Equivest Avenue Plaza & Pro Spa

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Barber E. Lane on January 14, 2003

Best Things Nearby:
Everything that you go to New Orleans to see and do is within 30 minutes of this timeshare. It is located in the Garden District and the historic streetcars run down St. Charles Avenue, a main thoroughfare connecting the French Quarter, downtown, Garden Distict, and the shores of the Mississippi, right in front of the timeshare/hotel. You are out of the noise and hustle and bustle of the French Quarter's 24 hour days but still within about a 20 minute streetcar ride, which is very enjoyable. You can take a leisurely stroll on your own to tour the Garden District and the beautiful restored and not restored antebellum mansions.

Best Things About the Resort:
The parking in this area of New Orleans could have been a bit daunting, not to mention dangerous, but the valet parking started our visit off on a high note. This is an old building, like most things in New Orleans, but it is elegantly restored, though not stuffy. The timeshare unit we occupied was nicely furnished in period pieces, different in style, but comfortable. The bedroom was around a corner from the main living areas, which made it super quiet for naps or reading away from others wanting to watch TV or talk.

Resort Experience:
I felt as though I was a southern belle checking into a upscale hotel when entering the small lobby of the Avenue Plaza. The reception clerk was humble, polite, and accommodating to our wishes.

There always seemed to be a lot of coming and going of people whenever we walked through the lobby. It appeared that bus tours used this hotel as there were times that groups of 20 - 25 people would be milling about.

Off the lobby is Mr. John's Steak and Seafood Restaurant, a well-known local establishment that is noteworthy. There is a small concierge office off the lobby as well.

Upstairs in our unit we were pleasantly welcomed by a compact living room with large TV, sofa, and chairs that shared a room with a one wall mini kitchen with a small table and chairs. The appliances, though small in size, were ample for a vacation. There was an apartment size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and a small bar area.

To the right of the front door down a small S-shaped hallway was a bathroom and one bedroom. In the hallway was an extra storage and linen closet.

The bathroom was small, upgraded, but not luxurious at all. It met our needs but with nothing special to write home about. The bedroom was of average size, decorated in the heavier darker colors of the old South. It contained a queen sized bed, small desk and chair, second TV, and small closet. A nice touch was the overhead ceiling fan for stuffy hot New Orleans nights. Within hours of our arrival it was apparent that the air conditioning was not working correctly. Within minutes of a call to the front desk, a maintenance person arrived to repair it. We were nice and cool after that.

Windows in the bedroom and living room looked out over St. Charles Avenue and though we were initially concerned this might mean some noise, we were never bothered during our week's stay.

The timeshare also has a spa, but we did not partake of its pleasures - too many other things to see and do. Check-in and check-out went smoothly with no glitches.

Equivest Avenue Plaza & Pro Spa
2111 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130


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