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“Loved it but know what you should expect- here it is....” 4 of 5 stars
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Balcony Guest House
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2483 Royal Street, Faubourg/Marigny, New Orleans, LA 70117   |  
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Ranked #59 of 144 New Orleans B&B and Inns
Kansas City
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“Loved it but know what you should expect- here it is....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

To be clear I loved this stay. My boyfriend was a little shocked by it at first (no clue what we were doing) but it was just what I expected. Just please know what you want and here is a lot of info so you know.....
Pluses: great value- on final four weekend was within my walking distance to the site and saved over 700 from the quarter. Comfy bed (new mattress?), generous with towels, clean. All the staff, wait staff/bartenders, owner, etc.were very accommodating and informative. Stayed in one of the smaller rooms but it was certainly adequate. Microwave and fridge. BREAKFAST- weekend full breakfast (omelets, b&g, pancakes, waffles) from 9-12 sat or 9-3 sun. Other days just open for b&b guests from 9:30-10:30. Good food! Safe area.
Caveats: this is a 10 minute walk from the edge of French quarter and a little less to Frenchman street. It is safe- it is also residential. People who live nearby on streets at night, lots of bikes. If your New Orleans is blitzes drunk with beds and souvenir cups than you need to cab it or find a new place- you would definitely stick out or be disruptive. This is an eclectic area and you are on top of a restaurant/bar/local store. And the restaurant can be busy. Bar doesn't stay open late although another one on corner does. Also, when driving in from I-10 it looks dicey at first- keep going south- it certainly gets better. Its a b&b so no big tvs. If you are uncomfortable in residential urban areas- not you thing.
Again- I loved it and it's a great value in my mind.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 4- it was fine for two people.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia Suburbs
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18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

We had a great stay here in the Marigny. The area is fun and funky. It really reminds me a lot of Key West in the 80s. Great music, artist, restaurant, bar scene. Short walk to Frenchmen Street and just a little more to the Quarter. Everyone at Balcony was warm and welcoming. Breakfast was very tasty. Rooms were clean. Balcony upstairs outside of the rooms is very nice in the morning to see the neighborhood waking up and in the evening for a drink too. The staff can answer any questions you have about what to do where to eat and directions. Having a restaurant, bar downstairs was great too. Fully stocked bar with quick friendly service. We did not eat dinner here since we were always out running around. Remember this is not the Ritz. It is a great price for NOLA. The rooms are not huge and super fancy but just enough. Bathroom is small but worked out fine for us. Microwave, hotel size frig, and flat screen tv completed the room's amenities. We had a group of 7 and took all the rooms up. No one had any big complaints.

Room Tip: The double suite room has a street light that shines though the windows at night and might bother so...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

unique-quirky...that's the general feel....until you open the door to a room that isn't clean, has a mouldy shower, and well, an odor. I wish I would have taken some pics of the bathroom to share---a $2 tube of caulk can do wonders.

On the positive side, you do have a bar/restaurant downstairs, and friendly staff--just need to clean a bit better. They do give you a free drink in the bar (maybe to take your mind off of the lack of cleaning). And the price is reasonable.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

We booked this B&B because it has a balcony and many of the Mardi Gras parades go right by the place. It was a great place to stay. The location is about 6 blocks from the French Market, making the start of your day great. Breakfast is served downstairs in the restaurant, a local place. While it isn't served until 9 or later, if you're an early riser, there is a coffee shop a block away. We'd get our coffee from there, sit on the porch in morning and then have breakfast downstairs. Or, if we wanted an early start, we'd walk to the market and grab breakfast there, or at the Cafe du Monde.

Our room was a little small, but clean and accommodating and we weren't there most of the time. The staff was very friendly, and pets are welcome! We'll definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 3, but saw the master suite. If you plan on spending more time in the room, then...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

My husband and I went to NO in January for a little get away. It's about an 8-10 minute walk from the French Quarter. Not bad at all. We felt safe walking the ENTIRE time. Even all the way from Bourbon St. late at night. The room was basic. Just what we needed. A bed, internet access, a small bathroom, and t.v. We could walk out onto the balcony right from our room. The place itself is SO neat. It's a convenient store/ laundry mat/b&b/bar/Indian and American Restaurant. We ate there twice for dinner. The Po Boy and the Indian dish we tried were both REALLY good. The cooked breakfast was great! They have great happy hour specials on their beer-- $2 for whatever kind your heart desires, and there are a lot to choose from. The staff behind the bar was SO nice, and extremely helpful in pointing us in the right direction for anything and everything. If you hang out at the bar around dinner, the locals are all nice, and very happy to converse. It wasn't anything fancy, but it had great character, and we loved being in the neighborhood and amongst all the locals. When we go back we're staying here. 3 days wasn't long enough!

Room Tip: Go to their website, and it will tell you which rooms have balcony access. THAT would be the room I...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed here during Mardi Gras week and were so pleased with our choice. They didn't price gouge us and even included a delicous breakfast each morning. Upon arrival, we were offered a free cocktail of our choice and Chuck took our bag to our room. We weren't going to New Orleans to sit in our room so it was fine that the room was small. Although it was small the bed was comfy and the balcony area was beautiful. I would definitely stay at the Balcony Guest House again because of the awesome neighborhood, hospitality, and great food at Schiro's.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, South Carolina
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

This place has ALOT of character and if you are looking for a true New Orleans experience you will like this place. The location is safe but far from the sites, get a trolley day pass. Breakfast isn't served till 9:30 - 10:00, we are early risers so this didn't work for us. Not very clean or private and you will smell the restaurant downstairs the whole time. But if you want that gritty NOLA experience...here is the place for you.

Room Tip: Front balcony room seems like a good idea but it's not a private balcony and the drapes offer NO...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Balcony Guest House

Address: 2483 Royal Street, Faubourg/Marigny, New Orleans, LA 70117
Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Balcony Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balcony Guest House, in the historic Faubourg-Marigny, is your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast above Schiro's Grocery and Cafe(ground floor). Come and stay in our unique New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and see why everyone who stays here loves it. Only six blocks from the French Quarter, four blocks from Frenchmen street and three blocks from the river. Historic, alluring and relaxed(Creole Caribe), with a New Orleans style wrap-around balcony. ... more   less 
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