Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Maison de Ville
727 Toulouse St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice
Step off of a busy French Quarter street and into a quiet corner rich in history at this renovated series of townhouses. The cobblestone courtyard shares a wall with Court of Two Sisters, and on Sunday mornings guests wake up to pleasant wafts of jazz music and brunch scents. The back suite once frequently hosted Tennessee Williams, and the main townhouse dates back to the 1780s. Throughout, this small hotel exudes charm and a quirky New Orleans romanticism.
A sometimes odd mix of antiques, oil paintings, and modern amenities, the rooms are quirky but charming. Most face into the courtyard and get plenty of sunlight. Voodoo dolls, created specially for the hotel by a local artist, are found on every bed (and available for purchase).
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some of the quaint original rooms struggle to fit the modern-sized beds we’re used to, and quarters can feel tight. But the charm is still there, there are large windows in each room, and plenty of balconies and outdoor space.
L’Occitane bath products. Most rooms have showers, while a few have short tubs.
There is a pleasant parlor overlooking the courtyard, with a small snack bar.
The hotel has a "bed and breakfast" feel to it: don't be afraid to ask the friendly staff about the hotel's history, make requests, or look for local suggestions.
The hotel provides complimentary passes to Downtown Fitness Center (333 Canal Street).
Coffee and pastries are served in the hotel parlor each morning. There are small snacks, like chips and cookies, available from the snack bar.
The hotel serves champagne upon arrival and often hosts cocktail hours for groups or events. The snack bar provides nonalcoholic refreshments and soft drinks 24 hours.
It's easy to travel on foot within the French Quarter. Walk to Canal Street (6-minute walk) for a quicker chance of catching Ubers or cabs, or the streetcar.
At cozy Sylvain (4-minute walk), food is consistently excellent and creative. Central Grocery (8-minute walk) is a good Quarter staple for Po' Boys.
It's BYOB here, but Preservation Hall (2-minute walk) is a nightlife must for music and culture lovers. Pat O’ Brien's (3-minute walk) has your fix for Hurricanes and tourist watching.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's a solid choice if you’re looking for something unique, yet right in the Quarter. Evenings after touring the city are well spent in the courtyard, where you’re provided a remarkable backyard view into the French Quarter and a step back in history.
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