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Creole Inn Guest House in New Orleans, LA

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Rating: 3.42

Address: 2471 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA, 70117

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    Comments (12):

    1. Rori A.
    Having found this hotel on a travel website and seen mostly positive reviews (save for one with a "lost reservation" issue), I excitedly booked an affordable room in the Marigny district on Halloween weekend. Rooms are scarce on Halloween and I didn't want to be stuck out in the street, bag in hand while dressed as Red Riding Hood.
    I called to make the reservation and gave my credit card number, was told my four night reservation was set but that my confirmation number via email wouldn't come until the next day.
    No email - so I called again, and the guy at the desk, Chris, was irritated about being bugged and said that his word should be good enough, but he'd check in with the separate business (for whom he had no phone number?) and remind them to send me an email.
    Now, Creole Inn's website says they don't cater to high-maintenance travelers. I get that - I don't require a concierge, room service, or anything else besides a clean bed, clean toilet, a door that locks securely, and perhaps a CONFIRMATION NUMBER. All reasonable requests.
    Each of my four phone calls netted me an increasingly annoyed desk guy, one email from an AOL address saying "you are confirmed" but not containing a number or dates, four emails bounced back as undeliverable, and three phone numbers that led to three different people who couldn't tell me the dates I had put a deposit on.
    So, two weeks of frustration later, I found another hotel and emailed a cancellation, only to be emailed "so sorry, but we never had a reservation for you!" email.
    Not cool.
    They made me feel like a diva for wanting a real confirmation, took my credit card info, and then didn't have a room for me after all.
    I'm not even sure if this place is a real business. My complaint about the whole situation got a response saying the hotel's owners were fighting for my freedom in Iraq, so, confusion happens and don't get so bent out of shape. IF that's even true, boo on whoever is bungling the business while they are out, not on me for expecting something so basic as a secure and legitimate hotel reservation.
    I'm just thankful I listened to my intuition and found other arrangements before it was too late.
    Buyer beware...

    14/10/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    2. Allison S.
    My boyfriend and I stayed at the Creole Inn the wknd after southern decadence. We had a fantastic time! Gayle was extremely nice and sat and talked with us about her southern decadence experiences as well as great spots close by when we first arrived. Staying at the Creole Inn truly feels as if you are part of a New Orleans family. You come and go as you please, and no one bothers you. It's as if we had our own little apartment for the wknd! If you want to feel like a local and TRULY love the city both for what it is and what it's not, stay at the Creole Inn. It's a jem.

    23/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Vanessa G.
    So I work in the event planning business, spending nearly 200-250 days a year in hotels and I've become quite the hotel snob.  But I'll try a new place every once in awhile to see what is boutique, small & interesting or simply a great deal.  And well...personally I think this is a pretty sweet deal.  I reserved the room on hostelworld.com , paid a deposit and had a confirmation.  There is no signage outside of the inn, but I think I liked that better in the end.  The interior is tastefully decorated, the bed was comfortable and the room clean.  But the shower is very tiny and the walls are extremely thin.  Thank goodness I'm a small person and I always travel with earplugs and an eye mask, but I was tiptoeing on the hardwood floor in order to keep the sound level down.

    The neighborhood was so much more suited to my likes than the French Quarter...it felt like I was a local.  I could walk to any of the nearby restaurants (I recommend Elizabeth's!), coffee shops or thrift stores.  It's an alternative neighborhood (think slightly upscale hipster, but expect lots of tattooed 20-30 somethings.)  The architecture is unique, streets are quiet, and the neighbors friendly.  I plan on staying here in the future whenever I'm visiting NOLA for pleasure.  It's a steal of a deal and while it is a few blocks from the French Quarter...it's no more than a 5-10 min walk and you actually end up on the better side - away from the crowds of Bourbon St.

    25/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Andrew C.
    My friends and I rented the Cowboy Suite for our visit to New Orleans. We got a great deal in terms of pricing since we rented during what I'm assuming is the off-season (late July).

