by Amanda Geronikos
This isn’t your average Country Inn & Suites.
The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson New Orleans FQ looks like it was pulled from a page on Pinterest, with wood beam ceilings, exposed brick and stylish furnishings everywhere you look.
That’s because it’s located in a former warehouse in what’s known as the Warehouse District. (It’s not actually located in the French Quarter as the name suggests, but is less than a 10-minute walk away.) Located on famed Magazine Street, this particular warehouse once served as a printing press and liquor distribution center pre-prohibition, among other things. Be sure to check out the historic photos in the lobby.
Today, it’s a 155-room hotel that’s absolutely perfect for families. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, bicycle rentals, a small outdoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi. And spacious rooms and suites are stocked with mini-fridges and microwaves for storing/preparing snacks and small meals to fuel your family for explorations in the Crescent City.
Our Editor Loves
- Quiet location in old warehouse
- Complimentary breakfast daily
- Bicycle rentals
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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Guestrooms and suites are simple, yet modern, and provide all the conveniences of home: Serta mattresses, microwaves, mini-fridges, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi, plus all the usual suspects -- safes, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, and radio alarm clocks.
Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request; there's a charge of $25 per night for rollaways. Connecting rooms are also available with advance notice.
Note: Rooms are based on single or double occupancy, but there is no extra charge for children under age 18. Additional adults are $30 per night.
This is the most economical option for families. Standard rooms are equipped with one king or two queen-size beds. A rollaway bed or crib can be added to sleep a fifth guest, though it may be a tight fit.
King Executive Rooms
These rooms (of which there are three) feature nearly floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Magazine Street. They each come with one king bed and one sofa bed. A rollaway bed or crib can also be added to these rooms.
Each of the hotel's suites has a private bedroom with a king bed or two queen beds. There's also a sleeper sofa in the living room, meaning you can sleep up to six people. Bonus: Most of the suites overlook Magazine Street. The hotel has a total of 38 suites; 27 have one king bed and 11 have two queen beds.
Location: excellent for walking, not great if you need a cab. No one really seems to care if you get a cab or not, which is NOT good if you are needing to get to a restaurant or the airport. Service: Well meaning, but very inexperienced, young staff. NOLA is a relaxed place, but we had more attention from the docents in the WWII museum than the paid staff here. I'm not sure that the staff realizes what Hyatt visitors expect. Rooms: fairly nice, but soooo dark, no place to hang up anything, and not really that clean. Amenities: pretty good (but very short!) beds, nice towels, and the most scratchy, paper thin robes I have ever had! Problems: I really, really wanted a bath. We asked for a suite, just for that reason. The switch from the shower function to the bath function did not work, and in spite of me asking every single day for it to be fixed...no such luck. It was outrageously expensive (rates were almost 3 times their normal rate)-so I expected much, much more. Noise: Bar noise was extreme in an open format (old warehouse) property...past 1 am every night with actual screaming, shouting behavior. I know it's NOLA, but there needs to be limits in an open property like this-people can be politely asked to tone it down. Hyatt, again... this place needs serious work. (Two rooms for four nights.)
Room was immaculate and quiet. Staff, from valet to desk services to barkeeper - extremely professional yet sincerely kind and friendly. This is my permanent go-to hotel. I have traveled extensively and no where have I experienced such a special place. Traveling alone, I felt safe, secure, and cared for.
While the pool is small, it's all you need to relax and cool off after a busy day exploring the city -- especially if you're visiting in the summer, when temps typically reach the 90s.
The pool, which is about 4 feet deep, is located in the hotel's beautiful, shaded courtyard, where lush flowers and plants climb brick walls to create another quiet oasis.
There's a small book shelf in the lobby that's stocked with adult and children's books -- a perk you'll find at all Country Inn & Suites'. You can borrow the books for the duration of your stay or even keep them! You can also return them to any other Country Inn & Suites.
The hotel has a small selection of bikes to rent for a fee. They're available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, kids' bikes/seats can't be rented, so the bike rentals are only ideal for families with children who know how to ride.
The hotel's complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast is served in the lobby each morning, and includes both hot and cold items -- eggs du Jour, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, cereal and the like. Make-your-own waffles are also a treat for kids.
Breakfast is served 6 to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and 7 to 10:30 a.m. on weekends. Highchairs are available for little ones.
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All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary to all guests, though you can purchase high-speed access for $3.95 per day.
There's a small gym next to the pool, with a few cardio machines and one multi-use strength training machine. The fitness center is open to guests 24 hours a day.
Short Stature Kit
Unique to Country Inn and Suites is the Short Stature Kit, which includes a step stool, poking rod and more. If you need one, just ask upon arrival.
There's a small market behind the check-in desk, which sells toiletries, snacks and souvenirs; it's open 24 hours.
The Art of Smart Timing
New Orleans is -- as you'd guess -- busiest during Mardi Gras and the months following it through June; it's also busy in the fall, from around October 1 through Thanksgiving.
Summer is actually an ideal time to visit in terms of crowds and rates (if you can manage the heat). No matter when you go, try to time your visit with one of the city's many festivals.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is about 30 minutes from the Country Inn & Suites.
The hotel isn't technically located in the French Quarter, but is less than a 10-minute walk away from all the fun, including Jackson Square and the famous beignets at CafÃ© Du Monde. It's also close to the Aquarium of the Americas and Louisiana Children's Museum -- also within walking distance.
You really don't need a car to get around New Orleans -- you can easily get everywhere on foot or by streetcar ($1.25 each way). But if you have your own vehicle, valet parking is available at the hotel for $35 plus tax per night.
For Mom and Dad
Sneak downstairs to Stacks on Main -- appropriately named for the hotel's location in a former newspaper factory. Stacks, a fairly new establishment, specializes in handcrafted cocktails and specialty coffees and espressos. Flatbreads, artisanal cheese plates and other light bites are also served.
It's open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with happy hour specials offered from 5 to 7 on weeknights.