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Hotel Modern New Orleans

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I've been staying at Hotel Modern for years, mostly for the location. Free street parking on Lee Circle. Easy access to the St. Charles streetcar line (both to the Quarter and the Garden District), short walk to museums and galleries AND excellent dining. Not to mention...Circle Bar on Lee Circle may just be my favorite dive bar ever. I will say, the hotel's charisma has lessened greatly since Tivoli and Lee and Bellocq (the hotel restaurant and bar, respectively) have closed. I've been told the hotel has been bought out by a corporation and they're in transition. Well, they've been in transition for YEARS so some things feel half-assed. I miss walking in and being welcomed brightly with a welcome cocktail, and having the option to dine or drink in class within the hotel grounds. This hotel as we know it is gasping for air as its death knell rings, and I only hope it flourishes again in its next life.

Good stay. Could use a comfortable chair in the room.

No problems with cleanliness. But the hotel and furnishings are all either very cheap or falling apart. There was a hole in the bathroom counter, and the hand-rails in the elevator would literally fall off if you leaned too hard on them. The mini-fridge made a noise at night, so I had to unplug it. If you're planning to walk to the convention center, know that the walk is reasonably short but goes through several unsavory blocks; the walk to the French quarter is similar.

Everything about the hotel was good except we could never get the air conditioning to cool the room off. We had half a day to kill before going on our cruise. We highly recommend the World War II museum. It was awesome, especially the 4D movie. But you need two days to see the whole thing.

Room smelled musty and it felt institutional...no art on the walls and one small, high window. Lobby was outdated. For the price I paid, very disappointing. The AC thermostat was broken and every few hours reset itself to "meat locker" despite many times setting it at a comfortable temp. I was told when I requested a couple extra towels that they had run out. Also, being on Lee Circle, there was constant noise outside the window. Stayed here for the Rock n Roll half marathon and the location was ideal for that event, but that's about all that was ideal about the hotel.

Great location. Comfy and quaint. Staff was wonderful.

The room a small but it was okay for one night. But otherwise it was okay.

I probably would not stay here again. The location is decent as it's a straight shot on the RTA (trolley) to the French Quarter. It's a bit far to walk 1+ mile but the train picks up at Lee Circle so that's convenient. The hotel is a bit tired. They don't seem to keep it up. The AC in the room did not work. If I turned on the Heat/ AC only the heat would run increasing the temperature even tho I set the thermostat to 66 F. At one point the room got up to 77 F. They only provided 3 pillows for 2 guests and 1 washcloth. Every day we had to ask for another washcloth. This made no sense. It may seem petty but it's just some of the things that made the hotel feel cheap. The breakfast was a disappointment. If you like only carbs for breakfast maybe it's ok. There was cereal, bagels/bread/english muffins, instant oatmeal, yogurt, waffle maker, and fruit, with juice and coffee. No water was available except for hot for tea. This again made the hotel seem cheap. How hard is it to provide some hot options eggs, bacon, etc and some cold water to drink. The gym is decent but they're missing most of there free weights (dumb bells). The staff was helpful if you asked but not overly friendly. The hallways in the hotel needed some vacuuming. It seemed the hotel could use some overall cleaning. It wasn't a dive it just looked like they were starting to let it go possibly to save on cost.

It was nice. The room was bigger than I expected and it was very comfortable.

I was a bit worried after reading some reviews but no other hotels could beat the price at the time. So, I decided to take a chance, and it was worth it.

Nice hotel for the price. Location is bad either. Good restaurants all within walking distance, even though Bourbon Street is a good ways away. Room was very clean. The building layout is a bit different and the front desk isn't the most inviting but you will spend minimal time there. The only complaint I have is that maybe I would suggest curtains on the windows instead of blinds.

I enjoyed my stay. People were friendly and useful. I was able to get to all the must see places from there. Good public transportation to and from it.

This hotel was not as advertised. It was not a complete dump, so, we stuck it out, but it definitely wasn't worth the price. Our room smelled strongly of cleaning supplies the whole weekend (I had a headache ALL weekend because of it) and the soap rack that was glued (yes glued) to the wall in the shower fell off during my first use. They advertised that there was a restaurant and lounge attached to the hotel, which, there was... but they were deserted. They also advertised that there was a work out room, which we never found. The staff was nice, but weren't very helpful beyond that. I was also unaware that parking is not included in the price of the room, so it was actually more expensive than I planned on spending, and, unfortunately, the environment did not make up for that.

