Maison DuBois was not our first choice for lodging for our honeymoon in November of 2006, but with a 30,000 attendee National Association of Realtor's convention in town, hotel rooms were limited. However, upon arriving in the city we quickly realized that we had done better than we had dreamed in booking the Orleans Suite at Maison DuBois.
The B&B is a lovely, bright yellow home located on Dauphin, one house from the corner of Esplanade. The location simply cannot be beat. The French Quarter is a very short walk away, as is Frenchman Street and the Marigny. The landmark bar Port of Call is located kitty-corner from the B&B across Esplanade and provides a well-known landmark for cab rides as well as a good place to begin or end your day with a drink. The neighborhood is quiet, save for occasional mid-morning hammering of construction in progress, and safe. The residential neighborhood is a laid-back alternative to the perpetual bustle of the French Quarter, and B&B is warm, welcoming alternative to the city's major hotels.
Tom and Gary, the B&B's owners, were charming, friendly men who were more than happy to give advice on restaurants and things to do and see, but were equally willing to be unobtrusive and let us have our privacy during our week-long stay. We usually saw Tom for a few minutes in the morning as he laid out the day's continental breakfast and made sure the coffee was hot and fresh. Otherwise, he was a phone call away if we needed anything. (Breakfast each morning is an ample assortment of croissants, muffins, rolls, toast, bagels, cereals, coffee, tea, and juices. Because only a continental breakfast is offered, guests do not need to let Tom know ahead of time when they will be eating, and can come and go as they please in the kitchen.)
The house is clean and beautifully decorated with antique and reproduction furniture and art. I was especially charmed by the intricately hand painted plates on the kitchen wall featuring scenes from Russian fairy tales. Tom made sure to point out the "history mark" on the dining room table where the home's crystal chandelier had fallen during Katrina. The Orleans Suite, where we stayed, is located at the rear of the home and has a short, private hallway/entrance before entering the bedroom. This adds a little more privacy to the suite and keeps things quieter when there are other guests in the home. The queen bed was comfortable, with lovely linens. The room is bright and airy, and especially inviting with the French balcony doors opened and the ceiling fan blowing in a gentle breeze. The balcony was a great place to read the morning newspaper and for my husband to have an evening cigar. It overlooks the beautiful salt water pool and hut tub and the lovely flowering shrubs and trees of the yard.
The Orleans Suite does not have a tub, but the stall shower was perfectly adequate with good water pressure and ample hot water. There were always more towels than we needed, and they were fluffy, soft and smelled divine. The sitting area was small, but cozy, with a comfortable love seat and wing back chair, large coffee table and television with VCR. (The B&B has a selection of videos which guests may borrow and view in their rooms. We watched Chocolat one afternoon.) The combination of bedroom and sitting room, plus access to the B&B's refrigerator, gave us ample room to spread out and put our things away so that we did not spend seven days living out of suitcases. It truly felt like a home away from home.
High recommended. We would (and probably will!) stay at Maison DuBois again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location! Location! Location! Nowhere is this more important than the French Quarter where the sights, sounds and adventures are unlimited. Maison DuBois will beckon and entice you with an ambiance unmistakably New Orleans. First time visitors are struck by the lush tropical foliage of hibiscus, banana trees, jasmine and queen palms that line the courtyard while the fountain splashes playfully into the pool's waters. Each guestroom is uniquely decorated to enhance their comfort and appeal. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maison Dubois Hotel New Orleans