Hotels in New Orleans on Bienville Street

by T.L. Chancellor

Bienville Street is a small road that lies in the French Quarter of New Orleans and runs east-west from Interstate 10 at the east to City Park Avenue at the west. Bienville runs parallel to Canal Street, and is near many of New Orleans’ well-known landmarks, musical venues and world-renown restaurants. Only one hotel is located on Bienville, but its location puts visitors in the vicinity of many lodging options.

The St. Louis

The St. Louis Hotel is the only lodging on Bienville Street. It sets where the eastern end of Bienville meets Interstate 10, meaning guests have easy access to Louis Armstrong Park, the Tulane University Hospital District and the Louisiana Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints. It’s not stretching the truth to say that guests do not know what they’re to get when they check in to their room. Each of the St. Louis’ 97 rooms provide different features, including vanities, walk-in closets and balconies. But all rooms have complimentary wireless Internet access and nightly turndown service. Guests also have access to a 24-hour bell desk. All rooms surround the St. Louis’ tropical courtyard, where guests dine on dishes created by chefs in the Louis XVI Restaurant. The hotel also provides an airport shuttle, but you must reserve the shuttle in advance.

The B&B On Pierce

If you take Carrollton south from Bienville and turn right on Canal, you come to the 1896 O’Malley House. This eight-suite hotel is in a Colonial Revival-style house and offers plenty of charm, thanks to different furniture in every room, much of which is crafted in a style that befits a small New Orleans home located in the French Quarter. But all rooms have modern amenities, including televisions, DVD players, private bathrooms, guest bathrobes and high-speed wireless Internet access. Guests dine in the 1896 Dining Room every morning, or have breakfast delivered to their rooms. The O’Malley also has a sitting room, den and porch swing.

Around the Corner

Just around the corner from the St. Louis is the Canal Street Guesthouse, an 11-room hotel that used to be a 19th-century warehouse in the French Quarter. The Canal Street specializes in affordable rooms. Rooms rent by the week and start at $160 per week. The Canal Street has its own balcony, barbecue area, community kitchen and patio. Rooms are simple, but feature a refrigerator, ceiling fans, a small sitting area with table and chairs, and balcony access. The hotel offers pay-as-you-go air conditioning; only some rooms have televisions, and those only feature local programming. It’s a hotel for those who don’t plan to spend much time in their rooms.

Across Rampart

A host of hotels sit just east of Rampart near St. Louis Cathedral and Café du Monde -- only a few blocks from Bienville. High-end travelers like the Omni Royal Orleans on Saint Louis Street. The Royal Orleans has carried AAA’s four-diamond award for 27 years, and features the award-winning Rib Room restaurant, a rooftop observation deck and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. Budget travelers might like the Royal St. Charles on St. Charles Avenue. Rooms are below $100 and the hotel is near Harrah’s Casino. Rooms feature original artwork, handmade furniture and in-room safes. The hotel also has banquet space for up to 300 people.

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About the Author

T.L Chancellor has more than 12 years of newspaper reporting and editing experience. She has written extensively about education, business and city government. She has also worked at a public relations firm, focusing on environmental issues with clients.