Empress Hotel New Orleans  2 stars

1317 Ursulines Avenue, New Orleans, Us, New Orleans, United States, 70116  show mapSave
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The 2-star Empress Hotel is located in the heart of New Orleans.

This hotel is situated 1.6km away from Southern Rep Theatre, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and The National WWII Museum. St Louis Cemetery No 1, Beauregard-Keyes House and The Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts are 5 minutes away.

Fast access to Louis Armstrong New Orleans airport within 20km is provided.


The hotel offers 35 rooms. All of them feature air conditioning, a telephone and cable TV.


At the restaurant French dishes are served.


Business facilities at Empress Hotel include internet access and a photocopier.


Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Free Private hotel parking is possible on site.

Number of rooms   36.

City Center New Orleans - 1400 ft
Airports Louis Armstrong New Orleans (MSY) - 11.8 mi
Restaurants Cafe Treme (cuisine: Coffee Shop) - 700 ft, Meauxbar Bistro (cuisine: French, Asian, Bistro) - 1000 ft
Parks Louis Armstrong Park - 1100 ft, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - 4000 ft
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  • Pets allowed
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
Room facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Dressing area
  • Private bathroom
  • Cable TV
  • Telephone
  • TV



from  3 pm


until  12 pm

Children and extra beds
  • One child under the age of 3 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets are allowed on request.

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Bed type: Double Bed

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions
  • Saint Louis Cathedral
    2700 ft
  • St. Louis Cathedral
    2700 ft
  • Old Absinthe House Bar
    3000 ft
  • Jackson Square
    3000 ft
Popular areas
Shopping areas
  • French Market Area
    3300 ft
  • Penny Arcade
    4000 ft
Historical sites
  • Saint Jude Shrine
    2700 ft
  • Esplanade Ave. Area
    3700 ft
  • New Orleans Historic Voodoo
    2000 ft
  • Beauregard-Keyes House and Gdn
    2300 ft
  • Musee Rosette Rochon-Don G
    2300 ft
  • Black Arts National Diaspora
    2300 ft
  • Louisiana Museum Foundation
    2700 ft
  • Hermann-Grima/gallier Historic
    2700 ft
  • Reverend Zombie's House-Voodoo
    2700 ft
  • State Museum
    2700 ft
  • Friends of the Cabildo Museum
    3000 ft
  • Historic New Orleans Collect
    3000 ft
  • Cabildo
    3000 ft
  • Musee Conti Wax Museum
    3000 ft
  • Arnaud's Restaurant
    3300 ft
  • New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
    3300 ft
  • French Quarter/historic New Orleans
    3700 ft
  • Hunter's Field Park
    400 ft
  • Autocrat Social and Pleasure
    3300 ft
  • Maiden Voyage
    3700 ft
  • Mississippi River Boat Tour
    2000 ft

Local Attractions

  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
    1.0 mi
    #1 Canal Street, New Orleans
  • Algiers Point
    1.1 mi
    New Orleans, LA
  • St. Roch and the Campo Santo
    1.1 mi
    1725 St. Roch Ave, New Orleans
  • Riverwalk Marketplace
    1.2 mi
    1 Poydras St., New Orleans
  • The National WWII Museum
    1.5 mi
    945 Magazine Street, New Orleans

Near the hotel

  • New Orleans African-American Museum
    600 ft
    1418 Governor Nicholls St., New Orleans
  • Louis Armstrong Park
    1100 ft
    901 North Rampart Street, New Orleans
  • French Quarter
    2500 ft
    Canal St to Esplanade Ave, New Orleans
  • New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
    2200 ft
    724 Dumaine St., New Orleans
  • Madame John's Legacy
    2600 ft
    632 Dumaine St, New Orleans
  • Old Ursuline Convent
    2700 ft
    1112 Chartres St, New Orleans
  • Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church
    2700 ft
    411 N Rampart St, New Orleans

Restaurants Nearby

  • Cafe Treme

    88% likes this, based on 24 reviews
    Cuisine: Coffee Shop

    700 ft
    Seeking new space

    Phone: 504-264-1132

  • Meauxbar Bistro

    85% likes this, based on 73 reviews
    Cuisine: French, Asian, Bistro
    Price Range: USD 33 - USD 52

    1000 ft
    942 N Rampart St

    Phone: 504-569-9979

  • Bar Tonique

    77% likes this, based on 62 reviews
    Cuisine: American

    1300 ft
    820 N. Rampart St

    Phone: (504) 324-6045

  • Lil Dizzy's Cafe

    83% likes this, based on 91 reviews

    1400 ft
    1500 Esplanade Ave

    Phone: 504-569-8997

  • The Decadence Shoppe

    73% likes this, based on 21 reviews
    Cuisine: American

    1400 ft
    806 N Rampart St

    Phone: 504-529-8874

Empress Hotel Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Empress Hotel

Average guest rating

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Based on 47 reviews

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  • Older travelers

    nothing was good

    The area was bad and the window did not lock. I did not feel safe in the room, and I scared to leave my belonging in the room. When I told the staff that I did not feel safe and that I wanted to check out and go home, I was charged full price for that night and 15% for the charge for the next night. I do not feel, if the environment is unsafe and there are drug dealers hanging half a bolck from the hotel that you should be forced to pay a portion of the next night also.

