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“Another memorable time in New Orleans!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bon Maison Guest House

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Bon Maison Guest House
835 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)   |  
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Ranked #33 of 146 New Orleans B&B and Inns
Denver, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Another memorable time in New Orleans!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The reviews you've read about Bon Maison are quite accurate. My partner and I stayed in unit B - the closest room to the main gate - and, gulp . . . . Bourbon Street.

If you're intent to hang out in your room and watch TV at night, this isn't the best room choice - stay in one of the courtyard rooms, as the noice from the street may be a bit much.

If you're intent on going out and enjoying all the sites, sounds and tastes of this cultural gem of a city, then Unit B will be just fine.

You're heard the phrase, "location, location, location," well, you've hit nirvana at Bon Maison. You're close to everything one could hope for . . . . bars, restaurants, historical sites, etc. without being stuck in the middle of the noise and distractions. Chuck's Bon Maison is located on the quiter end of Bourbons Street - the beginning of the residential section.

Chuck runs a very efficient and accomodating Inn - and the price, by New Orleans standards, is quite reasonable.

If you want clean accomodations with historical charm, then Bon Maison Guest House is the place to be . . . . . If you want "cookie cutter," and predictble without much charm - stay at The Holiday Inn or Marriot.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Bon Maison Guest House, located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, offers a nice combination of historic charm, great location, and value for travelers wanting to spend some time in this part of New Orleans.

First, the location: anyone who has spent time on Bourbon Street might be justified in thinking you would have to be out of your mind to consider lodging on the street itself, but in fact the guest house is located a block outside the center of the action (and noise), with only a few gay nightclubs nearby, and you don't really hear them. You are walking distance from everything tourists normally visit in the old town: the main graveyard, Jackson Park, the historic buildings, and of course Bourbon Street itself. Parallel to Bourbon Street one block over is Royal Street, known for its art galleries and awesome street musicians -- a nice antidote for when Bourbon Street's noise and sleaze gets old. The trolley is a few blocks walk towards the river, and can take you to the Central Business District, Garden District, and beyond (though allow lots of extra time; based on our limited experience, their transit system is absurdly dysfunctional). Following Chuck's advice, we didn't rent a car, and were glad we didn't -- the French Quarter is pretty much devoid of long term parking, and every motorist we saw struggling to navigate through the never-ending crowds looked stressed and cranky.

The building is part of a historic complex that has been subdivided, but contains part of the original main house and part of the slave quarters -- a set of shallow apartments stacked three floors high, on the other side of the charming courtyard. Chuck and Butch, the proprietors, live in the upper floors of the main house, and rent the bottom floor and the slave quarters. Chuck was friendly and helpful, but never intrusive. The entrance is via a very secure metal gate and then down a passageway to the courtyard. Our unit, E, was basically a compact studio, with a small kitchenette furnished with mini fridge, microwave, toaster, sink, and a set of basic dishes and utensils. There was a medium size bedroom, small bathroom (shower only), and a closet deep enough to fit all three pieces of our carry-on luggage. The unit was quite clean, but there was no maid service during our three day stay -- not an issue for us, but could be for some. Also, although there is basic hand soap, there are no toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc., so be sure to bring your own. It's not a B&B, but there are plenty of places around to eat, including a diner across the street, or you could get some basics and make your own breakfast. (Tip: If you are there on a weekend morning, go around the corner to Eat, for a truly phenomenal brunch, though best to get there early or the line is down the block.)

Overall, this place is ideal for anyone who values historic charm, being self-sufficient, and having a perfect location over a pampering big hotel experience.

