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“Practically Perfect... almost”
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Hotel Provincial
Ranked #18 of 163 Hotels in New Orleans
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Brookfield, IL
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Practically Perfect... almost”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

This is our fifth trip to the French Quarter and this was the best location we have stayed at. Being southeast of Bourbon Street put us on the quiet side of the celebration (even for Mardi Gras weekend) and just steps away from the sites of Decatur Street (the French Market, Cafe Du Monde, Central Grocery).

The hotel itself is charming and well-kept. Our room with two double beds was a nice size although the bathroom could use a little work. And while we were away from the noise of the festivities in the courtyard-like set-up, hallway noise was easy enough to hear in our room on the first floor.

Probably the best thing about the hotel was the staff. From the doorman to the desk staff, everyone was charming, helpful and warm.

While we were only there for two days this time, we may have finally decided to stop shopping around the next time we visit and head straight for the Hotel Provincial.

Room Tip: Maybe the second floor would be quieter?
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

We made a "last-minute" decision to take our family to Mardi Gras this year (by last-minute I mean early January!), and this was one of the few hotels that still had availability for 6 people. It ended up being perfect for our needs. The hotel is located on the quiet end of the French Quarter, very close to the French Market and a short walk to Jackson Square. It was a perfect location for a family with kids ages 11-20. Even on Mardi Gras day, when there is NO place in the French Quarter that is not completely insane, the courtyard was quiet and serene.

Our rooms were comfortable, although very simple, and more than adequate for our needs. We had one room with 2 double beds where I stayed with my 3 daughters, while the "boys" (my husband and 17-year old son) stayed in a king-bedded room. They weren't connecting (which would have been great), but were just one door away. The beds were nice, and we all slept well. The service was good, although not outstanding. It would have been helpful to get a general orientation to the services of the hotel, and to the surrounding area when we checked in (for instance, it took me a few days to figure out that they offered a complimentary continental breakfast each morning). Perhaps the service is more hands-on during a less busy time of year.

Some tips:
- While the beignets at Cafe du Monde are a must at least once during your trip, you can have wonderful pastries without a half-hour line around the corner from the hotel at Croissants d'Or (on Ursiline). It is outstanding! Good lunch options also.
- We had a great last-minute dinner at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen about 3 blocks away.
- If you are there for Mardi Gras, don't miss seeing Mardi Gras Indians at the Backstreet Cultural Museum. We got there around lunchtime and enjoyed some rice & beans and sodas, and Congo Nation showed up shortly afterwards. A truly awesome & authentic New Orleans experience.
- If you are going with kids you can avoid the worst of the Mardi Gras craziness by staying off Bourbon & Decatur. You will see a few topless women, and lots of drunk people, but a lot of what happens is very family friendly. We enjoyed Zulu at the edge of Louis Armstrong Park, and it was like a big family picnic!

The trip was lots of fun and the Provincial was a great place to enjoy it!

Room Tip: We were on the first floor by the courtyard pool, and it was perfect - quiet & convenient!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Perdido Key, Florida
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Do not waste your stay in the French Quarter on a Homogenized Hotel! Coming to the quarter and staying in a national branded hotel robs you of the opportunity to not only see, but to "live" the French Quarter. If you try to vacation here like you do at Disney, you are missing the whole point. Here you are visiting a living community where kids go to school and people live their lives.
There are two ways to experience the French Quarter: as a tourist and as a resident. I lived in the Hotel Provincial almost continuously for 3 years...they have the most amazing staff of real N'awlins people you will ever meet, very knowledgeable in the ways and means of the quarter.
Location is perfect, only a couple blocks from Crazy Bourbon Street, Toney Royal Street, Kitchy Decatur, Trendy Marigny, Shopping at the French Market, and everything else.
Rooms are cozy and well-appointed, probalby among the cleanest in the French Quarter. Linens are exceptionally clean and crisp, and the showers are hot and strong. The pools and gardens make for wonderful little places to reflect and plan. Of all the places I travel, including my own home on the worlds finest beach, it is Hotel Provincial that always finds its way into my dreams

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Cape Coral
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

I ended up switching from one of the more expensive places to this and loved every minute of it. Like in a lot of reviews the bathrooms aren't exactly the greatest but the location at this price is. It's a close walk to all the hot spots even if you've had a few too many! The staff was very helpful and parking was an added plus. I'd def stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Miami, Florida
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2012

It is a two-story building with a courtyard garden and two swimming pools, conveniently located just steps where is the action,

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Angola, Indiana
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150 reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

In the French Quarter and within a short walk of many major attractions and fine restaurants. Good service, incl. Bellmen. The front desk never steered us wrong in restaraunt recommendations. On the National Register of Historic Places. The rooms are good, but do not expect modern or recently remodeled. The included continental breakfast was very basic, but adequate.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hartford, CT
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

We stayed 6 days at Hotel Provincial. The room (101) was clean. The mattress was terrible. Every time one of us moved it woke the other up. Room 101 was a deluxe room with a king bed that was on a courtyard. Unfortunately, we were also the first room that everyone went by after a night out on Bourbon St. It was noisy at night, especially when people sat in the courtyard talking and laughing loudly and smoking at all hours of the night. You could smell the smoke in the room from outside. Then you heard everyone else traipsing by the room to go to breakfast. Needless to say we didn't get much sleep. Their idea of "luxurious" bedding was a white quilt with 200 thread count sheets (yes I checked the label).

If you stay here, ask for a room that is in the back so it is quieter. Staff were nice. Good location in the French Quarter.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Provincial
Address: 1024 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3202
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Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#20 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
#26 Business Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Provincial 3*
Number of rooms: 92
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