Review: Hyatt Centric New Orleans French Quarter (2024)

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We’re living in hotels full-time at the moment. I’ll continue covering Hyatt Centric properties, with a review of a third property of the brand — in previous posts I reviewed the Hyatt Centric Miami Brickell and the Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Las Olas.

In this post I wanted to review the Hyatt Centric New Orleans French Quarter, which we recently stayed at. For some context on the 254-room hotel, it originally opened in 1995. First it was branded as a Sonesta, then it was rebranded as a Wyndham, then in 2012 it was rebranded as a Hyatt, and then in 2016 it was rebranded as a Hyatt Centric. So the hotel has been flagged as quite a few brands.

In this post:

Why we traveled to New Orleans

Our motivation for going to New Orleans was a bit different than for our other hotel stays up until this point. We had planned to take my mom and her partner to New Orleans in early April 2020, as they had been wanting to go for a long time.

At the time this was supposed to be to celebrate her finishing her chemotherapy. As you might expect, we ended up having to cancel that trip due to coronavirus. Now that my mom is fully vaccinated, we wanted to finally take that trip at last. Of course we didn’t do anything too wild, given that Ford and I weren’t vaccinated. It was still great to spend some quality time with her, and we had an incredible time.

Booking the Hyatt Centric New Orleans

I had booked two rooms at the Hyatt Centric New Orleans, and while perhaps unnecessary, I outright booked the rooms we wanted (I say unnecessary because as a Globalist member I could have probably had at least one room upgraded).

I booked one “petite suite,” as it’s described, and I booked one Bourbon Street view junior suite. Both room types cost around $135, and were only about $20 more than the base rooms. That rate even included breakfast (and not just on account of my status, but the cheapest rate was also a breakfast rate).

While we could have booked this through Hyatt Privé for extra perks, the rate we booked ended up being the best value.

Redeeming points at the Hyatt Centric New Orleans

For context, the Hyatt Centric New Orleans is a Category 4 World of Hyatt property, meaning that a free night redemption costs 15,000 World of Hyatt points. I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, so redeeming points here would be the equivalent of paying ~$225 per night, by my valuation. In this case paying cash for the stay was the better value by far, especially when you consider that we outright booked premium rooms.

Even if you’re not a Hyatt loyalist, earning World of Hyatt points can be pretty easy. In addition to being able to earn World of Hyatt points with theWorld of Hyatt Credit Card(review), you can also transfer over points fromChase Ultimate Rewards.

Hyatt Centric New Orleans location

Assuming you’re in New Orleans as a tourist, the Hyatt Centric has a pretty unbeatable location, as it’s right in the French Quarter. The hotel is on Iberville Street, right near Bourbon Street. This is the perfect base if you’re planning on walking around the French Quarter, as you’re just steps from many of the most popular restaurants and attractions.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans exterior

Hyatt Centric New Orleans check-in & lobby

The Hyatt Centric’s lobby is a decent size — as you enter there’s a long entryway with the hotel’s restaurant to the right and then the hotel’s bar to the left, and then reception is straight ahead, with plenty of lobby seating.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans lobby entrance

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans lobby seating

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans lobby seating

I have nothing but great things to say about the staff working at the front desk (in particular Maya and Andrew), as they were all exceptionally friendly. The check-in process for both rooms was easy, and we were familiarized with the hotel’s amenities, how the breakfast benefit worked, etc. Within a few minutes we had keys for our rooms.

The Hyatt Centric has four floors, and both of our rooms were on the second floor — this hotel has ridiculously long and winding hallways, perhaps the longest I’ve seen in any hotel, so the walk from elevators to rooms can take quite a while.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans hallway

Hyatt Centric New Orleans Petite Suite

Ford and I stayed in a “Petite Suite King,” which was the most premium suite the hotel had for sale.

The room is marketed as being 575 square feet, and was more like a junior suite than a proper suite, given that there was no separation between the living area and sleeping area.

Inside the entrance and to the right was a king size bed and then a table with two chairs.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans suite with king bed

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans suite sitting area

On the table were a couple of bags with a bunch of bottles of water and a couple of bags of spicy local chips.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans welcome gift of water & chips

Then inside the entrance and to the left was a couch, a console with a TV and mini fridge, and then a side table with a Keurig coffee machine.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans suite living area

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans suite sitting area

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans in-room coffee machine

There was no door between the sink and vanity and the rest of the room, but rather it was just around a corner.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans suite bathroom

Then there was a separate room with a walk-in shower and toilet. As I found to be the case at the other two Hyatt Centrics I stayed at, water pressure wasn’t great.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans suite shower

Toiletries were from BeeKind, as is standard at Hyatt Centrics.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans toiletries

One interesting aspect to our suite was that it faced the courtyard rather than the streets. This is either a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it:

  • On the one hand, it means anyone can look into your room from the courtyard unless you draw the curtains, and if you draw the curtains you feel like you’re in a cave
  • At the same time, the streets of New Orleans are unbelievably noisy, so you don’t have to worry about that when you’re not facing the streets

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans suite view

Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street Junior Suite

My mom wanted the junior suite with the view of Bourbon Street, and I’d say she definitely chose the better option. While the room was marginally smaller, I thought it was better designed, and it had a proper balcony.

