Even though the French Quarter may seem like the obvious lodging choice when visiting New Orleans, the Mid-City and Tremé neighborhoods, both filled with rich history, national landmarks and grade-A entertainment, offer travelers the possibility of exploring beyond the Quarter’s limits while remaining minutes-away from the city’s main attractions. From a fair grounds race course laid out in 1852 to the iconic Louis Armstrong Park, these historic communities are set to show you a side of New Orleans you’ve probably never experienced before. Here are our picks for the best hotels and bed and breakfasts in the Mid-City and Tremé area.
Sitting in a lush gardenia and jasmine yard is the NOLA Grand Canal Hotel and Spa, a luxury and Old Word inspired stay located in the Mid-City district of New Orleans. The elegant vacation rental, which sits in front of the historic Canal Street Streetcar (the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world!), features spacious rooms, whirlpool tubs (on selected rooms), and a wellness and massage spa that offers visitors everything from deep tissue and Swedish massages to bath therapy and body bronzing, all inside a century old building composed by hardwood floors and luxury furnishings. Nearby activities include visiting the gorgeous City Park, which is the 7th most visited urban public park in the United States, the New Orleans Museum of Art, an institution since 1911, and the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife and entertainment.
Offering the best of both worlds, Hotel Storyville is a unique, individually decorated studio inn that sits inside the beautiful Tremé section, just two blocks from the edge of French Quarter. The casual spot was built in a historic home and now features a huge patio garden filled with gazebos, where guests enjoy drinking their morning coffee, read the newspaper, or enjoy a glass of wine. Storyville’s accommodation includes free Wi-Fi and suites equipped with a fully-stocked kitchen, cable TV, air conditioning and complimentary toiletries. Aside from exploring around the Quarter’s grounds, guests can head to the Backstreet Cultural Museum, home to an amazing collection of indigenous Mardi Gras memorabilia as well as still photos and video footage of Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals and second lines.
Bordering the iconic French Quarter is The Rathbone Mansions, a two stately antebellum residence along Esplanade Avenue in the Tremé neighborhood. The mansions, which were built in 1846 and 1850, pride themselves on offering guests ‘true southern hospitality and an authentic New Orleans atmosphere.’ The luxury hotel serves breakfast daily in the mansions’ Grand Parlor, and features Old World-styled rooms, a brand-new salt water swimming pool and a hot tub, as well as complimentary parking, high speed internet, and standard in-room amenities.
Offering guests an ‘elegant, yet relaxing atmosphere,’ the HH Whitney House is a luxury B&B blending southern hospitality and Old World charm. Located on the historic Esplanade Avenue, which was one of the most important portage routes of trade during the 19th century, this beautiful Italian-styled home features exquisite architecture, off-street parking, in-ground swimming pool, and a large garden and courtyard. While staying at the HH Whitney House, guests have the accessible option of venturing to the French Quarter’s exciting grounds or skipping to City Parks Botanical Garden, where 300-year old live oaks and sculpture gardens abound.
Edgar Degas House: Historic Home, Courtyard & Museum
The Edgar Degas House is a bed and breakfast located in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. Once home to French Impressionist Edgar Degas, this NOLA guest house, which is designed around Creole-styled architecture, features luxurious guest rooms (some with furnished balconies and spa tubs), free Wi-Fi, complimentary parking, as well as authentic cook-to-order, homemade breakfasts, such as French waffles with fresh fruit, French toast topped with caramelized bananas, over-sized Creole omelets with choice of fillings, and a bloody Mary or mimosa. Guests, who can enjoy complimentary wine at check-in, also have the opportunity to experience a guided tour of The Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour, considered by many to be the most historically accurate tour in New Orleans.
Restored and converted into gorgeous rooms with spacious multi-bedroom suites, luxury townhouses and charming cottages, the New Orleans Courtyard Hotel is a beautiful stay located in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. The century old property, which sits just steps away from the legendary Armstrong Park and the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, fosters a design inspired by classic New Orleans architecture, and offers guests a two grotto courtyard with swimming pools, pet friendly rooms, Wi-Fi Internet Services, and a daily continental breakfast, which includes hot off-the-grill waffles, juices, New Orleans coffee and incredible pastries.