509 Dauphine St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, USA
A discreet entrance on a quiet residential street leads way to a series of cottages, private courtyards, and one of the oldest saltwater pools in the quarter, in this private and refined property, known for housing glamorous visitors like Elizabeth Taylor, and of course John J. Audubon himself (who lived in Cottage One while creating Birds of America).
YOU SHOULD KNOW It may seem like tight quarters within this network of cottages, but don't worry: courtyard walls (and strategically places vines and plants) allow for a good degree of privacy between cottages.
Care and detail are key to this property, where furniture and decor range from period piece, like canopy bed frames, to modern convenience, like refrigerator drawers built into antique-style buffet tables.
Large, modern and luxurious marble showers or jacuzzis in each cottage. Several of the two-bedroom cottages also have two bathrooms.
There’s no lobby per se, but shared areas in this property are the pool courtyard and subsequent pool house, where guests can get breakfast and refreshments.
Nestled into this old, historic courtyard, the pool is roomy and well maintained.
The hotel serves a breakfast buffet and eggs made to order upon request.
The poolhouse stocks hard liquor, complimentary soft drinks, and any special requests guests make to the small, attentive staff. Guests are also greeted with a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Personal service is key at this intimate property, and part of what you pay for: don't be afraid to make requests, or ask suggestions, of the friendly staff.
Guests can park in the Dauphine Hotel parking lot next door, and the Cottages’ staff are able to provide special car services and taxis upon request. On foot or pedicab is always the best way to travel within the French Quarter.
Bayona, beloved local chef Susan Spicer’s intimate bistro, is across the street (1-minute walk). Head to Arrow Cafe (4-minute walk) for coffee and artisinal baked goods, or Killer Po Boys (4-minute walk) for gourmet takes on the original Nola sandwich.
Bar Tonique (7-minute walk) is a hipstery dive with a refined cocktail list, and Erin Rose (3-minute walk) is the best spot for French Quarter people-watching and Irish pub atmosphere.
WHY WE LIKE IT
High-end guests, families, and larger parties alike can enjoy privacy, hands-on personal service and impeccable historical accommodations in this oasis framed by a diversity of plants, from white camelias to olive trees.
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