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Hotel Villa Convento in New Orleans, LA

Hotel Villa Convento in New Orleans, LA

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Tucked away steps from the French Market and Mississippi River in the heart of the French Quarter, the Hotel Villa Convento is a warm and cozy guest house, offering guests the personal service of seventh-generation New Orleanians, the Campo's.

Rumored to be the legendary House of the Rising Sun, this building is a creole townhouse dating back to the 1830s. Enjoy a cup of chicory coffee on the courtyard or be encapsulated by the sounds and smells of the French Quarter sitting on a balcony -- a stay at the Villa Convento will provide many memories, not just a place to rest your head.

History

Established in 1981.

The below information was provided to the Campo Family by previous residents and their families, as well as available public records. Should you wish to correct or ammend these facts, we welcome your submissions.

Rumored to be the 'House of the Rising Sun,' the Villa Convento is a Creole townhouse built in or around 1833. The land was purchased from the Ursulines nuns. The first owner was Jean Baptiste Poeyfarre, who commissioned the construction of the building. His widow, ten years later, sold the property and building to Octave Voorheis. Mr. Voorheis lost this purchase in the depression following the Civil War, approximately in 1872.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.22

Address: 616 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70116
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Tue: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Wed: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Thu: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Fri: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sun: 6:00 am - 12:00 am

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Comments (27):

1. Kevin E.
This is, hands down, the best place to stay in the French Quarter if you value historic charm, great prices, quiet streets, a central location, & endearing owners & staff. A true gem of a hotel.

04/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Christina L.
Huge rooms, WONDERFUL STAFF!, no breakfast, but Croissant d'Or is your place to go across the street, and they have coffee, and some snacks and drinks for a dollar each. They have a free computer with very cheap printing too. Lobby and rooms are very airconditioned and wonderful against the heat. No, the hotel isn't the cleanest place I've been, but I'm 100% going to return there when I go back to New Orleans!

28/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Darren M.
This is the best bed and breakfast in the French Quarter for my money. In the middle of it all but in a quiet part of the Quarter. The Campo Family have been restoring this place for a while, it's extremely old.

Pluses:
- Across the street from bakery. Fresh croissants at 5am.
- inner courtyard to hang out in, but not too late!
- Haunted! I saw a ghost here! Honest!

Give it a try! It's cheap enough to not regret!

19/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Chris R.
I cannot articulate how I adore this charming hotel tucked into a quiet block in the French Quarter. I just stayed here a third time for Labor Day weekend and as usual had a lovely time. Its not the Ritz so don't expect to be in the lap of luxury; however, expect the beauty and splendor of an old New Orleans building with all the trimmings (iron laced balconies, courtyard, bare brick walls, antique fixtures, stunning rooftop views, friendly staff - both front desk and housekeeping, a one of a kind elevator, and a perfect location!) An easy walk to the insanity of Bourbon Street or a charming stroll down Royal Street. Across the street from a fabulous bakery. I've stayed in several other FQ hotels and this is my all-time favorite!

12/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Stan S.
This funky old hotel, which used to be an apartment for Ursuline nuns, is not for everyone as its getting a little shopworn, but is popular with the young European set. A quiet neighborhood in the quarter near the Convent. Prices at 79.00-215.00 includes continental breakfast (which we passed on) they also have garaged, off street parking for $6.00 a day, although its 5 blocks away.

31/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
6. Kristen F.
We really wanted to love this cute hotel/b&b a few blocks off Bourbon street, but if i could I'd give it 3.5 stars.
Pros:
- good location, quiet and off of Bourbon street but felt safe enough for myself and a girlfriend to walk around
- got a balcony room (for a pretty good price ~105/night) with a little table and chairs that we would have used more if it wasn't raining the whole time we were there!
- the customer service was nice and everyone I talked to there was friendly and helpful.
-wi-fi!

Cons:
- the elevator is NOT for the claustrophobic. or really anyone for that matter. after the first trip up (we werent sure we'd make it) we took the stairs the rest of the trip, even with suitcases.
- the toilet took about 5 minutes to reset each time we flushed, sink was next to the bed, and there were no extra towels as bath mats = awkward bathroom maneuvering.
- not sure if this place actually offered breakfast as no one told us either way
- the air conditioner is a window unit built into the wall and it is LOUD. you cant turn it off either (as far as I could tell). Though as a plus, the noise kind of lulled me to sleep...

