Recently, Steve and I spent a very comfortable and luxurious night at Hotel Mazarin on Bienville Street in the French Quarter section of New Orleans. Once we turned our car over to the valet, we were able to walk to all of the sights we were interested in seeing, such as Jackson Square, and the shops on Royal Street. One of our main destinations was dinner at Gumbo Shop, but that is a post for another day.
When you walk into the lobby of the Mazarin, you feel like you’ve stepped into a completely different world. It is so elegant, calm, peaceful and quiet — quite a contrast to all that goes on outside the door. The lobby is small but beautifully furnished, and the staff is eager to meet your every need.
There is a large courtyard with several stories of rooms wrapped around it. The lush plants as well as the large, noisy fountain attract happy birds. It makes a great location for quiet conversations and for breakfast after a restful night. The hotel has a fitness room, an elevator, and another smaller courtyard near the back with even more privacy.
Rooms provide every amenity you’ve come to expect in a hotel room, plus a large shower that is tiled with marble. Hotel Mazarin takes its offer of free wi-fi very seriously. Steve had some connection issues, and they sent a tech guy up immediately. The tech guy contacted the people responsible for the service, and in just a few minutes, Steve was up and running. From the reception desk personnel to the valet attendant to the porter to the breakfast servers, all were committed to providing a superior experience.
Breakfast, by the way, was exceptional. No plastic forks or styrofoam cups and plates. All of your breakfast favorites are offered, in addition to scones and great coffee.
Hotel Mazarin has a great website, so give it serious consideration for your next trip to NOLA.
And, by the way, the owners of Hotel Mazarin will offer you an exclusive discount if you reserve with them through this link — www.neworleanshotelcollection.com/big Enjoy the Big Easy!