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We just got back from New Orleans last week. After visiting, I fully believe everyone should experience New Orleans at least once! When researching hotels in New Orleans, we knew we wanted to stay close to all the action in the French Quarter. We landed on the St. James Hotel on Magazine Street.


The Location

The location of this hotel couldn’t be better. You are right in the French Quarter and close to so many things! Uber rides were only about $10 to get to nearby attractions like Frenchman Street and the historic Jackson Square. We did pay a bit more to see the Tree of Life out at Audubon Park, but it was worth it. Bourbon Street was also within walking distance.


The Rooms at St. James Hotel

We stayed in a King Bedroom at St. James Hotel. I loved how bright and spacious it was! We had plenty of room for our bags and items. The bathroom was a good size too, with a nice shower head. The bathroom counter didn’t have a lot of space, so I ended up using the desk in our room as a vanity.

The view from the hotel wasn’t much – we literally had a view out to the parking lot that we parked in across the street. If that is important, this hotel might not be for you, but we didn’t care about that. The street outside of our hotel was loud at times in the middle of the night. My husband slept through it, but I did hear some traffic and other commotion. I went right back to sleep though afterward.


Dining

There are many places to dine at within walking distance of the St. James Hotel. The Chophouse is located in the hotel and across the street, there is the Bon Ton Cafe, an upscale dining spot. Just down the street, there is The Ruby Slipper Cafe where you can have an amazing brunch (but be prepared to wait). Canal Street is within walking distance and we had a great breakfast one morning at Creole House Restaurant and Oyster Bar. Our waiter was very talkative and friendly. There is also a market on Canal Street where you can pick up some water (an essential!) and snacks if needed. Be prepared – they are more pricey than normal, but the convenience is worth it. And yes, there is a Cafe du Monde located within walking distance at the Riverwalk outlet mall!


Amenities

The doorman brought our bags up to our room on a cart for us which was nice because mine was heavy (still have an over-packing problem, y’all). There is a parking lot across the street which was an amazing find for us! We were so thankful to have our car close in case we wanted to get around. There is access to a pool and additionally, a nearby gym, which we didn’t end up using because of the amount of walking we did. My personal favorite was the chilled lemon water they had in the lobby. It was so refreshing to come in and have a small glass after being out in the blazing heat and humidity.


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