We recently stayed at La Maison Bleu during our trip to the Sugar Bowl and were quite pleased with our accomodations. Billy, the owner, is a long time New Orleans resident who gave us excellent travel advice on where to eat, visit and which neighborhoods to stay out of. He is warm and friendly and willing to help in any way possible. His knowledge of the city is invaluable to the traveler, especially one who is visiting for the first time.
The guest house is very cute and located right on Canal St. You only have to walk one block up to catch the streetcar, so it's very convenient if you are using the streetcar as your main mode of transportation. Our room (#10 Esplanade) was very clean and also had a daybed in it, which would be great for a family with one child or two small children. We had our own a/c unit and a private bath which is great. There wasn't a phone in our room, but I didn't miss that at all. There is so much to do in New Orleans that you don't need to spend time on the phone anyway. Breakfast is continental (small pastries,cereals, fruit & juice). Overall, this was a great place to stay for the value. Oh, the parakeets in the tree are really neat...you'll see what I mean if you visit! And don't forget to sit a while on the porch swing and watch the streetcar pass by. This was a great value!