    Accommodations: Clean room, private, comfortable. We wanted a nice, affordable, quiet place to make our home base and we got exactly that.

    Location: The Creole Inn is located in the Marigny district and is within walking distance of the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street (which everybody should visit). The neighborhood is very safe and friendly.

    Overall: I would stay here again (and hopefully will if/when I return to NO).

    02/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Brandy B.
    I've stayed at the Creole Inn three times now. This third time (June 2011) was the first time I've visited since it changed hands and the inn is still a great deal.

    One con is that they've stopped serving a small breakfast (so it's not *really* a b&b anymore), but with the money you save staying here it's not a big deal to head around the corner for a $5 delicious breakfast at Schiro's. The rooms I've stayed in have always been clean and since the changeover they now have you do an inspection of you room upon arrival before you sign the confirmation of your arrival so you have a chance to tell the innkeeper if anything isn't cutting it for you. What I really like about this place is that you feel like a local. The innkeeper stays out of your way (but is available to you at any time if you need her) and you really get to experience the culture of the neighborhood around you. Towels, a small refrigerator, linens, soap, and a hairdryer are supplied, but bring your own shampoo/conditioner. Definitely don't miss the private back patio, which is a great place to hang out in the evenings.

    I would definitely recommend the Creole Inn to anyone looking to have a great, authentic New Orleans experience.

    06/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Chad D.
    This place isn't what they portray on the website.  Our room was dark, outdated and musty smelling. We didn't have any hot water the first day. The windows had packing tape on them because they wouldn't close all the way. Our reservation was for 4 adults and nowhere did it say that the 2nd bedroom only had a bunkbed.  I wouldn't call it a bed and breakfast because the only thing they serve is coffee.

    The staff was unapologetic for the condition of the room, only that they have plans to renovate it.

    15/09/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    7. Sisca S.
    This is where we stayed for Jazzfest.  My mother-in-law gave our accommodations for Jazzfest to us as a wedding gift.  We were really looking forward to staying here b/c the website made it look so quaint and fabulous!  Our flight arrived quite late and when we got in the door, the Innkeeper, Gayl, greeted us and "checked us in".  It was actually a weird check-in/check out process...there really isn't any.  

    When we actually saw our room (Old Europe) we were really suprised that it looked nothing like how they described it online.  Going in and out of the rooms was like solving a puzzle b/c the doors kept hitting one another.  If you really squinted your eyes...THEN it will kinda look like how it looks on the website.  The advantage of the Old Europe is that it directly takes us to the backyard.

    Speaking of backyard, don't touch the table!!!  or even attempt to move it!!!  You will be sitting next to 5 pieces of wood on the ground!  The table practically crashed on us, but we put it back together...amazing.  Plus side, there's a mini fridge in the back w/ water, coke, & diet coke.  Free drinks, that was super cool.  (but maybe only during Jazzfest).  Really tho', we had a mini fridge inside our room so having it back there really didn't benefit us.  

    The place is used as a hostel during the slow times, which is business smart of them.  It really is a decent neighborhood - Fouburg Marigny (however when you exit the front door, do not go more than 2 blks to your left or 3 blks behind you...you'll suddenly be in the wrong part of town)  It's 1 blk from THEE Hubigs Pies, a NO staple.  3 blks from Frenchman St. which has lots of good food & music and about a half mile from the French Quarter.  Sometimes, you'd feel like you're walking hella far, but other times were ok.  There's a Walgreens 3 big blks away from the river on Elysian Fields (but don't go any further than Walgreens).  

    My poor mother-in-law was pissed and so disappointed that they misrepresented themselves online.  She had a one word description for it..."DUMP".  She has many friends who own bed & breakfasts and this was the worse she's ever been in.  Breakfast: pre-pkg'd pastries in a cardboard box, cereal, and a 4 cup coffee maker w/ powdered cream and ONLY whole milk.  What, no soy or non-fat??  

