So, I will be honest here…I debated not writing a review for this hotel stay. I was just really underwhelmed by this hotel (for no specific reason) and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say about it. But, I am a professional (ha!) so, I’ll suck it up and give you a review. I know what you are thinking…I am such a champion, right? Haha…well, either way, keep on reading for my Ritz Carlton New Orleans review plus how to get there on points (and if that’s even a good idea). Want some ideas of things to do while you are visiting NOLA? Check out 16 Things To Do In New Orleans.
Ritz Carlton New Orleans Review
The Ritz Carlton New Orleans is located on Canal Street, just one block from Bourbon St. It was just about perfect for us – away from the craziness of Bourbon St, but only a short walk to tons of restaurants, the French Quarter and Frenchmen St. The streetcars go up and down Canal St, so this hotel is perfectly situated to take a street car ride over to the Garden District or up to Katie’s Restaurant.
When you hear “Ritz Carlton” there is an expectation of opulence and luxury, right? Well, this hotel had that, but it also had some strange quirks too.
First of all, from the outside it is very plain looking. While that’s not necessarily important, it wasn’t what I was expecting. The entrance is nice but you have to immediately take the elevator up to the 3rd floor to access the lobby. And the elevators to access the lobby are different from the ones you take to your room. It was annoying and a total #firstworldproblem.
The lobby is very nice and looks out on to a beautiful courtyard. There was a chef there in the evenings giving out samples of New Orleans favorites like jambalaya. I didn’t try any because there always seemed to be seafood involved and I can’t stand any kind of seafood.
The Davenport Lounge is located right off the lobby and featured live jazz music in the evenings. We had a busy few days in NOLA so we only briefly stopped in one night. It was hopping and we even had a celebrity sighting! Cuba Gooding, Jr. was in town working on a movie and was hanging out at the Ritz!
We ate breakfast in the M Bistro one morning, located off of the lobby. They offered an impressive breakfast buffet as well as a la carte items. I opted for the French Toast which turned out to be a poor decision on my part. However, my husband loved it (his breakfast and mine). The thing that I really didn’t like about this place is that they charge $5 for coffee- which is what they charge for a mimosa! Had I known that I would have just ordered a mimosa…live and learn, right?
We were in a standard room with a king bed. While the decor was not my preferred style, it definitely had a sense of opulence. There was really nothing to complain about in the room – the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was nice and there was a great Nespresso machine. However, the view sucked and the technology was a little outdated. I was just expecting a little more from a Ritz Carlton.
Using Points To Book The Ritz Carlton New Orleans
The Ritz Carlton is part of the Marriott family of hotels which means that you can earn and use Marriott Rewards Points at this property. The Ritz Carlton New Orleans is a Tier 3 property which costs 50,000 points per night for a standard room.
In the summer these rooms can go for as low as $198 per night, and using 50,000 points would be a TERRIBLE value – don’t do it. Using points would be a better deal when these rooms are more expensive (the cash rate can be over $600 per night but the points rate is still 50,000.) However, with that said, I still don’t think the basic King room here is worth 50,000 points. There are better ways to burn through Marriott points!
If you want to ignore my advice and book this property with Marriott points, by all means, knock yourself out. If you are short on points in your Marriott account, you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and American Express (through SPG – here’s how)
I’m having a really hard time deciding how I feel about this place. I think I was underwhelmed because maybe my expectations were too high. I hear “Ritz Carlton” and I think “cha-ching…it’s going to be amazing”. When in reality, this was a very beautiful hotel with good service, but I still wasn’t blown away.
Have you stayed at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans? What did you think?
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