1 . Hotel Maison de Ville

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Come enjoy New Orleans the way it was meant to be experienced at Hotel Maison de Ville, a French Quarter stay rooted in history and hospitality. At this romantic French Quarter hotel, you'll find that entertainment comes easy in The Big Easy!

Featuring a historic courtyard and balconies, New Orleans truly comes to life here. This ornate three-story building was rebuilt by Jean Baptiste Lilie Sarpy in 1783, in what was the buzzing center of the city at the time. The main building of this boutique hotel now contains the main foyer, the hotel’s office and refreshment center, the parlor, and nine guest rooms. Make way across the courtyard and you can see the four former slave quarters, which are believed to have been constructed about 50 years earlier than the main building, and are among the oldest existing buildings in New Orleans. The other building and former "Carriage House" are home to the hotel's remaining guest rooms and suites. For those looking to have a good time, look no further than the Mardi Gras celebration, which keeps Bourbon Street hopping. For a truly unique piece of history, book your French Quarter stay at Hotel Maison de Ville.

Address

727 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

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This hotel has been in existence for nearly two centuries and its location affords ease of access to the finer attractions of New Orleans -- from colorful shops, bars, restaurants, art galleries, and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

The hotel boasts computer and printing services in the Common Area, complimentary use of the Downtown Fitness Center, Wi-Fi access, complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day, and most importantly, traditional New Orleans hospitality.

2 . Melrose Mansion B&B

New Orleans, Louisiana

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They broke the mold when they crafted our No. 2 pick. With an unprecedented level of elegance, style and luxury that other New Orleans inns could only hope to imitate, the beautifully restored Victorian dwelling that is the Melrose Mansion brings new meaning to life in the Big Easy!

Give the Melrose Mansion its due; it’s hard to stand out in a Southern city that takes on a life of its own. For a grand Louisiana hotel with a more intimate nature, the Melrose Mansion shows an eye for detail that is simply unmatched by other New Orleans accommodations. Inside, antique furnishings and chandeliers, polished until they shine as brightly as the teardrop-shaped orbs they hold, more than fill the Melrose Mansion’s sophistication quota. And outside, pillared verandas give way to a tropics-inspired garden that’s surprisingly at home in the historic French Quarter. As you wake to the sun’s rays spilling in through your suite windows, the scent of hazelnut coffee drifts under the door. Follow your nose to the Melrose Mansion parlor, where freshly-baked pastries tempt the eye and palate alike. And when cocktail hour arrives, return for Southern-inspired thirst quenchers and hors d’oeuvres, offered up with the timeless elegance that only white-gloved service can provide.

Address

937 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

Fun facts

Melrose Mansion was once owned by New Orleans club owner Sal Owens, who used it to house the girls who performed in his conga line.

Highlights

The Donecio Honeymoon Suite, with its antique linens and four poster bed, has been called one of the most romantic bedrooms in all of New Orleans.

3 . The Cornstalk Hotel

New Orleans, Louisiana

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No place on earth puts the special in special event like our No. 3 pick. Here in the heart of the historic French Quarter, every bride gets her day. Every last guestroom and suite is honeymoon-worthy. And an elegant New Orleans boutique hotel makes it easy to live out even the most farfetched of wedding fantasies.

If it sounds too good to be true, we’d agree – if we hadn’t already witnessed the Cornstalk Hotel’s timeless appeal for ourselves. This cherished New Orleans tradition takes its name from the intricately-carved cornstalks that keep sentry at its cast iron gate. It even boasts a turret – a fitting touch for an inn with a Royal Street address – for that princess feel on your wedding day. And inside, a leaded glass door gives way to the Cornstalk Hotel’s gilded interior, where coved ceilings sport hand-painted details and crown moldings give the impression of being dipped in molten gold. Period furnishings line the halls, where crystal-laden sconces illuminate the path to your New Orleans honeymoon suite. Newlyweds would be crazy to forsake the inn’s historic charms for more modern dwellings. And even the most modest of couples won’t be able to keep the smug smile from their face when a horse-drawn carriage sporting tourists rolls past, their mouths open in wistful astonishment as they gaze upon your Louisiana wedding destination.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Cornstalk Hotel is also available for movie and commercial shoots, and can accommodate film cast and crew with necessary privacy and security.

Fun facts

The hotel’s iconic cornstalk fence was built by an early owner for his young bride, an Iowa native, who was comforted by the ever-present symbol of her homeland.

Highlights

The Cornstalk Hotel is only one block from Bourbon Street, where jazz clubs, gourmet dining and more set the stage for memorable pre-wedding festivities.

4 . Frenchmen Hotel

New Orleans, Louisiana

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At our No. 4 pick, Victorian charm comes standard. Southern hospitality is offered at no extra charge. And a taste of true New Orleans traditions is as simple as stepping outside the Frenchmen Hotel’s brightly-painted doors!