All in all it is a good deal for the price and location and we had a nice stay, try it out if you don't mind an old, worn-in kind of hotel.

10/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
7. Nicole R.
Location, Location, Loaction! 2 blocks from Bourbon, across the street from bakery that has an ATM!

Service, excellent!

Hotel: Check out the elevator! Beds are comfortable. Love the courtyard. Hotel is quiet, would've thought we were the only ones there but they were completely booked!

Plan to return in 2014!

27/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Teri M.
I just got home after spending the weekend at Villa Convento and I can tell you I love this hotel !! For 5 years this is the only place I stay when in New Orleans !! This is not a big sterile chain hotel..it's fun, quirky and homey !! I love love love the staff !!  The location is wonderful, so easy to get to anything fun in the quarter. The court yard is so pretty and cozy....and perfect for having a bottle of wine to discuss your day !! This is the only hotel I have ever stayed in where the guests actually hang out in the lobby with the staff because the staff is so cool !! Warren, Vance and Barbara you guys are AMAZING !! Cant wait to come back for Gretna Fest !!!
  I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting the true New Orleans experience !!

06/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Miette T.
Outstanding service. The hotel provides free parking inside a garage a few blocks away. The hotel is just east of all the noise down in bourbon street and quiet enough to get plenty of rest. We stayed in the king suite room and it had a beautiful view. We will definitely stay here again.

04/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Leslie L.
I don't need to re-iterate what others have said about the property per se - all pretty accurate. Fine with a great old New Orleans vibe!!
My review of 5 is strictly based on the staff and their sincere warmth, helpfulness and unbelievable care for each guest! I have never had an experience so wonderful at a hotel! We wound up here purely by accident on Friday night of Labor Day weekend after our reservation was cancelled at one hotel and lost at another. It was a super busy weekend (huge convention) - so I walked the French Quarter and went in every hotel until I found the last 3 rooms at the Hotel Convento. It was fate!! Even though it was a holiday weekened and there were almost no rooms in town - they did not raise their rates for us and charged a normal fee for their last 3 rooms. They were sooo kind and helpful! They knew we had not eaten and even shared their dinner - some delicious homemade smothered okra and rice - with us (which was outstanding!). They let us charge our phones and wait on our friends (whose rooms they held before they even arrived - with no deposit!). They even went and parked the car for us in the garage down the street because it was so late! We pet their dog and drank a bottle of wine we bought down the street in the lobby until our whole party was there. Then they encouraged us to go on out to Bourbon Street since we were in NO - even though we were kinda beat and discouraged from all of our problems finding rooms, We had the best time ever!! Stayed out until wee hours (pretty good for some older adults!).
They were just awesome!! They all had smiles and such friendly demeanors! We will definitley stay there again!

02/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Justyna B.
We arrived for the first weekend of the Carnivale season(2/3/12). We were excited to see the first parade of the season the Krewe de Vieux (Saturday evening 2/4/12). I had no idea when I booked the hotel tha the last leg of the parade route goes right down Ursuline and our balcony (Room 201) gave us a great view of the whole thing. We loved the less touristy location because we love music and all the really fantastic music venues are within 2-6 blocks either along Decatur and a little further north east along Frenchmen street in neighboring Marigny neighborhood (BMC, Blue Nile the Spotted Cat, D.B.A etc).
Admittedly the hotel is on the older side and a bit dusty around the edges. Our room was the middle balcony room on the 2nd floor and had carpeting and smelled a little musty. The neighboring balcony rooms on the 2nd floor both have hard wood floors and didn't smell musty at all (I peaked in while the maids were cleaning). Slight dustiness aside, for the price and for the location I can't say anything bad about this place. Across the street you have the famous D'Or Bakery which has what I think are the best chocolate croissants in the US.
The only reason I'm giving this place 4 stars instead of 5 is due to the parking situation which requires toting a key back and forth to get your car out. Would be great if they would upgrade the garage door to work with the hotel keys or some other type of code. There was actually plenty of street parking right on Ursulines Street so we only had to use the garage 1 night to clear the street for the parade route. Overall fanstastic experience and kudos to the staff for being super friendly even though they deal with drunk tourists all day.

