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
Parking on site
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Bourbon Street is just outside, but inside this sleep bridging crass and class the mayhem feels miles away
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.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
717 Orleans St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Bourbon Orleans is New Orleans, LA (MSY-Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl.) - 19 km / 11.8 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.