This post about how you can Patronize Independent Hotels and Earn STASH Hotel Rewards contains affiliate links for STASH and iRetreat and will earn me a credit on my own STASH account. However, all opinions and reflections are my own.
Do YOU know what it means to miss New Orleans? Having grown up on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, I DO know what it means and wish I could get back to visit family more often. I was married in my hometown, had my reception at an old plantation in eastern New Orleans, and spent my first two nights as a married woman in a quaint hotel in the French Quarter before departing to San Antonio for a short honeymoon. There is something wonderful about staying in the thick of things as you can better experience the local culture.
In the past few years, our family travel has consisted of visiting family members and staying with them. And, since we purchased the RV almost 2 years ago we visit different areas of Alaska in our ‘moving hotel’’.’ But, when we lived in the ‘lower 48’ we always had overnight stays in hotels. This happened either when traveling long distances by car to see family OR when my husband attended his annual conference in a location we could more easily take the whole family. While we had certain favorites for the quick overnight stays on route, I found that those times where we stayed in an independent hotel were quite memorable.
STASH Hotel Rewards: Patronize Independent Properties and Earn Free Stays
I recently learned about STASH Hotel Rewards which is a loyalty program consisting of over 200 properties (including boutiques, spas and resorts) across 38 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands with locations coming soon in Turks and Caicos. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. are just a few of the major cities with option available. But, it is the New Orleans Hotel Collection which has me waxing nostalgic for home.
“At Stash, we believe in the happiness producing power of traveling to places that convey a unique and interesting story — places with soul. It’s a belief we share with the independent hoteliers and the independently-minded travelers our company was created to serve.”
If you join STASH Hotel Rewards, you will earn a base of 500 points and then accrue 5 points per dollar spent with each registered stay at an establishment in the program. How many points you need to cash in for a stay depends upon the hotel and dates you select. Unlike some programs, there is no blackout periods, expiration of points or fees to be a member.
STASH Hotel Rewards: Highlighting the New Orleans Hotel Collection
This year I am planning on attending at least one blogger conference and my yearning to be back in New Orleans has me seriously considering iRetreat this June. This conference is sponsored by Double Duty Divas and is being held at the Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter. (Stash Hotel Rewards has partnered with iRetreat and you can use IRETREATEARLYBIRD for 20% off your conference pass.)
They offer 102 brilliant and spacious rooms which preserve New Orleans’ signature charm. In the heart of this hotel you will find the French Quarter’s most elegant courtyard with European style fountain as its centerpiece. Within in minutes of stepping outside, you are in the the heart of New Orleans with galleries and shops on Royal Street or the infectious beat of Jazz music on Bourbon Street. Amenities include free wireless internet and daily deluxe breakfast for guests as well as discounted travel to and from the airport.
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
This boutique hotel featuring 111 rooms in the French Quarter is truly one of a kind. The Dauphine Orleans features buildings that date back to the early nineteenth century, such as our Audubon breakfast room where John James Audubon painted his Birds of America series from 1821-22 while residing at the Audubon Cottages.
A palm-filled French Quarter courtyard beckons you to relax in the shade or bask in the sun poolside at our saltwater pool. Guests also receive complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, Wi-Fi access, in-room bottled water and local calls during their stay. Just a short walk to the New Orleans streetcar lines, Bourbon Street and the Mississippi riverfront, this hotel puts you in easy reach of all major New Orleans attractions.
My husband is 95% certain that THIS is the hotel we patronized for our first 2 nights as a married couple. He very well might be right, although I would need my receipt or other memento to be 100% certain. Considering it was almost 20 years ago, I doubt I’ll find the receipt.
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Have you visited New Orleans before or have it on your bucket list?