If you’re looking for an authentic New Orleans vacation that fits within your modest budget, the Frenchmen hotel is up to the task. This Creole townhouse counts a knowledgeable and friendly staff among its many blessings, all who are more than eager to serve as your backstage pass to the best of the Big Easy. Whether it’s a ghost story in the city’s above-ground cemeteries, an airboat tour through alligator-strewn marshes or a more refined tour of a plantation mansion, your path to New Orleans-worthy adventure begins and ends here! Your New Orleans tour doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Enticing aromas and the sweet sounds of jazz tempt young and old to experience the cafes and cuisine that made the Big Easy famous. And when the sun’s rosy glow takes its place on the horizon, a plush canopy bed welcomes you back to your Frenchmen Hotel suite.

Address

417 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70116

Highlights

The riverfront streetcar is located one block from the Frenchmen Hotel and offers convenient shuttles to and from the New Orleans Convention Center, Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah’s Casino.

Related Onsite Offerings

Cable TV, complimentary breakfast, air conditioning, courtyard swimming pool, heated Jacuzzi and tour planning.

5 . Dauphine Orleans Hotel

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Our No. 5 pick finds us on the doorstep of an 18th-century townhouse steeped in Southern charm. While Dauphine Orleans Hotel certainly captures all the romance of Old New Orleans, this Southern belle has also played host to some of the Crescent City’s most infamous characters.

This New Orleans inn takes its name from the street it fronts, but “Dauphine” isn’t the only famous name you’re bound to encounter here. Much of the Dauphine Orleans past centers on the historic Audubon Cottage, where wildlife artist John James Audubon allegedly first put paintbrush to canvas to create his “Birds of America” series. But Audubon is by far one of this Louisiana inn’s more reputable past guests. Original brick walls and handmade nails lend the Dauphine its historic appeal, but they likely came from an unscrupulous source – none other than Old Jean Lafitte, one of the Crescent City’s most legendary crooks. The Dauphine’s bar bears the name of another questionable character. May Baily may be an unknown to tourists passing by, but she was once the madam to one of the Storyville District’s most infamous sporting houses. Today, the hotel’s Bordello suite serves as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to New Orleans’ rich, but spotty past.

Address

415 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112

Fun facts

Ownership of the site changed 21 times until 1966, when it was purchased to house the Dauphine Orleans Hotel, which first opened in 1969.

Related Onsite Offerings

Complimentary welcome cocktail, continental breakfast and afternoon tea are just a few examples of the hospitality you’ll enjoy at Dauphine Orleans Hotel.

6 . Hotel Villa Convento

New Orleans, Louisiana

CALL DIRECT: +1 (504) 522 - 1793

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Our next stop takes us to a Creole townhouse-turned-guest house with a history that stretches all the way back to the early 1800s. This New Orleans bed and breakfast even boasts the dubious honor of being the rumored subject of the always-popular House of the Rising Sun.

We’re not saying we put any stock in such rumors, especially as a tale of a New Orleans life gone wrong bears little resemblance to the day-to-day life at our No. 6 pick. Tucked into the famous French Quarter, exposed brick walls and faded toile prints lend your Hotel Villa Convento suite the air of a Parisian apartment. But one step out to your private balcony serves as sufficient reminder that you’re truly in the heart and soul of the Crescent City. With seventh-generation New Orleanians as your helpful hosts, the best of this Louisiana city is still to come! At Hotel Villa Convento, the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ most beloved neighborhood rise to greet you at every turn. Wake to a cup of coffee infused with chicory, which lends its rich chocolate flavors to your everyday cup of Joe. Add a splash of hot milk for a steaming mug of Café Au Lait that rivals that of Café du Monde. And if you’re not content to settle for anything less than the real thing, this famous French Market café is just a short stroll away!

Address

616 Ursuline Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

Fun facts

The Campo family, owners of the Hotel Villa Convento, migrated from the Canary Islands to Louisiana in the early 1800s.

Highlights

Café du Monde’s crispy beignets, piled high with powdered sugar, attract millions of tourists each year.

7 . HH Whitney House B&B

New Orleans, Louisiana

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If its historic Esplanade Avenue address is any indication, our No. 7 pick is prepared to offer you a stay worthy of its Big Easy surroundings. Shaded by the leafy branches of ancient oaks, this Italianate mansion-turned-bed and breakfast offers one of the most authentic – and scenic – stays in all of New Orleans!

With only three guestrooms and two suites to its name, The HH Whitney House has cornered the market on intimate accommodations. A parlor and solarium – rare finds in today’s modern home – play host to the inn’s original plaster-cast ceiling medallions and Italian marble mantelpieces. Upstairs, feather mattresses and hand-carved fireplaces bring guests back to the Whitney House’s early days, while spacious baths with vintage clawfoot tubs and vanities bring every girl’s dreams of an early Hollywood-style dressing room to full fruition. Hurricane Katrina may have devastated this New Orleans inn’s once lush courtyard garden, but like a phoenix being reborn, something greater rose from the ashes of this widespread disaster. An in-ground pool and hot tub now call a corner of the courtyard home, while goldfish flit beneath the surface of the HH Whitney House’s other water feature, an exquisite Rebecca fountain.

