This was our first vacation in Louisiana. We have driven through before, but never stayed. We have been to every state, and dozens of counties, and have taken 9 cruises. We really wanted to get a feel for Louisiana, so after planning a few days in the French Quarter of New Orleans, we wanted to spend a few more in a nice small city in bayou country. I am pretty experienced as acting as our travel agent, so I was pretty confident in my choice of Thibodaux and Carmel Inn and Suites to be our home base. We were not disappointed. In 25 years of marriage, we have probably stayed in close to 1000 properties in our extensive travels. Just a fraction of them are ones we will never forget. Carmel Inn is not a cookie cutter property, and is now one of them. The property itself is pretty much the typical 2 to 3 star rated one as far as the rooms, cleanliness and amenities go. But it also had historical aspects to it, and was both part of the surrounding neighborhood, and felt like part of the Louisiana bayou country. Just a real nice place to spend three nights. We took day trips within a couple of hours, but also visited local museums. It was a great balance to our stay at the Omni French Quarter in New Orleans. This is also the first time I have ever felt like writing a review. If we are in the area again, no doubt we will stay at the Carmel. We will also recommend it to anybody. Also, thanks for the suppers, in addition to breakfast. Not something you get at many places charging less than $100 per night.