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“Fabulous room, bargain price, great Marigny location” 5 of 5 stars
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Sunburst Inn Guest House
819 Mandeville, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Marigny)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 145 New Orleans B&B and Inns
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Fabulous room, bargain price, great Marigny location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

On the strength of the reviews here on Trip Advisor, I booked a three-night stay at the Sunburst Inn during a (rare) November cold streak. Available was the Platinum Jr. Suite, the larger of the two upstairs bedrooms. It's one big room, approximately 20 x 30 ft, with 12 ft. ceilings and an adjoining bath with toilet and shower. But man, what a shower. There are three shower heads, capable of delivering an array of temperatures and water velocities, and a heated tile floor - a sybarite's dream, if there was one. In the room was an enormous and inordinately comfortable bed, an enormous armoire, a deliciously comfy easy chair, a couch, and a gargantuan Sony widescreen LED TV. As we learned when we arrived, this is a B without the &B (breakfast), although the rudiments are provided... cereal, milk, juice, coffee & coffeemaker. Just don't expect a table laden with high-cholesterol goodies and long conversations with other guests. There are numerous breakfast options nearby, as other reviewers have noted. And the price -- what an incredible bargain. We were more than willing to sacrifice the big breakfast for the economies this likely produced, which the owners have passed on to their customers. The owners, Darrell and Glenn, are gracious, hospitable, and thoughtful hosts, mindful of your needs and always available if you've a question or concern.

For those unfamiliar with New Orleans, Marigny is a safe, up-and-coming neighborhood situated just to the east of the French Quarter in a neighborhood of almost deliciously cool Creole houses ... nothing fancy, mind you, but tasty nonetheless. The Sunburst Inn is one of these. It's unimposing from the modest frontage, but it runs back a considerable distance, allowing for a first-floor guest suite that is booked very long in advance. Nearby is a coffee house/breakfast joint and a pastry shop. From the inn, it's a ten-minute walk to the outskirts of the French Quarter or the streetcar line running along the riverfront. Closer still is the wondrous Frenchman Street, which left me convinced that the New Orleans I knew 40 years ago is still alive and well: great food, incredible music, fabulous clubs, wondrous works of art in streetside fairs, and restaurants with mouth-watering menus. We took Darrell and Glenn's recommendation to heart, enjoying dinner twice at Adolfo's... including an outrageous rack of lamb, which consisted, I am convinced, of not only all of the ribs of the lamb in question, but those of a very large lamb indeed.

That there are better places to stay in New Orleans I am certain; there are beds with breakfasts to die for and locations that don't require as much hoofwork as the Sunburst does. But all of them would run you at least twice as much dinero. Face it: You need to lose some weight. In return for the spartan morns and modestly lengthy hikes you get a wondrously comfortable room, two likable hosts, and what has to be one of the greatest bargain secrets of New Orleans.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is my second stay here, for the week of Halloween (8 nights). This house is in the Marigny, just outside the French Quarter, very close to Frenchmen St. and the music clubs. It is a quiet, safe, laid back neighborhood. Once again, I had the Diamond Room, with its enormous bathroom. Once again, Darrell and Glenn were excellent hosts. They honestly want you to feel at home here, and they succeed. Nicer folks you can't find anywhere.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

On a lovely, quiet, safe street only 4 blocks from the French Quarter, the Sunburst Inn is the perfect place to stay in New Orleans. Away from the craziness and noise of the Quarter, but only three blocks from Frenchmen Street, where the real music happens at night. My room was spotless, the bathroom truly amazing, and the innkeepers were lovely, gracious hosts.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is by far the best B&B I ever stayed in. It is clean, safe, comfortable, and walking distance to the Quarters or an easy $5 cab ride. When I stay here I leave my car on the street and don't touch it until I leave. Never a problem. Hosts Darrell and Glenn are most accommodating to every whim. I'd rather stay here than stay at any other commercial establishment in the city. What can I say, I'm selfish in telling you to keep this secret place to ourselves!

Room Tip: Sunburst Inn is walking distance to several coffee houses and cafes in the Marigney neighborhood.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Darrell and Glen provide comfortable and well-appointed accommodations at a reasonable rate in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. They're gracious and attentive hosts. The Sunburst Inn is only a few blocks from the French Quarter - an easy walk. Darrell and Glen can provide information about area amenities - including venues and events of especial interests to bears and other gay men. A great find and highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Denton, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Darrel and Glen are great hosts and provide a relaxed, comfortable environment. Half way like being in their home and half like a business. The neighborhood has really grown in the last five or six years, with choices for coffee and pastries, as well as other meals. Just a short walk/drive from the French Quarter and easy access to all the major travel roads in NOLA. We'll definitely be back!

Room Tip: Check out the pastry shop about 4 blocks away.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Meridian
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

this marks our 10th anniversary visiting the Sunburst Inn Guest House need I say more. The place is very comfortable and well kept. the owner's Darrell and Glen go out of their way to make the customers feel at home> This is why we continue to chose the Sunburst Inn Guest House as our place to stay.
Fred & Kim

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Additional Information about Sunburst Inn Guest House

Address: 819 Mandeville, New Orleans, LA 70117
Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Marigny
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 145 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The house is a Victorian style built in 1905 and has all the original floors and chandeliers with 12 foot ceilings. We are just 5 blocks for the French Quarter and 3 blocks from the famous Frenchman St. where there is live music and great dining. The Street Car line that travels along the river is 5 blocks away and there are also great little cafes on the Conners from our place. The Marigny neighborhood was vote a top ten place to live in 2010 by the ADA. We like to say that we are far enough but close enough to the madness of the Quarter. ... more   less 

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