Back at the end of June, I flew solo for the first time in forever and landed in the familiar New Orleans airport. Instead of being met by my dad to head across Lake Pontchartrain for a visit with family, I hopped a shuttle bus to Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter where I was attending iRetreat 2014 – my first blogging conference.
While I could have stayed at my parents house and driven in each day, I thought it would be more relaxing (and fun!) to stay where most of the attendees were staying. No need to drive through traffic or worry about where to park…just time to focus on the sessions, getting to know other bloggers, and having a wonderful respite each night. A little pampering is what I wanted and that’s exactly what I got.
Hotel Mazarin is considered to be a boutique hotel. No ‘box’ feel like many of the big chains. As a member of the STASH Rewards system , I earned points to use later towards a night (or weekend) away. And, there were things like a helpful concierge in the main lobby. This has me feel like I am in a truly upscale establishment without having to pay the higher price.
Hotel Mazarin is practically adjacent to Bourbon Street a few blocks from Canal Street. Within a few minutes, you can be grabbing a bite to eat and taking in live music. Each guest is provided with a complimentary drink coupon to use at 21st Amendment at La Louisiane.
I stayed in a Superior King room on the top floor which opened onto the courtyard. With the summer rains, they had a tarp system in place to keep the courtyard usable for the conference which meant a less stellar view. Any concerns about security were put at rest when I saw that an active card is needed to access the guest room spaces.
The room was quite spacious. There was enough space between the door and bed for me to easily do yoga routines.
The cabinet below the large flat screen TV contains both a small safe and a microsized fridge perfect for keeping beverages cool or storing some snacks. The bed was quite comfortable and allowed for me to be rested each day.
Double sinks in the divided bathroom space are a lovely touch for couples who want to get ready at the same time. One spot has a lighted makeup mirror attached the wall, perfect for the ladies to primp.
The walk in shower and toilet are in a separate space from the sink area with a door for privacy. I adored unwinding under a stream of hot water in the shower!
Overall, this was a phenomenal experience and I would definitely consider a return visit. I think my boys would be game, too, with the complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. (Guests can add a custom made omelet for a fee.)
Here’s a video presentation of the Deluxe King Room at Hotel Mazarin:
Have you visited New Orleans, especially the French Quarter?
Do you enjoy staying in boutique hotels rather than big chains?