My fiance and I had always talked about going to New Orleans, and we finally had a good enough excuse to go (as if you really need one to visit!) We had planned a five-night trip in April 2010 for a celebration of us getting engaged. What better place to celebrate your romance than lovely New Orleans?
I had done an extensive amount of research on places to stay within the French Quarter. We had talked about staying somewhere close to the action, but far enough away that we could still get a good night’s sleep after partying all night on Bourbon Street. We finally settled on the Prince Conti hotel, located at the intersection of Conti and Bourbon streets. Can’t get any closer than that!
The Prince Conti is located on a far end of the French Quarter, but its location really can’t be beat. It’s literally RIGHT ON Bourbon Street. It’s a few blocks away from one of the best party streets you could ever be on, but it was far enough away that we didn’t hear any riff-raff and we could sleep as long as we wanted.
The Prince Conti is a smaller hotel, with two buildings located in the same parking lot. The bigger suites are located in the main building, above the reception desk. The smaller rooms are located across the parking lot in a small alley-way. Upon checking in, we were greeted by a very friendly front desk clerk. Unfortunately, since I had made my reservation with a Visa debit card, I had to pay for our whole stay up front. It’s not a big deal; it’s just something that you might want to look out for if you didn’t plan on paying for a few more days.
We were given a map of the French Quarter and told to go through a covered driveway to the other end of the parking lot. We had booked an economy room and were expecting something incredibly small, especially based on reviews I read on TripAdvisor. Boy, were we surprised! The room was very clean and very cool – the air conditioning was already running (even though it wasn’t even humid outside… yet). We had a large king bed, a crummy little TV (but then again, who goes on vacation to watch TV?) and desk with a comfy chair. There was also a big credenza and a closet, complete with ironing board and iron. Two nighttables with lamps were on either side of the bed. The bathroom was big enough that both of us could get ready in the morning without trampling over each other. Bonus: the air conditioning was loud enough so that neither of us had to hear the other one doing their business after eating too much spicy Cajun food.
I was satisfied with the water pressure in the shower and the tap water didn’t taste terrible. I didn’t use the toiletries provided but I didn’t hear any complaints from my fiance. The towels were scratchy but that’s par for the course for hotels.
The Prince Conti offered continental breakfast but it was nothing to sneeze at. I took some muffins and coffee and orange juice back to the room once or twice but we always ended up sleeping later than the breakfast bar was open. There is also a bar that is lit entirely by candlelight located in the same driveway that you take up to the parking lot, but we never had to chance to see it.
The real gem here is the location. Like I said, it’s located close to the action without being too raucous. There is also an awesome German restaurant right across the street that serves the best coffee I’ve ever had. I got a HUGE mocha, complete with whipped cream and the works and it was pretty reasonable. Go for breakfast at this restaurant at least once and try the spaetzle omelette. Yum!
If you need cigarettes, there’s a convenience store located a few steps down with decent prices. They also offer deli food in case you get a craving for a muffaletta.
All in all, you get a great room at a great rate (it was about $150 a night, compared to other hotels that will run you about $200+ a night) in a great location. It wouldn’t hurt to give this wonderful hotel a try, especially if you’re like us and mostly just need a hotel to sleep and shower when you’re on vacation!