Boasting one of the best courtyards in the French Quarter, this quaint oasis of townhouses provides guests with a peaceful atmosphere, historical significance, and friendly staff.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though it's generally a quieter section of the French Quarter, this block of Toulouse gets a lot of traffic and can stay congested through the busier hours of the day.
Of the 200 bedrooms, 42 have balconies, some facing the courtyard and others onto the street. There's a small back courtyard with a carriage house for a more private rental, complete with a kitchen (sleeps four). Room decor is slightly outdated--but it's got a ton of charm. The hotel is planning an interior renovation in 2018.
The bathrooms have large mirrors and marble counter tops. They're fine.
The lobby is kind of outdated as far as decor goes--but like the rooms, it has an old-timey charm to it. It has curtains and a large, old looking rug, and there's some seating. It's quaint and cute and you can sit in it.
With two courtyards and four meeting rooms, the hotel is great for events, though if you're considering it for a wedding, book far in advance.
The large stone courtyard, partially open to the street through the port cochere, has a large pool, several cabanas, and lounge chairs. The whole pool area has a serene, spa-like feel to it, and the other half of the courtyard, separated by a fountain and greenery, has small bistro tables and chairs.
The fitness center, located just off of the pool area, is small, but has the essentials.
Bistreaux serves casual fare in a charming setting surrounded by festive French murals and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out into the street. Paul Prodhomme was the first chef here in the 1970s, where he perfected his blackened redfish before moving on to Commander's Palace. Now the restaurant boasts a hearty breakfast menu and traditional Creole comforts for lunch and dinner, like BBQ shrimp, stuffed Po Boys, and red beans and rice.
Check out the restaurant's jazz brunch on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Aside from its full bar, Bistreaux features brunch cocktails, like bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar, classic favorites like the sazerac or brandy milk punch, and a happy hour (with small bites from the kitchen) from 3-6 p.m.
The hotel has its own underground garage; from Rampart st. you can pull directly in to the port cochere and valet your car. Traffic is bad in the French Quarter, and it's easiest to travel on foot, or walk to Canal Street to catch the streetcar Uptown or towards Mid City.
On a quiet corner of Dauphine Street you'll find Eat New Orleans (6-minute walk) a cozy farm-to-table restaurant serving Creole and Cajun classics, where BYOB is "encouraged." Meauxbar's creative, French-inspired cuisine is especially appealing at brunch time, when you can order a mimosa set-up for the table (7-minute walk).
Black Penny (2-minute walk) is a local favorite with a wide beer selection. Another favorite, especially with industry folk, is Bar Tonique (5-minute walk), a romantic dive serving craft cocktails and overlooking Armstrong Park. Follow the rainbow flag a few doors down to GrandPre's (5-minute walk), where you can experience entertaining burlesque and drag performances in a chill environment.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The staff is super friendly, the courtyard is divine, and it has the right dose of French Quarter charm to make your stay feel special.