Side Note:  I think this place is right next door to Brad and Angelina's home...or used to be home..not sure as I'm not much of a celebrity hunter.

07/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Jessica H.
Hotel is cheap and in a great location. Decor is old and bed wasn't real comfortable but ya get what you pay for. The room was very clean. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Rooms have window a/c units which I suggest leaving on even when you are gone or it can get muggy in the room. There is no designated area in front of the hotel to park to unload so you have to stop in the street and unload fast if you want to drop stuff off. There is parking along the street but of course none was ever open.

I would have given 4 stars if it weren't for the parking debacle we had. They have free parking on a first come first serve basis. We called ahead of time to see if any spots where available because we were on a time crunch to get to the convention center. They said they did so we went to the hotel to get the key to park and then just walk to the convention center. Once we got to the garage to park there were in fact no spots open. So then we had to go back to the hotel to drop the key off as they only have 1 and try to find somewhere to park and get to the convention center in time. We wasted about an hr of time doing this and would have just gone straight to the convention center if we had known there was no room in their garage. (which is why we called ahead of time) If you only have 7 spots it really needs to be kept track of so this doesn't happen to others. Also, they told the people behind us also they could park in there so I know the same thing happened to them.

All in all I would stay here again because of the location and price. If you want a fancy updated place this isn't for you. If you want a budget friendly, New Orleans style hotel that is clean with no frills then this is your place. Also as I mentioned before the staff was very friendly and helpful which I appreciate... just keep track of your parking please!

04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. Hatti H.
Just got back and had been wanting to try this hotel for quite some time so I decided this was the trip!  Here goes!

This is a wonderful little hotel in the quiet end of the quarter.  
Plus's include being less than two blocks from the French Market and Frenchman Street.  Nice quiet little street.  Clean Rooms, super nice employees, and secure parking for your car.  Extra nice plus is being across the street from the bakery! And extremely reasonable prices!

Minus's - this is an older building so if you're looking for a super swanky spa hotel, this one is not for you.  It does have issues with peeling paint, there was mold on our ceiling, the AC runs constant (but that's better than not running at all), and I think a ghost was living in the TV (there during the Olympics so yes, had the tv going when we were in the room!). And the parking garage is self park and some of the spots are not easy to get in to; would work better with a rear wheel drive car!

Would I stay there again? Definitely!!!  If you are a party group looking to be close to the action this is not for you.  If you are someone looking to enjoy the ambience and life of the French Quarter, stay here.

06/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Robert F.
I just love staying here, is it the nicest place I ever stay.....no it isnt, but thats not what NOLA is about to me. The staff and owners are friendly and accomodating. We were given so much help and advice on things to see and do. Recomendations on places to dine, some of which we once liked and now may not be so good, they were not afraid to tell us. I think of this place as "Shabby Shiek" I kind of like that in a place to stay. The price is good, the rooms are clean. The people are friendly, what more could I really ask for at a reasonable price? We cant wait to go back, next year I hope!

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Jose G.
This place is somewhere between Hyatt and a Motel 6. You can't beat the price for the location that it is in. Barbara and Warren were really helpful. I would recommend this place to friends and family.

02/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Kate O.
I enjoyed my stay at this place.  I came with a group of 15 people and they were incredibly accommodating and welcoming.  

Pros: amazing staff, knowledgeable who really appear to enjoy their job...thnx Warren and Vincenzo.  Convenient location on the edge of the French quarter. Fabulous patisserie across the street.  

Cons:  friends room had a leaky roof, another room the toilet broke.  

This is a well worn hotel.  If you are looking for new, this isn't it.  If you appreciate friendly, easy comfort with good people this is the place for you.

30/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Rachael H.
For not a lot of money, you're right in the heart of the French Quarter (while remaining far enough away from Bourbon Street that you don't want to kill yourself). You'll get a good old-fashioned room. This is not where you'll play your xBox on the big screen or call for room service. This is a good place to sleep off the drinks from the night before.

