The Chimes is perfectly located away from the French Quarter, but near the trendy shopping/restaurant district of Magazine Street. (To easily get to Bourbon Street fun, just take a 20-minute ride on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar, which is just a couple blocks away from Chimes.) Our room was just off a back courtyard, quiet, beautifully decorated, clean, and extremely comfortable. We stayed in Room 4... you can check the Chimes website for excellent photos and even a video of each room--very accurate! Jill and Charles are friendly and full of advice about the area... places to eat, shop, etc.... and will help with reservations, transit passes, tour information, and whatever else you need. There is a house kitty, Julius, who is rather shy, so no problem if you don't care for cats. A continental breakfast is served each morning... cheeses, French bread, pastries, fruit, sometimes yogurt or other items for variety (we stayed for 4 nights and had breakfast there each morning -- mostly because it was SO convenient and it was delightful to talk with Jill or Charles and the rest of the b&b's guests!)
This is a quiet neighborhood setting... so if you are looking for an area with wild nights and raucous bars, this is not the spot for you. But if you would like a beautiful place to rest after long hours of touring, shopping, dining, and drinking--Chimes is perfect. There is even an "honor" refrig. full of soft drinks, beer, and wine for a late-night drink on the courtyard outside your room, if you are not quite ready for bed.
From Chimes, you can easily walk to Magazine Street, the Magazine Street bus line, and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar... a perfect location for exploring what New Orleans has to offer, without total immersion into the craziness of the Quarter.
Restaurant recommendations? We loved 2 that were near the Chimes: The Petite Grocery and Ignatius... one high end and one very funky. Both fun!
My husband and I highly recommend the Chimes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chimes Bed and Breakfast has been serving guests since 1986. The five individual guest rooms, with private entrances opening on to a tropical New Orleans style brick courtyard, are well appointed and comfortable. The Chimes is located in the residential Garden District/Uptown neighborhood where restaurants, coffee houses and shops are within walking distance. The owners are on site offering advise on restaurants,music and venues, tours, workout facilities and specific detailed information you need. Come home to the Chimes in New Orleans. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chimes b&b
- Chimes Hotel New Orleans