Weaving through the busy streets of downtown New Orleans is not my idea of a relaxing experience, but it was worth it when we arrived at the Renaissance New Orleans Art Hotel, located in the former Warehouse District, which is now a bustling hub of art museums and restaurants. We were greeted by the Valet, who explained the hotel has valet parking only, which runs around $38 a day with taxes.
Housed in a former warehouse, the Renaissance Arts Hotel retains the former charm of the original building while offering all the modern amenities I expect in a hotel. I have to give a huge shout out to the staff at the front desk who went beyond their duties to give me directions to a local attraction I wanted to visit. Not only did they Mapquest the directions and print them for me, they called and confirmed them to make sure they were correct.
By the time we arrived, I was ready for some space and I found it in our suite. We had a living area, complete with a mini fridge, a flat screen television for the kids and a pull out sofa bed, two bathrooms, a large comfy bedroom and two closets. When I discovered the second flat screen in the bedroom, I was in heaven. I stayed in the bedroom and watched HGTV, which no one else in my family will watch, while the rest of the family watched Comedy Central in the living area.
We had just arrived in our room and began to unpack when I heard a knock on the door. Room service had stopped by to deliver us an apple, a bottle of water and some chocolates. I left the apple for the rest of the family and took some chocolates and water with me to enjoy as I watched my HGTV. After all, isn’t vacation supposed to include some “me time?”
Because the rest of the family doesn’t always have the same idea about vacation as I do, I was happy to find the roof top pool for the kids. I could people watch or relax in the hot tub while the kids splashed each other and used up their extra energy. Should I have felt the urge to use up my extra energy, a fitness center is also located on the 5th floor.
My idea of spending time at a hotel includes relaxation so I was pleased to find that the bathrooms had soft , fluffy towels, Aveeda toiletries, and a rainwater showerhead. After I finished my long shower, I could return to the sitting area, put on the plush robe I found in the closet and partake of some of the coffees available for brewing. So maybe my relaxation time was short lived, but I enjoyed every second of it!
The only problem I had was with the internet. I had several deadlines due while I was gone and in-room internet cost $12.95 a night. I didn’t want to spend that much for the short amount of time I needed to be online so I tried to use the business center. It was very nicely done, but it blocked several of the sites I needed to access, although they did have printers and a section exclusively for printing flight boarding passes. Another feature I liked was the video checkout. I simply turned on the television, pushed a few buttons on the remote and within a minute I was checked out and on my way.
The Renaissance Arts Hotel is located on Tchoupitoulas Street, near the French Market. Be sure to check out the second floor art gallery and the artistic décor throughout the hotel and have a meal at the Rene Bistrot while you are there.