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
Our cottage was beautiful and clean, the location was perfect, breakfast and complimentary drinks were appreciated but the staff were who really made our stay amazing. Maria was so helpful booking us tours and taxis but went above and beyond mailing a package for me. I can’t say enough about how well we were treated! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
My 3 daughters and sister surprised me with a week in New Orleans. Upon arrival it was a plain sidewalk all closed up and there was this door. Just a plain door, nothing fancy. We walked into a lovely (and apparently typical) narrow walkway. Each step in became more entrancing than the last.. Just a short distance and there is a quaint garden area with an inviting swimming pool AND a pool house nicely stocked for breakfast every morning and later interesting other finds.
There were 5 of us and we were in Audubon's Cottage and workshop which shared a walled in brick patio with a fountain and umbrella tables. Both cottages were very nicely appointed. The cottages were very nicely appointed and unique. The larger one had 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a large sitting room.The fridge was stocked with our choices and there was a table large enough for all of us to sit together.
We walked everywhere ... well, we did take the trolly to the Garden District. It was easy to get around town and we all felt comfortable and safe.
I have stayed many interesting places and these cottages rank at the top of the list of places to stay.
... I suspect because I’ve stayed here at least four times now (and it won’t be my last). So I shan’t repeat why other reviewers love this location as much as I do. Suffice it to say this is the only spot that comes to mind whenever I think of New Orleans. The grounds, the Cottages themselves and last, but definitely not least, the staff make this place truly special. Definitely my go-to spot.