Vincenzo is absolutely the best, as well as being so darling you want to kiss him the first time you meet. We dragged ourselves in that first night, and told him we wanted just one drink, one quiet drink, and where should we go? He pointed us to the perfect bar (Pravda) where we met Lucy, who then wrote down the best spots to go to, and we had a marvelous weekend, all of which was due to meeting Vincenzo in the first place. Can't rave about him enough.

29/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Valerie P.
Quiet, clean, and a fantastic location given the hotel's moderate price. The staff was also super helpful, whether it was recommending places for me to go running in the morning or arranging a veritable fleet of airport taxis for all of the people in my party. In fact, I wish I could give this place another star based on the staff alone!

Unfortunately, this hotel is quite run down. Large swatches of paint missing from the wall, light bulbs missing from lamps, carpet falling off of stairs, musty smells, and a shower that scalds you every time someone in a nearby room flushes a toilet. Now normally that stuff wouldn't have bothered me, and this rating would be up another star. (I'm no prima donna, and I get that when you're paying an affordable price for a fantastic location, there are going to be some trade offs.) But I happened to stay in one of the loft rooms, and while the king bed on the first floor was perfectly comfortable, the twin loft mattress that I wound up sleeping on was *awful*. After four nights on that thing my back was seriously unhappy, so minus a star for the bed.

Other things to note are that while some would refer to this place as a B&B it actually does not serve breakfast, although there is an adorable bakery across the street. Also, the parking garage is kind of a pain in the ass--the front desk keeps one key attached to a giant block of wood (think gas station bathroom) and the garage is a couple of blocks away, so the process of parking can take a while if the key is out when you need it.

In conclusion: A+ staff, A+ location, D- bed.

23/03/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. L M.
Awesome hotel!
5min walking distance to the french quarter and bourbon street.
This hotel is a typical New Orleans style, really cute with a patio at the back.
Rooms are clean but not brand new.
Staff is friendly and helpfull.
Free parking.

24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. K C.
Very similar to staying at your great grandmothers house. The rooms are decorated with OLD furniture. The bed is lumpy and creeks and shakes with every movement. Every morning my boyfriend and I wake up stiff and in the middle of the bed, having been sucked in by the sinkhole in the mattress. I'm pretty sure the mattress is older than I am and 100% sure the other furniture in the room was older than my mother. However, especially considering how old everything is, the room is impeccably clean.
You can't really beat the location of the hotel. All of the excitement is a short walk away, while the hotel is on a quieter street so once you do retire to your room for the night you can actually get sleep.
Would I stay here again? Probably not. There are a ton of other little hotels in the area as options. I wouldn't say there is anything magical about this place.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Edgar V.
Having been acquainted with NOLA for a long time due to many Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence visits, I had never stayed at the Hotel Villa Convento until my recent return.  It is located in a quieter part of the Quarter, which is a great thing since, once you're done being a hooligan, one tends to want a peaceful night's rest.

Unlike the massive convention hotels on Canal like the Marriott, Sheraton, and Hilton, the Villa is a quintessential Quarter hotel:  smaller, older, more personable, and has more "character".  I put that last qualifier in quotes since character can be good or bad, depending on the nature of the thing.

At first, I was unsure of how to rate the Villa:  it has a great location, the staff are all personable, but the rooms aren't what I would recommend to others.  Let's do some details:  

1.  Air conditioning:  Our room had no central air and a woefully outmatched window unit.  My impression is that the whole hotel runs on individual window units.  New Orleans is a humid place and I fully expect that when I'm out and about; when I'm in the room, I expect that the A/C will be able to dehumidify and cool the room.  This was not the case in our room.
2.  Interior cleaning:  Given the outmatched unit, the carpet can and will collect dirt.  If you wear a pair of white socks in the room, you'll be able to see how much.  But, perhaps, you'd rather not know.
3.  Bathroom:  Our light switch had a faceplate that didn't cover the entire electrical cutout - and it wasn't a recent project.  Unless you consider "recent" as being 20 years ago.  Shelf space is practically non-existent.  The black-and-white tile was a nice retro touch but the stray hairs left behind by the mops used by housekeeping were not.  Yuck.
4.  Plumbing:  The first morning after we got there, I was the first one up to take a shower.  I let the water run for a bit to warm up but it never cooperated.  A call to the front desk (on my cell phone - no phones installed in the rooms) brought the news that each room is fed by an individual boiler and the prior night's thunderstorm knocked out half of them.  Needless to say, I had a cold shower that morning before coming back into a too humid room.  My bit of good karma was warning my friend (Soap Opera Dude) that he was going to get a cold shower, rather than to just be surprised by it.

