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“Slow-Paced, and that's a Good Thing”

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Chimes Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #14 of 142 New Orleans B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 June 2011

My husband and I spent three days in New Orleans over Memorial Day weekend, and we highly recommend Chimes to anyone who wants a relaxing, slow-paced vacation. The rooms are smallish, but clean and comfortable, and open out into the garden, which is full of character and flowers. A favorite memory from New Orleans is waking up early before it became to hot and reading for a half-hour in the garden.

Chimes is set in the quiet Uptown district of New Orleans, and is close enough to the St. Charles streetcar that we did not need a rental car. A streetcar ride to the French Quarter will take between 25-60 minutes, depending on how quickly the streetcar arrives, so if you want to wake up early in the morning, walk out the door, and immediately see the sights, then Chimes might be a bit far from the French Quarter for you, but then again, the unhurried ambiance throughout all of New Orleans is an experience itself, and it takes time to enjoy it.

A note: the owners have a plethora of knowledge about the area. Ask them for their restaurants and sweet shop recommendations – we’re glad we did.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2011

I agree 100% with recent review from Findelaterra. Huge letdown. Rooms are extremely small, limited access to home. May have been nice at one time, but a tired lackluster feeling is very evident. The owners need to take a long hard look at the image they profess to provide and the actual experience. No comparison. Stay somewhere else. We had a wonderful experience at a B&B in the Marginy area.

Room Tip: Don't Stay Here at all. Better options exist.
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  • Stayed: May 2011
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2  Thank Howdy_Doody_Texan
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

I've been to the New Orleans Jazz Fest seven times and I've stayed all over the city. If you want to get into that relaxed and groovin' New Orleans state of mind, this place is perfect. It's in the Garden District, within walking distance of Magazine Street and some of the best neighborhood dining. Walk up to St. Charles and take the streetcar into the French Quarter or take a connector to a festival or event. The hosts will sell you transit passes for your convenience. We've stayed here twice and feel like we are adopted family. The hosts are open, friendly, and real. We love the breakfasts with fresh baking procured nearby daily. The carriage house room is incredible but all the rooms are worth staying in. Coffee early in the morning in the lush courtyard is always a highlight. After a long day at fest our out and about sipping a glass of wine in this same courtyard is pretty close to heaven itself.

Room Tip: Rooms exiting to the courtyard are the bomb!
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

First the good: the location in the lush uptown district and just off the streetcar route is perfect for taking in the tranquil side of New Orleans. The grounds of the bnb are lush and fragrant and the chimes provide a charming background. The rooms are pretty without being fussy - mine had a four poster.

The not so good: we spotted a couple of "palmetto bugs" - no bid deal I guess but after we killed one right in the room and left for the day it was still there in the middle of the floor when we got back that evening. After that it felt markedly less clean in there.

The bathrooms are ancient (e.g. separate taps for cold and hot water)

The proprietor is friendly but a little scattered. When I told her my friend would arrive before me at 4:30, she promised she would be at the bnb to let her in, but she actually showed up at 5, leaving my friend waiting out on the doorstep with her bags.

The breakfast is good, and I normally enjoy socializing with the other guests in the morning, but there is a sense that the proprietor and a few other guests know each other very well, leading to a kind of forced intimacy and expectations of sharing that are just a hair out of my comfort zone. Breakfast spread itself is better than average.

All in all it was ok, if a little eccentric. Hey, it's New Orleans and things are just different down there. But the pictures and prices suggest a boutique experience, whereas the actual place delivers about half of that value.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2011

We loved our stay at Chimes, had such a wonderful time in New Orleans and Jill could not have been more wonderful. All of her recommendations were right on and her home is beautiful.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank AnnaC700
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Reviewed 21 March 2011

I had a great stay at The Chimes for 6 nights. I was in town for 6 nights, 3 for a professional conference, and 3 for pleasure over the weekend. The Chimes is very popular and full during the peak seasons, so book early. The B&B experience is all about the hospitality, conversations with people from all over, and having a human connection, not some sterile hotel room. The carriage house was great because it is probably the largest of the rooms, but if you've got knee problems you may not like the stairs. The room is so unique and very comfortable (no bathtub, but who cares). The free wifi and flat screen TV make it very modern, the furniture and quiet courtyard make it home. There is no reason to stay downtown in the tourist area when you have this option! Jill was a accommodating hostess who always joined in the conversations over breakfast. I would label the breakfasts as "deluxe continental". It's not an elaborate spread, but the baked items are fantastic, as is the cheese and fresh fruit options. It's good if you want to have room for lunch out and dinner. If I'm ever in NOLA again, I'd stay there for sure.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 February 2011

As described by others, clean quiet, convenient B&B. I didn't meet Charles, but Jill is a wonderful host. Fresh fruit, cheese & breads make for a nice breakfast. Newspapers and maps available for use and they sell the $12 3 day streetcar passes. We were there for Valentine's Day and my husband had arranged for a bottle of champagne and fresh flowers to be in the room upon our arrival. The flowers from a local florist were beautiful and Jill selected a very tasty champagne. We stayed in the Carriage Room (#1)....very comfortable.
Highly recommend The Chimes.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank jlewley
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Address: 1146 Constantinople St., New Orleans, LA 70115-2759
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Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Garden District
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 142 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range: £49 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Where you stay in New Orleans, matters. The Chimes is a hidden gem just off St. Charles Avenue in the residential Garden District/Uptown neighborhood. Restaurants, coffee houses and shops are within walking distance of this unique, private spot. The owners are on site with a singular goal: to make you feel comfortable and at home in their city. Five private guest rooms open to a courtyard that is beautiful, quiet and speaks of historic New Orleans. Queen size beds, shiny hard wood floors, private bathrooms, full breakfast, no stairs, French doors, stocked refrigerator and oh, so much more. New Orleans has cachet and when you stay at the Chimes Bed and Breakfast, you will feel it. ... more   less 
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