I travel to New Orleans several times a year. I have stayed many times at the Bon Maison over the last five years, attracted to the location (Bourbon Street and the gay section) and the relatively reasonable rates. There has been a recent and sad decline in both the property and the management, so much so, I would not stay there again, nor can I recommend it to any of my friends.
I love the general sense of decadence and decay that pervades the French Quarter- but this place is in ruins. The interiors are filthy, with an inch of dust over most everything. I had to wear shoes inside the room, otherwise my feet would be black with dirt. The cute little kitchenette has mold in the grout, and spilled food in the refrigerator. The mattress smells funny, the linens have stains, and I have found personal items from previous guests in my room.
The shower head was broken, and I had to get a new one myself. The air conditioner looks and sounds like it has never been serviced, and makes more noise than a diesel engine. My neighbors' drain backed up with raw sewerage, and they had to take showers in our place until the drain was fixed: the next day!
The "maid service" is a guy who will change your towels if you ask him, but doesn't do anything else. He was drunk by noon each day and would make passes at the guests- offering "special room service". Make sure and pay for your room in something that gives you a good record (credit card or check) because they lost my deposit once, and you never know if they are sober enough to keep track of the money.
I have started staying at other places in the quarter, and have had excellent experiences with both cheaper and more expensive places. This is not the "French Quarter experience", this is just a poorly run guest house in it's fast decline.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at the Bon Maison Guest House during your next visit to New Orleans! The 1833 Historic Town House and Slave Quarters are located in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. Relax in our beautiful Courtyard. Shopping and restaurants are only steps away. All of our updated suites are furnished in New Orleans style, offer Private Entrances, Queen-size beds, Private Bath, Cable, Heating and Air Conditioning, Kitchenettes (small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker), and Iron/Ironing Board. Smoking is allowed in the areas of Courtyard and Balconies only (not in rooms). Accommodations are not suitable for children. No pets allowed. Open year round. Great for small groups! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bon Maison Guest House Hotel New Orleans