Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Villa Convento
616 Ursulines Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA See on Map
A quaint boutique hotel nestled into a historic block of the French Quarter, this family-owned townhouse feels more like staying at a B&B than a hotel.
Each room is a little different, with antique furniture and unique features like four poster beds, exposed brick, chandeliers and some balconies.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a historic building, and room size varies a lot. Rooms advertised as "small" or "cozy" are just that.
Bathrooms are generally small, with short baths (and shower heads), tiny sinks, and complimentary soap and toiletries.
The lobby is a cozy parlor with an upright grand piano. Complimentary coffee is served, and there is a computer, and small library of New Orleans-themed books, for guests' use. The other notable public space of the guest house is the enclosed brick courtyard, where you can enjoy a coffee or cocktail while taking in the plant life and old French Quarter charm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW It's more house than hotel: the mismatched decor and some slightly run down corners add to the charm of your stay, but don't scream luxury hotel, if that's what you're looking for.
Only coffee is served in the lobby, but there is a French pastry shop just across the street for breakfast.
There is a small bar in the lobby, where guests can enjoy wine, beer, and some spirits.
The hotel offers a small parking lot with limited guest parking. The best way to travel the French Quarter is by foot or pedicab. To visit other parts of the city, walk to Canal Street (about a 8-minute walk) and catch the streetcar.
Directly across the street you'll find Croissant D'Or Patisserie (1-minute walk), a traditional French pastry shop with a chic courtyard. Angeline (1-minute walk) serves a fresh, modern menu of Creole-inspired local produce and seafood. Try Italian Barrel (5-minute walk) for a Northern Italian meal when you've tired of the New Orleans staples.
Drink tropical craft cocktails in a hip, charming environment at Cane and Table (2-minute walk). Down the street, Molly's at the Market (3-minute walk) is a local favorite, and their signature frozen Irish Coffee is worth the indulgence.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Rumored to be the original House of the Rising Sun, this 1833 Creole townhouse chock full of antiquity and funk, has that fun historical whisper of the French Quarter that helps charm your visit. Other favorite features of this hotel are the quiet, enclosed courtyard and the friendly, familiar staff.
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