Monday, August 24, 2015

Ephemera for Lunch #12:
War-Lou Motel in New Orleans

This week's theme of "Ephemera for Lunch" will be postcards featuring motels and hotels of the past. (As opposed to the future, I guess?) These come of the heels of the July 29 post featuring three American motels that are now just memories. Because there are always more vintage motel postcards to showcase.

The vital stats, from the back of the card:

34 beautiful units in the heart of New Orleans. Swimming pool and roomside parking — 4 minutes from the Vieux Carre — 100% air conditioned — T-V — phones — sightseeing tours — complimentary coffee.
2424 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans 19, Louisiana
Phone 523-3828

There is no longer a motel called the "War-Lou" in New Orleans. The address is now the location of the Capri Motel. The Capri is described in a 2014 review on TripAdvisor as a "Drug/Prostitution Den." The review further adds: "This hotel is close to downtown but in a shady area near the city jail. Bail Bonds stores, hookers, and drug addicts are the norm for this area and motel. The rooms are basic and rife with vile odors." So that's not a great review.

In 2012, according to The Times-Picayune, a woman was shot in the buttocks at the Capri Motel.

At this point, it's not clear if they still offer complimentary coffee.

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