We travel often to New Orleans and have bemoaned the lack of a truly great hotel there. The Ritz, The Ws, The Windsor Court, The Royal Sonesta ...none were terrible. (Well, actually, the room at The Windsor Court was one of the most sadly worn we've seen in a high-end hotel.) But none were really good, either. With our recent stay at Terrell House, we've finally found our home in New Orleans. What a fantastic place!
The location could not be better. Easy walking along Magazine Street, lovely wanders through the Garden District and down toward the Quarter. You're just a few blocks from St. Charles Street and the streetcar. A great coffee joint is just a block away and amazing independent shopping starts a couple of blocks beyond that and goes, literally, for miles. We worried that street parking might be a problem -- there is no off-street -- but it was plentiful and easy. We were there on both weekend and weekday nights and never had to park more than a few steps from our door.
I'm a design snob and don't love over-the-top frilly. The decor is beautiful, restful and tasteful; perfect and respectful for this lovely, historic home. The suite we rented in the little house across the street was a pleasure, with a small, but full and well-equipped kitchen, floor to ceiling windows in the living room and a comfy sofa and chair, a well lit and very lovely bathroom and two bedrooms with super comfy beds. Everything was impeccably clean. The electronics (newer flatscreens) are great; with zippy, flawless wifi. The air conditioning is up to the job; super important in the heat and humidity. The public spaces in the main house -- living room, dining room, lounge and patios -- are welcoming and comfortable. And an extra bonus: the place is dog friendly. Our little pooch was made to feel very welcome and enjoyed romping with owner Lynda's cute pup.
Lynda and her staff are exactly right in how they run the place. Warm and friendly. Helpful. Present and available. But they're not overly in your face.
Breakfasts are hearty and really delicious. (They consult you about what time would be convenient for you to have breakfast.) I didn't request this, as I was only there for a few days, but next time I'm heading there, I'll ask for a lighter option or two. I'd have to walk for more hours than there are in the day to make up for the calories in that yummy spread. And I know these folks would do absolutely anything they could to make my stay more perfect, so I'm sure I'll be accommodated in that next time I'm there ;-)
We travel a lot -- roughly a third of the year. While we love quality high end boutique hotels, we also spent a lot of time at Four Seasons hotels. Yes, it's a chain, but they get service and excellence in all things is the standard. We've often avoided B&Bs because past experience found us in places that were approximate -- pretty, but not that clean. Or poorly run hobbyist businesses. Some left us feeling like we were there to entertain the owners. Or they just didn't feel private enough. Terrell House should give workshops on how to do it right. I can't say enough good things about this place. If you're lucky, they'll have a room for you.