A silver lining to all of this:  I was motivated to hurry up and dress to explore the city's sights.  Of course, the downside was that I was dreading the return to the room at the end of the day.  A positive was that I only had 2 nights to stay.  Another positive was that I didn't pay for the room:  Soap Opera Dude booked and paid for it since he's stayed here over many years.  I believe that he paid around $130/night.

Okay, after writing it out, I think I can settle on my rating.  The location could blow and the staff could be surly but it is the room that wins all the marbles since it is where you spend most of your hotel time.  As such, I can say that I'd avoid staying here - the Marriott or Sheraton may be "corporate" but you'll have your standard "First World" room, air conditioning, and cleanliness.

14/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
22. Jim R.
I loved this old hotel! Great history!! Clean and comfortable bed! Staff was wonderful !!!

09/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Scott G.
I must say that my love for this place started weeks before I headed to the city because of the hotel staff who were simply amazing. I traveled to town with my two young sons 10-12 and the hotel helped me organize some amazing activities for the three days we were there. We opted for suite 400 which has a 180 degree view across half the French Quarter. It was a lovely little quirky hotel in the best place in town. The carpets could use changing in our room but apart from that it was a real jewel for those tired of the monotony of the big hotel chains.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Ideen S.
Charming boutique hotel with a lot of history (it used to be a brothel...ask Barbara!), that feels very authentic and cozy. Online booking was easy; and per a note that I included in my booking, they upgraded us room to a Courtyard room since we were celebrating a birthday.

The price was reasonably ($115/night excluding taxes), especially for the excellent location. It's in the French Quarters and close to all the action, but not smack dab in the middle of it all. So, you can easily get around and have your fun, and get your sleep. (Though I should mention that the walls are pretty thin, to the point that you can hear neighbors conversing late at night or in the morning).

And I have to note Barbara's awesome attitude. She's not "customer service oriented." That's something that people who don't give a shit have to forcibly present. She's innately hospitable. It's obvious, and awesome. Thanks for being so cool, personably, and friendly.

26/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Jennifer L.
We found this little gem online and I am so glad we did!  It is perfectly located in the French Quarter, walkable to almost everything, but far enough away from the crasiness of Bourbon street to actually get some sleep.

The hotel itself is charming and cute with a traditional New Orleans open air courtyard in the back.  It also has plenty of history, ask Barbara at the front desk for details! I suspect all of the rooms are a little different, fitting with an older hotel.  

The walls are a bit thin which means you can hear people talking in the courtyard in the morning or late at night. We had air conditioning.

Most importantly, Barabara at the front desk was awesome.  An early morning check in for recommendations of restaurants or things to do became mantatory on our trip.  She was always positve, super authentic, and a lot of fun.  She even shared a New Orleans'  unique birthday tradition, to make my birthday weekend just a little bit more special.

23/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. S J.
Everything was great UNTIL a cockroach ran across the floor!!! I reported it to the front desk and she stated "this is an old building."

Everything has been amazing but NOW I sleep with the lights on and I can't eat because I'm so nauseous from seeing the cockroach. NASTY!!!

25/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
27. Jack K.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PLACE TO STAY!!

My fiancée and friends stayed in a room for a few nights earlier this week. What an experience! First off its a historical hotel dating back to the 1830's. We stayed in a room in the courtyard and it was ever so joyous. The staff was very accommodating and extremely friendly and also helpful. They even helped us the best they could with finding places to check out for our first time in New Orleans. The price was very inexpensive compared to other hotels and historic hotels in the French Quarter. The room was very comfy too. We would not have had the unforgettable experience if it wasn't for this hotel!
There is also free parking too!

31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0