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Federal City Inn & Suites in New Orleans, LA

Federal City Inn & Suites in New Orleans, LA

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Located inside the Federal City development, the Federal City Inn and Suites is one of the most convenient and per diem-friendly hotels near downtown New Orleans. Our comfortable and clean Federal City New Orleans hotel accommodations are perfect for the budget-conscious traveler visiting the Federal City Marine offices, town center or even the French Quarter, which is just a ferry ride away. Whether you are doing business within Federal City or visiting the local attractions , we welcome you to your home away from home.

 

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Rating: 3.27

Address: 740 Herbert Drive, New Orleans, LA, 70114

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    Comments (11):

    1. Christina F.
    Reasonably priced inn that is a short ferry ride or driving distance from the French Quarter. Since we are vegetarian, we decided on staying at a location with a full kitchen, especially since NOLA is not known for being a vegetarian-friendly city. My only initial apprehension about a hotel with a kitchen was the possibility of bugs. However, we found this inn to be very clean and didn't encounter any critters during our week long stay. Like many extended stay motels, room service (e.g. cleaning, bed linen service) is offered at a fee although towels and toilet paper are replenished as requested on a daily basis. Trash is disposed of too. Before driving to the motel, I would advise calling since the site is located on an old Navy base and your GPS will not get you there correctly, if you punch in the street address. We found the check-in and cleaning staff to be very hospitable. I would recommend this inn for those seeking a hotel w/ a kitchen. Fridge is not full-size although it is definitely larger than a standard dorm-fridge. Electrical stove worked well. Cookware and flatware were available w/i the cabinets although we went to local Dollar Tree to purchase dish soap and sponge. Credit union ATM is about two blocks away which was hugely convenient. WI-FI is free and of good quality. I was able to stream movies from my Netflix account on my laptop and listen to internet radio w/o interruption.

    25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Brian D.
    I give this place four stars, not because its a four-star property, but because its relatively inexpensive ($75 military/governemnt rate), relatively safe in a not so safe part of town, relatively clean and well maintained.  Its on Federal City which is the old Algiers Navy Base adjacent to the Marine Corps building and the future New Orleans Maritime and Marine Academy.

    27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. David L.
    Fairly priced and a $20 cab ride to the french quarter is A-OK by my standards. We were on vacation and just needed a place to rest our heads between all the drinking and eating, so this place worked out for us. The place a clean and quiet, except for NYE when a bunch of drunk folks were yelling down the hallway. The lady up front was very helpful and was kind enough to generate a list of local spots to hit up. Overall a decent stay for a economical price. Normally I would rate this place a 3 star but the excellent service of the staff definitely bumped it up to a four.

    09/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. William G.
    Recently went to NOLA with some friends on an impulsive road trip. We couldn't find a place anywhere because it was a holiday weekend. We then stumbled across this place and it turned out to be a great deal. Huge rooms with a kitchen. It's very close to the French Quarter district and certain cab companies will give you a straight dollar amount ($18) to take you right to Bourbon St. You can also walk to the free ferry ride which takes you across the river right to the heart of everything. Ended up being a great deal and the rooms were very reasonably priced.

    01/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Michael J.
    I used to frequent this establishment when i visited home. The price used to be DOD oriented and usually 65.00 a night. Since my last visit two years the place has changed name and ownership to a private owner. The maintenance has suffered. There were 3 lights in my room that did not work, there was a dirty towel behind my bathroom door and the room was dirty.

    Inside of the cupboards was food from the last tenant and the fridge was caked with ice. The prices have shot up 112.00 on my visit. I dont believe this is a fair price since the quality is horrible now. I would recommend the holiday express inn unless you have to be at this place.

    13/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. Eddie F.
    Luckily my girl and I got this place at $63 per night, thanks to Hotwire.  For the regular $90-plus per night, it's not even close to worth it.  The first issue is the property is dark and creepy.  If you're not familiar with Federal City, you'd probably think you're driving into the Twilight Zone.  Then, we get there with a few bags only to find out there's no elevator.  The good thing is that the desk agent was more than understanding and helped us carry our bags to our room.  OK, I understand it's old military housing but if you're going to market to civilians for more than $90 per night, you need to get an elevator installed.

    The rooms are nice and spacious but there was a musty smell--not good when you have the lady with you.  Realizing that this place is normally $90-plus per night, I couldn't help but notice that the stairs were dirty, there was a hole in the staircase wall, the paint job is sloppy and the grass wasn't even cut.

    The most annoying thing was listening to the LOUD housekeeping staff one morning.  All I could think was, "It's a good thing we didn't want to sleep in this morning.  That would be impossible."  On top of that, when my lady and I passed them in the hallway, they looked at us like we gave them the one-finger salute.

    If this place were priced at a more appropriate amount, say $40 to $60, my review would be much different.  But to ask folks to pay more than $90 is a joke.

