Private bedrooms and suites at this charming B&B feature hardwood floors and well maintained period piece furniture. The towering old Victorian house is on a serene block of the Garden District block, otherwise occupied by historic mansions and well-manicured plant life. During Carnival season, the house's large patio and second floor balcony offer first class viewing of major parades down St. Charles Avenue.
Rooms are consistently updated with refinished floors and new paint. Each room features period piece furniture, a private bathroom, sitting area, hardwood floors and ceiling fans.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Size varies between the antique four poster beds, most a little smaller than a modern queen.
All rooms have showers, and seven of the eight rooms have showers and tubs. Bathrooms feature original details like wraparound sinks and intricate tile work.
Check the antique armoire in your room for extras like robes, slippers, and additional bedding.
Red plush sofas and an upright piano greet guests in the sunny front parlor, which serves as a lobby. Three large floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto St. Charles Avenue. The sprawling upper and lower patios serve as additional public space.
The host offers an extended continental breakfast, with additional hot items like quiches and egg dishes. Guests can enjoy breakfast indoors or on the second floor balcony.
There's a wet bar on the second floor, set up for guests who want to chill their own bottle of wine or spirit. The bar includes complimentary soft drinks and an ice machine.
The St. Charles stops in front of the house and is a convenient way to travel to the French Quarter or Uptown to Audubon Park (only about a fifteen minute trip each way, and the window views are pleasant). Unless it's parade season, street parking is easy and cheap around this part of St. Charles.
The experience of old Deep South grandeur never gets old at Commander's Palace (4-minute walk) where you should make a reservation for a decadent 3-course lunch. Locals in this area can never quite decide if Po Boys are more delicious at Tracy's (10-minute walk) or Parasol's (11-minute walk), so it's best to sample from both.
You'll find plenty of watering holes on Magazine Street, about a 12-minute walk from the house. Rum House and The Bulldog are both popular around happy hour, when they offer food and drink specials and attract a young crowd. Check out The Prytania Bar (11-minute walk) for nightly local music shows.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Despite being a historic house full of antiques, this property is pristinely clean and maintained. The St. Charles streetcar (or a long stroll along the streetcar tracks) makes it very easy to travel from less quiet neighborhoods to the action in the Quarter and other areas.