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 place is an oasis to the crazy that is New Orleans and bourbon street. It’s one street over so you don’t hear a thing and was so grateful we did as those poor souls staying on bourbon street will not have slept a wink with the bars and construction work underway. At Audubon Cottages you are greeted with a warm welcome and the cottages are very charming, clean and great facilities. Breakfast was good and you can eat in your room, by the side of the pool, in the breakfast nook or at your cottage patio as it’s help yourself. Would highly recommend and would return.
This was our third stay at the Audubon Cottages. Each time, we appreciate it more! There are many lovely hotels in New Orleans, but the cottages are so unique and charming, I wouldn't choose any other place to stay. Can't wait to come back!
Beautiful rooms and grounds for a first look. Helpful, friendly staff in a fabulous location. My bridal party and I got ready there so it was perfect that we had space to get ready and food/coffee to hang out with.
Our family of 10 stayed for the first time in Cottage No.2, No. 5 and No. 6 from 9/27 to 10/1. It was the perfect location for our family reunion. The property is beautiful and secluded, yet it is two blocks from Bourbon Street. The grounds are well maintained, the pool inviting and the cottages are charming and historic, but with all modern amenities. The on-site staff was amazing! Maria, Miriam and Courtney all went out of their way to answer questions, give recommendations and make sure we were enjoying our stay. Henceforth this is my only hotel in New Orleans.
Excellent hotel with location and service. We will definitely stay here again. I would like to see booking discount for extended stays. I travel to NO frequently and don't stay in the Quarter primarily due to parking costs. This needs some additional consideration for extended stays.