Room Tip: This being Bourbon Street, you still do get a parade of noisy drunks at all hours of the night, so i...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

My wife and I stayed with some friends in the two bedroom suite. We stayed during French Quarter Fest. We travel to Nola a couple times a year, and might have found our new favorite place to stay. When we arrived, Chuck greeted us and gave us a tour. He answered all the question we had, and made us fill very at home. The room was perfect for what we were looking for. It was very clean, and very spacious. It is located just outside from the noise of bourbon street. We never heard anything at night. The only very small problem we had with the room was the bed. It was a little hard for us. But we gladly got over it, because how fantastic the place was. The courtyard is very nice. Will be staying again!!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northern Virginia, VA
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We just returned from staying at Bon Maison Guest House for 4 nights and loved it! In fact, I'm a bit hesitant to write this review because we want to stay there again... here's hoping that you don't book our next Bon Maison dates before we do. :)

We stayed in the Victorian Suite and our friend stayed in one of the Slave Quarter Suites. We found the rooms to be well-appointed, clean and totally charming. And, the location was just perfect. On the quiet end of Bourbon Street, we were able to easily walk to shopping, food, and tasty beverages in the French Quarter.

Chuck met us to check us in and we really enjoyed visiting with him. He gave us excellent recommendations like the delicious poboys just across the street at NOLA Poboys (get the fried okra..it's as good as mom's) and the bartenders at Cafe Lafitte in Exile took great care of us after they found out that Chuck sent us.

Our bed was comfortable and the A/C worked perfectly. We appreciated having a refrigerator and a microwave which were perfect for leftovers. One of our favorite meals was leftovers in the beautiful courtyard. We actually ate breakfast in the courtyard for two of our mornings after a quick walk to Community Coffee for excellent coffee and chocolate hazelnut croissants.

If you're looking for a charming change of pace from the cookie cutter hotel chain scene, give Bon Maison a try. You'll be glad you did.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I recently stayed at the Bon Maison and cannot stop talking about how amazing it was. I was a little weary at what I would be getting at such a great price but was completely satisfied with everything, The location is perfect, right on Bourbon but far enough away that you get peace and quiet at night.

Chuck and Butch were an absolute delight and went above and beyond in making sure that we were taken care of. My luggage got lost on my way to N.O and Chuck was on it making phone calls, talking to the airline and helping me get everything together to make sure that I got it back as soon as possible. They truly were so sweet and helpful and answered any questions we had about everything and anything!

If you get the chance I would definitely jump on the chance to stay here. You wont find better!

Room Tip: We stayed in the double bedroom. Great for 2 couples or close friends! Oh but dibs the back bedroo...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

That being said this is still Bourbon St after all. It's just a block from the edge of the action. The room we were in was on the street but there are no windows and shutters on the door. You are likely to still hear the random motorbike or drunk serenading his imaginary girlfriend but for $115 tax INCLUDED you are not likely to find a better deal. Room was spacious and well laid out with nice period pieces. Small fridge, microwave & sink so you can bring leftovers back from the restaurants for lunch the next day. Chuck is super nice and helpful yet gives you plenty of space.
Be sure to ask for a tour of his place (if you can handle heavy cig smell). It's an antique museum! Oh and a beautifully landscaped courtyard complete with aviary.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

My wife and I stayed here March 14-19. While Bourbon Street was crowded and noisy. Bon Maison is quiet and safe because its rooms open onto an inner courtyard accessible through a locked gate, and complete with tame birds and a charming fountain. Chuck was friendly and hospitable, and even hand-delivered a package I'd had shipped there before I'd even had time to ask him about it. Bon Maison is a short walk away from the French Market and Jackson Square. Rooms have a fridge, sink and microwave, making it possible to save much of New Orleans' huge restaurant meals for later. Internet is free, and it works in the rooms and the courtyard. You could stay in a big box chain hotel in the central business district, or a faux-Creole modern building, but why would you when something this nice and reasonably priced is available?

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bon Maison Guest House

Address: 835 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at the Bon Maison Guest House during your next visit to New Orleans! The 1833 Historic Town House and Slave Quarters are located in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. Relax in our beautiful Courtyard. Shopping and restaurants are only steps away. All of our updated suites are furnished in New Orleans style, offer Private Entrances, Queen-size beds, Private Bath, Cable, Heating and Air Conditioning, Kitchenettes (small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker), and Iron/Ironing Board. Smoking is allowed in the areas of Courtyard and Balconies only (not in rooms). Accommodations are not suitable for children. No pets allowed. Open year round. Great for small groups! ... more   less 
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