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
An oasis around the corner from Bourbon Street.
My husband and I had the best 3 days thanks to the staff at the Audubon Cottages. We parked our car at their sister hotel and the valet wheeled our bags down the street to the cottages. We were greeted at the entrance gate and shown to our room and given a little tour of this gem of a place. The staffs recommendations for where to run, what museums to go to, and where to eat were spot on.
Can’t wait to go back !
From the moment we stepped onto the property we enjoyed every second. We felt like we were staying with family. The staff is so sweet and attentive to every need. We were amazed how close we were to all the local attractions yet, it was so quiet and private at the cottages. Private patio surrounded by tress and lush plants, very clean, nice room, comfortable and an amazing breakfast! We would never stay anywhere else in New Orleans.
Like staying in your own secret garden hotel. If you like an individual touch, greenery, and personal service, this is the place for you. You can get to everything, pool is wonderful in warmer weather, poolside days after long NOLA nights out.