When visiting a new destination for pleasure, seasoned travelers can have very different preferences when it comes to accommodations. But in a culturally distinctive place like New Orleans, staying at a B&B can be an excellent way to experience the city more deeply and authentically than the average tourist would. New Orleans B&Bs are often very small, intimate properties; some have as few as five guest rooms. But this intimacy allows for an extremely personalized level of service.
Like the concierges and bartenders working at big hotels downtown, most B&B owners pride themselves on being ambassadors to the city—and have lots of inside tips for the best things to do and most unusual ways to explore. The small scale of New Orleans B&Bs means that staying at one can feel something like visiting with family—but their warmth and hospitality will rival what you’d find at the biggest luxury hotels. Stay at one of the properties on this list, and you may never choose a big corporate hotel again.
If you ever wanted to know what it was like to stay in a gorgeous, traditional Southern home, this is the place where you’ll learn. The décor and architecture of this historic Garden District house might come straight from the pages of Southern Living magazine. And the wonderful, relaxed hospitality of innkeeper Cindee Quick ensures you’ll have a memorable New Orleans experience.
When my mother visits New Orleans, this Garden District property is where she stays. The five guest rooms here are hugely spacious and beautifully appointed, and overlook a peaceful brick courtyard. Gracious hosts Charles and Jill Abbyad make you feel like family within seconds of your arrival, and will happily help you plan the perfect itinerary in their home city.
The hospitality of owners Karma and Patrick Ashton—second-generation innkeepers—help to make this antebellum property one of the most alluring B&Bs in the city. It’s got a near-perfect location, too: It’s set right on historic Esplanade Avenue (which is lines with gorgeous Creole mansions) and is just a few blocks’ stroll from the French Quarter.
Designed in 1890 by one of New Orleans’ most famous historic architects, Thomas Sully, this stunning property, with its curved front porch, stained-glass windows, and eight high-ceilinged guest rooms, epitomizes traditional Southern grandeur. Relax on the porch with drinks, and then walk a block up to take the St. Charles Streetcar downtown for a night out.
The eight rooms at this French Quarter property (split between a traditional main house and an adjacent carriage house) are all beautifully appointed with antiques—and all surround a large open courtyard for relaxing. Owner Linda O’Brien is an absolute pleasure to talk with and always makes sure her guests are well taken care of.