I'm a researcher, so when it came time to have my first (and only, hopefully) honeymoon, I looked for a long time for the best place. I loved Magnolia Mansion from the beginning, and I was very pleased with our stay there.
First, we loved the location. The Garden District was the best spot for us, because it was quiet, lovely and within walking distance of some great restaurants and boutiques. The Magnolia Mansion is literally a block away from the St. Charles Trolley line, which my husband and I took all over town. We literally only used our car once to go to dinner 10 or so blocks away.
Secondly, I loved how the Magnolia Mansion has been authentically restored and decorated. The other hotels & B & Bs I researched were generally cheaply decorated and fairly cliched. I'm a fan of historic architecture and antiques, and I found both throughout the Magnolia Mansion. Our room was decorated with actual period furniture and silks, which were stunning. Our bed was comfortable, our bathroom was luxurious, and we had a great view. The communal areas are as beautifully furnished, and the outdoor areas are lovely. There are many rules at the Magnolia Mansion (no kids, no red wine), which I was appreciative of - that's what keeps the place looking good, well furnished, and a good place for couples.
Tim, the manager, and Hollie, the owner, were lovely. They were very helpful but gave us plenty of privacy, which I appreciated. Hollie, especially, was very understanding about some snafus that forced us to postpone our wedding, and I'll recommend her B & B forever based on that alone.
Breakfast was plentiful, and the coffee was strong, which worked for us. Keep in mind, though, that breakfast is not hot, because B & Bs in New Orleans are precluded from serving hot breakfasts. There are plenty of places around that serve hot breakfast if you like. My husband and I were fine with the breakfast that was served and appreciated how early it was ready so we could enjoy the city.
Finally, I don't know how we missed that the B & B was reported to be haunted, but we did. The last night we were there, we both awoke to knocking (on a wall?) that lasted a good 20 minutes, that we could never find a source for. Also, the bathroom light was on, though neither of us left it that way. We didn't get a lot of sleep that night, but it's a great story to tell.
We hope to return to the Magnolia Mansion soon. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. I wish Hollie the best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adults Only-21 Years or Children 12 Years Old and up -No Children under 12 years old/No Pets. Known for Peaceful Leisure Travel and Romantic Getaways, Elopement Packages, Business Travelers, and those seeking a quiet stay in a historic property (built 1858). We are centrally located in the Garden District, just steps from the Saint Charles Street Car, Mardi Gras Parade Routes, and only minutes from the Superdome, F.Q., Convention Center, Restaurants, and most major attractions. Non-Smoking property, however smoking is allowed outside in a designated area on our wrap around Veranda. Magnolia Mansion is 14,000 Sq. Ft. And the Courtyards and Grounds are Gated and Locked. Only Registered Guests are allowed on Property at All Times, Unless Approved by Management or Owner in Advance. Office hours are 9am-4pm CST Monday-Friday / Saturday - Sunday 9am-2pm CST. Check- In Time- 2:00pm - 6:00pm CST. All Guests Requiring Early or Late Arrivals Must Call Magnolia Mansion Directly to Notify and Arrange Prior to Arrival Date, as Special Arrangements Must Be Made in Order to Accommodate this Request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magnolia Mansion Hotel New Orleans