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Balcony Guest House
Ranked #38 of 138 New Orleans B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Raleigh, NC
1 review
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“Nice place, Good service”
Reviewed February 21, 2007

Nice place to stay, located right in downtown New Orleans..... easy walk to anywhere including Bourbon Street. Good service and great free breakfast. Very friendly atmosphere and homy to the place.

  • Stayed February 2007
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Raliegh
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Reviewed February 18, 2007

This place was very amazing. The people were very kind and up to speed on things. The only problems I had with the place was trouble getting towels replaced. Other than that great place and wonderful location. The breakfast....man, absolutely amazing.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled on business
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raleigh, nc
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Reviewed February 18, 2007

This place looks shady and a little bit sketch on the outside, but once you get inside and up the stairs, you will find a very "home away from home" feel to it. Its not your regular hotel/motel...it has its own decorative crazy statues to it, along with kind of...an exotic feel to it.

Get ready to enjoy a great relaxed kind of place...go out on the balcony and just lounge.

Really an excellent place, the pub downstairs serves EXCELLENT breakfast and pretty decent dinner.

Only complaint would have been that laundry/dirty towels weren't taken care of automatically. Just had to go downstairs and ask real quick.

Stayed February 2007
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North Carolina
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Reviewed February 18, 2007

This place is an outstanding place to stay at. it is in good walking distance from all of the major site in the French Quarter. In the morning the owner are friendly and will make one of the best breakfasts that you can find in the entire city. The service that you get is excellent and I would high recommend staying there to other that I know.

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  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with friends
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Raleigh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2007

Schiros is a really nice B&B. I took 11 people down there during Mardi Gras 2007, rented the whole place and had a blast! If you have never been to New Orleans before, This is the place to go. Forget the Days Inn, or some other cookie cutter place. This place is UNIQUE. First of all, It is a local place, not a touristy place. Second, get out and walk around! Every time I stepped out the front door, someone said hello and had a smile. The neighborhood looks a little shady at first, but as soon as I walked around, I saw that it is really a nice little community of people who know eachother and are very friendly. I had a lot of fun talking with the locals and even gave directions to a guy on a bicycle that was 10 feet tall from the balcony! Where else can you do that! Schiros is walking distance from Burbon street, uptown, and every Mardi Gras Parade. Not having to drive in nasty traffic and pay for parking makes this place a real gem. (trust me) Most of all my experience there will be something I will never forget. Come here with a positive attitude and a few friends and you will have an absolute blast, I guarantee it.

  • Liked — Great people and great location! NO DRIVING AND PARKING REQUIRED!!
  • Disliked — nothing really. It was really fun
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled on business
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Houston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2006

Don't be fooled by the pictures on their Web site! This is not a lovely b&b that offers what they say they offer. A complumentary drink? We paid for ours. A breakfast at 9 in the morning? Sorry, we don't have any left anymore, but you can grap some soda and a muffin from our convenient store. A good night's rest? The bed was squeaking so badly that we did not get any rest at all... even after a couple of beers. Some shampoo in the morning? There was none. Overall, don't book it. Spend your money ($130) on something that is closer to the French Quarter and offers a functioning bed and some decent soap.

Stayed August 2006
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Reviewed July 9, 2006

We booked here for three nights following the American Library Association conference in 2006. The neighborhood has changed a lot since Katrina (the city is emptier, for one thing, which makes the hood more vulnerable)--a couple of people warned us about walking here as two women. We found another place and called the Balcony to cancel our reservation, assuming we'd pay for the night regardless of whether we were there. To our surprise, the owner charged us for the entire stay we had booked. When we asked why, he said he could have sold the room to others because of the conference--which was actually over by the time we had reservations at Balcony. Basically, he seemed to regard the conference as an extenuating circumstance allowing him to bill us for the entire amount of our stay. The refund policy on the B&B's website says that failing to cancel 14 days in advance should mean you lose your deposit--in this case, the amount of the first night's stay. The only exception to that is special events, which are listed on the website as Mardi Gras, Hallowe'en, etc. No mention of the conference.

We have a lot of sympathy for small NOLA businesses, which is why we came to the conference, chose to stay in a B&B, and spent our money there. (A lot of it!) We want to help NOLA get back on its feet. The people we met during our stay were resilient and friendly--terrific folks overall. It was really discouraging to get shafted by this guy, who appears to be using the situation to his advantage. Full disclosure: He did offer us a "rain check" for the stay, valid until September 2006. Since there's no chance of us coming back to NOLA that soon, and since we don't want to stay in an unsafe neighborhood, that's pretty useless to us.

We'll give him one more shot to do the right thing--we're happy to forfeit the one night's deposit, especially since we gave short notice to cancel--but I'm not hopeful. If you book here, make sure you know what you're getting into!

Stayed June 2006
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Property: Balcony Guest House
Address: 2483 Royal St, Faubourg/Marigny, New Orleans, LA 70117-7845
Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 138 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Balcony Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balcony Guest House, in the historic Faubourg-Marigny, is your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast above Schiro's Grocery and Cafe(ground floor). Come and stay in our unique New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and see why everyone who stays here loves it. Only six blocks from the French Quarter, four blocks from Frenchmen street and three blocks from the river. Historic, alluring and relaxed(Creole Caribe), with a New Orleans style wrap-around balcony. ... more   less 
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