On the recommendation of the Boy’s brother and his wife (this being their fourth trip to New Orleans, and only our first) we booked the Garden District Bed and Breakfast unresearched and unknown. Luckily, our guides were very knowledgable (as expected), and we ended up thoroughly enjoying our stay there.
The Garden District B&B is, unsurprisingly, located in the Garden District, about a 40-minute walk from “downtown” (i.e. the French Quarter). It’s a gorgeous area, all trees and beautiful homes with wrought iron balconies. When we visited, the trees and fences were littered with Mardi Gras beads (including the fence in front of the B&B, which was absolutely dripping with them). It’s also near its own hopping area, Magazine Street, with tons of great shopping and dining.
We stayed in the Bassetti Balcony room, which was actually a lovely suite with high ceilings, a four-poster bed (incredibly comfortable), and an entirely separate sitting room with a trundle-bed (great for families, I imagine). It was truly very lovely, and we enjoyed spending some evenings cuddled up in one room or the other.
We also had a private bathroom, though it was outside the suite (don’t lock yourself out!), a bit small, and the footed tub would have been a hazard for anyone much older or less sure-footed than we were.
The room was stocked with OJ, milk, coffee, tea, and a toaster – all to accompany the “continental” breakfast that came with the room. Here lay a weak point – the breakfast was rather insipid baked goods (weak bagels, croissants, and the like), some cereal, and granola bars along with accompanying butter and peanut butter. I was delighted to find a Laughing Cow cheese the first day, but that never reappeared, so perhaps it was just a welcome gift. Regardless, the B&B was still a good deal – but we went out to breakfast after the first day.
The shared balcony was also very nice (especially since we shared it with our co-travelers, cheerfully knocking on each other’s door-windows). You opened the large windows to clamber out, and got a view of the street, which was quite nice (forgive my rather uninspiring photo). What’s more, proprietress Raynell was absolutely lovely and incredibly accommodating – should we return to New Orleans, we’d certainly look into making this our home base again.
I was not compensated for this post. All the opinions are my own.