The room featured a king size bed and a couch, so furniture-wise the only difference was that she didn’t have those two chairs and a table.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street view junior suite

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street view junior suite

The bathroom setup in this room was also more traditional — there was a vanity in the hallway, and then the sink, shower, and toilet, were all in one room near the entrance.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street view junior suite

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street view junior suite

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street view junior suite

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street view junior suite

The view of Bourbon Street from her balcony was pretty cool. During the week it was quiet and quite nice to be out there.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street view junior suite

At night on weekends, though, it was a different story…

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Bourbon Street view junior suite

Hyatt Centric New Orleans Powdered Sugar Restaurant

Powdered Sugar is the name of the Hyatt Centric’s main restaurant. Or perhaps it’s more of a hybrid market & restaurant. It’s open daily for breakfast and lunch, you place your order at the counter, and then the food is brought out to you.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Powdered Sugar restaurant

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Powdered Sugar restaurant

In addition to a menu, Powdered Sugar has a variety of grab-and-go items, and you can also order coffee to go.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Powdered Sugar restaurant

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Powdered Sugar restaurant

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Powdered Sugar restaurant

We were told that with our breakfast benefit we could spend $15 per person per day on breakfast, though in reality we spent more than that, and all the charges were removed at check-out.

The breakfast menu read as follows:

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Over the course of our stay we sampled a variety of items from the menu. Powdered Sugar uses Intelligentsia coffee, which is excellent. I particularly liked the iced lattes. I also had a mango avocado smoothie one morning, which I enjoyed.

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We sampled the banana & blueberry oatmeal bowl, egg white ciabatta sandwich, and the omelet, all of which were quite good.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans breakfast

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans breakfast

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans breakfast

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans breakfast

While we never had lunch at Powdered Sugar, here’s that menu, for anyone who is curious:

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The highlight of Powdered Sugar (and perhaps the hotel overall) was Oreionne, who worked most mornings. She was such a good vibe, and seeing her in the mornings was a pleasure. She was always smiling, had such a great attitude, and just generally seemed like such a positive person. What a huge asset to this hotel.

Hyatt Centric New Orleans Batch Bar

Batch Bar is the Hyatt Centric’s bar, and during our stay it was only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 5PM until 9PM. I’d assume that’s due to reduced demand at the moment, but I’m not sure. While I didn’t ever consume anything here, I did stop by to snap some pictures around opening time.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Batch Bar

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Batch Bar

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans Batch Bar

Hyatt Centric New Orleans gym

The Hyatt Centric New Orleans has a gym on the second floor, and it was just down the hall from our room. You essentially have to call the front desk when you want to use the gym, and then security comes and unlocks it for you.

So we always had the gym to ourselves, though I’m actually convinced that no one else ever used it. The gym itself was okay — it wasn’t great, but wasn’t bad either.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans gym

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans gym

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans gym

Hyatt Centric New Orleans pool

The Hyatt Centric has a pool that’s in the courtyard. I’d say the pool is rather uninspiring. While there was some sort of a bar setup there, it doesn’t seem like it was actually being used in any way.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans pool

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans pool

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans pool

We did appreciate the outdoor seating, since we ended up sitting outside and playing card games in the evenings.

My impressions of New Orleans

This was my first time visiting New Orleans as an adult, and wow, what a city. A few thoughts:

  • I feel the same way about New Orleans as I feel about Las Vegas — it’s kind of fun for 48 hours, but after that I want to get out of there, as it’s just too much
  • The architecture and general vibe of New Orleans is incredible, as you really feel like you’re in another country
  • The food was simultaneously the most delicious and most disgusting thing I’ve ever had — fancy restaurants in New Orleans serve fried dough sticks, and then instruct you to to dip them in bearnaise sauce, then dip them in powdered sugar, and then dip them in Tabasco
  • All things considered I felt comfortable with this trip — on weekdays and during the day on weekends there was plenty of space to feel comfortable in the French Quarter, while on weekend evenings we just hung out at the hotel playing games; the same was true of the hotel, as during the week I feel like maybe a dozen rooms were occupied, while on weekends it got a bit busier (but still nowhere close to capacity)

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I’m really happy to have seen New Orleans, but I also don’t need to return anytime soon.

Bottom line

The Hyatt Centric New Orleans was a good base for our time in New Orleans — the location was great, all the staff were friendly, and the value was good as well. The highlight of our stay was probably the Intelligentsia coffee and Oreionne’s good vibes.

Ultimately all three of our Hyatt Centric stays left me with the same conclusion, which is that we got a good value for what we paid, staff were friendly, and the hotels worked for us for our purposes this time. However, I’m not sure I need to return to any of them.

I promise this is the end of my lukewarm hotel reviews — I have some reviews of really phenomenal hotels coming up, and also a review of my least favorite hotel in the world (not in absolute terms, but rather in terms of expectations vs. reality).

If you’ve stayed at the Hyatt Centric New Orleans, what was your experience like? Is there any New Orleans hotel that’s worth checking out?

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