Bed and Breakfasts and Guest Houses
The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is known for its iconic multicultural architecture, with some buildings built as early as the late 1700s still standing today. Many of these classic homes have been turned into authentic bed and breakfasts and guest houses, giving the New Orleans vacationer the chance to experience a genuine taste of the character of old New Orleans during their hotel stay. You will find most of these establishments in the Garden District of the city as well as the Marigny, Uptown, and French Quarter neighborhoods.
The Magnolia Mansion in the Garden District pretty much epitomizes old New Orleans luxury. Featuring ten uniquely appointed rooms, including the ever-popular “Gone With The Wind” suite and “Vampire Lovers Lair.” If you have the opportunity to book your room well in advance, and you want to make your New Orleans vacation a romantic getaway to remember, you may want to consider booking one of these extra-special rooms at the Magnolia. The charming, pet-friendly ten-room Green House Inn is another Garden District B&B gem, notable for its clothing-optional pool and extended four-hour continental-style breakfast.
The Royal Street Courtyard, located in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans in close proximity to the French Quarter is known as one of the best bed-and-breakfast style hotels in the city. The building itself dates back to 1850 and the architecture inside and out is truly stunning. The cozy, LGBT-friendly Burgundy Bed And Breakfast, located right down the way from bustling Frenchmen Street is another great choice, notable for its relaxing, clothing-optional spa and sun-bathing courtyard area.
Annabelle’s House Bed And Breakfast in Uptown, located in a sprawling 52-room mansion is a great choice of lodging if you are in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, due to its close proximity to the main Mardi Gras parade route on St. Charles Avenue. The Maison Perrier, located in a historic building built in 1892 that is said to have once housed a gentlemen’s club is another excellent B&B choice in Uptown NOLA.
The Inn on Saint Ann, Inn on St. Peter, and the Inn on Ursulines (located in a building built in the late 1700s), all part of the French Quarter Guest Houses line of properties, are excellent choices of lodging if you are looking to stay in the popular French Quarter neighborhood of the city. The Hotel Villa Convento is another great option for intimate, authentic NOLA accommodations in the French Quarter, owned by seventh-generation New Orleanians. Rumor has it that the property, built in the 1830s, may be the legendary “House Of The Rising Sun” sung about in the classic traditional song of the same name popularized by English rock band The Animals in 1964.
Despite the abundance of boutique bed and breakfasts and guest houses in New Orleans, some of us might want to experience the luxury and amenities of a true 5 star property during our Big Easy vacation. The Hotel Maison de Ville features a great mixture of classic New Orleans styling and modern luxury, and is conveniently located in the French Quarter. The Windsor Court Hotel, located in close proximity to both the French Quarter and the Warehouse District of the city has been considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world for the last 20 years. Other excellent five-star options include the W New Orleans French Quarter, the Ritz Carlton New Orleans, and the Hotel Monteleone.
New Orleans is certainly known for its higher-end lodging options, but some of us are on a budget and might be looking for less expensive accommodations. There is so much to do in New Orleans when it comes to nightlife and dining that it is not a bad idea to save on lodging and open up your entertainment budget. If this sounds like a plan to you, you might consider the Clarion Inn and Suites New Orleans, a particularly attractive budget option considering that it is located in the French Quarter. The Olde Town Inn in Marigny is a great low-cost choice if you want to stay in an old-school bed and breakfast style property with NOLA character without breaking the bank (they are also pet-friendly). Other low cost hotels you might consider include the Econo Lodge New Orleans, the Quality Inn and Suites New Orleans, and the Comfort Inn and Suites Downtown New Orleans.