    01/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    7. Alexandra A.
    So we booked this hotel for one night on Mom's Day Weekend. It's a decent place to stay if you're driving. It's affordable as compared to the French Quarter and CBD and parking is plentiful. The lobby is clean and charming. The front desk clerks are very friendly and accommodating. Our second-floor room was large and clean with two double-sized beds, a mini-kitchenette and standard bathroom. And the beds are super comfortable. The hotel is fairly quiet.

    Based on just the hotel, I would've rated it 4-star -- a decent stay for the money. By the way, there are no elevators, so if you're booked on any floor above the second floor, prepare for a bit of a work out.

    Logistically --without access to a car--it's a bit of a nightmare. A cab from Armstrong Airport to this site takes about 35 minutes and costs about $55.00. Located in a decommissioned military base in Algiers, it's isolated without much in the way of stores or food venues. Therefore, any access to NOLA comes down to three options: (1) a car, (2) ferry or (3) cab.  If you're in a car, you're good. As for ferry access, you'll be using the Algiers/Canal Street Ferry. Unfortunately, the ferry now ends service around 8 pm and costs $2/passenger (cash only).  Also the Ferry is about a 30 minute walk from the hotel or $10 cab drive.  After 8 pm, you must rely on cab service (the front desk will call for you).

    A cab to the French Quarter costs about $21 (cash only). A cab from the French Quarter can cost between $21.00 to anything ridiculous, but these take credit cards. unfortunately for us, they were filming Terminator 5 (damn you, Hollywood!), so traffic was backed up for miles even at midnight.

    Honestly, a hotel-run shuttle would be a blessing. Or spend the extra money to stay in the Quarter, it would probably be cheaper and less of a hassle.

    15/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    8. Rachelle F.
    When I saw that this hotel was 2/3 cheaper than the hotels on the French Quarter and still a very decent hotel, I booked it immediately. I'm so happy I did. Federal City Inn is just across the river from the French Quarter in an abandoned military base. It was hauntingly quiet which I didn't mind since I was just there to sleep. After my long day in the French Quarter, the queit hotel was a welcome break. I love how large the room was, their normal room is huge with a pull out bed and a kitchenette and dining area. I was surprised to see a fridge, sink and microwave. This would be a great place for an extended stay.

    There really isn't anything luxurious about this hotel, but it was clean and well kept. Only downside was that there was no elevator, but there was easy access to stairs from the front lobby.

    The check in clerk was very helpful. He reviewed my list of restaurants and pointed out which ones he thought were best. His suggestions were great.

    Tip: Be very careful not to rely on GPS to get here or get to the French Quarter. I had to find cross streets nearby to get me into the vacinity of the hotel, and when I put the restaurant address in from the French Quarter, my GPS took me a very long way around (about 20 miles out of the way). We later discovered that we had to go the opposite direction to find the entry that led to the bridge. It will be worth your time to stop and ask a local for good directions to get across the river quickly.

    18/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Stormy R.
    I booked this through Priceline and it was around $50/night+fees.  Its located on a decommissioned Navy base.  It was quiet, and not much nearby, but I wouldn't call it creepy.  When we checked in the desk person said that she couldn't change our room to a double since we'd booked through Priceline.  Doesn't seem like it would have been that difficult, but who knows.  It didn't kill me having to sleep in the same bed as my husband for a few nights.

    The room was clean, but smelled strongly of carpet cleaner.  I'm sensitive to artificial fragrances, so that was a bit annoying.  

    The rooms have fridges, sinks, microwave, and a stove.  With New Orleans booming foodie scene, I had no intentions of cooking, but it's great for people looking to cook and eat in the room to save money.  

    The major downfall was the distance from everything.  There aren't many business located nearby and the drive to get anywhere was 20+ mins.

    13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    10. Jami P.
    Luckily we got the military rate for this place, or I would have been upset. Actually, I still think it's a bit overpriced but after traveling the last two days, I'm happy to have a bed.

    Staying here until we find a permanent residence. Hence the kitchenette is a nice feature and they take pets so I'll only complain a little. No elevators n confusing layout, plus dreary decor make it feel very basic. The biggest problem for me is that it's not very clean. Bathroom has random hairs, mirror is dirty and one pillow is stained yellow - yuck! I made the mistake of taking a bath n noticed the mold and scum under the soap holder. Obviously not cleaned in a long time. Wish I had bleached the tub before I sat in it, hope I don't catch anything.

    09/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    11. Michelle B.
    clean, basic accommodations. friendly staff. kitchenette. comfortable bed unless you got two twin beds. They are way too small for a couple.

    Overall, good base if you are there just to shower and sleep.

    no elevator or stores around. but a good distance to everything if you have a car.

    best feature: much more inexpensive compared to other hotels closer to the French Quarter.

    04/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0