Address

1923 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

Related Onsite Offerings

Guestrooms and suites feature cable TV, alarm clock radios, CD players, ceiling fans, bathrobes and slippers, ironing boards and bath amenities.

Fun facts

The HH Whitney House was featured in New Orleans Architecture – Volume V: The Esplanade Ridge.

8 . Lamothe House

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Our No. 8 spot boasts a French name fitting of a hotel in the heart of the celebrated French Quarter. Like the Frenchmen Hotel, its sister property and our No. 4 pick, Lamothe House also boasts a historic Esplanade Avenue address – a delightful complement to any New Orleans adventure!

This fully-restored Southern mansion gives you an advantage that few French Quarter dwellings possess. With the Lamothe House innkeepers as your gracious host, you’re free to shake off the tourist label and experience New Orleans as only the natives can! The clip clop of hooves as horse-drawn carriages roll by may be music to your ears, but don’t stop to listen for too long. The Fabourg Marigny, one of the Big Easy’s best-kept secrets, beckons with its hip cafes and restaurants that serve up authentic N’awlins dishes like hearty seafood gumbo and tasty crawfish étouffée. At the Lamothe House, simple luxuries combine for a truly memorable New Orleans vacation. From a bricked-in pool emblazoned with the hotel’s initials to tasty French pastries each morning, this Creole retreat offers a true taste of Southern hospitality!

Address

621 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

Related Onsite Offerings

All Lamothe House guestrooms include private baths, cable TV, air conditioning, alarm clocks and telephones.

Highlights

Historic Esplanade Avenue is home to some of New Orleans’ most intriguing homes and architecture.

9 . Lafitte Guest House

New Orleans, Louisiana

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A stunning selection of antiques, hand picked from across the globe, restore this New Orleans guest house’s historic appeal. And while our No. 9 pick’s French-inspired exterior may appear to blend in with the crowd, magnificent views put Lafitte Guest House a step above – literally – its French Quarter counterparts.

The comings and goings of the historic Vieux Carre are clearly visible from Lafitte Guest House’s rooftop balcony, while glimpses of the downtown New Orleans’ skyscrapers are visible just beyond the last row of brick chimneys and gabled peaks. Below, a leafy oak tree canopy offers shelter to horse-drawn carriages as they pass. For a New Orleans bed and breakfast with a Bourbon Street address, Lafitte Guest House is a pleasant surprise. While some of the dwellings that call this infamous street home take a low on class, heavy on the crass approach, this mansion-turned-inn is a true testament to Southern charm. Even more eye candy awaits inside Lafitte Guest House’s beautifully-appointed interior, outfitted with all the grace and elegance you’d expect from an antebellum home. Polished black and white checkered floors usher guests into the lobby of this luxury boutique hotel, while exposed brick walls and marble fireplaces are prominent features throughout. And outside, iron lace balconies are a fitting place to pull a chair with a Mint Julep in hand.

Address

1003 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116

Highlights

Lafitte Guest Houses offers a historic and unique approach to New Orleans destination weddings. Ask about menu planning, photography and more!

Related Onsite Offerings

Choose the Lafitte Guest House accommodation that suits you. Botanical prints and latticework-covered balconies are features of the Courtyard Rooms, while rich crimson and gold hues are mainstays of the Mansion Rooms.

10 . Sully Mansion

New Orleans, Louisiana

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If your New Orleans vacation finds you at our No. 10 pick, rest assured you’re in good company. Sully Mansion counts some of the city’s finest antebellum homes among its closest neighbors, while American actor Brad Pitt is just one of this New Orleans bed and breakfast’s more famous guests.

Someone high up on the Hollywood food chain must have been equally impressed with this New Orleans mansion’s period décor, as our No. 10 pick sports a cameo in the critically-acclaimed film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Even those traveling under less auspicious pretenses will be won over by Sully Mansion’s unique Southern charm – it is the Garden District’s only licensed bed and breakfast, after all! From the original stained glass and pine plank floors inside to Audubon Park just beyond its doors, you’ll find your fill of authentic New Orleans scenery at Sully Mansion. Cruises up and down the mighty Mississippi River offer an alternate view of the Crescent City. Down on the Canal Street dock, the Creole Queen’s lipstick-red paddlewheel invites you to come along for a ride. And a vacation is no excuse to neglect family and friends. The mansion’s New Orleans Treasure Trove includes share-worthy souvenirs like sugary-sweet pralines and Mardi Gras masks in purple, green and yellow hues.

Address

2631 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Highlights

Looking to visit during the city’s annual Mardi Gras festivities? Sully Mansion is located one block from this infamous celebration’s major parade route.

Related Onsite Offerings

Romance packages include three nights in the Bourbon Suite, bubble bath and massage oils, a dozen roses, a bottle of wine or champagne, a box of handmade chocolates, dinner and more!

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