Private or semiprivate courtyard with each cottage
Oasis-like seclusion and serenity just a block from Bourbon Street
Feels more like a staying in a guesthouse than a hotel
What To Know
It’s a block from Bourbon Street — the surrounding streets can be noisy
Some bedrooms lack exterior windows
You’re on your own; a butler tends the property, but most services (parking, fitness room, check-in) are a block away at sister property Dauphine Orleans (415 Dauphine Street)
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Seven restored 19th-century Creole cottages wrapped around a brick courtyard in the heart of the French Quarter
The property is a complex of seven 19th-century Creole cottages (a common style unique to New Orleans), including one where naturalist John James Audubon stayed while researching Southern bird life. Old brick is everywhere, and inside creatively distressed faux antiques made of reclaimed wood and old hardware add to the historic charm. Enter from the street through a nondescript locked gate into a narrow alley and an aisle of crepe myrtles that leads to the pool and statuary, from which you connect to your cottage. The whole complex is to scale with the intimate French Quarter.
Bed and Bath
Bird prints lend a sense of antiquity to the bedrooms; iPhone docking stations/radios and flat-screen TVs bring you back to today. Black marble and granite dominate the big bathrooms — it’s a bit severe, but comforting on post–Bourbon Street mornings. Slippers and waffle-weave robes are provided in each cottage, and that’s the favored wear for the continental breakfast served on patio furniture in the courtyard.
The chief amenity here? The deeply historic, settled atmosphere — it’s heavily imbued with the sensibility of old New Orleans (yet with free WiFi). The pool is more for show and a quick splash than for laps (four feet at its deepest; heated in winter), and, blissfully, a tray with breakfast (pastries, fruit, cereal, coffee) magically appears in your courtyard at a time you designate.
509 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
How to Get There
Flights are available to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from MSY, about 20 miles away, are not available through the property. Taxis to/from MSY are approximately $35, each way. If you’re renting a car, valet parking is available for an additional $34 ($38 for oversize vehicles) per day. Special events may incur additional charges.