What To Know
- Guestrooms are individually decorated with French-inspired details and antiques
- There's no on-site restaurant but homemade Creole breakfast is served daily
- The French Quarter is a 10-minute drive away
- Garret rooms are accessible only by stairs
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Degas House in New Orleans, you’ll be in the historical district and convenient to Mahalia Jackson Theater and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This bed & breakfast is within close proximity of Backstreet Cultural Museum and Fair Grounds Race Course.
Make yourself at home in one of the 9 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary bottled water, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and gift shops/newsstands. This Victorian bed & breakfast also features wedding services, tour/ticket assistance, and a picnic area.
Food & Drink
A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily from 8 AM to 10 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Booked the tour that morning and was told we wouldn’t be getting one of Degas’ descendants. I was a little disappointed until we met our guide, Randy Bibb. He was very welcoming, very knowledgeable, and so much fun! My boyfriend and I were the only ones on the tour so we were able to learn a lot from Randy. He’s a fountain of NOLA knowledge and we just had the best time talking history and art with him. Thoroughly enjoyed our time at Degas House with Randy and would definitely look up his other tours when we return.
P.S. look out and say hi to the super friendly cats in residence as well!
We were standing in front of a Degas painting in the New Orleans Art Museum a few days ago when two ladies heard us talking about it and told us that it had been painted here in New Orleans. When we asked how they knew this, the ladies explained that they had taken a tour of the Degas House with a grand niece of Degas!
When we visited the house the same grand niece was our docent and we learned that several of Degas’ brothers and their wives had lived (and died) in New Orleans. It was wonderful to be in the house in which Degas lived for several months immediately after the war and hear stories from the great granddaughter of the woman we had seen in the painting in NOLA.
1. Take the guided tour (it lasts 2 hours, costs $20 and is offered at 10:30am and 1:45pm most days).
2. An alternate guided tour includes breakfast. I can’t comment on that because we didn’t have breakfast included in our tour.
3. For $5 less it is possible to do a ‘self-guided’ tour, but you would not learn the intimate stories of the families without your docent.
4. The Degas House is also a B&B. Two of the people on the tour we took were staying in the house and said that their rooms were large and comfortable AND quiet.
4. Esplanade is a wide street with beautiful oak trees on each side. The trees in this block host a rookery of yellow-crowned night herons. They were nesting when we visited (late May) and we were warned not to park under the trees to avoid our car being spattered with bird guano. There is apparently a parking lot north of the house on the cross street , but we did not use it - when you make your reservation for the tour ask about its where-abouts.
If you like Degas’ paintings (or those of his fellow Impressionists) DON’T MISS this house!
My wife, 15 year old daughter, and I had breakfast and a tour here last week. The breakfast was delicious. We sat at a large dining table with other house guests and tour attendees. The story of Degas’ brief visit and stay at the house was fascinating, and the story of his brother and wife was very intriguing. You can stand in some of the actual spots in the house and on the front porch that are depicted in Degas’ New Orleans works. The breakfast could be expanded a bit with more selections,but other than that it was a wonderful experience.
This was truly a very laid back breakfast and tour. Not much for signage and we weren't sure if we were in the right place or not but once we got settled it was worth the time. So breakfast is in the B & B side and they know you are coming. Breakfast was good - you choose which plate you want. Then I suggest you go to the gift shop and inquire about the tour starting. We sat around and waited in the parlor of the B & B for 30 minutes before we investigated and went to the other house/gift shop. She was expecting us. The tour was interesting and given by a descendant of the family, Micey. The house is historic and beautiful. It was $53 for the tour and breakfast - not sure the breakfast and tour warranted that much money but it was an adventure and something I will remember from my trip. Micey was also very helpful and informative with general questions regarding New Orleans and how to get around to our next stop.
Our experience started with a tasty breakfast served by two lovely ladies. We then met our Tour Guide, Margot. We watched a brief and well produced documentary about Edgar Degas. We soon find out that Margot is his Great-grand Niece! Things really got interesting when the Degas House cat wandered in and jumped onto my daughter’s lap. Then she cuddled with my youngest. This place is so warm and friendly that we felt as if we, too, were family. Margot does an amazing job telling you about the family tree, the drama within the family, all while she weaves in the history of that home and how New Orleans influenced Degas artistically and personally. You will stand in the very spot where one of his famous paintings was painted. This tour is among the best. Turns out the Degas family history is as spicy as New Orleans Gumbo!