Hotel Mazarin: A Boutique Hotel In The French Quarter Of New Orleans

Review of Hotel Mazarin | 730 Bienville Street
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For visitors to New Orleans’ French Quarter, Hotel Mazarin is perfectly suited to provide an oasis from the cacophony of the crowds in the busy blocks surrounding it. Bourbon Street, as well as Royal, Chartres, Bienville, Conti, and St. Peter Streets are within an easy walk. Music is on every corner, and boutique shops with outrageous window displays beckon all who pass by. Parking is non-existent, so you will immediately appreciate the courteous, convenient valet service provided by Hotel Mazarin.

Well-known restaurants within a short walk include The Court of Two Sisters, Brennan’s, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, Cafe du Monde, and Gumbo Shop. Attractions such as Jackson Square, Aquarium of the Americas, and Harrah’s Casino are mere blocks from the hotel.

Attractive facade hints at superior service waiting inside

Front exterior of Hotel Mazarin on Bienville Street with valet parking across the street
Source: Connie Pearson

Hotel Mazarin at 730 Bienville Street has a European look and feel to it with the appearance of grandeur that fits with this unique setting. The front reception desk is efficient and well-prepared. Valet parking attendants will place your car in a covered lot across from the hotel that has 24-hour security and camera surveillance. Your porter will not only handle your bags, he will also give you an overview of your room’s amenities and provide a quick tour of the two courtyards, show you where breakfast is served, and point you to the on-site bar called 21st Amendment at La Louisiane and Patrick’s Bar Vin, an upscale wine bar nearby.

The large center courtyard features a fountain, and the smaller courtyard near the back gives even more privacy and a chance for peaceful conversations and relaxation.

Elegant guest rooms with an abundance of amenities

Deluxe upstairs guest room opening to the center courtyard
Source: Connie Pearson

There are 102 guest rooms and 3 suites at Hotel Mazarin. Each is unique, and some have balconies overlooking the French Quarter district. The floors and showers are tiled with marble. The bathrooms have large, thirsty towels and roomy showers with good water pressure. Unexpected touches include a crystal light fixture and a sound machine beside the bed. The hotel backs up its offer of complimentary Wi-Fi with prompt, competent tech support if you encounter a problem.

You can count on timely wake-up calls and the morning sounds of happy birds chirping in the courtyard.

Breakfast is a feast for eyes and tastebuds

Bountiful breakfast buffet at Hotel Mazarin
Source: Connie Pearson

Breakfast at Hotel Mazarin is an elegantly-presented event. No plastic will be seen here, only real silverware, china, and crystal. You can dine indoors or in the courtyard by the fountain, depending on the weather. Feast on scones, eggs, grits, meats, fresh fruit, 4 different fruit juices, and flavorful Community Grand Coffee. A great start to your day of fun in the French Quarter.

Named for a wealthy French-Italian cardinal

Jules Mazarin, a French-Italian, lived from 1602 to 1661. During those 59 short years, he was a cardinal, a diplomat, a politician, and a collector of art and jewels. He was particularly fond of diamonds and amassed a world-renowned collection. His most famous diamond was the “Mirror of Portugal,” a 26-carat stone Mazarin fashioned from a stone found in India. Because of Mazarin’s affinity for diamonds AND because of the particularly exquisite qualities of the rooms and setting, this hotel is often referred to as “The Diamond of the French Quarter.” You will be pleased with this choice for your accommodations when you visit New Orleans.

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