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Review of The Frenchmen Hotel

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Review posted 10/15/2008 view all
TheoMontreal from Montreal, Quebec
Aug 16-23 2008
I have to tell you, up front, that we like to travel "local" i.e. small hotels, B&B preferably, eat local. We also do a great job to inquire about the place we travel to. We like "off the touristic beaten path" stuff and most of all want to sample the local life. So we never go to all-inclusive or group travel.

The hotel is very interesting if you like being close to fellow residents and want to exchange around the breakfast table.

Rooms are just the right size (when you use it as a stop-and-go in daytime and to sleep. They are, most of all, very clean altough not new. We were in a room just by the poolside with old frenchdoors (very romantic, but you hear pretty much everything that people in the pool do/say. especially true when the A/C is taking a break in-between 2 refreshing cycles.)

Pool rules say that it closes at midnight but there's always somebody to have a smoke (rooms are non-smoker, a very big ++) or a last cooling dip before sleeping. We had to intervene only once for a group of youngster coming back from Bourbon street were continuing the party by our door at 2:30 am. Otherwise the average residents were couples and congressists. No kids when we were there. Of course week-end tends to be noisier for younger croud comes in.

The bathroom is on the small side without counter space but a 2-shelves metal unit hanging overt he toilet was doing the job. The only negative side would be not enough towel rack space.

Breakfast was fair but i would have like to see some variety during the week. Doughnuts, toast, oatmeal and cereal are great but could get very monotonous after few days. furthermore I was kinda expecting to see some french croissant or some muffins somewhere during the week (ok ! it's the french in me that speaks but eating sugarglazed doughnuts every morning is not my forte!!)

Staff (front desk and room service) was very friendly and helpful.
Although young and some being freshly arrived in town, the frontdesk staff made efforts to give us the proper info and tips they could and were honest in their recommandations (restaurants, day-trip and directions).

Although not a 5-stars rating, i do recommend if you like to keep it simple and keep money to do go around town and area. If, like us, you're avoiding the hiltons, Holliday Inns and other chain whenever possible, you'll be pleased by this hotel.

By the way it is very well located if you want to be close to action without being in it 24/7. Everything in the French Quarter is at a walking distance and the cable car/tramway is just around the corner so you can get around town very easily.

I'm rating this as a 4.8/5 and not as a 5/5 just for the little things I have said (lack of variety in breakfast, missing drying rack and some noise) it would be a 97% rating (to me 5/5 would be 100%) so close but just missed it. Would defitively go back there if I am in town.
Month and year of stay:
August 2008
Length of stay:
7 nights
Recommend hotel for:
couples,young,older gay
Describe the hotel:
Mixed gay/lesbian/straight
Would I stay at hotel again?
My ratings on the following categories:
Rate the reservation process, either on-line or by phone.
Were the staff helpful and welcoming?
Was the property well located and externally attractive?
Was it welcoming, informative and painless?
Were the staff able to devote time to answer all your questions?
Was the bed comfortable, and the room and bathroom
well appointed and clean?
Were the staff friendly, helpful and efficient?
Did the quality of breakfast or other dining services
meet your expectations?
Acceptable but not special
How were the little personal touches that make all the difference?
Was your stay appropriately priced for what you received?

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