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Play Local, Stay Local: New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts

An alternative to corporate hotels, these bed and breakfasts are small, quaint, and embedded within the local fabric of the community.

Before Airbnb, there was B&B. An alternative to the large, streamlined, corporate hotel, a bed and breakfast is the other side of the coin: small, quaint, and embedded within the local fabric of a community. The right bed and breakfast can make guests feel as though they are visiting an old friend — breakfast at a kitchen table, pleasant conversation, and homey sleeping rooms. It can also give guests a better idea of the place they are visiting and serve as a unique jumping-off point for true exploration. Consider getting to know another side of New Orleans by staying at one of these New Orleans bed and breakfasts.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts

Audubon Park House Courtyard and Cottage (photo credit: Nat Fleck)
Audubon Park House Courtyard and Cottage (Photo courtesy of Nat Fleck)

Audubon Park House Bed & Breakfast — Operated in an old Victorian house located unassumingly amongst homes in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood, this B&B sits on a quiet street that’s a short walk from Audubon Park, Magazine Street’s shops and restaurants, and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. Owner Barbara Martin is a gracious host and makes guests feel right at home. Each morning she prepares a breakfast of fresh fruits and other items in Audubon Park House’s sunny kitchen and often chats with guests over breakfast.

The backyard is perhaps the most enjoyable part of the house, brimming with flowers and fountains that create a Secret Garden of sorts. For those wanting a little more privacy, Audubon Park House’s Cottage is separate from the main house and overlooks the backyard gardens. It has its own kitchen as well as a private porch perfect for welcoming the morning with a cup of coffee in hand. Wi-Fi is included throughout.

The lush courtyard at B&W Courtyards. (Photo via Facebook)
The lush courtyard at B&W Courtyards. (Photo via Facebook)

B&W Courtyards — Located in the Marigny neighborhood (a historic Creole suburb bordering the French Quarter), this bed and breakfast is actually a collection of Creole cottages that dates back to 1854. With courtyards dotting the property, B&W is a peaceful retreat within the city that offers guests amenities such as an upscale continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a business center, and a hot tub. It’s also a great hub for exploring the walkable Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods filled with restaurants, bars, and music clubs — especially on Frenchmen Street — as well as shops and the nearby Crescent Park.

B&W is open to guests ages 18 and up and is available for extended stays. B&W Courtyards received a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor and is classified as a GreenLeaders Bronze Level B&B for its green policies.

Degas House sits on oak-lined Esplanade Avenue, a perfect street for biking. (Photo via Flickr)
Degas House sits on oak-lined Esplanade Avenue, a perfect street for biking. (Photo via Flickr)
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The Degas House bed and breakfast on Esplanade Avenue (Photo courtesy of bbnola.com)

Degas House — Named for the French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas, Degas House is one of New Orleans’ most well-known bed and breakfasts. Degas himself lived in the house from 1872-1873 while visiting relatives.

The home dates to the mid-nineteenth century when it was originally built in the Greek Revival style. It was later remodeled using Italianate influences. The house, which is also a historic house museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, provides guests with a complimentary “Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour” led by Degas’ great-grand nieces in addition to home-cooked, Creole-inspired breakfast. Meals at the Degas House are accompanied by a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary, courtesy of the Edgar Degas Foundation.

Degas House is located a comfortable walk from Bayou St. John, City Park, and the St. Louis No. 3 historic cemetery.

Fairchild House (photo credit: Emily Ramirez Hernandez)
Fairchild House. (Photo: Emily Ramirez Hernandez)

Fairchild House Bed & Breakfast — Centrally located in the historic Garden District, Fairchild House sits just two blocks from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. The B&B is a complex of three houses with a quiet patio in the back. The main Greek Revival-style house was built in 1841; the house and sleeping rooms are decorated in a relaxed, welcoming Victorian style. Continental breakfast, including fresh fruit and select homemade items, is offered each morning. Free Wi-Fi and parking are included.

Magnolia Mansion (photo credit: Emily Ramirez Hernandez)
Magnolia Mansion. (Photo: Emily Ramirez Hernandez)

Magnolia Mansion — Magnolia Mansion is an ornate Antebellum house built in 1857-58 in the Greek Revival style. Its long history includes use as the American Red Cross headquarters during and after World War II. Today, the mansion is surrounded by the Garden District’s signature oak trees and flowers. A light complimentary breakfast is available to guests each morning, and complimentary Wi-Fi is included.

Many of the rooms have amusing themes such as “Gone with the Wind,” “Bordello Moulin Rouge,” “Lafitte’s Hideaway” (named after the famed pirate), and “Vampire’s Love Lair,” which is Magnolia’s most requested room. Magnolia Mansion is located a short walk from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

The right bed and breakfast can make guests feel as though they are visiting an old friend.

New Orleans Jazz Quarters — Though this spot is pricier than some other local B&Bs, guests are rewarded with a location right on the edge of the French Quarter within walking distance of restaurants, bars, museums, music clubs, and more. Situated next to Armstrong Park and Congo Square in Faubourg Tremé — the oldest African-American and free people of color neighborhood in the country — visitors can experience a less-visited area of the city. Traditional Creole cottages make up the complex, with some dating back to the early 1800s; rooms are named after local jazz greats like Marsalis (Wynton, Ellis, Branford…), Connick, Armstrong, King Oliver, and more. New Orleans Jazz Quarters offers complimentary hot breakfasts and free Wi-Fi. Tripadvisor awarded it a Certificate of Excellence.

Park View Guest House. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons)
Park View Guest House. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons)

Park View Guest House — This recently restored B&B borders Audubon Park and is located along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line across from Tulane and Loyola Universities. Built in 1884 in preparation for the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, Park View’s historic significance led to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is appointed with period antiques, which will make guests feel as though they have gone back in time. Park View serves a continental breakfast daily and offers complimentary wine, soft drinks, and snacks each afternoon. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also included. Tripadvisor awarded Park View a Certificate of Excellence.

A picturesque courtyard at Terrell House. (Photo via Facebook)
A picturesque courtyard at Terrell House. (Photo via Facebook)

Terrell House Bed & Breakfast — Located in the oak-lined Garden District neighborhood on Magazine Street (a hub for local shopping and dining), Terrell House conjures up quintessential old New Orleans with luxurious draperies, crystal chandeliers, thick moldings, and a brick-paved courtyard. The house was built in 1857 for a wealthy cotton-broker from Natchez, Mississippi, Richard Terrell. Appropriately, Terrell House boasts period antiques, but modern amenities ensure guest comfort. The home-cooked, made-from-scratch breakfasts (included in the rate) ensure comfort, as well: think quiche, grillades and grits, fresh fruit, and Crème Brûlée French Toast. Terrell House Bed & Breakfast received a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.

Emily Ramírez Hernández is the child of New Orleans natives whose families have been in the city for generations. Emily's earliest memories of New Orleans include joyful car rides over bumpy streets, eating dripping roast beef po-boys at Domilise's, and catching bouncy balls during Mardi Gras parades with cousins. An urban planner by day and freelance writer by night, when she is off the clock she enjoys biking around town, belly dancing, and catching nerdlesque shows.

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