This 1852 mansion was once home to the French impressionist Edgar Degas, and now serves as a B&B, museum, and wedding venue. The friendly owners offer informative tours of the historic house, and serve an excellent Creole-style breakfast out in the courtyard.
Rooms range in size from multi-roomed suites with private balconies to the small quarters of the garret (third floor attic).
Garret rooms do not have windows.
Garret rooms have showers or bath/shower combinations. Bathrooms in the main suites all have baths (antique claw-foot bathtubs or jacuzzi tubs).
The Degas House has two fine parlors, a small museum, gift shop, and plenty of outdoor seating areas in the courtyard and front porch.
Breakfast includes egg dishes and sweet items, with Creole specialties like grillades and grits, all prepared in an expert, delicious way.
It's easy to find parking in this area. For fun, alternative travel, consider renting a bike from Dashing Bicycles (6-minute walk). Esplanade Avenue has a bike lane and it's a quick trip up to Bayou St. John or down to the Quarter and Marigny.
Make a reservation at Crescent City Steak House (10-minute walk), a classic steak house with an classy old school vibe. Pagoda Cafe (4-minute walk) is a neighborhood favorite, for its cute atmosphere, great coffee, and casual cuisine. Get in line at Willie Mae's Scotch House (9-minute walk) for their famous fried chicken.
Pirgoue's (6-minute walk) a casual hangout with fresh, frozen daiquiris. Swirl (16-minute walk) is a pint-sized wine bar with a great selection.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's a great stay for history lovers and French art buffs, but the location, beautiful property, and great service offer a little bit of something for everyone.