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  • Single

    I did not like a thing. I arrived at midnight and left the hotel next day although I was booked for 5 nights. the room and the bathroom were dirty and in terrible state. Facilities nil. I strongly suggest that you remove this hotel from you site

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  • Single

    The location

    Cleanliness very poor, bathroom faucets are broken , no toilet seat, windows are rusted etc.... etc...

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  • Older travelers

    I have always been described as an "honest and frank" person. So here it goes: I was afraid to stay here after reading all of the negative reviews but it wasn't as bad as most of them say. It is located walking distance to Bourban street (15 minute walk) and the French Quarter. If I were a drunk, alone, or in a group, I would not recommend walking there late at night, I would take a cab to Bourban Street and pay about 5.00 (thats what we did). The area is not well lit. The hotel itself is not a gem but it is affordable. The staff was very friendly, Mike and Jen, gave us recommendations for great restaurants in the area and even called the cabs for us. The room itself is small but all we needed is a bed and bathroom, when it comes to saving money, we are not that picky. The room was clean, air conditioned, contained a bed and bathroom and a small nightstand. We don't spend our time in the room, we just needed a place to sleep. I woke up at about 3 in the morning, turned on the lights in the bathroom, no bugs or anything like that. The plumbing worked fine. We didn't need a closet (no closets) because we backpacked. Over all, its not as bad as the reivews make it sound. Once you are in the French Quarter, you will be happy, you will be around all the restaurants, night life, and markets. Would we stay there again? If we were on a budget, yes. If you are not on a budget, I would highly recommend the Garden District, very upscale and you can take a street car to the French Quarter for 1.25. We stayed in the Garden District our 2nd night so that we could get a feeling for this part of town, and loved it.

    • Average rating
  • Older travelers

    It is really close tothe french quarter. However, it was kinda scary in the area

    It is a durty slam! I understand the cost is low, but there are things things that you just cant sell. You cannot sell a dirty room with rouches and broken focets and some resemblence of a bed. You just cant charge for such things.

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  • Couple

    The location was pretty handy, quite near to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The cleaning staff work hard.

    We did not have an enjoyable stay at this hotel. We chose it mainly for price & location but in all honesty wish we had listened to reviews and paid a bit more. Although the staff were friendly, some of the other hotel guests were not and in all honesty I didn't feel very safe here. You have to leave a $10 for your room key and drop it off before you go out each night, which I did not want to do. There is a balcony but we were bothered a few times by other guests who appeared to be on drugs and it makde me feel uncomfortable. Its a shame as the staff are nice but the rooms are tiny with tiny windows and tiny tv's and compared to even some of the cheap motels we stayed at on our 3 week road trip this was the worst.

    • Average rating
  • Group of friends

    Bathroom- water back-up whilst having a shower, Bed - was uncomfortable, TV did not work and room had an awful smell that inflamed my sinuses. Opening the door needed body builder strenght as the hinges were so tight you could have easily been injured.

    • Average rating
  • Couple

    Good location, close to French Quarter, lowest price I could find for the weekend. Shower was hot. AC was good. It served its purpose (a place to crash after long nights of partying).

    Bed was pretty uncomfortable. Would recommend bringing your own pillows as theirs have plastic covers on them. Best if you don't plan to spend a lot of time in the room.

    • Average rating
  • Single

    The only good thing was that it was close to Bourbon street.

    I highly recommend not staying here. The neighborhood it's in looked very sketchy, and a friend of mine said he almost got jumped in that area a few years ago. I had no idea about it, and the facility is just as bad as the its surrounding area. I don't understand why it's called a hotel. My room was like a prison cell, and everything in the building looked like it was falling apart.

    • Average rating
  • Single

    Hotel staff were attentive and security conscious

    Room quality was horrible. This is a cross between a crack house and Section 8 housing. Disgusting

    • Average rating
  • Single

    I enjoyed the location and helpful staff. The room was quiet and generally clean.

    I disliked the plastic covered pillows and lumpy mattress which sagged in the middle.

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  • Single

    It is a basic but fine hotel, the staff was friendly, the rooms were clean, and the location was good. What more could I want for this price?

    • Average rating
  • Single

    The other guests that I met on the patio.

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  • Single

    you stay here for the price and the location. It is less than a 5 min walk to bourbon street and they have free parking.

    It is a star hotel (maybe half a star) but remember you get what you pay for. I got this hotel because all I needed was a place to sleep after partying. You will not hang out at this hotel.

    • Average rating
  • Group of friends

    It was very laid back, the room was a good for the price, and for what we needed it for, which was a bed, and somewhere to leave our things.

    Our showerhead did not work well, that is the only thing.

    • Average rating
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