This delightful hotel is situated right off the corner of Bourbon Street on Toulouse in the French Quarter. If you enjoy historic charm, then look no further then the Olivier House. The Olivier House Hotel is one of a number of hotels that are named on the French Quarter Haunted List; apparently it is haunted by a spirit named Elizabeth but I have never seen any evidence of that. My son and I stayed here when we were building homes for Habitat during the Katrina Relief Effort and it continues to be one of my favorite stopovers.
The original section of this mid eighteenth century Creole home is still intact; from the beautiful wool carpets that grace the huge hallway entrance and the adjoining parlor, to the ornate wall hangings and original light fixtures; it is no surprise that the Oliver House is most preferred among theater people. If you choose to bypass the eye catching wooden stairwell to take the elevator to get to your room, there is a hidden door under the arched staircase; you’ll have to duck to open it but it’s worth the short jaunt. The door will open onto to a beautiful court yard containing a miniature swimming pool that is surrounded by lush plants and trees. Take a short walk on the patio cobble stones in the opposite direction, turn left and ten feet away you’ll discover a minuscule elevator. If you suffer from claustrophobia I suggest you take the stairwell to your room; the elevator is approximately 4’ x 2’ and if you’re toting luggage it can be a real feat getting in and closing the door. The creaks and groans of the antique machinery may make one squeamish but I think it adds the ambiance of this popular hotel. The staff is very friendly and polite. I highly recommend that you reserve your room well in advance and specifically request a room that has a balcony facing Toulouse Street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Olivier House Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is a unique and historic property that was originally constructed in 1839 as a Creole townhouse for the wealthy Olivier family. It has been privately owned and operated as the Olivier House Hotel since 1970. The hotel offers 42 unique guest rooms, lovely public areas, a refreshing outdoor pool, and paid off street parking. The Olivier House Hotel maintains a feeling of old world New Orleans, while providing modern conveniences such as free wireless internet and flat screen TVs in all rooms. The Olivier House Hotel represents New Orleans, and feels a responsibility to share our unique history, traditions, and culture in order to enhance the experience of guests to our city. Guests at the Olivier House Hotel can feel at home in the French Quarter, while experiencing the best New Orleans has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olivier House Hotel New Orleans
- Olivier Hotel New Orleans
- Olivier New Orleans