Hotel Maison de Ville
What We Love
- A central Travel + Leisure 500 hotel in a landmark building with legendary former residents
- The Gold List and Travel + Leisure 500 inclusion and appearances in ELLE Decor and the Harrods magazines
- The two iconic former residents: Antoine Peychaud (of the city’s signature Sazerac) and Tennessee Williams
- The coffee and pastries the hotel puts out for you – consider them an aperitif to your Café du Monde beignet
- The location itself – as close as you can get to the center of the French Quarter, short of sleeping in the cathedral
What To Know
- The courtyard and balconies are classic New Orleans
- Guests can use the nearby Downtown Fitness Center
- Expect antiques and historic architecture mixed with modern amenities like flatscreen TVs
Experience the essence of the French Quarter. At a gracious collection
of Audubon cottages on Toulouse Street, with wrought-iron balconies and
French doors on their upper stories, you’ll stay in an abode that evokes
its 19th-century history. Toward the street, you’ll see the occasional
horse-drawn carriage pass; by the courtyard, you’ll hear a fountain
trickling in a quiet garden. Hotel Maison de Ville has just what makes
the Big Easy special, so much so that two of its greatest icons used to
live here: It was previously the maison de Tennessee Williams and
Antoine Peychaud, inventor of a certain Sazerac.
But not only is
this genteel home the very soul of the city, it’s also its heart, or in
that vicinity – famous Jackson Square is right around the
corner. Bourbon Street is at the northern border of the hotel’s block;
at the south end is Royal, which closes to cars each day so that
wander and admire the busking puppeteers and jazz prodigies. This
property didn’t win its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and
inclusion on the Gold List and Travel + Leisure 500 for being
anything less than perfectly central, allowing you to get out and
celebrate New Orleans – and in this ever-festive place, that, too, is only appropriate.
Accommodations in this historic home are individually customized, but they share a classically New Orleanian elegance. In the Superior room, you’ll have a queen bed and gallery overlooking the courtyard, while the Junior room offers you Old World romance, with a full-size canopy bed and street view.
a guest at Hotel Maison de Ville, you’re right in the heart of the
charming French Quarter, 40 feet from Bourbon Street and just around the
corner from Jackson Square. Lose yourself in this enchanting,
mysterious neighborhood’s blocks of elegant three- and four-story homes,
masquerade shops, bars and historic landmarks. For some of the best
jazz of your life, walk across Royal to Frenchman Street, home to
clubs that showcase prodigiously talented trumpeters, trombonists,
vocalists and percussionists. When you’re ready to explore a new
part of town, head out to the St. Charles streetcar – the oldest
continuously operating in the world – or the elegant Garden District.
How to Get There
We stayed at Maison De Ville over Memorial Day weekend. The Maison de Ville is a historic hotel located less than a block off Bourbon Street. This small hotel was perfect for our stay. Upon arrival we were greeted by Guy and shown the entire property and then was escorted to our room. We were in room #3 which was a premium room located on the second floor facing Toulouse Street with a large shared balcony. The room had a comfortable king-sized bed, private bathroom and all other typical amenities. The robes provided were the softest I have worn in a hotel! You do hear noise from the street in this room. It didn’t bother us, but if you are looking for quiet, request a courtyard room.
Even though this hotel is close to Bourbon Street it felt very safe. They give each guest a key to the front door which stays locked all the time.
Samantha and Guy went out of their way to make our stay perfect! They gave us a great map of the quarter which I kept on me the whole time, it was a nice resource as we explored the area. They also helped out with recommendations for restaurants, shopping and even found me a nail salon to get my nails done while we were there.
They have a bucket of umbrellas to borrow as it tends to rain a little every afternoon, so you don’t need to pack one.
The house cat Trina was always hanging in the lobby to greet us as we came and went. She was very sweet.
We didn’t rent a car, and if you don’t plan on leaving the quarter you really don’t need one. Just Uber or take a cab/car service from the airport. The hotel doesn’t have parking, but there are garages nearby.
If you are looking for a small, unique and personalized hotel in the French Quarter this is your place!
If you like old, this may be the place for you. Unfortunately, everything about it was old, including the carpet, the paint, the bathrooms and the air conditioner. WiFi was terrible. This simply is a hotel in need of a makeover. It has great bones and a very nice courtyard. In fact, the courtyard almost made up for the rest of the facility, but it wasn’t quite enough for me. Also, unless you’re a heavy sleeper, stay away from the rooms that face Toulouse. Bourbon Street is 30 yards away!
I really wanted to love this place. It has so much charm and history. However, I ended up disappointed for several reasons. The room I had was sparsely furnished, the shower head was located so low you had to crouch down to use it and had very little pressure and housekeeping was minimal. The staff was helpful but not overly so, I never had the feeling they were really that interested in my satisfaction . Regrettably, I will be looking for other accommodations when I return to New Orleans.
I stayed in this hotel 15 years ago and it was one of the gems of French Quarter. It was gorgeous and impeccable. There was a staff of people committed to service.
Many considered it the best place to stay in the French Quarter and I was very excited to stay here again. I have no idea what has happened in the last 15 years but this place is a dump now. It’s a very sad shell of its former self. It’s been raped and pillaged. I’m not sure but maybe part of the hotel was sold off. All the beautiful antiques are gone and the place is dingy and in disrepair. The location is great, the people working the front office (which is a mess) were nice enough - there wasn’t really much they could have done so I didn’t complain - it just wasn’t worth the aggravation. It’s obviously the proprietor’s issue.
I thought about turning immediately around the second I walked in the front door, but ended up suffering through a week. The AC alternated between roasting and freezing us, smoke detector was broken, the curtains look like Katrina remnants, courtyard plants were dead or dying and the fat cat ran into our room and then bit my daughter when she tried to coax it from under the bed. The pastries they put out in the morning were stale and looked like they came from Walmart.
I guess if you’re simply looking for a bed in the French Quarter this place is worth considering, but I think the prices are very high compared to alternatively tacky run down options. There’s a reason this place lost their Relais Chateau affiliation - they only promote luxury hotels. I could kick myself for not paying attention to this clue I was in for a huge disappointment.
Seeing / experiencing the deterioration of this once charming hotel was heart breaking. I won’t ever come back to Mason De Ville. What a disgrace for this historic landmark. Maybe when this owner goes belly up, someone will buy the place and restore it to its former place in NOLA luxury.
Great location in the heart of the quarter. I stayed for 5 nights. Ambiance and sense of history is great. Definitely worth a couple of nights. Stayed in the Tennessee Williams suite which opens onto the courtyard. Parking can be interesting