If you want a little more privacy while you’re visiting the Big Easy, here’s a list of the five best boutique hotels in the French Quarter.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Hotel Mazarin is a luxury boutique hotel that features 102 modern, spacious rooms and a lush, arched courtyard decorated by European-styled fountains. This hotel (which sits less than a block away from the restaurants and nightlife of Bourbon Street and only three blocks from Jackson Square) has competitive rates and its location is convenient for those looking to discover the Quarter’s main attractions on foot. In addition to enjoying wireless internet access, free local calls and artesian bottled water, this boutique hotel also offers the only wine bar onsite and includes great amenities such as valet parking and complimentary continental breakfast.
Audubon Cottages is a historic collection of one and two bedroom suites located in the French Quarter. Featuring a beautiful Tuscan-styled courtyard and a heated saltwater pool, this boutique inn is only a 10-minute walk away from the Historic New Orleans Collection and Jackson Square, as well as the New Orleans Jazz Park and the French Market. While property features include a shared saltwater pool (said to be the oldest pool in New Orleans), a lush garden, self parking and a business center, guests can enjoy different room amenities inside one of their seven fully-furnished rooms. This accommodation could be the perfect choice for anyone who is looking to experience all of the benefits of the French Quarter from a secluded boutique hotel.
The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection
Located on the border of the French Quarter and the Central Business District, the Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection is a premier boutique hotel on Canal Street. Inside its eight-story luxury complex, the hotel features 166 stylish guest rooms, a delicious on-site restaurant, a fitness center and the famous Burgundy Bar, where live entertainment and vivacious happy hours fill the scene almost every night. All rooms include free Wi-Fi and free wired internet, plus heavily-stacked mini bars, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks.
Opened in 1835, the historic Bienville House is an elegant hotel that once functioned as a segment of a large rice mill company before being converted to a hotel in 1967. Located in the French Quarter just three blocks from Bourbon Street and the Mississippi River, this hotel offers visiting guests the opportunity to relax at their tropical rooftop terraces while admiring the lush courtyard, as well as taking a dip at their saltwater splash pool or four sundecks. With fewer than 100 rooms, it also hosts regular jazz concerts inside its 75-set theater. Guest rooms at the Bienville House offer Wi-Fi and mahogany beds dressed with triple sheeting and down pillows.
Preserving both the beauty and charm of New Orleans, Le Richelieu is a historic boutique hotel located in one of the French Quarter’s residential areas. Their 85 rooms are authentically decorated to resemble old-world decor, and the hotel amenities include everything from an outdoor pool and fully stacked bar to a babysitting care at surcharge and free WiFi. Recreational possibilities near the hotel are endless, since the hotel sits in the Quarter, but other activities nearby include sailing, bicycle rentals and golfing.
By Rebeca Trejo