The restaurant was closed. No room service. Maid service didn't clean room until after 4:00.

It was a comfortable hotel I enjoyed it, I would come back

Not a great place to stay. The staff is incredibly nice, but no one cleaned my room the whole time I was there and there were stains on my bedding

Staying at the hotel modern was a great experience. The staff was incredibly helpful, we even received two free drinks at the bar, everyone probably does but I still thought it was nice!

The room was a good and affordable option for New Orleans but it wasn't as nice as I had hoped. Parking was several blocks from the hotel and we couldn't get our car out to come and go as we pleased. The bed linens were somewhat stained with makeup although I think they were clean.

We always stay here when we visit New Orleans. The location is stellar -- one block from some of the best museums in the world, right on the St. Charles streetcar line, and near some (very rare in the city) free street parking. We love the Circle Bar next door, and we love Bellocq, the cocktail bar adjoined to the hotel. The hotel itself is nice. We like the small touches of high design, and overall the staff is mostly excellent. Two things that bummed us out this time.... One, whereas the hotel used to offer a complimentary cocktail upon check-in, they no longer seem to be doing this. It was a big draw for us...a small thing, relatively speaking, but something that was very New Orleans and very quaint and welcoming. We miss that little touch. Maybe times are tough, but it helps bring us back. Two....the welcoming daytime staff was so-so. At a place where the staff has always been excellent, this one guy was noticeably droll and unenthusiastic. **In the past, we've also been treated to an upgrade here and there since we're regulars, and this hasn't happened in a while. On a Thursday night with nothing really going on in the city, I'm thinking this may have been possible. In the end, we'll definitely keep staying at Hotel Modern. We love it and recommend it to all our friends who are going into the city.

Room options

Medium Room with King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Large Room with King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, Non Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Hotel Modern New Orleans

Everyone (18) Couples (44) Business (22) Family (9) Other (17) Friends (17)
4

location location location

Everyone

I've been staying at Hotel Modern for years, mostly for the location. Free street parking on Lee Circle. Easy access to the St. Charles streetcar line (both to the Quarter and the Garden District), short walk to museums and galleries AND excellent dining. Not to mention...Circle Bar on Lee Circle may just be my favorite dive bar ever. I will say, the hotel's charisma has lessened greatly since Tivoli and Lee and Bellocq (the hotel restaurant and bar, respectively) have closed. I've been told the hotel has been bought out by a corporation and they're in transition. Well, they've been in transition for YEARS so some things feel half-assed. I miss walking in and being welcomed brightly with a welcome cocktail, and having the option to dine or drink in class within the hotel grounds. This hotel as we know it is gasping for air as its death knell rings, and I only hope it flourishes again in its next life.

By , from Lafayette, LA on Sep 5, 2017

Review comment responded on Sep 10, 2017

Hey There Brooke! It was wonderful having you and we are so glad you did get to visit again. We can understand how you feel as a guest of the hotel in the past the changes are coming fast. We are excited about the changes coming and feel it will bring stability and dependability to the property, our home and provide a wonderful place for the visitors to this part of the city! We truly look forward to your return to see what we have done! All the Best, Kyle

4

nice hotel close to the ww2 museum.

Everyone

Good stay. Could use a comfortable chair in the room.

By , from San Diego on May 9, 2017

Review comment responded on May 17, 2017

Hey There Paul! Thank you so much for the review! We are so glad you came to stay with us... We will look into some more comfortable seating as we begin our renovation shortly! We truly appreciate you being our guest and hope you come back to see us soon! All the Best, Kyle Metzger

3

clean, but dilapidated

Everyone

No problems with cleanliness. But the hotel and furnishings are all either very cheap or falling apart. There was a hole in the bathroom counter, and the hand-rails in the elevator would literally fall off if you leaned too hard on them. The mini-fridge made a noise at night, so I had to unplug it. If you're planning to walk to the convention center, know that the walk is reasonably short but goes through several unsavory blocks; the walk to the French quarter is similar.

