on February 13, 2011
When planning for this trip, finding decent accommodations at a good price was paramount. Given that we do much of our vacationing through timeshare ownership, checking to see what might be available on the various timeshare networks was my first choice. We were fortunate to find the Quarter House available through Dial-an-Exchange (DAElive.com). The one bedroom timeshare condo was just $129 for a WEEK! Even though our stay would only be for three nights, this was a steal. I don't think we could have found a Days Inn or Super 8 for much under $75 or $80/night.The Quarter House has a good reputation within the timeshare community, so I felt confident in booking here. I will say that there are many in the Trip Advisor forums that report less than favorable experiences. My honest opinion is that any urban location can have the types of issues they report, so I pretty much take negative reviews with a grain of salt.As for our experience, our rental was for a week starting on a Friday. We arrived to town around noon so we left our luggage with the front desk while we went out for the afternoon, coming back at the 4:00pm check-in time. Our unit was ready and they brought our luggage up to us.The unit itself was nicely decorated largely with the interior decor you would expect in New Orleans' French Quarter. The living area was a large open area with full sized kitchen appliances (refrigerator, range, dishwasher) plus microwave and other kitchen necessities like a coffee maker.Furniture included a queen-size sleeper sofa, sitting chair and a two person dinette. The television was a bit on the small size, being limited to fitting inside the entertainment center.The bedroom also had a queen-sized bed plus dresser, nightstand and another television on a small table. The bathroom was connected to both the living room and bedroom and had a jetted tub with over shower and a basic marble countertop sink. Bathroom amenities were from Bath & Body Works ("Rainkissed Leaves") and included soaps, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.Other resort amenities included free WiFi inside all units and a very small "dipping" pool along with a two person hot tub in the central courtyard. The front desk personnel were available and helpful in assisting guests in planning tours of the area.Speaking of tours, there is generally no need for a rental car given that parking is terrible and expensive. This resort charges $18/night for parking. The price of taxis is very reasonable, including the trip to/from the airport ($33 each way, flat rate, for two people). Tours are easily scheduled with convenient pick-up service at hotels throughout the city. In addition to the mega tour operator Grayline Tours, there are a lot of small business operators providing visitors with trips to the swamps and plantations this area is known for. The front desk folks can help you make arrangements for you.One thing that folks need to be aware and tolerant of is noise. As with any hotel located in a big city, and especially one with a 24 hour a day entertainment center, you can expect there to be street noise whether it be trash trucks at 7:30am or loud music will into the wee hours of the morning. We also had to be tolerant of drunks coming "home" in the middle of the night being loud in the hallways. The good news about the location of the Quarter House is that is it not in the center of all of the action of the French Quarter. It is located just a block from Canal, which is considered to be main edge of "the Quarter" . . . and two full blocks from the world famous Bourbon Street.All in all, it was a very good stay with plenty to see and do within walking distance including some very nice restaurants!
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