My husband and I stayed two nights at the Josephine Guest House as we concluded a week-long Spring Break vacation. We first arrived around 8:00 pm on a Saturday night, and our host was very welcoming. He showed us the common rooms in the main house which were filled with traditional decor and lovely antiques. He proceeded to give us an "upgrade" to a suite in the separate guest house located on the same property (former slave quaters, I presumed). The guest house is two stories and we stayed on the second floor; we were told that building had been recently renovated, and it did appear to be. The suite was lovely -- tastefully decorated, with a small sitting area, a dining room table (perfect for visitors!), a full-service kitchen, a roomy bath, and a large bedroom with a comfortable bed. Right outside the entrance to the suite (next to the stairs) was also a small balcony with a table and two chairs -- a very relaxing place to sit and enjoy the beautiful weather before beginning a big day in New Orleans!
The linens and towels were sufficient -- nothing too fancy. Lots of closet space was provided in the bedroom. On the whole, the property was very quiet -- our much-needed rest was never disturbed. Both mornings we slept in rather late, so we cannot speak for the breakfast or the common dining room accomodations.
A couple of caveats, though, to our otherwise positive review. Please keep in mind this is New Orleans, and things just run "differently" down there. The attitude towards most things is *very* relaxed. As such, those looking for that extra-special touch in the "details" may leave dissatisfied. Some examples of this "approach" in place during our visit:
- There was a folded up baby playpen/crib in our suite that we didn't ask for, though our suite was so large, it didn't bother us at all. The host must have seen that we noticed the crib when we first arrived and explained he had brought it up for the benefit of some family members with a baby that had stayed there recently. He then said, "My wife told me, 'Go up there and take that baby crib out of their room!'.... but I decided not to.... because, you know, that's *work*!"
- Upon checking out, once we finally found the owner, he didn't seem to know precisely what to charge us. We understood the rate to be $125 for the room we had originally reserved, and I think he had forgotten that the "upgrade" was complimentary. Also, he seemed a little disappointed when we told him we'd be paying with a credit card, rather than a check.
- As we left, I noticed the owner's shirt -- a screen-print T-shirt with the torso of a scantily clad (if not topless), large-breasted woman on it, her neck adorned with Mardi Gras beads. Now there's certainly not much room for prudishness in New Orleans, but I thought his choice of attire was rather emblematic of his management style of the place!
I tried to be as thorough as possible in our assessment. We really lucked out in finding a spot at all, as our reservations were very last-minute and most of the other B&Bs were all booked. B&Bs tend to be more of a gamble than chain hotels, but if you're looking for a real "local" experience and aren't too picky, then you'll probably do alright at the Josephine. We likely won't stay there again next time we come to New Orleans -- mostly because there are so many B&B options there, we want to try as many of the good ones as possible!
- Also Known As:
- Josephine Guest House Hotel New Orleans