I had been on the road for a week - the return run from driving my son to college in TX from NJ - by the time I got to The Chimes. To save me from having to drive back alone, a friend met up with me in TX for the drive home. We decided to spend a couple of days in NOLA rather than pounding home in three straight days. I wanted to make it a nice stay since she was doing me a HUGE favor, and because it was my only 2 days of true vacation for the summer. Our accommodations needed to provide space and comfort. The Chimes definitely delivered.
I called to reserve the loft room, but that had been taken just an hour before my call. Jill assured me that there was another room that would be fine for us, but a regular had already booked it. Jill went to the trouble of contacting the guest to see if she could free up that room for us. Luckily the guest was gracious enough to take another (single) room. We had a queen bed and a day bed, which was perfect. The small space connecting the main room with the bath room added just enough breathing space for us to not feel crowded in. Plus the garden was just outside our door if we wanted privacy. The only negatives of the room are the a/c blowing directly onto the daybed, and there is no door separating the little "room", so light will shine into the main room.
The house is decorated beautifully. Definitely a period house, but with touches that make it fresh. Our bathroom was spacious and looked like it had been updated fairly recently. There was some mold on the caulk in the shower, but I imagine that is just life in a place like New Orleans. The room was very clean.
Jill is a very visible hostess. She made sure we were acclimated to the area, so finding restaurants and transportation was easy. She puts out a nice variation of food for breakfast, pastries, fruit, eggs, and once again she went above and beyond by making sure she had gluten-free bread on hand for me. Breakfast starts at 6:00a.m., so you can get an early start to the day, though the day we went at 6:00, not all the food was ready for the table. Once breakfast is set, she comes to the table for conversation.
The neighborhood is great. It's quiet but a three minute walk to life on Magazine Street. It felt very safe.
I highly recommend The Chimes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chimes Bed and Breakfast has been serving guests since 1986. The five individual guest rooms, with private entrances opening on to a tropical New Orleans style brick courtyard, are well appointed and comfortable. The Chimes is located in the residential Garden District/Uptown neighborhood where restaurants, coffee houses and shops are within walking distance. The owners are on site offering advise on restaurants,music and venues, tours, workout facilities and specific detailed information you need. Come home to the Chimes in New Orleans. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chimes b&b
- Chimes Hotel New Orleans