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
We absolutely loved Audubon Cottages for our honeymoon. Everyone there was amazing. The room was amazing. The location is amazing! Couldn't recommend it more. The pool is a highlight and the breakfast is great.
I wish I could stay here everyday. From the moment you walk in and are welcomed by your hostess for the day, you will be amazed. From the wonderful authentic NOLA courtyard, to the friendliness that I love about New Orleans. The rooms are quaint to large, multi room - the pool is simple, the food in the am is literally cooked to order. The location absolutely cannot be beat - yes you should stay here.
Our stay at the Audubon Cottages was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. The staff is friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. The cottage we stayed in was charming and clean. We loved that we were in the middle of the French Quarter, just a block off of Bourbon Street, but once we entered the courtyard, it felt like we were well away from the party-all-night atmosphere.
We fell in love with Audubon Cottages, with their picturesque courtyards and the swimming pool, with our cottage and its exquisite decor, with friendly, warm and welcoming atmosphere. We appreciate the assistance and helpful advice of the staff: the butler service is great! It's the best place to stay in New Orleans and we'll definitely come back! Thank you!
A wonderful experience in all ways. The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly, and competent. The property is unique and the location is terrific. Most rooms included courtyards. The salt-water pool was warm and inviting. The atmosphere was casual and inviting. Don't miss it!