Bon Maison Guest House
835 Bourbon St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA
A quaint, surprisingly quiet stay blocks from Jackson Square in the French Quarter, rooms here have private entrances and face a brick courtyard filled with tropical plants.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While this section of Bourbon Street is quieter than some, the spillover from the party blocks of the Quarter can make this neighborhood rowdy and loud.
Rooms are a quirky combinations of antique furniture and more contemporary wall prints and bedspreads. All rooms have small kitchenettes, including microwaves, sink and counter space, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators.
The 2-bedroom suite is a good option for families or small groups.
Bathrooms are small, with stand in showers or shower tub combinations.
The enclosed courtyard is one of the best features of this hotel, giving guests access into the secret world of French Quarter homes and their historic back courtyards. Overflowing with plant life and tiled with original red brick, the courtyard also has a fountain and several wrought-iron tables and chairs for guests to hang out. Second floor rooms have a shared balcony overlooking the courtyard.
The in-room kitchenettes allow you to prepare your own snacks or store leftovers.
With the help of the mini fridge and kitchenette, bring wine and enjoy your own cocktails in the romantic courtyard.
Getting around the Quarter is easiest by foot or pedicab, and parking in this part of town will cost you a fortune. Walk ten minutes to Canal Street and catch the streetcar to Uptown, the Garden District, or toward City Park.
If you haven't gotten enough of French Quarter courtyards, head to the adorable Cafe Ameile (2-minute walk) for a great meal and one-of-a-kind ambiance. Clover Grill (1-minute walk) is a local favorite spot for diner breakfast, late night or anytime.
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar (2-minute walk) gives visitors the perfect mix of fun, dilapidated but grand digs, and haunted history (go ahead, try the "Purple Drink"). Locals and tourists dance through the night at Gold Mine Saloon (4-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Not for a traveler expecting a luxury stay at the Ritz, this property is ideal for those wanting character, quirkiness, and French Quarter architectural history.
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