My wife and I spent a week at the Whitney House recently while I was at a conference In New Orleans. We rented the solarium, which is in the front of the house on the second floor, has a large porch, and consists of three rooms with very nice bedroom and bed. Plenty of room to have a small party with a few friends, and the porch has a swing perfect for watching people on Esplanade Avenue. The bath has a classic old footed tub with shower, and could stand to gain from additional water pressure. The house is quite attractive, with a few very special aspects in the moldings and decorations, and in several ways is quite grand. There are a few issues that require maintenance, but these are not unusual in such an old house with frequently demanding weather conditions, although some of the wooden parts in the stair railings ought to be replaced for safety. A plus is the pool and hot tub outside, near a nice patio area. The pool was not heated while we were there and was too cold for me, but not for my wife who is an avid swimmer. Unfortunately the adjacent house, also a large old structure, is in need of much repair, and this is not uncommon for the areas where Katrina's wrath is still visible. The hosts of the B&B are quite characters, and do everything that they can to make your stay a good one, though they are not without strong opinions. One of them drove us to the French quarter one day, and there was always long discussions of what restaurants to go to and things to see. The guys know the area very well and are friends with some of the restauranteurs. Breakfasts are good but perhaps not quite up to standards at some other B&Bs we have experienced, where breakfast can be an experience in itself. However the overall experience is very good. Note that the distance to the center of the French Quarter is more than a mile, so the best way to get back and forth is via taxi (which come quickly most of the time and are relatively cheap). If you have a rental car consider that parking in the FQ is very expensive and cars are likely more trouble than they are worth. I did walk to the FQ from the B&B several times during our stay, but the intervening neighborhoods, especially under the nearby freeway, don't look completely safe, and probably should not be crossed at night.
Summarizing, a very good place for couples who want a slightly different experience from the regular upscale hotels, and want to get to know NOLA residents more directly. It is somewhat more like staying in a friend's house than in the typical B&B, and easy therefore to meet and interact with the other guests and the hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Southern Hospitality and Old World Charm in this 1865 Italianate Beauty. Your hosts, Glen & Randy, have created a near-perfect oasis for you to enjoy while visiting the nearby French Quarter, Fairgrounds and City Park, all within easy walking distance. Rooms and suites feature queen beds, custom amenities, ceiling fans, hardwood floors, in-room safes, free Wi-Fi. Property features lush tropical garden with swimming pool and hot-tub. Full breakfast and complimentary off-street parking is provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hh Whitney House On The Historic Esplanade Hotel New Orleans