If you're planning a trip to New Orleans and want to soak up the unique atmosphere of the French Quarter, a stay in one of these bed and breakfasts will give you the chance to do just that. All of these inns are either in the French Quarter of New Orleans or within a couple of blocks.
Bed and Breakfasts
1822 Bougainvillea House: Bougainvillea House consists of two buildings a few blocks apart and deep in the French Quarter (one on Governor Nicholls Street built in 1822, and the other on Bourbon Street). There are a total of five suites, all with private entrances; two are in former slave quarters and three have balconies that overlook either the courtyard or Bourbon or Dumaine Street.
1870 Banana Courtyard: Guests of the 1870 Banana Courtyard Historic French Quarter Bed and Breakfast can choose from four rooms at the 1870 main building, located three blocks from Bourbon Street; the private Garconierre Townhouse, two blocks from Bourbon; and the Esplanade Suite apartment, three blocks from Bourbon. Breakfast is served to guests of the main building, which was once a bordello. The innkeepers also can arrange for accommodations in a number of other homes and apartments with easy access to the French Quarter.
Bon Maison Guest House: One- and two-bedroom suites, each with a private entrance and equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker, are found in this 1833 townhouse and former slave quarters on Bourbon Street.
Bracket House Bed and Breakfast: This double shotgun house on Kerlerec Street—a block from the French Quarter—features two guest rooms, each with a queen bed plus a private entrance off the courtyard.
Creole Gardens Guesthouse and Inn: Just outside the French Quarter in New Orlean's Lower Garden District, this bed and breakfast consists of a 19th-century antebellum mansion with themed rooms. A cooked-to-order Southern-style breakfast is served, and the property is pet-friendly.
Dauphine House Bed and Breakfast: Located a block from the Esplanade Avenue edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, this 1860 bed and breakfast houses three guest rooms, each with a microwave, small refrigerator, and coffee maker.
Gentry House: Five apartments (one that sleeps up to six, two for four, and two for two) occupy this early 19th-century Creole cottage on St. Ann Street. The owner lives on the premises, which features tropical patios with fountains, and fresh croissants are delivered to the guest rooms daily.
Jazz Quarters at the Chartres Marigny: This 1830s townhouse in the 1400 block of Chartres Street, near the French Quarter, offers guest rooms with decor paying tribute to well-known musicians and accessed from the tropical courtyard.
La Maison Marigny: At the intersection of Bourbon Street and Esplanade Avenue stands this 1898 Queen Anne bed and breakfast with a sunroom and tropical, walled courtyard. All guest rooms have antique or reproduction queen beds, and one has access to the front balcony, which overlooks a residential block of Bourbon Street.
La Maison Rouge: Renovated in 1999, this two-story home can be found one block from the French Quarter and four blocks from Bourbon Street. There are three guest accommodations with private entrances: a queen room with courtyard entrance for two guests, a two-room suite for three or four guests, and a two-bedroom apartment with balcony for up to five. No breakfast is provided, but each guest room includes a coffee maker, microwave oven, and small refrigerator.
Lamothe House Hotel: A pool, Jacuzzi, lush courtyard, and goldfish pond highlight the grounds of the Lamothe House Hotel. This Victorian bed and breakfast is on Esplanade Avenue, and all of its guest rooms are furnished with antiques.
Lanaux Mansion Bed and Breakfast: Located across the street from the French Quarter on Esplanade Avenue, this restored 1879 Renaissance Revival Victorian mansion boasts cast-iron filigree balconies, cypress wood shutters, and a Victorian courtyard garden. Each room and suite at the Lanaux Mansion includes a kitchenette and features belongings of the home's original owner, such as furniture, art, books, and keepsakes.
Maison DuBois Bed and Breakfast: This century-old home, situated on Dauphine Street at the edge of the French Quarter, offers three guest rooms and two suites, all with reproduction furnishings, as well as a pool, hot tub, and fountains in its tropical courtyard.
Mentone Bed and Breakfast: One suite with a kitchenette and balcony overlooking a patio garden is available in this 1896 Victorian camelback home near the French Quarter.
New Orleans Guest House: Period furnishings decorate the 14 guest rooms at this brick, gable-sided 1848 Creole cottage with lush veranda on Ursulines Avenue.
A Quarter Esplanade: Esplanade Avenue between Royal and Bourbon streets is the setting of A Quarter Esplanade, which offers nine guest rooms, ranging from studios to a two-bedroom suite with a large balcony overlooking the avenue. All accommodations include kitchenettes and some have Jacuzzi tubs; guests also can relax in a heated pool in the lush courtyard.
