Bourbon Street is the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Expect to pay a premium for a hotel room, especially during Mardi Gras. The party never ends on Bourbon Street, so rooms with balconies tend to be noisy. All these hotels have inner courtyards and atriums with quiet rooms. Parking is very difficult in the French Quarter, but most hotels offer indoor or valet parking at an additional fee.
Royal Sonesta Hotel
Some of the rooms at the upscale Royal Sonesta have the wrought-iron balconies that evoke the French Quarter for so many visitors. Others overlook the hotel’s central courtyard, site of a large, tree-shaded swimming pool with a bar and cabanas. R Club rooms, served by a personal concierge, are accessed by a private elevator. A street-side bistro on Bourbon serves Louisiana specialties like red beans and rice, etouffe and fresh seafood. The hotel’s extensive art collection includes works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein.
Rooms at the Chateau Bourbon, housed in an 1849 department store building, overlook Bourbon Street, the swimming pool or the courtyard. Reopened as a hotel in 1995, the property offers in-room spa services and an airport shuttle. Rooms have 12-foot ceilings, safes large enough to hold a laptop and speaker phones. Restaurateur Ralph Brennan serves local favorites like catfish and gumbo at the hotel’s Red Fish Grille. Consider ordering room service breakfast and enjoying it on the balcony.
The Inn on Bourbon
The AAA Three Diamond Inn on Bourbon offers both street and courtyard rooms overlooking the pool. Built on the site of the first opera house in America, the hotel hosts a free Opera Returns to Bourbon concert series and a New Orleans Movies series, as well as sponsoring a scholarly salon. The hotel’s Café de l’Opera serves a full American breakfast buffet daily and a full dinner menu. The Inn’s romance package includes accommodations, breakfast, champagne and a carriage ride through the French Quarter.
Bon Maison Guest House
Bon Maison, housed in an 1833 town home and slave quarters, retains its classic French Quarter architecture. Balconies face the street, and an interior brick courtyard is furnished with wrought-iron benches and tables. The hotel’s four suites have queen-sized beds and kitchenettes. Suites in the slave quarters have showers rather than bathtubs. Noise at Bon Maison is less of an issue than elsewhere because of its location at the more sedate end of Bourbon Street. Accommodations are for adults only.
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