We have stayed twice at La Dauphine, most recently for our daughter's graduation from Tulane in May 2006. If you expect white glove service and lavish breakfasts from a B&B, this is definitely not your kind of place, but if you want a true taste of New Orleans, then try La Dauphine. This big, old shotgun house is in the Faubourg Marigny, a diverse, delicious neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter. Innkeepers Ray and Kim are relaxed and friendly, the rooms are large, and the courtyard garden is a delight. Prices are very reasonable. As other reviewers have mentioned, breakfast is self-serve, as is daily maid service (make up your own bed), and some of the bathroom arrangements are a little unconventional, but all of this adds to the authentictiy and funkiness of the experience. The long side hall is filled with books about New Orleans and other eclectic subjects, and the innkeepers are more than happy to assist you in finding good nearby restaurants, shops, or entertainment. They also maintain a large video library. Staying at La Dauphine is like having a second home in one of the most colorful neighborhoods in the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Dauphine is a laid-back guest house for the budget-minded traveler, located in the Bohemian, artsy, gay part of town, 4 blocks from the French Quarter, a 12 minute streetcar ride to the Convention Center. No unregistered guests are allowed in the rooms. A mellow, village-like atmosphere prevails throughout the neighborhood. Rooms have 4-poster queen beds, 2 persons to a room. Free Wi-Fi, 2 small house dogs- Shiba Inu (Japanese). No smoking. All welcome (except uptight, rigid people :-) ... more less