My wife, my 17 year old daughter, and myself stayed at the Lions Inn for four nights during the French Quarter Jazz Festival April 2008. Our stay at the Inn was nice, with a few positives and some negatives as well.
The Inn is located about 10 to 12 blocks from the French Quarter and it is an easy walk. The Inn itself is located in a residential area of many small quaint homes and a few shops.
The positives, Stuart, the host, but not the owner, was a delightful individual. He always kept our wine glass full during the evening wine and cheese reception and provided wonderful recommendations for meals and entertainment. The rooms, while small, were clean and comfortable. We had booked rooms B (a double) and D (a single). The rooms shared a bathroom and worked well for parents traveling with a teen. The pool and garden area was a nice quiet escape from the noise and crowds of Bourbon Street.
The negatives. The bathroom shower had a considerable build up of black mold. A good spray of Tilex would solve the problem. Although it is booked as a B&B, breakfast was not desirable. There was usually dirty dishes in the sink from the prior nights wine and cheese reception and the food, as far as I could see, consisted of some store bought pastry and cookies. While I did see regulars eating cereal, none was out or offered. My wife and I felt like we were intruding in someones home both times we tried the breakfast. Luckily there was a wonderful breakfast and lunch restaurant one half block away that had exceptional breakfasts and well brewed coffee. We noticed another guest of the B&B also eating breakfast at this restaurant so I do not think we are alone in our opinion.
If they had not billed the Inn as a B&B, but just as an Inn without breakfast, I would have given them a 4 instead of a three, even at the same rate. And yes, I would go back, but this time, I would not have the same expectations for breakfast.
- Also Known As:
- Lions Inn Bed And Breakfast
- Lions Hotel New Orleans