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Mary Esther, Florida
October 8, 2004
Entering the front parlor with its brilliant crystal chandeliers and antique mirrors, you feel you have stepped back in time for a visit with a favorite elderly aunt. Guest rooms are very small, but have high, vaulted ceilings; antique furnishings; fireplaces; stained glass windows; and oriental rugs covering the original hardwood floors. Modern touches include private baths (not the case at many area bed and breakfasts), central air and heat, cable TV, and internet access. Guests may enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and morning newspaper in their room, the parlor, the upstairs balcony, or courtyard patio.
The Cornstalk is located one block off Bourbon Street. There is also a "party courtyard for hire" across the street, so be prepared for some noise especially on weekends. It’s the price you pay for authenticity close to the action. My solution: invest in a good pair of earplugs - they have saved many a night’s sleep in hotels around the world. For added insurance, request a room in the back away from Rue Royal. Rates range from $75 to $185 except during Mardi Gras and other special events. If you want to step back into the past, this is your place! (www.cornstalkhotel.com)
From journal Discovering the REAL New Orleans
August 15, 2003
We stayed in the first room inside the front door and you could hear horse footsteps all night long. Instead of being annoying this was actually rather peaceful. It gives the feeling of stepping back in time. Rooms farther inside the house are available that would probably remove you from the noise outside. The rooms were small, but comfortable. The bathrooms were the same, but it was very clean. You can also arrange to have them bring you breakfast in bed and they will take your tray away when you're finished.
There is no parking close by. What we did to handle this is drop all of ur belongings outside and parked for the weekend down at the Riverfront. We had no problems, and the price for parking was comparable to the valet services of the other hotels in the area. In this city there really is no need for a car unless you're going out to explore.
From journal Weekends in the French Quarter