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Fodor's Expert Review Lafitte Guest House

1003 Bourbon St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA See on Map

Cameron Todd

At this French-style manor with polished digs and attentive staff, guests can choose from several rooms with balconies or windows looking out onto Bourbon Street. Enjoy the run of a communal kitchen and private courtyard, with quick access to many sights and sounds of the Quarter.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Refined guest rooms look out onto what can be a very rambunctious corner of Bourbon Street. Prepare for some noise from the street even at late hours.

room

First floor rooms are most affordable, second floor rooms have private or shared balconies, and the spacious loft at the house's top has fabulous views of the city.

Several features upgrade this boutique hotel from a standard B&B: some king beds, an elevator, and flat-screened televisions, Wi-Fi, and refrigerators in every room.

bathroom

All lodgings have small, private bathrooms. Good enough for us!

lobby

A parlor full of antiques has a television and piano, and doubles as an art gallery, with a wide selection of oil paintings.

dining

Guests here enjoy complimentary continental breakfast in the dining room, courtyard, or private balconies, as well as light snack items throughout the day. Guests also have access to the use of a shared kitchen.

drinking

Rooms have personal refrigerators, and both the courtyard and balconies are a nice place to enjoy a cocktail. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar is across the street.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The hotel is happy to provide private parking for $30/a day. Street parking will be hard to come by, and expect some traffic in the Quarter. A new streetcar line on Rampart Street (4-minute walk) can connect you to the Marigny, CBD, Uptown, and Mid City.

Restaurants

Meauxbar (4-minute walk) serves refined classics, like escargot and gulf fish almandine, with refreshingly bright, modern flavor. Whether at the beginning or end of a long night of barhopping, locals and tourists alike rave about the large, greasy burger at Port of Call (6-minute walk).

Bars

The alleged location of Pirate Jean Lafitte's original shop, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar (1-minute walk) is now a must-stop for partying tourists, whether to sing along at the piano bar in the back, or try one of the bar's infamous boozy frozen drinks. Cane and Table (6-minute walk) offers a relaxed, refined atmosphere you might crave after too much time partying in the Quarter.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Some corners of this historic house are more rundown than your typical chain hotel, but period pieces and features like original fireplaces, chandeliers and exposed brick add charm to every room. The location is on the farthest corner of Bourbon Street, where the French Quarter transforms from tours and parties to a pleasant residential area, and this location gives you the best of both worlds.

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Historical
Casual
Central
Local Flavor
$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 800-331–7971;504-581–2678

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