Hotel Review: Courtyard New Orleans
I recently stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Near the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. We were there for the second to last weekend of Mardi Gras. I found that the prices were significantly lower for this weekend compared to the final weekend of Mardi Gras. This was one of many trips I will be taking before the beginning of May while Marriott is giving Double Elite Nights and 1,000 Bonus Bonvoy points per night stayed. Click HERE to register for this promotion.
I booked my room on Marriott.com. In total, I paid $647.12 for two nights. In order to secure this price I was required to prepay for the room. The price was so high because it is Mardi Gras season. Prices for the following week were over $500 per night. The hotel was also not accepting points at the time I booked the room. Even if they were accepting points I wouldn’t have earned the Double Elite Nights or the 1,000 Bonus points per night that they are currently offering.
This Courtyard hotel is one of 20 Marriott hotels in the New Orleans area, they also have two other Courtyard locations. I had a 2 Queen Bed room located on the St Charles Ave side of the building. We were on the 2nd floor which is the only floor that features balconies. It is a very basic no frills room, with a very small bathroom. The highlight of the room is the balcony. They were only charging $25 more for a balcony. On both nights we stayed, the parades were going past our room till after 12:00 AM.
The Lobby featured a large L shaped bar that served breakfast, lunch and dinner. There were multiple sitting areas and table to eat at as well. The city of New Orleans put a mask mandate in place for Mardi Gras and they strictly enforced wearing a mask indoors while not eating or drinking in the lobby. While in New Orleans I visited several bars that asked to see my Vaccination card upon entry and wearing a mask wasn’t necessary.
The hotel was serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. For Marriott Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador members they were offering a credit of $10 per day per person. I would have preferred getting free breakfast as an amenity but that is going away from most hotels unfortunately. They did have a menu of affordable options. The only meal I had at the hotel was breakfast which cost about $12 for a breakfast sandwich and coffee. They were selling beer at the bar for $10 but they had bottles of beer available at the market for only $7.70.
The hotel is located on St Charles Ave. This is a perfect Mardi Gras location for the parade route. There were parades starting at 1:00 PM and ending after 12:00 AM on the days we were there. I imagine for some people it may be difficult to sleep with the loud noise outside but it wasn’t an issue for me. It is a great location as it is only a few minutes away from some great restaurants the Caesar’s Harrah’s casino and the National World War 2 Museum.
This Courtyard hotel had a great location for Mardi Gras but I would have preferred a higher end hotel. Since this tripped was planned only a few weeks before, the options were limited. I am already starting to plan a return trip for next year and am considering some of their better properties.