PHOTO: Chimes Bed and Breakfast

The 7 Best B&Bs in New Orleans

Cameron Todd | December 22, 2017

The best B&Bs in New Orleans are in 19th-century mansions or colorful cottages, have friendly hosts who double as trusted local guides, four-poster beds that are better than home, wide verandas for chicory coffee and cocktail-sipping, and homemade Southern breakfasts served alongside colorful tales of the neighborhood.

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Claiborne Mansion

Why it made the list

It's unique to be able to stay at a mansion in the Faubourg Marigny, but really, everything about the Claiborne Mansion, down to its lively host, is unique. The Greek Revival house has soaring ceilings and loads of natural light. Outdoors, you'll find a 40-foot saltwater pool, lush garden and courtyard, where you'll relax when you're not touring the Marigny, Bywater, and French Quarter (all within walking distance). Cleo, the proprietor, is full of tidbits about New Orleans past and present, and is happy to fill your mornings with suggestions while you enjoy granola and healthful baked goods.

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Maison Perrier Bed & Breakfast

Why it made the list

Make yourself at home in elegant public spaces throughout the first floor of this home, with a charming old world parlor and dining room, as well as a more comfy and familiar den and kitchen. Rooms are spacious, breakfast is plentiful, and hospitable hosts are a wealth of information about New Orleans attractions. On a quiet Garden District street, the house is in a beautiful residential area often missed by tourists, but just blocks away from the shops and restaurants of Magazine Street.

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Chimes Bed and Breakfast

Why it made the list

With friendly hosts, large shared spaces, and a choice of rooms with private entrances and no adjoining walls, this B&B provides a good balance of warm hospitality and personal space. Rooms with four-poster beds and original fireplaces open out onto balconies, courtyards, and outdoor spaces. Though the home is filled with period pieces and antiques, natural light, soft linens, and shining wood floors all give this property a bright and airy feel.

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1896 O'Malley House

Why it made the list

Guests can't rave enough about staying at this luxe B&B on a quiet Mid-City street. Things to look forward to: evenings sipping wine on the porch with the divinely hospitable owner and his Golden Retrievers; a quiet night's rest for even the lightest sleeper; gorgeous digs that celebrate both old world charm and updated, modern comforts; delicious, varied homemade breakfasts.

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Park View Guest House

Why it made the list

It's hard to find a good lodging option in this part of Uptown, and the beauty of this guest house's particular location can't be beat. Perched on a picturesque corner of Audubon Park and St. Charles Avenue, this is a verdant neighborhood of live oaks, old mansions and ivy-covered university buildings, where you can take a long stroll in the park or catch the streetcar to go all over town. Views are spectacular from the wraparound porch and balcony, rooms and parlor, and, besides a hot Southern breakfast daily, the house is usually stocked with beer and wine.

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Edgar Degas House

Why it made the list

A stay at this gorgeous mansion comes complete with a museum: French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas once lived here, while visiting his American family, and his relations still run the B&B, event space, and museum. Rooms are elegant, brunch is divine, and the built-in, first-hand history of the mansion and life of Degas really can't be matched (in fact, it's the only Degas home in the world that's open to the public). This section of Esplanade Avenue, close to shops, restaurants and the waterway of Bayou St. John, is a fascinating maze of odd mansions and local flora sure to inspire the most reluctant impressionist.

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Sully Mansion

Why it made the list

A towering mansion constructed by famous architect Thomas Sully in the 19th century, the innkeepers today keep up with its lore: Rooms are immaculately restored and maintained, with subtle modern conveniences that don't get in the way of elegant historic charm. Unique suites have gorgeous neighborhood views, with one room overlooking Lafayette Cemetery No.1. The porch and outdoor spaces are so roomy you won't feel like you're sharing the house with anyone else.

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