Updated on November 20, 2016
Hotel Review: Hyatt Centric French Quarter – New Orleans
Wow. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted. 2.5 months? It’s honestly embarrassing. I could go on about how I’m 6.5 months into my new job and how it’s absolutely crazy, but I really just need to find some time to write more posts! I’m sure this won’t be my last, “sorry for not posting for awhile, guys” line you’ll hear, but I feel like I have to throw it out there.
Anywayyyyyyy – to the post.
Back in the beginning of July, I headed to New Orleans for a one-day work trip. While my work was actually taking me to the suburbs (Chalmette), I decided I wanted to try a new hotel in downtown, so I went for the Hyatt French Quarter instead of a limited-service hotel out in the ‘burbs.
Now, when I stayed at this hotel, it was a plain ‘Hyatt’ brand. It looks like it has now been re-branded to a Hyatt Centric. Don’t know what any of that means? Go look at Hyatt’s Guide explaining their brands. The hotel has more than 250 rooms and good features that we’ll get to later.
Date: Wednesday, July 13th
Type of Stay: Paid
Hyatt Centric French Quarter is right in the thick of it – absolutely fantastic location. Walkable to all the French Quarter and Business District.
The hotel is situated on a fairly large property for the area, with the main entrance on the corner of Dauphine and Iberville. There’s also a door on the back side that lets out directly onto Canal Street.
I would say the biggest issue you’ll have with this hotel is the (lack of) parking. There aren’t a whole lot of options, so you’ll probably just want to valet it at the hotel. The problem? Valeting is almost $45 a night with taxes. I valet’d it because I was traveling for work, but if I was there for more than 3 days I may think of a better option.
I didn’t use a Diamond Suite Upgrade on the stay, but was upgraded anyway to a Deluxe room. Now some of you will probably wonder why I didn’t use a DSU. There’s an easy answer for that – I forgot to request it. So there’s that. Honestly, I don’t stay at that many Hyatts (despite the Diamond Status), so I really should have used it…
I arrived at the hotel around 2:30 in the afternoon, and was able to get early check-in. My coworker I was traveling with had to wait about 30 minutes, but then was also able to check in early – so far so good!
My room was on the 6th floor with a view of the hotel’s courtyard. I’ll let the pictures & captions do the talking for a bit.
Now that the room shots are out of the way, let’s get to the rest of the hotel.
The HCFC (I’m making acronyms) has a functional yet small 24-hour gym. Nothing overly impressive but I love the hours.
In/attached to the hotel are a couple good options for food and drinks.
First, you have Batch Bar. It’s a nice-looking, sleek bar that’s known for its modern craft cocktails and liquor in 1-liter barrels!
There’s also Powered Sugar, which is a little cafe of sorts right across the hall and on the right as you walk in the main entrance. They serve drinks and some sandwiches, as well as desserts! I ate a late lunch there my first day and the sandwich was actually surprisingly good.
The hotel is also connected to two chains, Red Fish Grill and Hard Rock Cafe. While I didn’t indulge in either, I got a picture of the back door of the joints.
With only a few free hours on my second day, I was still able to make my obligatory trip to Café du Monde.
Well that’s the report. I’m back on (off?) the wagon – ready to keep them coming.
Have you stayed at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter? What’d you think?