After my terrible experience with Priceline booking our hotel by the New Orleans airport, I was a little leery about booking another hotel with the blind bidding process. Hotels in the French Quarter area were pricing out at $250 a night before tax, but Hotwire was offering 4 star hotels for $165. To save $170 over 2 nights, I decided to take the plunge and try again.
Once my transaction was completed, I was happy to learn that I was booked at the Crowne Plaza Astor Hotel in the French Quarter. The reviews for the hotel online were really good and the hotel itself is nicer than hotels we typically stay at. We were excited to have some luxury accommodations for our trip.
We arrived early for check in and were told that there were no rooms available yet as the cleaning staff was still working. The friendly front desk agent took my number and let me know that she would text me as soon as our room was available. We then checked our bags with the bellmhop and headed out to explore the city. Around noon, 4 hours before check in time, we were texted that our room was available.
We were given a room on the 7th floor which had a partial view of Bourbon street and overlooked the pool area. Sadly, we had double beds which aren’t our favorite since we love to spread out on king size beds when we travel.
The room was clean and well maintained. The only item that we noticed needed some work was the bathtub which had seen some better days. Making up for the look of the shower, the water pressure was crazy, I’m talking so high that it is borderline hurting your body as you shower. I thought it was great because there are few things worse than terrible water pressure.
If you need to plug anything in, this is the hotel for you. After seeing more plugs than you would usually see in a hotel room, I counted a total of 22 plugs in our room. We definitely didn’t have to search for a plug to charge our phones.
Something that most people probably wouldn’t notice but we noticed right away was that the room was at a normal temperature. There is nothing worse for 2 people who are constantly cold than an overly air conditioned room!
Both nights we slept great. The bed and pillows were really comfortable. Even though we were right off of Bourbon street, we couldn’t hear anything at all. We do live on a major intersection of Chicago, so I think someone that lives in a more rural area may still hear some noise.
On the bed there was a card where you could decline your housekeeping. In turn, Crowne Plaza would make a $5 donation to Shatterproof, an organization that helps addicted individuals. Since we didn’t need our room cleaned, we participated and felt great about it. We were also happy to participate as the housekeeping staff starting knocking on doors in our hall around 8am, which is pretty early after a night out on Bourbon street.
When we checked out, we left our bags with the bellhop and were able to easily explore the city some more.
I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area. The staff is really great and the location couldn’t be more perfect – close to the action, but not so close that it is overly loud.