My husband and I are expecting twins (our first children) in a few weeks and finally decided to take a weekend away together before the insanity arrives. We decided on New Orleans and I began my search for B&Bs. We have stayed in several B&Bs and really enjoy them.
Based upon other reviews Ashton's was in my top 3 and since we were literally getting away last minute we ended up booking here due to availability. I am SO glad we did.
When we arrived we were greeted by Patrick who took us on a tour of the property and offered us a free upgrade to a larger room, which we accepted. We had booked the Cajun Kitchen (rm 5) but upgraded to the Jazz Festival Room (rm 4). The bedroom was spacious and I liked that they had 2 luggage stands instead of one. It also had a couch and 2 sitting chairs as well as a desk and a wardrobe in the room.
The bathroom, although small, was updated and made good use of a small space with shelves to place your toiletries on. The shower was huge and the body jets were nice. There was no lack of HOT water, either. The shower controls were a little confusing at first but we were able to quickly figure them out.
A nice features is the speed dial button on the phone to the cab company. The B&B really isn't within walking distance of the French Quarter (particularly at 8 months pregnant with twins) so a cab is highly recommended, especially since some of the areas you'd have to walk through seemed quite sketchy. We never paid more than $8 for a cab ride. The B&B has a gated lot so our car was kept safe during our stay. Plus the traffic in New Orleans was terrible so using a cab and the trolley made getting around much more pleasant and avoided the headache of finding parking.
The owners live on site and have a speed dial button on the phone that rings their room, in case of emergencies or other needs. Fortunately, we never needed to use this feature but it was nice to know that it was available.
The best part of the stay was by far were the breakfasts! Amazing! Scrumptious! I can't say enough about them. Patrick is willing to accommodate special diet needs and was even willing to make something different if you didn't like what he had prepared for that morning. We met another couple staying there who came every year for the breakfasts! If the breakfasts weren't enough, snacks, fruit and drinks were available all day.
The only negative thing I can say about Ashton's is that the website doesn't really do justice in describing the rooms. I booked the Cajun Kitchen room based on the few pictures available and the description. The room was MUCH smaller than I had expected and I'm glad we were offered the upgrade to a larger room. The two of us would have been cramped in that room.
Overall, it was one of the best B&Bs we've stayed in and I would definitely stay there again if we return to New Orleans.
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