    Anyways, would I stay here again?  Probably not...  Oh yah, don't move any furniture around, you may not like what you see.  And don't look under the bed.  It was sooo freakin' dusty and hella crap from how many guests ago.  We had some guy's shorts left in the dresser and garbage in the drawers.  It's obvious that they don't take the time to clean in b/w guests.

    14/05/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    8. Talisa P.
    THIS PLACE IS A SCAM! Deserves less than one star.

    So it was my turn to introduce my boyfriend to my family in NOLA and I had been looking for a good deal at a small hotel. I'm used to roughing it in hostels or people's floors, so I was excited about getting a no frills hotel. I see Creole Inn, I look at the pics...then the prices... AWESOME, I thought. I put down the deposit and just figured that we'd pay the rest when we got there. I was wrong.

    They e-mailed me a confirmation but it has a "contract" attached to it. I'd never seen or heard about anything like this ever. So I think to myself, "This place must be a scam!" But I want the room so badly. And besides, they mention on their website that the owners are people who are in the military, leading me to think that they would never scam anyone- they're honorable! Also, I feel for their sad story on the "contract" that they offer no refunds. But why pay 3 weeks in advance? Because they're small and it's hard to fill rooms they say. out of my own desperation, I bought that crap line.

    So we get there and we walk inside and all I smell is must. But the temp is great and I'm thinking, oh, it's probably just downstairs. We get up there and the room looks nice at first glance. But the stinging smell of must and mold permeate the 2 rooms and the bathroom clearly had black mold on the ceiling. There was even mold in the vent for the air conditioner! There was also a semen stain on the bed cover! For some reason, there was an air purifier in one of the rooms and I tried to make a go of it. Then I thought, "They KNOW this place stinks!" Since we both have allergies, we started itching and coughing. I also have asthma, so we had to find another place pronto.

    When we checked out, the woman running the place said that it's an old house, what do we expect? Saying that she has a mold allergy, too and she's fine! WTF!? She looked so self-satisfied with herself when I let her know that I thought they were running a scam.

    DON'T EVEN THINK OF GOING TO THIS DUMP! IT'S A COMPLETE SCAM!

    15/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    9. Mary J.
    Kim and Charley were great hosts! The room was gorgeous and more than expected for the price. It is walking distance from the French quarter, Frenchman st and bourbon st... Some complain it's a far walk, but I don't mind a nice walk especially in this beautiful district! Anyways, a cab is about $8 so the location is ideal if you ask me! Much more affordable than a fancy hotel off of bourbon, quiet at night and great, friendly hosts. Highly recommended, I will return!

    25/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Ashley K.
    I loved staying here!  The innkeeper was so friendly + sweet when I arrived.  I loved my little private room which had a four-post bed and was nice + cozy.  The location is a little outside of the main parts of New Orleans, but I found options to eat within walking distance.  Would definitely stay here again, especially if on a budget!

    23/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Cassandra M.
    I stayed here for one night recently after having stayed at a hostel for a week. Getting to the Creole Inn felt a little like getting home after a long journey. It's close to Frenchmen St., very quiet area, great hosts. I wish I could have stayed here for my whole trip but they were booked up.  The house is cute, traditional New Orleans. Our room was the Old Europe room on the ground floor. We loved it here.

    11/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Edie F.
    My fiance and I stayed at the Creole Inn last May and are planning on going back. Do not go here expecting a 5 star hotel, because that is NOT what it is! It is a quaint old house in an old neighborhood. If you don't feel like walking to the French Quarter, the bus stops on the corner about 2 blocks from the house. I found the shower a bit small, more like an RV shower, but hey, we had a private bathroom and room for less than $200 for a three night getaway. I mean, we didn't spend much time in the room anyway! We were too busy enjoying New Orleans, so we were only there to sleep and we got free coffee in the morning!

    The innkeepers will practically bend over backwards to make sure you are comfortable. We were there before check-in time, so they stored our luggage and took it to the room after it was cleaned. So, when we came in at night, our luggage was there, waiting for us.

    11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0