Rathbone Mansions: Adorned with a wrought-iron front fence with filigreed gate, this 1850 Greek Revival style mansion on Esplanade Avenue provides 12 rooms and suites (all with a kitchenette and some with a balcony) and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Royal Barracks Guest House: The five eclectic rooms and one Victorian suite at the Royal Barracks Guest House all have private entrances from the tropical, high-walled courtyard, which features a hot tub and wet bar. This home is located on Barracks Street between Royal and Bourbon.
Royal Street Inn: Located a block from the French Quarter in an 1890s corner storehouse, the Royal Street Inn serves its guests complimentary beverages at its R Bar (rather than breakfast). All accommodations include vintage decor, a private entrance and balcony sitting area; suites, which sleep up to four, have kitchenettes.
Sun & Moon Bed and Breakfast: This antebellum Creole cottage on North Rampart Street less than a block from Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square houses two suites for two guests and two apartments that sleep four. All accommodations have a private entrance, and the suites include a balcony or deck overlooking the courtyard.
The Cornstalk Hotel: A unique cast-iron fence forged in the mid-1800s to depict cornstalks intertwined with morning glories and pumpkin vines marks the Royal Street site of this 14-room Victorian hotel, which once served as the home of Judge Francois Xavier Martin, the first chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and author of the first history of Louisiana. Guests can expect such features as stained-glass windows, fireplaces, antiques, Oriental rugs, and canopy beds. Children are welcome. A continental breakfast is served in the guest room or on the front gallery, balcony, or patio.
French Quarter Mansion Boutique Hotel: Found in the heart of the French Quarter, this boutique hotel is found between Bourbon and Royal streets. It was built in 1820 by John Fritz Miller to house his family and law practice. Today it has nine luxury guesthouses, all of which have en-suite bathrooms.
Hotel Maison de Ville and the Audubon Cottages: Host to such celebrities as Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Taylor, and Robert Redford, the Hotel Maison de Ville is furnished with antiques, four-poster beds, marble basins, and old brass hardware and contains sections that are thought to date from the mid-1700s. The main building, located at 727 Toulouse Street, plus the four former slave quarters (across the tropical courtyard) and the old carriage house (adjacent to the courtyard) hold 16 guest rooms; also available nearby on Dauphine Street are the seven private Audubon Cottages, which feature a pool for all guests in the midst of their courtyards. Breakfast is not included in standard rates, but the hotel offers an acclaimed restaurant next door.
Hotel Villa Convento: Hotel Villa Convento offers 23 rooms, plus two suites on the fourth floor of the main house which include a king-size, four-poster, rice-carved bed and view of the river and the rooftops of the French Quarter. Coffee, tea, and croissants are served daily in the courtyard of this 1833 Creole townhouse, located on Ursulines Street two blocks from the Mississippi River and French Market.
Lafitte's Guest House: There are 14 guest rooms—among the possible amenities are antiques, fireplace, balcony, latticed veranda, and canopy bed—at this four-story 1848 Creole townhouse on Bourbon Street at St. Philip. Guests are served a continental breakfast in their rooms and can enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres in the Victorian parlor during the evening social hour.
Melrose Mansion: Built in 1884 and located on Esplanade Avenue at Burgundy, this antique-filled Victorian mansion offers four rooms and four suites in the main building and one suite above the original carriage house. All suites contain whirlpool tubs; some accommodations feature a wet bar, stained-glass window, balcony, or marble bathroom. There is also a fitness suite and outdoor pool. Guests are served mimosas on arrival, as well as a continental breakfast each morning and wine each evening.
Nine-O-Five Royal Hotel: Ten rooms and three suites with balconies overlooking Royal Street—all with period furnishings, kitchenettes, and private entrances—make up this 1890s child-friendly hotel with a landscaped courtyard. Breakfast is not provided.
Soniat House: Located two blocks from the French Market in a residential section of Chartres Street, this 1829 Creole and Greek Revival style hotel (with two townhouses plus former slave quarters) offers 20 rooms and 13 suites decorated with antiques, Oriental rugs and local artists' paintings; some accommodations have a Jacuzzi bath or balcony. It offers a wine cellar and honor bar; and breakfast, which is served in the guest room or the garden courtyard with fountain and lily pond, is available for an additional charge.
Bed and Beverage Guest Apartments: Among the accommodations provided by the Bed and Beverage Guest Apartments are two buildings located less than a block apart on St. Philip Street: The Royal St. Philip, with eight units and a courtyard pool, and the St. Philip Guest Apartments, with 13 units. There is an open bar each afternoon in the courtyard.
Lanata House Apartments: Built in 1847 as private two-story apartments and restored in 1974, the Lanata House Apartments offers rental units that sleep up to four and has a courtyard pool and fountains and on-premises manager.