The Omni Royal Orleans is full of class, elegance, style, but really, what this hotel is all about is location.
Location, location, location!
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, there’s no place else you should even consider staying if you want to be in the center of it all. I mean, you can easily walk to all of your favorite places, right from your hotel room door, and seriously, what more can you ask for?
There are a number of different room options at the Omni Royal Orleans – from very small, petite rooms with a queen size bed, to large, over-the-top suites. We opted for the larger king bed room, with a balcony that overlooks Royal Street. These rooms are pricey, but if you’re already splurging to stay here, the extra cost to upgrade to a balcony room is worth it. Be sure to request one that faces Royal Street (vs St. Louis Street), if you’re looking for views with the most action.
And here’s what I mean about the hotel’s superb location, and it being worth the cost in upgrading to a balcony room… Imagine relaxing in your hotel room, or sitting on your private balcony (technically called a galley), overlooking Royal Street, with the sounds of the French Quarter coming in through your slightly ajar french door. That’s what staying at the Omni Royal Orleans is all about. We heard everything – from electronic violin and smooth jazz, to a full big band – complete with tap dancer – playing on the street directly below us. Fabulous.
If you want to stay in the center of it all, this is where you go. Still, even with twice daily housekeeping, the Omni Royal Orleans is a far cry from a luxury hotel. Don’t expect to find luxurious bathroom amenities (I get it – it’s difficult to put double sinks in an old building that already has small rooms, but what about a rainhead shower? Even the super-old Hotel Le St James in Montreal incorporated heated floors into their old, historic rooms!). Anyway, there was nothing about our room (except for the balcony), that classified it as being worth the cost (even with a discounted promo rate we found online, it still cost upwards of $700 for two nights). However, the biggest downfall? There’s no spa. My tired feet were longing for a massage after a long day of strolling around the French Quarter, and by day two, after touring all of Oak Alley, I was left wanting. I almost headed to the Ritz just to satisfy my aching body. Instead, I decided to head to the Omni’s rooftop pool. Having a pool in a French Quarter hotel is a rare gem. It’s an awesome amenity to have, and the observation deck is amazing. The views are stunning. While it is certainly nice to have a pool, considering the location (again, being in an old building in the French Quarter), it was a fight to get a lounger. We ended up not even going in because there was no place to sit. There’s no poolside service, either (although there is a bar and small restaurant nearby). I included a picture of the pretty pool from the Internet, because I couldn’t get close enough to snap a shot myself. Anyway, we’ll just move on to pictures from the observation deck, because they’re awesome. You can see everything from up there!
Truth be told, Omni Hotel’s still haven’t won me over (also see here and here). Staying at one seems to always be more hassle than it’s worth, even with the complimentary morning beverage and Internet (when they don’t accidentally charge for it anyway). However, their locations, especially this one, just can’t be beat. If you want to experience even a little of the French Quarter – stay here, and if you’re already paying to stay here, splurge and upgrade to a balcony room overlooking Royal Street.
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