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 our second time coming back to the tranquil, relaxing, beautiful grounds of the cottages. such an oasis in the middle of the french quarter. you feel like you are worlds away, and yet you are only steps from anything you could want.
Maria was such an amazing host. The pool was warm and the breakfast was delicious. You feel like you are in the courtyard of a private mansion. Absolutely worth the price! Very family friendly and quiet at night.
Perfect quiet oasis amid the business of New Orleans. We We stayed n Cottage 1 and it was perfect. There was no detail left forgotten. The courtyard was beautiful and a wonderful place to sit and eat with the family. The pool was wonderfully warm and the kids loved swimming. We were close to everything and could walk almost anywhere we wanted to go and then come back and relax in peace. The staff was knowledgeable and really wonderful with helping us with any questions we had. I would stay here again without hesitation.
This was our 2nd stay after many years. The location is as good as it gets, as it is central to everything in the French Quarter. The property is an Oasis from all of the craziness outside its walls. The service is wonderful and so is the breakfast. The rooms have gone a bit downhill, and some of the furniture can probably use an upgrade...namely the beds and pillows. We were a group of 6, and the pillows were so awful that after the 1st night 3 of us could hardly move our upper backs and necks from the over firm bed and the awful old lumpy foam pillows. Hence my title...if you are planning a trip to this beautiful Garden of Eden BYO"P" (pillow)
Loved this place!
Would come back again and again to the Audubon Cottages. Our kids loved the pool and the cottage and the proximity to the quarter was a block away. Don’t even need to leave the premises of you don’t want to.