Overall, this is a fine place to stay for the location, price, and quirkiness. The location is great and within walking distance of the whole French Quarter. The first B in B&B is adequate. If you are looking for a decent bed in the area, you will be fine here. However, don't go expecting a delicious breakfast......
We were with a group of 13 and chose a B&B so that we wouldn't have to go out for breakfast. Unfortunately, the breakfast experience was rule laden and disappointing. This is not a buffet. When you check in you must order juices, cereal, and such. Make sure that you make your desires clear at this time. You are also reminded several times verbally and in written material to call 30 minutes ahead because you sit and are served. Ring the bell when you enter the dining room. Don't come early! My husband and I came down before our appointed time to have a cup of coffee with our group while we waited (most of whom had made "reservations" for earlier and were seated at their appointed time) and were told that we couldn't sit in the dining area because we would dirty a place setting. There is no conventional sitting area at this place. Just a few couches crammed into a narrow hall. After all the fuss.......breakfast was rather ordinary conventional grocery store whole grain toast, with croissants, and a selection of jams. Apples, oranges, and bananas were also available. Cereal must be "ordered" ahead and Hugh was also rather gruff and put out with someone asking for cereal who hadn't pre-ordered. He did provide milk for their own cereal. The owners may have their reasons for not doing a buffet, but our group would have found a buffet to be a much more comfortable, relaxing, and friendly system. They would have space for a buffet and to seat more guests if some of the furniture and stuff was cleared out of the room. It is cluttered almost to the point of looking dirty and junky rather than charming and quirky.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ooh la la. Naughty. In 1800s, bordello catering to society's elite. Bed and breakfast now, great location, we're at Gateway to French Quarter from I-10. French Quarter 1/2 block, Bourbon St. 3 blocks. Romantic balcony suite, courtyard, hammock, porch swing, antiques, MARDI GRAS costumes. Lagniappe: don't just visit New Orleans - live it like a local with our Insider Eguides: music, dancing, restaurants, food, history, culture, sightseeing. Yesiree, rates incl. tax, free local phone calls, Wi-Fi, soft drinks, bottled water, & Continental PASTRY breakfast with coffee, hot water for tea, grits, oatmeal, at least 1 pastry from nearby bakery, fresh fruit, and toast. Other stuff like cereal or yogurt, gluten by request. 23 years, 50% of guests cal us quirky & keep returning, we've got lots of antiques and each room has a special theme +is different. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans Hotel New Orleans
- 1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans Bed And Breakfast
- Courtyard New Orleans
- New Orleans Courtyard