One of the most unique cities in the United States, New Orleans is known for its annual Mardi Gras festival, dusk-to-wee nightlife, legendary musical heritage and gumbo. The city experienced turmoil in recent memory in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but its spirit and character brought it back to life and today it is as vibrant as ever.
New Orleans’ hotel industry was particularly hard hit by Katrina, but with visitor numbers now back to a healthy level, its hotels are once again doing a roaring job. One of the most popular places to stay in this city is its bed and breakfast, which combines lovely charm with affordable prices. Here are 10 of the best hotels.
Room price $192/night
Located in the heart of the city, Marigny Manor House offers free WiFi, a beautiful garden area and a public hot tub. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms and balconies for guests to spend time outdoors. Each morning, guests can kick off the day with a hearty American breakfast. Notable landmarks and attractions near the hotel include the popular St. Roch’s Market Food Hall, just around the corner. For guests arriving by air, New Orleans International Airport is just 25 km from the hotel.
Room $179/Late Rise
Set in a southern setting in New Orleans’ Uptown district, the Maison Perrier is housed in a historic building that dates back to 1892 and features a striking array of decorative woodwork and antiques. The hotel offers a home-cooked breakfast daily, with free biscuits and other desserts available throughout the day. Fruit and cheese boards are also available on Friday and Saturday. For those keen to admire the best of New Orleans’ architecture, St. Charles Ave.
Room price $182/night
Located near New Orleans’ historic district, Ashton’s has its own free private parking for guests arriving by car. Other on-site amenities include free WiFi, an a la carte or American breakfast option available each morning, and a charming garden and terrace. The rooms are air-conditioned and have cable flat-screen TVs. Near the hotel is the lush green Gayarre Place and its unique monument.
Room price $136/night
Ideal for enjoying waterfront living, this characterful hotel is located in the West Side neighborhood of New Orleans, in the northern parameters of the city, and enjoys beautiful views overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Free WiFi is available in all areas, and free parking and fax/copy facilities are also available for guests’ convenience. Each room includes a private bathroom, a work desk, a flat-screen TV and ironing facilities. Elsewhere in the B&B, there is a patio area and communal lounge.
Creole Garden Hotel and Guesthouse
Room rates from 96 RMB/night
This guesthouse near the Mississippi River features a relaxing garden and terrace, a shared lounge, a hot tub and a shared kitchen, notable amenities of this guesthouse. Rooms are air-conditioned and offer free WiFi, a shared bathroom, a seating area and a dishwasher.Uptown New Orleans Historic District is 3.5 km away, and Audubon Nature Institute is easily accessible by car.
House of Drigella.
Room rates from 92 RMB/night
Featuring impressive garden and terrace views, rooms at De La Reguera House are also equipped with air conditioning and either a sitting area or a formal dining area, sometimes both, depending on the unit. The hotel offers a continental breakfast daily to get you ready for a day of sightseeing. Activities that can be enjoyed nearby include fishing. Historic Bourbon Street is about 8 km away.
Room price $145/night
The HH Whitney House exudes charming character and charm in a mid-19th century Italianate building on New Orleans’ historic Promenade. The same is true of the hotel’s interior, with high ceilings, fans, a beautifully designed pool and hot tub, and period decorations scattered everywhere adding to the appeal. Rooms feature free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, bathrobes and slippers. The communal kitchen offers free snacks and drinks, and there is a formal living area. The French Quarter is a half-mile from the hotel, and natural beauty such as City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Walda & Sydney Besthoff Sculpture Garden are within easy reach.
old jailhouse inn
Room price $171/night
For a unique B&B experience in New Orleans, the Old Prison Inn in Midtown is a rare treat. Converted from a police jail and patrol station, the hotel retains features that pay homage to this legacy, including police memorabilia and antique displays, and a library named after the highest ranking female police officer in NOPD history. The hotel’s amenities include free WiFi, free parking, a sun terrace and garden, and a shared kitchen. the Gayarre Place Monument and St. Louis Cemetery are both within comfortable walking distance.
Room rates from $101/night
One of the only hotels on this list with a pool, HH Whitney House is located in the city’s Faubourg Marigny district, a 15-minute walk from St Louis Cathedral and the French Quarter. The hotel’s services and facilities include luggage storage, free WiFi and free parking. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom, and some rooms have a comfortable seating area separate from the bed. There are many friendly bars and restaurants near the hotel.
Room rates from $95/night
The Lion Hotel is also located in the Faubourg Marigny district, close to the river, with its own spa and wellness centre, complete with a hot tub and outdoor pool. Other noteworthy amenities include free WiFi, picturesque gardens, and a continental or full English/Irish breakfast served every morning. The New Orleans Mint, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and French Market are all within half-a mile of the property.