International House Hotel

, New Orleans, United States
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International House Hotel

, New Orleans
3 star

Rooms: 119

221 Camp Street - New Orleans - Louisiana - 70130 - United States Hotel Website | | 5045539550
403 Traveller

Reviews - International House Hotel

8/10
Interesting and intimate hotel
Submitted by: Brad Easton in 19/05/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
Off the busy streets but walking distance to the Quarter and CBD. Interesting interiors to the Lobby and Rooms, very nice, great staff, very friendly and helpful. good tips to local restaurants and music lounges. I would return anytime.

Historical Traveller Reviews of International House Hotel

Visit the lobby, stay elsewhere

from Wordgirl_1
The public space (lobby) is lovely, but the rooms are so-so, and paying guests are not treated well. Room service is slow, poor, and difficult to reach. Our room was tiny, although we booked months ahead and requested the nicest available room. It had only 3 small drawers total (no desk, no drawers in night table). Worst of all was wake-up "service": requested call was not made, so we relied on our own alarm. The next night, even though we did NOT request a wake-up call, the front desk provided one at 5:45 am, and we were up the rest of the night. The manager offered an apology only after we requested a meeting with her and only after first being very defensive and berating us for being upset. Although the location is pretty good, if you want comfortable surroundings where you can sleep through the night and put your stuff away (and what is a hotel for, if not that), stay somewhere else.

Very pleased - Worth the price.

from MattandBing
We found the hotel to be very clean and quiet. We had a deluxe king room (#1208) and lucked out and got a room on the penthouse (top floor) with an outdoor sitting area. The beds were the best I have ever experienced in a hotel.

The hotel is in a great location (2 blocks from the quarter) and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Would gladly stay there again.

Perfect for couples...

from summerw420
This place was outstanding. The whole vibe of the hotel was chill and very hip. Had a terrific corner king that was exactly what we had hoped for! Perfect place for a romantic retreat with someone special. Staff was very friendly had extremely helpful.

Private and modern

from Shisunshine
I stayed at the International House from Jan 15-17, 2005. I had a corner room with a LARGE window on 2 of the walls. Sunlight poured in when you opened the curtains. Made for a refreshing atmosphere when combined with the neutral tones in the decor. Loved the jazz music as you enter the room. Fresh flower was a great touch too. The bathroom was incredible and beautiful, with a large soaking tub. Definitely try the Lemon Grass restaurant. Very good food. The location was a bit noisy and I did hear alot of honking, but really it was the only problem.

Hip, minimalist, serene.

from fat_elvis_luv
Beautiful lobby and rooms. Fantastic bed and shower. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Ultra-clean. I've stayed here several times and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended.

Hated the International House

from A TripAdvisor Member
Awful !!! Stayed here for a wedding. Not sure what type of customer is the focus. Poor lighting in the rooms and hallways. No ice machines (it must be delivered by a bellboy with tip). No soda machines. Honor bar very expensive. Parking was 26.00 a night, although the La Quinta right next door was charging 17.00 to park in the same car lot !!!. I'll stay there next time.

Terrible view on the inside rooms. Lobby was extremely noisy when the bar was busy.

Not good for families. Being a business traveler also, I would never stay here again. Can't think of much that was good!!

By the way, there was no customer comment card in room. Wonder why ???

Not for business traveler

from jaonyc
This hotel may have once been "the place to be," but the staff/management need to remember that it requires work to stay at the top. Service levels at this hotel have deteriorated. Staff unable to make decisions and were required to contact manager who was offsite. Work desk in room with no outlet.. working outlet was behind bed, or across room. One high speed internet connection in the entire hotel. If you are in New Orleans for vacation or fun, this hotel might work, but for business travelers who are working, i suggest you look elsewhere.

Cool decor, disappointing room

from JCW
Great design, trendy, welcoming staff, comfortable and cool bar, decent restaurant...

...and a tiny, dark room with a view over an inner courtyard.
Stylishly-designed, but no space to work, hardly space to move.

getaway weekend

from narnialady
My best friend and I went to New Orleans for a weekend and found a great deal on expedia for the International House. We shared a king size bed that we really wanted to bring home with us, it was so comfortable. We've actually bought pillows from there since returning.
When we walked in the room they had jazz softly playing and I loved the dim lighting of the entire hotel. The bar there is a great place to start the evening with many beautiful people, although a bit pricey.
I'd definitely stay here again if I could ever find those great rates in the future, otherwise the cost is out of my budget.

Good, But Lacking Hospitality

from jenhong98
My husband and I stayed in a standard room for 3 nights last week. The rooms were very clean and the decor (Pottery Barn/Crate and Barrel-ish) suited us better than some of the other French antique-ey places we saw on the internet. The jazz playing in the rooms gave the hotel the New Orleans flavor that distinguished it from a nice hotel in Any Other City, USA.We liked the large bathtub (looked like it was made for a small basketball player), the lobby computer, the Aveda bath products, the convenient location (away from the FQ, but still safe at night), the quiet atmosphere, the cleanliness, the modern furnishings.We didn't like the soft mattress and sparse bedding (we're used to Starwood's "Heavenly Bed"), the bar was uptight, and the room was too dark and stuffy (climate-wise). But the thing we didn't like the most was the sarcastic and condescending tone of the hotel "literature." For example, in the closet, on the hanger for the robes, there's a card that reads something like, "respect me and make sure I'm hung up after you use me." In the bathroom, another card says something about making us fold the towels nicely on the towel bar. I can't remember specifics, but that type of "tone" was everywhere. It made us feel like we weren't welcome to make ourselves at home. It made us feel like "guests."Overall, it was worth the $95 rate we paid. We booked it through quickbook, who matched Expedia's rates, but without the extra fees.

Top Local Tips for New Orleans

Where to eat Okay stay away from Mothers...not that great and you'll thank me later. But the best restaurants are up and down bourbon street and if you must don't hesitate to visit IHOP for a great breakfast and grabs some gumbo on bourbon or pizza later in the day.

some tips, read if you go with kids/teens Forget the car! Walk!!!! take the free tours that Museum Jean Lafitte provides, for example. You'll discover a whole different "Nawlins"... If you travel with kids, just know that if you visit Bourbon St people will be openly drinking on the street, AND there are strip-tease clubs that have no problem exhibiting their photos outside(uncensored). Just avoid that street and you'll be fine.There is more than one kind of "gumbo", so make sure you try it a couple of times. Restaurants don't need to be too expensive to be excellent. It gets really hot and steamy during summer time, spring is great. Be nice! Locals are nice there, so give it back. Enjoy and take advantage of the discounts: print coupons and show membership cards and they will happily honor them. Do some research ahead of time, as in every touristic area, some agencies will try to charge you a lot for tours. Ah! and there is no need to get wasted (alcohol and such) to enjoy the city, there are plenty of attractions!

The Whole City!!! Never ever hesitate to go out and about and take a look at everything....and I mean EVERYTHING. Everything has a history in the city and that is what makes it so unique. Everyone there is so friendly so don't hesitate to talk to the locals. People actually smile at you when they walk by.

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  • international hotel boutique
  • Address: 221 Camp Street - New Orleans - Louisiana - 70130 - United States
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