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Bon Maison Guest House
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Very nice place very clean. Great location. Rooms are small but how much are you in the room.Chuck and Butch were very helpful and accomadating they personally checked with us to make sure everthing was to our liking. Would definatley stay here again. I highly recommend this hotel. Nice location on Bourbon St. within walking destination of all bars and attractions and restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

After being on the crowded and hectic streets of the French Quarter it was such a pleasure to open the gate and go through to the quietude of the courtyard. Seeing Chuck was a bonus. He was helpful...even drove with my husband to find the parking place. He was always hospitable and seemed glad to see everyone who was a guest. He also made good restaurant recommendations. Our room was small, but charming. The bathroom was really small but we managed. All was clean and creatively decorated.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank carrabassett
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

The reviews you've read about Bon Maison are quite accurate. My partner and I stayed in unit B - the closest room to the main gate - and, gulp . . . . Bourbon Street.

If you're intent to hang out in your room and watch TV at night, this isn't the best room choice - stay in one of the courtyard rooms, as the noice from the street may be a bit much.

If you're intent on going out and enjoying all the sites, sounds and tastes of this cultural gem of a city, then Unit B will be just fine.

You're heard the phrase, "location, location, location," well, you've hit nirvana at Bon Maison. You're close to everything one could hope for . . . . bars, restaurants, historical sites, etc. without being stuck in the middle of the noise and distractions. Chuck's Bon Maison is located on the quiter end of Bourbons Street - the beginning of the residential section.

Chuck runs a very efficient and accomodating Inn - and the price, by New Orleans standards, is quite reasonable.

If you want clean accomodations with historical charm, then Bon Maison Guest House is the place to be . . . . . If you want "cookie cutter," and predictble without much charm - stay at The Holiday Inn or Marriot.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Lane W
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Bon Maison Guest House, located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, offers a nice combination of historic charm, great location, and value for travelers wanting to spend some time in this part of New Orleans.

First, the location: anyone who has spent time on Bourbon Street might be justified in thinking you would have to be out of your mind to consider lodging on the street itself, but in fact the guest house is located a block outside the center of the action (and noise), with only a few gay nightclubs nearby, and you don't really hear them. You are walking distance from everything tourists normally visit in the old town: the main graveyard, Jackson Park, the historic buildings, and of course Bourbon Street itself. Parallel to Bourbon Street one block over is Royal Street, known for its art galleries and awesome street musicians -- a nice antidote for when Bourbon Street's noise and sleaze gets old. The trolley is a few blocks walk towards the river, and can take you to the Central Business District, Garden District, and beyond (though allow lots of extra time; based on our limited experience, their transit system is absurdly dysfunctional). Following Chuck's advice, we didn't rent a car, and were glad we didn't -- the French Quarter is pretty much devoid of long term parking, and every motorist we saw struggling to navigate through the never-ending crowds looked stressed and cranky.

The building is part of a historic complex that has been subdivided, but contains part of the original main house and part of the slave quarters -- a set of shallow apartments stacked three floors high, on the other side of the charming courtyard. Chuck and Butch, the proprietors, live in the upper floors of the main house, and rent the bottom floor and the slave quarters. Chuck was friendly and helpful, but never intrusive. The entrance is via a very secure metal gate and then down a passageway to the courtyard. Our unit, E, was basically a compact studio, with a small kitchenette furnished with mini fridge, microwave, toaster, sink, and a set of basic dishes and utensils. There was a medium size bedroom, small bathroom (shower only), and a closet deep enough to fit all three pieces of our carry-on luggage. The unit was quite clean, but there was no maid service during our three day stay -- not an issue for us, but could be for some. Also, although there is basic hand soap, there are no toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc., so be sure to bring your own. It's not a B&B, but there are plenty of places around to eat, including a diner across the street, or you could get some basics and make your own breakfast. (Tip: If you are there on a weekend morning, go around the corner to Eat, for a truly phenomenal brunch, though best to get there early or the line is down the block.)

Overall, this place is ideal for anyone who values historic charm, being self-sufficient, and having a perfect location over a pampering big hotel experience.

Room Tip: This being Bourbon Street, you still do get a parade of noisy drunks at all hours of the night, so if you're concerned about noise you would do better to stay in one of the three units in the old slave quarters part of the complex, since they are set furthest from the street across the courtyard; these are units D-F. One reviewer complained about the noise from the parakeet cage in the courtyard; if you are concerned about this, avoid D, since that is on the ground floor next to the cage. Another caution: if you are unsteady on your feet, whether due to alcohol or other reasons, the stairs to the second and third floor of the slave quarters are steep and uneven, and require a certain level of balance and concentration to navigate.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ArtAndFood
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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed with some friends in the two bedroom suite. We stayed during French Quarter Fest. We travel to Nola a couple times a year, and might have found our new favorite place to stay. When we arrived, Chuck greeted us and gave us a tour. He answered all the question we had, and made us fill very at home. The room was perfect for what we were looking for. It was very clean, and very spacious. It is located just outside from the noise of bourbon street. We never heard anything at night. The only very small problem we had with the room was the bed. It was a little hard for us. But we gladly got over it, because how fantastic the place was. The courtyard is very nice. Will be staying again!!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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