Jules Mazarin was a French-Italian cardinal, diplomat and politician in the 1600s who was a noted collector of fine art and exquisite jewels. Mazarin had a particular love of diamonds, which he bequeathed the “Mazarin diamonds” for Louis XIV. With his name now synonymous with luxury and appreciation of the finer things in life, it is no surprise that the Hotel Mazarin in New Orleans’ French Quarter should be named after him.
As part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, the Hotel Mazarin is a true diamond of the French Quarter with its 102 brilliant, spacious rooms and European style courtyard. Located just half a block away from Bourbon Street, the Hotel Mazarin is a unique juxtaposition of serene accommodations set a short walk away from the frivolity of Bourbon Street’s bars.
While on an assignment in New Orleans this past January, I had the pleasure of staying at and reviewing the Hotel Mazarin. After a red-eye flight from New York City (also known as the current capital of the Polar Vortex) I was eager to step off my Delta flight and explore that warm hospitality unique to New Orleans. At first visit, the Hotel Mazarin was immediately welcoming and offered complimentary drink tickets handed to me by a friendly and attentive staff.
Once my bags were swept away and the seamless process of check-in completed, I was brought to my room, which combined modern amenities with regal decor that lent the space a European air. A check in at the Hotel Mazarin includes complimentary cocktails (a nice touch unique to the New Orleans Hotel Collection) and a gratis fresh breakfast.
The Hotel Mazarin also boasts a fitness center, business center and two bars–Patrick’s Bar Vin and The 21st Amendment. Drink tickets handed at check-in are for The 21st Amendment, which pays homage to the prohibition era and serves up hand crafted cocktails and house infusions–a perfect spot to kick off an evening in New Orleans.
During my short stay at Hotel Mazarin, I thoroughly enjoyed the convenient location of the hotel and its warm ambiance and luxury. Close enough to the jovial party-goers of Bourbon Street to be entertaining, yet far enough to offer a respite from the blaring music and karaoke, the Hotel Mazarin is truly a diamond in the rough in New Orleans.
Book this Hotel if…
Traveling as a couple, a family or on business. The Hotel Mazarin caters to a slightly older crowd and is a comfortable, luxurious hotel that retains the charm and elegance of the French Quarter while being within walking distance of popular tourist attractions. If looking to enjoy New Orleans and steer clear of the bachelor/bachelorette parties stumbling down Bourbon Street, the Hotel Mazarin is a perfect spot.
*I was invited for a complimentary stay at the Hotel Mazarin in exchange for editorial coverage. As always, all opinions & experiences on The Pin the Map Project expressed are my own.