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
- 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
Hotel was very nice and the staff and service was great. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Location is good if you want to be right near Bourbon in the middle of all the action. Price was good compared to other similar hotels.
This is a great place right in the heart of all the activities. The really know the local area and made great recommendation on where to go. We had a chance to see Chef Stanley talk about how to make the prefect Gumbo and it was one of the biggest highlights of the trip.
I visited New Orleans for the first time and had a great stay in Bourbon Orleans hotel.
The hotel is right in the heart of the French quarter. It’s just off of Bourbon street so you don’t have any of the noise or craziness of the strip itself. It’s a 15 minute walk from Frenchman street which has some great jazz bars, but is also near shops, restaurants and other local attractions.
The staff were very helpful and friendly through out our stay. We received a complementary cocktail, along with free flavoured water and a tour of the hotel itself.
We stayed on the 3rd floor in a standard room that overlooked the pool. The room was spacious with comfortable beds and all the usual room amenities. We also had robes too which were a nice touch. The hotel itself is old fashioned in style which ties in perfectly with the look and feel of French Quarter.
Our rooms were cleaned daily and fresh towels were available.
The pool was lovely with beds and towels. There isn’t a huge amount of shade during the heat of the day but that’s to be expected. A waitress service is available for food and drink.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the hotel to future guests and would definitely go back.
You can’t relax and enjoy your trip if you can’t sleep comfortably at night. Thy have the best staff, the most comfortable rooms, and everything is absolutely perfect. In the years we’ve been staying there, we have never had a single issue. We absolutely love it. And it’s so close to everything going on.
Excellent in every way. From the moment we arrived until we pulled away from the front door all of the staff were especially friendly and engaging....very customer focused and always extending to help in any way they could.
My wife is mobility impaired and everyone there helped me at every turn. It is very evident that everone there understands that they are in the hospitality business since they exemplfy the highest standards if the art.
Bottom line, we will always return and will recommend the Bourbon Orleans to anyone who asks us where to stay in NOLA.