My friend and I stayed here for the very first time this March. From the moment we arrived until the time we checked out, we felt extremely welcome and very comfortable. As strange as it may sound, staying here on Bourbon Street felt like we were at home with our friends.
Initially, I wasn't really sure about staying at a guest house on Bourbon St. After all, the bars are open 24/7! But, Chuck, one of the owners assured me that the Bon Maison is located in the residential area and there have never been any issues or concerns in the area. He was so right. The guest house is a few blocks from the party areas, but clearly within walking distance to just about anywhere in the French Quarter - from Cafe Du Monde for beignets to Pat O'Brien's for hurricanes.
When we arrived, Chuck was in the courtyard visiting with other guests. He greeted us with hugs and was genuinely happy that we were there. He even introduced us to other guests, who were just as friendly as Chuck. It was the perfect start to our stay. Chuck invited us for beverages where we had the opportunity to meet the other owner Butch. He was equally as gracious and a true Southern gentleman!
It's really hard to make decisions about where to spend your time when you are in New Orleans. My advice is to ask Butch and Chuck. They know more about the real New Orleans, what to do and what not to do than you'll ever find in a tourist brochure.
We stayed in the Slave Quarters - Rooms D & E. They were perfect. Everything we needed was there. We loved the kitchenette, although we really didn't have time to use it. I was glad to see they had wine openers in the room. They thought of everything. There is also a small refrigerator that comes in handy for leftovers from the restaurants and keeping your beverages cold.
The courtyard reminded me of a recent stay I had in Paris. They have a nice collection of birds who love to chirp and the greenery of the garden plants was beautiful. Chuck was apologizing because the flowers weren't in bloom, but it was absolutely delightful to sit outside and enjoy the sounds of the water running through the fountain. We thought it was adorable and so did the other guests. They frequently just hung around and enjoyed what the courtyard had to offer - a great way to relax after walking around the city.
I can't overstate the importance of talking with Chuck or Butch. There have a story for just about every piece of furniture in the rooms and they can tell you all about the history of the room you are in. To able to say that we were staying in slaves' quarters is something that you'll never get from the Marriott.
I am sharing all of this with you because staying at a guest house really is different than at a hotel. If you want a great time with personalized service from people who love what they do, stay at Bon Maison.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at the Bon Maison Guest House during your next visit to New Orleans! The 1833 Historic Town House and Slave Quarters are located in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. Relax in our beautiful Courtyard. Shopping and restaurants are only steps away. All of our updated suites are furnished in New Orleans style, offer Private Entrances, Queen-size beds, Private Bath, Cable, Heating and Air Conditioning, Kitchenettes (small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker), and Iron/Ironing Board. Smoking is allowed in the areas of Courtyard and Balconies only (not in rooms). Accommodations are not suitable for children. No pets allowed. Open year round. Great for small groups! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bon Maison Guest House Hotel New Orleans