By on Mar 18, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 27, 2017

Hello There! Thank you so much for taking a few moments to let us know about your stay. i want to let you know with in a month we will begin a full needed renovation in which we look forward to getting rid of most of these challenges... Thank you so much! All the Best,

4

near the world war ii museum

Everyone

Everything about the hotel was good except we could never get the air conditioning to cool the room off. We had half a day to kill before going on our cruise. We highly recommend the World War II museum. It was awesome, especially the 4D movie. But you need two days to see the whole thing.

By , from Oklahoma on Feb 20, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 26, 2017

Dear Micky, Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us. We are very happy to hear that our location was of convenience for you and that you had a good experience preceding your cruise. We hope you choose to stay with us again in the future! Sincerely, Kyle Messer Assistant General Manager

2

good location, but....

Everyone

Room smelled musty and it felt institutional...no art on the walls and one small, high window. Lobby was outdated. For the price I paid, very disappointing. The AC thermostat was broken and every few hours reset itself to "meat locker" despite many times setting it at a comfortable temp. I was told when I requested a couple extra towels that they had run out. Also, being on Lee Circle, there was constant noise outside the window. Stayed here for the Rock n Roll half marathon and the location was ideal for that event, but that's about all that was ideal about the hotel.

By , from Tallahassee, FL on Feb 8, 2017

Review comment responded on May 12, 2017

Hey There Melanie, Oh No not so good at all... We need to do better with this stuff and you deserved better. We are so sorry for all the challenges and missteps. I hope the marathon was amazing and we will work hard to make this better for you next time! All the Best, Kyle Metzger

5

highly recommend!!

Everyone

Great location. Comfy and quaint. Staff was wonderful.

By on Jan 18, 2017

Review comment responded on May 12, 2017

Hey There! We are so thankful for your wonderful review. It means a lot to us! We truly hope you come back and see us soon! All the Best, Kyle Metzger

4

it's good

Everyone

The room a small but it was okay for one night. But otherwise it was okay.

By , from Baltimore, MD on Jan 8, 2017

Review comment responded on May 10, 2017

Hey There Sandi! Thanks so much for taking some time to let us know about your stay we really appreciate it! All the Best, Kyle Metzger

3

the hotel is just ok.

Everyone

I probably would not stay here again. The location is decent as it's a straight shot on the RTA (trolley) to the French Quarter. It's a bit far to walk 1+ mile but the train picks up at Lee Circle so that's convenient. The hotel is a bit tired. They don't seem to keep it up. The AC in the room did not work. If I turned on the Heat/ AC only the heat would run increasing the temperature even tho I set the thermostat to 66 F. At one point the room got up to 77 F. They only provided 3 pillows for 2 guests and 1 washcloth. Every day we had to ask for another washcloth. This made no sense. It may seem petty but it's just some of the things that made the hotel feel cheap. The breakfast was a disappointment. If you like only carbs for breakfast maybe it's ok. There was cereal, bagels/bread/english muffins, instant oatmeal, yogurt, waffle maker, and fruit, with juice and coffee. No water was available except for hot for tea. This again made the hotel seem cheap. How hard is it to provide some hot options eggs, bacon, etc and some cold water to drink. The gym is decent but they're missing most of there free weights (dumb bells). The staff was helpful if you asked but not overly friendly. The hallways in the hotel needed some vacuuming. It seemed the hotel could use some overall cleaning. It wasn't a dive it just looked like they were starting to let it go possibly to save on cost.

By on Jan 3, 2017

Review comment responded on Jan 25, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. On behalf of our entire team, I apologize for failing to meet your expectations. I would like to share with you that we plan on doing a property-wide renovation this year along with branding as a Holiday Inn Express. We hope you choose to give us another chance in the future! Sincerely, Kyle Messer Assistant General Manager

4
Everyone

It was nice. The room was bigger than I expected and it was very comfortable.

By on Nov 18, 2016

Review comment responded on Dec 11, 2016

Thank you for providing feedback regarding your stay with us. We are very glad to hear that you were happy with your room and overall stay. We hope you choose to stay with us next time you are in the area! Sincerely, Kyle Messer Assistant General Manager

5

thanks the hotel for the great time in new orleans

Couples
View from our window

I was a bit worried after reading some reviews but no other hotels could beat the price at the time. So, I decided to take a chance, and it was worth it.

By , from Delaware on Nov 15, 2016

Review comment responded on Dec 18, 2016

Dear Jen, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our staff was very helpful. We hope you choose to stay with us again in the future! Sincerely, Kyle Messer Assistant General Manager