Bourbon Orleans Hotel
What We Love
- Central location allows you to be part of — or apart from — Bourbon Street boisterousness in a few steps
- Quiet, smart courtyard surrounds a pool and offers a haven for recharging via a soak and a coffee
- Free WiFi, and the first drink is on the house
What To Know
- Traditional Rooms are very petite and rather dark — ask for a room facing the courtyard for a bit more light
- Guestroom decor was renovated in 2012
- If you’re seeking a quiet weekend getaway, this isn’t the spot
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Parts of this handsome gray building date from 1817, and it’s been home to a historic ballroom, then a convent for more than a century. It was converted to a hotel in 1964, and today it feels completely modern — don’t expect creakiness, as it’s been overhauled repeatedly, and most interior historic features are long gone. Still, the public spaces and guestrooms affect an Old World elegance. The transition from the neon lights, pulsating music and free-roaming imbibers on the street to the classical columns and arches and muffled tones inside the lobby is one of the city’s small marvels.
Bed and Bath
Twenty or so bi-level “loft balcony” suites featuring French doors that open onto expansive balconies — they’re a treat. (“If you’re in a Bourbon Street balcony room and not part of the party, something’s wrong with you,” a hotel staffer told us.) All rooms have been accented with deep colored walls and neoclassical decor; ask for a courtyard-facing room to avoid the street noise. The bathrooms have walk-in showers only, with lots of glossy black granite. There’s free WiFi and local calls from the rooms.
The heated saltwater pool in the courtyard is open year-round, for a refreshing pre-party dip. Roux on Orleans — an attractive eatery just off the lobby — serves breakfast and dinner, including such casual Creole fare like fried shrimp po-boys and hangar steak with andouille succotash. The Bourbon O bar fronts the eponymous street, offering a comfortable, modern perch from which to monitor the mayhem through open doors.
In the Area
If you were shopping for a central location in the French Quarter, this would be your first and last stop. The hotel lies midway between the 24-hour party scene of Bourbon Street and the rear of St. Louis Cathedral (which features a statue that casts a striking nighttime shadow the locals call “Touchdown Jesus”). That seems a fitting divide for travelers: Head right out the front door for a cocktail, or turn left to explore historic Jackson Square and antiques-filled Royal Street. Sign up for one of the daily (except Monday) two-hour French Quarter walking tours run by the nonprofit Friends of the Cabildo from the 1850 House, and put the neighborhood in context. Watch the city come to life during breakfast at the well-regarded Stanley Restaurant. Evenings, grab a seat in the courtyard of Sylvain for finely crafted cocktails and delicious bistro fare.
How to Get There
Beautiful hotel to host a wedding. The staff was wonderful and exceptionally friendly. The location of the hotel is within walking distance to all the sights and restaurants. I could not have asked for a more perfect experience and will stay here again.
Located right on the corner of Bourbon and Orleans Streets makes this hotel an ideal French Quarter hotel. We stayed here our last two visits to NOLA and had nice rooms and good service. We arrived early and the hotel securely kept our luggage until we were able to check in. Although right on Bourbon Street we didn't encounter any noise issue. You are within walking distance of Bourbon, Decatur, Chartres, Royal, Frenchmen Streets and many restaurants, bars, stores, activities. There are virtually hundreds of tours available that some require walking and others have transportation included to their destinations. We never get a car when visiting NOLA. Be cautious of cocktail bar prices. Drinks at the better bars in the Bourbon Street area range from $12-15 EACH; however, only a few blocks away you can get a similar drink for $3-4. (most the bars right on Bourbon Street have costly watered down tasteless drinks) Our weather was warm enough to take advantage of the hotel's centrally located pool. The Bourbon Orleans elevator is located at one end of a somewhat circular layout of rooms so depending on your room location, you may encounter a LONG walk from the elevator to your room. Some say this hotel is haunted and I believe that; our TV had crappy reception on numerous basic broadcast channels and our refrigerator didn't work at all. Hotel prices at the Boubon Orleans vary greatly depending on time of year or the day of the week. If you are flexible, do some research before booking and you can save hundreds! If you are flying in, check out some flight/hotel packages & this could also save you some dollars. We like this place and the staff has always been nice.
Ideally situated for stay in the heart of the French Quarter. Our room was quiet as it was away from Bourbon Street although it was on the small side but was comfortable and clean. Generally we found the staff to be very friendly although I thought those on the reception were slightly aloof. It was good to be able to sit in the comfy lobby with a complimentary coffee and cookie.