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“Sleep-Over before our cruise”
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Columns Hotel
Ranked #121 of 166 Hotels in New Orleans
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Built in 1883 the mansion only has 20 rooms each uniquely decorated with Victorian furnishings or circa 1930. If you're looking for a mini bar, refrigerator or microwave you're not going to find it at The Columns. However, if you want to step back in time and marvel at the beautifully painted ceilings in the ball room, the mahogany bar/lounge, ceilings and original chandelier that still hangs there today you wouldn't regret your visit. The oversized staircase and stained glass window leads to rooms and a balcony. We ate a casual dinner on the balcony and watched the Margi Gras parade. The Columns has live music and seems to be the place to come and relax with friends on the large front porch. Everyone couldn't have been more friendly. Micaela our dinner server was a sweetheart and didn't forget 1 item we had ordered. The trolley runs in front of the hotel so getting up and down St Charles is quiet easy. There is only on street parking so once you've parked taking the trolley is the most time effective. Our room was in the front of the hotel overlooking St Charles street. It was quiet large, comfortable bed, shutters on the windows, wardrobe closet and fireplace (not sure if the fireplace worked) but added to the ambiance. The bathroom had a claw foot bathtub old fashioned but clean. Breakfast was included, seating in the dining room with breakfast items you selected from a menu. (No make your own waffles at The Columns. Enjoy your stay at this unique step-back in time hotel.

Room Tip: I wouldn't suggest room 13
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We visited this place during the Mardi Gras parades. We purchased a wrist band to be able to get drinks and be able to use the bathroom. Best $10.00 spent. We went into the hotel and we visited the bar and ordered some drinks. We sat on the front porch and we watched people and talked. The interior of the hotel is very ornate and has great woodwork. If you love architecture and history this is a must do.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Achung70
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

The hotel is located on St Charles in the garden district, this provides easy access to all New Orleans has to offer.
The hotel has friendly staff , a great bar and a picturesque front porch. The hotel also has charming rooms , but at over 130 years old it comes with the quirks you would expect from an old mansion.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Terrible is too charitable; this place is a dump. The front porch is justly famous for the casual perch above St. Charles Avenue, where one can sip a sazerac, enjoy the breeze and transport to a bygone era. But the rough furniture and spartan cracking concrete decor are the first signal that historic charm is code for dingy, rundown, and tired. Walk though the front door and confront the mustiness of your grandmother' attic. The bar is not bad if you ignore the worn furnishings, sloppy repairs, and thick dust coating every nook and cranny of the deteriorating woodwork. The cheery staff is the only saving grace.

Do yourself a favor and skip the overnight stay. That's not your drunken imbalance at work going up the stairs. The grand staircase is seemingly barely hitched to the wall, falling down at an uncomfortable angle. Dingy is too generous a term to describe the rooms. Sure, they're a decent size and high ceilings are welcome, but the decor could not have been updated in at least three decades. Seriously. I stayed here 15 years ago for a wedding and thought the place was outdated and in rough shape then. Surely it has been refreshed, I thought, since then to warrant charging semi-luxury rates now? Nope. It's the exact same dump.

The furniture evokes historical charm only in the sense of cheap, mismatched flea market finds; there are no period pieces or even solid craftsmanship to offer comfort. The only thing that's missing is a vinyl slip covered sofa. A mattress that was surely cheap and uncomfortable when installed after years (decades?) is now a spongy mess that practically folds in half when you sit on it. The stray hairs (not mine) on the sheets, pillows so compressed from years of drooling clientele that they feel like wet cardboard, and a musty comforter made me long for sleeping on the floor. Except grimy carpets that you wouldn't want to walk barefoot on are hardly any more inviting.

The floors are so slanted that the doors drag on the carpet. The slant was so severe that one side of the tall dresser was at least two inches lower than the other side, leaving a tv precariously perched and in danger of sliding off. The bathroom invites stubbed toes as it is a step up (presumably to accommodate plumbing in a cheap retrofitting). It smelled of mold, which was evident in every corner of tile. A crummy prison-style sink with massive cracks in the porcelain was not inviting for personal hygiene. And the separate cold and hot faucet that barely peeked over the lip of the sink bowl made it near impossible to wash your hands except with alternating cold and scalding hot fluid. Kudos to good water pressure in the shower. Perhaps mercifully the shower was closed in with a cheap plastic curtain; a glass door would've made the tight vertical box feel too confining.

A friendly sign suggests the front desk could help if you forgot something. How about a phone charger? Nope, the cheery desk attendant apologized: "We're a historic hotel." So your concept of historic leaves room for a small tube television circa 1984 on the dresser (the one nearly careening off the sloping furniture), but modern technology is a bridge too far to the present day?

Alas, the staff was friendly and the bar decent. But your renting a room here would make you complicit in the cruel joke of a hotel. I've been coming to this city for 25 years and stayed in more than a dozen different hotels and this one is in a class all its own. If you are even slightly impressed by these rooms, that's a sure sign that you really need to get out more.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

This an old home that has been converted into a hotel. It is the building that is used as the label on the Southern Comfort bottled. It is a charming old hotel, with a great bar and a ballroom for music, parties and fancy dinners. The hotel is kept beautifully and has been fully restored to its glory. The wooden floors shine with a deep glow and the bar is beautiful. The rooms are charming and quaint, but they are old. No amenities like a fridge or microwave. The TV was 20 years old, but the views are fantastic, the grounds are beautiful and the ambiance can't be beat. I was there for a wedding. The food was good and if it is nice one can eat outdoors. They also have live music in a very intimate atmosphere. This is an awesome place to stay if you want the charm of old New Orleans, right on St. Charles Ave. You can sit on the patio and watch the street cars go by!

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with friends
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Address: 3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115-4681
Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #121 of 166 Hotels in New Orleans
Price Range: €144 - €224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Columns Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Boutique Hotel featuring Louisiana Dining & Craft Cocktails Wedding Venue, Catering and Meeting Planning Services also available ... more   less 
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