A casual hotel in a historical setting, the bar here was once a bordello, and John J. Audubon painted his "Birds of America" series in the breakfast room from 1821-1822. Rooms in a separate building off of the back courtyard provide extra respite, and the best sights of the French Quarter are still a short walk from this serene block.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is slightly run down these days, but its rich history (and staff eager to relay it to you) and quiet location give it character.
Guests have the choice of rooms in the main house, carriage house, or in Herman House, a separate building and courtyard across the street. Elegant decor graces all the rooms, and many have charming features like exposed brick, large windows, and cypress ceiling beams. Windows face out into the street or into private courtyards.
Premium and Superior rooms in the main house have balconies overlooking Dauphine Street.
Standard rooms have marble bathrooms with shower bathtub combinations, and some superior rooms have jacuzzi tubs.
The check-in area off of Dauphine Street is quite small, but the Audubon Room (where breakfast is served), and a series of small courtyards serve as additional hangout spaces.
There is a small saltwater pool in the back courtyard, and an outdoor hot tub in the Herman House courtyard.
The fitness center has a few cardio machines and a rack of free weights.
A generous continental breakfast is served in the historic Audubon Room each morning.
The hotel offers light complimentary refreshments, like cookies and lemon water, in the main courtyard every afternoon.
Guests enjoy a complimentary welcome drink at May Bailey's, an entertaining pub with memorabilia from its past era as a brothel. Drinks are affordable, and the bartender makes a great Pimm's Cup.
There's a small library in May Bailey's, lending books to guests during their stay.
The hotel provides valet, though driving in the Quarter is generally expensive and inconvenient. It's about a 5-10 minute walk to the Canal Street and St. Claude Street streetcar lines, which connect you to Uptown, the Garden District, Marigny, and Mid City.
Susan Spicer's cozy gastropub Bayona (1-minute walk, across the street) serves some of the best Creole-inspired inventions in the city. Get casual late night food at Dante's Pizza or Ali Baba's Gyros (5-minute walks).
Double Play (1-minute walk) is a casual sports pub with a good local vibe. Arnaud's French75 Bar (3-minute walk) will make you feel back in the 1800s, with its charming historical decor and classic cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's a nice respite from the action of the quarter on this quiet block of Dauphine Street. The small, private courtyards and breakfast in the Audubon Room give staying at this hotel a comfortable, homey feel.