Is it a 5-Star place? No, not at all. So why do I give it that rating? Because it's a place with unique "real New Orleans" character and great people.
It's an old, old building in the lower Garden District. There are cracks in the wall, loose tiles in the bathroom, and the bed feels at least fifty years old. There is no TV (seriously, it's New Orleans. You're not there to watch TV). The A/C is just one of those units that fits into the window but does the job well enough. (Again, it's New Orleans. You're not there to hang out in your room).
It's the sort of place that made me feel as if I was in a real distinctive city. It's location is perfect relative to the street car on St. Charles Ave., downtown, uptown, etc. If you don't like walking, this is unlikely the place for you (the city might not be for you, for that matter). If you like to walk and explore different neighborhoods, meet locals, and not be self-centered on your vacation then it's a spot for you.
It's the sort of place where Dennis, the owner, will tell you stories about Earl Long. It's where an old-timey photographer will show up driving his hearse. It's where a photographer from Oregon will stay, and use to shower and sleep a few hours a night in-bewteen music festivals and Frenchmen St.
The service is good. My room was cleaned and bed made each day, except Sunday (a day off). If I needed a cab, taken care of. I felt safe and secure. It's very much a, "Be Nice or Leave" kind of place. You're nice to them, it comes back to you tenfold.
As for creature comforts. Well, the breakfast part of it is nothing spectacular. It's simple and nice, and gets the job done for the money. Again, it's New Orleans. Please go outside and eat at one of many great restaurants across price ranges.
The pool is a nice thing to have, particularly for late night munchies. You can sit with your feet in the pool on a warm night, and have privacy while you eat a Po Boy from St Charles Tavern down the road. It's delightful to do that after a long day around the city. It also has free WiFi that works good.
It's also a quiet place, no revelry. I welcomed this after a day and night around the city. If you're looking for a 24/7 fraternity party, stay on Bourbon St.
The people who criticize don't get it, in my opinion, and are a bit miserly. They're apparently expecting a 4 or 5 star kind of place, but for 1 star prices. If you're looking for 4 or 5 star, pay the price for it and stay somewhere else. Don't stay here for the cheaper prices, and then bash it later because it wasn't the bargain spoiler you thought it would be.
But if you're in the mood for a unique taste of NOLA and a character-driven place off the beaten and predictable path, then it's a good option for you. I was there solo, both for vacation and some photography, and it met my needs. I had a great time and loved the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St Charles Guest House is a simple, friendly,affordable Guest House(B&B) located in the Nationally Hisotric Garden District of New Orleansjust one block from the St. Charles Streetcar stop #11. Museums, manyrestaurants, pubs, drug and food stores within walking distance. TheGuest House is over 125 years old and has been a lodging facility forover 50 years. Family owned and operated. Pool and patio area withfree wifi and complimentary bakery breakfast in the am by the pool.Economy and for the allocentric traveler. Just 17 blocks to the FrenchQuarter. Catering to international travelers with discounts to students, teachers, first responders and worldly travelers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- St. Charles Guest House Hotel New Orleans