We were on a road trip through the South and didn't want to stay in New Orleans as we were more interested in the Bayou/Cajun culture than the Bourbon St scene so we booked a room at the Chateau on the Bayou the morning before arriving. On the phone, upon hearing what our interests were, Claudette offered us a number of suggestions for sights and tours we should take.
Once we arrived, she told us about an air boat tour that she had just taken (she was upfront with telling us that it had been a complementary ride) and upon hearing that we would be interested in doing it that night, she personally called the tour provider and got them to wait for us while we drove out to catch it! She didn't even make us bother with checking-in so we could get on our way as soon as possible.
The rest of our 2 night stay could be summarized by that act of kindness - we overslept the next morning (my alarm didn't go off!) and ended up arriving to breakfast 50 minutes after we told her that we would be down - she laughed it off, and served us a delicious Cajun-style danish (?), telling us that she'd burnt the first batch anyway. We ended up lingering over breakfast, talking to Claudette and the other guest in the Chateau for a good while, much longer than we had lingered at any other B&B previously or since. The atmosphere is just that casual - you almost feel like it's a sleepover at your best friend's house and their mom is Claudette!
And regarding the rooms - we stayed in Bedroom 1 which has its own private (though not en-suite) bathroom. The shower was, hands down, one of the best I've ever used. It was especially satisfying after the aforementioned air boat tour!
We really loved staying here, despite it being an hour away from any sort of 'flashy' nightlife - we're in our 20s and didn't want for any entertainment in the area. Had a great time and would highly recommend to anyone interested in experiencing the Bayou area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy Cajun Bayouland hospitality in this lovely Cajun country home located on Bayou Lafourche. Come relax on the swings outside, hammock amongst the trees, or comfortable rockers on the back porch facing the bayou. Full breakfast, free wireless internet, flat panel HDTV/DVD player in every room, laundry facilities. ... more less