Fodor's Expert Review St. Charles Guest House
1748 Prytania St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, USA See on Map
This traditional B&B is located on the St. Charles streetcar line, in a beautiful neighborhood you'll be happy to have the opportunity to discover. Friendly staff are eager to make your stay comfortable.
Rooms have funky wallpaper and homey decor, with wrought-iron bed frames and comfortable queen beds. That each room is a little different adds to this home's character.
Larger rooms have private bathrooms, while many standard rooms share bathrooms off of the hallway.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're not into sharing a bathroom with strangers, book a larger room ahead of time or perhaps look elsewhere.
Continental breakfast mostly includes pastries, and guests can enjoy tea and coffee in the breakfast room all day.
The backyard pool area and spacious, fern-covered patio are good places to enjoy a cocktail.
It's pretty easy to find street parking in this neighborhood. The St. Charles Ave. streetcar line is a block away, and will take you to the French Quarter and CBD in one direction, and Uptown and Audubon Park in the other.
Head to Blind Pelican (3-minute walk) for their famous oyster happy hour (buy one drink and get a dozen oysters for $3). Family-owned Casa Borrega (9-minute walk) has excellent Oaxacan food, inventive margaritas, and a chic patio with live music.
Walk over to Avenue Pub (5-minute walk) for a large selection of local and international craft beers. Enjoy late night revelry at local favorite dive and dance bar The Saint (10-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This B&B aims to feel like a family home, so don't expect the chic decor or amenities of a boutique hotel. That said, the rooms are comfortable and very affordable for the area (around $60 when it's not a holiday). We love this neighborhood, both during Mardi Gras when it comes alive with parades and the hoards of families that come to celebrate, and other times of the year when its quiet, full of lush plant life and cute local shops.
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