I had stayed at the Place d'Armes on several occasions pre-Katrina and always loved the location, charm and value of the hotel -- even while recognizing that it was greatly rundown. Upon returning from a four-night stay during the Final Four I can report that the hotel is now in very good shape after a recent rennovation and still retains its charm and value.
My wife, son and I stayed in Room 208, which is a junior suite on the back side of the main building. It's a very large room, with a sitting area with a pullout couch and three large windows that overlook the courtyard pool (which, as others have noted, is currently closed while undergoing rennovation). It looks great! The paint and wallpaper in the room are fresh, the matress seems new and is firm and there is a 26" HDTV. Pullout couches in even high-end hotels are often disasterous, but my son slept well on the pullout and thought it was very comfortable.
No matter how well you clean it up, the Place d'Armes is in a very old building and has all the drawbacks of its age. The bathrooms are small, the floors creak, you hear water in the pipes from time to time and late one night we awoke to the clear sounds through the walls of the amorous couple next door (which made it a little awkward seeing them in the hall the next morning!). But for us anyway these "blemishes" are part of the authentic character of the place. A continental breakfast is served each morning in the sunny breakfast room on the first floor and the courtyard remains spectacular -- large, quiet and beautifully landscaped. This has to be one of the best hotel courtyards in the quarter.
Service was a little uneven during our stay. The woman who checked us in was disinterested and frankly a little rude and one evening we overheard a virtual shouting match between another front desk woman and a seemingly inebriated young couple as we passed through the lobby. However, the front desk did call my cell phone, as promised, when our room was ready for check in. Both Ryan and another woman working the bellstand (Kora I think) were extremely helpful and friendly. On Tuesday, when cabs were in extremely high demand, they produced our airport cab at exactly the appointed time.
Because of the Final Four our rate was high but in off times the rates at the hotel remain reasonable. As many other have noted the hotel's location can't be beat -- directly off Jackson Square and two blocks from Bourbon Street. You can park your car in the adjacent garage for the duration of your stay and readily walk to everything.
With the upgrades that have been recently made to the hotel the Place d'Armes is an excellent choice in the French Quarter.
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