The Cornstalk Hotel
915 Royal St, New Orleans
“I just want to stay in one of those cute, old style, typical New Orleans type places when we visit!” That was my only wish for the trip – I really didn’t care about the standard of accommodation anywhere else, I just wanted something nice for New Orleans! I have absolutely no idea how I managed to find this place or how we managed to get a room here, but it was the most gorgeous place I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying during my travels, and I know it’s where I’ll stay when I return.
The Cornstalk Hotel has one hell of a reputation in New Orleans, and we found that most of the city and ghost tours stopped out the front of our gates, and for good reason. Built in the early 1800s to house Louisiana’s first Attorney General, a Mr Francois Xavier Martin, the famous cornstalk fence was added later on by a new owner. His wife, an Iowa native, was missing home, so he added the fence in to remind her of the cornfields of home. It’s hosted many a famous guest, too, like the Clintons and Elivis. It’s also well known in the area to be one of the city’s top haunted spots, with regular “sightings” of ghosts, particularly those of children. I thought we had a paranormal experience when both husband and I could have sworn neither of us put a coat away on a hanger in the closet, but hazaah, it was hung up… If that was the work of a ghost, I wish it had hung around a bit longer, a house-keeping ghost would have been a much welcomed guest for us!
Anyway, the hotel itself… we payed somewhere in the vicinity of AUD$150 per night, and we weren’t expecting too much for our money. We were only a few weeks out of Mardi Gras, it was starting to get busy, we didn’t think we’d be lucky enough to find something super amazing at that price. Imagine our shock when we walked into this…
First up, the location couldn’t have been better. Smack bang in the middle of the French Quarter, everything was within walking distance – Cafe du Monde, the French Market, Bourbon Street, Canal Street for the street car, it’s all a stone’s throw away. Then there was the room… the room was stunning, absolutely gorgeous! It was HUGE, with a beautiful big princess bed, sitting area, and gorgeous vintage touches like the telephone and fireplace above. The big heavy curtains were fantastic to keep it dark at night, the bed was very comfortable, and the spotless bathroom was plied full of beautiful complimentary toiletries. Some of the other perks:
– complimentary wifi
– 24 hour front desk
– daily room refresh and turn down service
– super central location
– valet service (costs involved)
– smart TV with plenty of channels
Yeah, that was all lovely, but the detail that really made it? The staff. Honestly, I’ve never felt more welcomed in a hotel in my life; it was like turning up to the home (not house) of a good friend on the other side of the world, where this friend was ready and waiting to take your bags, make you a cup of coffee and get you settled in. The ladies were some of the loveliest people I’ve ever met in the hospitality industry, which is notorious for turning people into grumpy bastards. Not these girls. They never failed to greet us, morning and night, every time we emerged from our room and arrived back at the end of a long day. They were happy to answer our questions, gave us maps of the city and recommendations for food, they even happily went to grab us some milk to add to our tea. No request was too much, no question too ridiculous.
When you visit New Orleans (not if, this is a city that every citizen of the world must experience at least once), you really should contact the team at the Cornstalk for a booking. You’ll never have another hotel stay like it.