Super Bowl 2013 is nearly here and if you’re still looking for somewhere to stay, we have a few suggestions for alternatives to big New Orleans hotels. At this point, major French Quarter hotel rooms have all but nearly been snatched up for Super Bowl week. But for those willing to venture a few minutes away from Super Bowl Central downtown, a Lower Garden District bed and breakfast may be just the ticket. Here are a few quaint and charming B&B options in the Lower Garden District to fill your New Orleans lodging needs!
A Victorian themed guest house with brick courtyard located in the picturesque oaks of the Lower Garden District. It is conveniently located near the streetcar providing access to the French Quarter and downtown Mississippi Riverfront. Need a little downtime during your Super Bowl stay? They have a gorgeous courtyard and garden! Off Street parking is also available for guests. Available rooms range from $180 to $300 a night. Fairchild House is located at 1518 Prytania Street and can be reached at (504) 524-0154.
This historic guest house is located in a beautiful setting of the Lower Garden District. Built in the 1940s, it is rich in history and features a gorgeous tree-shaped therapeautic salt-water swimming pool with an over-sized jacuzzi. To top it all off, it welcomes diverse lifestyles and pets! The Greenhouse Inn is located at 1212 Magazine Street and can be reached at (504) 525-1333. Rooms are limited on Super Bowl weekend and are priced high, but there are more options during the week.
Originally a masonry home turned elegant gem, this gorgeous Bed & Breakfast is a refreshing alternative to regular hotel rooms. Housed in the Magazine Street antiques district, you will find generous amenities, comfortable guest rooms, and a staff ready to give insider information and advice on experiencing all things New Orleans. Rooms vary between $165-235 night, which at this point, will beat out the best hotel deals that are currently available. The McKendrick-Breaux House is located at 1474 Magazine Street and can be reached at (504) 586-1700.
The Lower Garden District can often be overshadowed by French Quarter and Convention Area Hotels. However, the neighborhood boasts of many classically featured Italianate and Greek Revival New Orleans homes that now function as bed and breakfasts. Replete with soaring ceilings, mantels, columns and courtyards these century plus homes give visitors an intimate glimpse into the city’s architectural history.
Forget the car: walk to restaurants, museums and shops
The Lower Garden District itself includes several popular food and drink destinations, including the breakfast spot Surrey’s, the Bridge Lounge for cocktails and the bright Corner Muse or cozy Mojo for coffee. The lower section of Saint Charles Avenue with its myriad of casual restaurants, including Slice and The Avenue Pub as well as the historic Saint Charles streetcar line are just a few blocks away. And moving further Uptown, one of the best stretches of Magazine Street (Jackson Ave to Felicity) offers shopping and is easily accessible on foot.
The museum hub, including the National World War II Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art as well as the upscale Herbsaint restaurant are all located in the Warehouse District just one neighborhood away and can be reached within 15 minutes by foot; Cochon and its more casual gourmet deli, Cochon Butcher, are also in the Warehouse and worth the walk.
Remember, there are always cancellations, so you may still be able to secure a last minute New Orleans hotel room for Super Bowl XLVII weekend. Refer to the NFL Fan Housing service that will help make accommodations for you!
-Allison Alsup is a writer, teacher and co-author of the forthcoming French Quarter Drinking Companion, due out Fall 2013 (Pelican Press).