broke her shoulder. Donnie one of the concierges gave a lot of helpful advise and guidance, but the others were also helpful and friendly.
This is a great location for visiting the WWII museum which is why we came on this trip. If you decide to walk be VERY careful as the sidewalks can be treacherous.
The hotel is situated in easy walking distance to the Garden District, CBD and the French Quarter. However, the hotel was SO noisy that we got very little sleep during our stay. I know that old hotels tend to have quirks, but this one felt run down. The shower took up to 20 mins to heat up, the bathroom walls were rusty, the elevator was clunky and screeched every time we were in it, and the walls to our room were so paper thin that we heard every time someone closed a door, talked in the hallway or in their neighboring room, walked around loudly, etc. Due to how noisy it was (resulting in almost no sleep) and how less-than-fresh the hotel felt, I would not stay there again. The lobby was beautiful but the rooms themselves were too shabby to make it a repeat stay.