I ate. Lord, I ate. I heard some of the best music I've ever heard, so much so it is almost impossible to turn on the radio now and listen to it without wishing it was the amazing jazz that my good friend's band played every evening. And most of all I had a great time with some of the closest people in my life, short of my mother and son.
But a little more about this wonderful hotel. It looks much like all the gorgeous little creole cottages along Burgundy from the outside, but once you walk inside, the lobby is filled with gorgeous antique fixtures and the opulence that few places short of New Orleans can pull off, and the place is expansive. Courtyards wind to different areas and what appears to be a small place from the curb, is very large and has many well-appointed rooms.
The front desk clerk when we checked in, this very professional and friendly fella with the sweetest smile, greeted us and hooked us up immediately, even though it was a few minutes before check-in time. Our room was... wonderful. The jacuzzi alone was almost the size of some hotel rooms I've seen. The housekeeping staff was meticulous, making sure each day that our room was lovely and fresh - and the grounds were breathtaking.
Two pools, in two separate courtyards were kept tidy and refreshing, and along each walkway was a large beverage dispenser with tasty, cold lemon water. The lobby sported a buffet which held very good coffee all times of the day, and nice beach towels were stacked alongside each pool. Little things like these really add up to make for an incredible stay, and were more than impressive as a whole.
I like to visit NOLA as often as I possibly can, and this hotel will definitely be a place I repeatedly stay.