What We Love
- Private or semiprivate courtyard with each cottage
- Oasis-like seclusion and serenity just a block from Bourbon Street
- Feels more like a staying in a guesthouse than a hotel
What To Know
- It’s a block from Bourbon Street — the surrounding streets can be noisy
- Some bedrooms lack exterior windows
- You’re on your own; a butler tends the property, but most services (parking, fitness room, check-in) are a block away at sister property Dauphine Orleans (415 Dauphine Street)
- Free WiFi
The property is a complex of seven 19th-century Creole cottages (a common style unique to New Orleans), including one where naturalist John James Audubon stayed while researching Southern bird life. Old brick is everywhere, and inside creatively distressed faux antiques made of reclaimed wood and old hardware add to the historic charm. Enter from the street through a nondescript locked gate into a narrow alley and an aisle of crepe myrtles that leads to the pool and statuary, from which you connect to your cottage. The whole complex is to scale with the intimate French Quarter.
Bed and Bath
Bird prints lend a sense of antiquity to the bedrooms; iPhone docking stations/radios and flat-screen TVs bring you back to today. Black marble and granite dominate the big bathrooms — it’s a bit severe, but comforting on post–Bourbon Street mornings. Slippers and waffle-weave robes are provided in each cottage, and that’s the favored wear for the continental breakfast served on patio furniture in the courtyard.
The chief amenity here? The deeply historic, settled atmosphere — it’s heavily imbued with the sensibility of old New Orleans (yet with free WiFi). The pool is more for show and a quick splash than for laps (four feet at its deepest; heated in winter), and, blissfully, a tray with breakfast (pastries, fruit, cereal, coffee) magically appears in your courtyard at a time you designate.
How to Get There
This is a very special place. Tucked into the quieter part of the French Quarters, this collection of elegant suites nestles around a warm outdoor swimming pool with lush planting. The rooms are finely decorated, in a period French château style, and enjoy all mod cons. A delightful surprise in the deep South of the United States. Full of atmosphere. The staff are very warm and helpful. We felt truly at home in this beautiful treasure.
We had the 2 bedroom #4. Excellent. Very romantic. Excellent breakfast each day. Quite. Service over the top. 1 block from Bourbon Street but off the hoopla. Easy walk from everything. Don’t rent a car. Useless.
A true oasis of peace and tranquility in the French Quarter. Audubon Cottages are in a class of their own. A must for any seasoned and discerning traveler! One of the most unique & enjoyable places we have ever stayed at.
My family of four stayed in cottage 3 from December 26 - 30. We were welcomed at the door, dividing the main courtyard area from Dauphine Street, and it felt as though we were stepping into a different world. Our cottage had a privacy fence surrounding our own lovely courtyard with a fountain and a table and chairs. Unfortunately it rained while we were in town, so we were not able to enjoy it, but I imagine it would be wonderful to sit and relax after a long day of walking. Breakfast is served daily with a decent selection. The location is perfect. We were close to the French Quarter and still walking distance to the riverfront - aquarium, WWII museum, Museum of Death, Canal Street trolley were all within walking distance. Once the main door closes behind you, it is surprisingly quiet and homey. I would stay here again on a future visit,
Highly recommend Audubon Cottages - staff outstanding. Extremely helpful - provided excellent vegan food during stay and also useful tourist recommendations. Venue well-located in French Quarter - very private accommodation