Hotel Royal, New Orleans

The Hotel Royal in New Orleans was built in 1833 as a Creole Townhouse. It has since been converted for tourists wishing a more intimate location. The property has a longer history than the townhouse. The property is first mentioned in 1784, when Francisco Landreaux wanted part of the property from his parent's estate. At the time the property was worth 3,000 pesos. It took until 1833 for a home to be constructed on the area that Landreaux purchased. The 1940's saw the home as a private residence. The 1950's is when the home was first converted to a Laundromat. In the 1960's the hotel finally became a hotel called the Nobel Arms Inn. As part of the Melrose Group the hotel is now called the Hotel Royal. There was a room by room renovation of $500,000 in June 2001.

The guest rooms will differ somewhat depending on guests needs. However, many of the rooms offer a balcony suite with Jacuzzi, private bath and wet bar. The ceilings are high with furniture in the antebellum style. Each room has TV, air conditioner, clock radio, coffee maker, and iron and ironing boards, with internet access.

The hotel has meeting space for weddings, conferences, or other events. The space is set up with all the amenities one would need. Business can be conducted via the web when needed due to the equipment and internet access available.

The decor of the hotel offers wrought iron balconies, typical European white exterior, with arches. The interior lobby is darker than the rooms, with a dark stain on the wood, dark wall coverings, and furniture. It does give the appearance of luxury.

Hotel rates vary depending on the season. There are 30 rooms and suites available. Prices range from $95 to $350 per night depending on the room. The Courtyard room is the least expensive. The Junior Suite is about midway between the three room styles. The Balcony Suite is the most luxurious room available.

Hotel Royal is situated on Rue Royal Street. It is in the center of the French Quarter or Vieux Carre. From the hotels location a number of attractions can be reached such as the Louis Armstrong Park or Jackson Square. For closer activities the French Quarter has several options. The Aquarium of the Americas, antique shops, clothing shops, restaurants, and many museums can be found. The museums and art galleries are a large draw for some tourists. There is even a wax museum that might interest children. Outside of the French Quarter it is possible to take riverboat cruises or visit the casinos like Harrah's.

The Hotel Royal does not have a restaurant. Still, the French Quarter can supply a number of places to eat. Arnaud's, Gumbo Shop, Commander's Palace, or Emeril's are just a few restaurants guests can dine at while in New Orleans.

New Orleans has public transportation in the form of taxis, horse drawn carriages, and a trolley system. It is possible to take the public transportation from the Hotel Royal around the French Quarter.

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