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Fodor's Expert Review 1896 O'Malley House

120 S. Pierce St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70115, USA See on Map

Cameron Todd

Get ready for a warm welcome at this elegant B&B on a quiet street in Mid-City, where you can expect friendly staff, delicious breakfast, and plenty of Southern charm. And don't let the distance from the Quarter fool you: this is a vibrant, residential neighborhood with plenty of great spots and local flavor.

It's easy to park on the street in Mid-City (and then take the streetcar downtown to go out), an added bonus of staying out of the Quarter, where parking and driving can be impossible.


Period pieces, hardwood floors, and roomy, well-kept suites. Many rooms have (non-functional, but beautiful) fireplaces.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Chock full of antiques, the inn discourages guests visiting with young children.


All suites have private bathrooms, and most have whirlpool tubs (with shower heads).


Guests enjoy a pleasant parlor and dining room, filled with more period piece antiques, chandeliers, and hardwood floors. Outdoor public spaces include a wide front porch and an enclosed back courtyard.


The B&B is happy to help make appointments at the nearby Woodhouse Day Spa (2-minute walk), whose services include several types of massages, scrubs, and other pampering treatments.


Breakfast here is a treat, where guests are served a different hot entree each morning (usually a hearty egg dish of Southern or Creole origin) on fine china in the dining room.


The inn can stash libations for guests to enjoy inside or out in the plant-filled courtyard. Purchase beer, wine, and spirits at Rouse's Market (7-minute walk).


Getting Around

The Canal Street streetcar is a 2-minute walk from this property, and can take you downtown to the CBD and French Quarter, or up to City Park or several cemeteries.


For brunch, enjoy indulgent egg dishes and Bloody Marys at Ruby Slipper Cafe (4-minute walk), or Creole classics and old school charm at Mandina's (3-minute walk). Juan's Flying Burrito (3-minute walk) serves casual Mexican-American fare (and cheap margaritas).


A longtime neighborhood meeting place is Finn McCool's Irish Pub (7-minute walk), where you can enjoy a pint or catch a football (soccer) game with the locals. Around the corner from the inn, you'll find a swanky bar in a converted church at Vessel (4-minute walk).


Stunning digs, a quiet night's sleep, and helpful staff make this B&B worth visiting. Guest will be pleasantly surprised by this verdant neighborhood that's a convenient 20-minute streetcar ride from the Quarter, and offers up its own charming cafes and shops, and attractions like NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Modern Art), City Park, and Bayou St. John.


Residential Area
Local Flavor


Phones: 504-488–5896;866-226–1896

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