The Hubbard Mansion was recommended by a friend who had already booked their stay for New Year's Eve. Our trip was a combination of sightseeing combined with my alterior motive of proposing to my partner. When booking my room, I revealed my proposal intention to Sheila, who took my reservation and offered to make our stay special.
We arrived via automobile (with the help of gps) to the Garden district turning in to the driveway of what we could have believed to be a hundred year old mansion. Sheila met us at the door and guided us to the dining room where other guests (including our friend Steve) were having their morning coffee.
The splendor and charm of the mansion washed over us as we sat for coffee before even unloading the car. My lady was overwhelmed at the furniture pieces almost immediately entering into lengthy conversation with Sheila about each piece. Sheila could describe each piece by period, design, as well as their own personal story about how they aquired each item and from whom. The aire was that of home and family, and we instantly felt that we were home and in the presence of something special.
More gasps follows as were were shown the room Sheila has reserved for us, knowing the special event that was to occur that evening. We once again marveled at the decor and taste of the room (Victoria).
We soon departed the mansion for the French Quarter and upon returning early that evening, had coffee on the front porch (after facing a clear and direct instruction from Don to not touch the glorious 50 year old stove belonging to his late wife and matriarch of the mansion although he was gracious to show us the workings of this amazing piece which had been used to prepare countless meals for the Hubbard family).
One of the guests had mentioned her search thru the kitchen for chocolate the previous evening, and like the gracious host he is, Don descretely departed only to return in an hour of so with fine chocolates for all.
We refreshed ourselves and departed for the evenings festivities on Jackson Square. In our absence, Sheila had taken the time to remove fresh red rose petals from the flowers and after preparing our king size bed, scattered the petals over the linens, the sight which greeted us when we returned to our room after my successful proposal to my lady.
Our itinerary required an early departure which further required more of the coffee south Louisiana is known for, which I prepared in the kitchen. Don appeared, most likely drawn by the aroma, and was pleased with my coffee making attempt. With the car loaded, we bid fairwell to Sheila, our wonderful hostess, and Don, the man who personifies the welcoming nature of New Orleans. Hugs were exchanged (not something we'd consider when staying at a hotel) and my lady, only half joking, whispered to Don "Goodbye Pappa" to which he responded "Call me when you get home".
The Hubbard Mansion has blazed a glorious bright light in our hearts. Thank you Sheila and Don.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hubbard’s invite you to experience the splendor that is Hubbard Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Feel the gentle southern breeze from our front porch as you view the majestic oaks that line St. Charles Avenue. Escape to the mansion that emulates the culture and heritage that's uniquely New Orleans.Guest Rooms Hubbard Mansion offers five exquisitely furnished suites in the Main House, and two executive apartments perfect for long-term stays. The beautiful rooms recall the grandeur of 19th century New Orleans. The French-inspired designs and antiques create a regal yet relaxing atmosphere. From the romantic ambiance of the Breion to the comfort of the Queen Dell, each room has its own personality to ensure the right fit for your stay. Book your stay today ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hubbard Mansion Hotel New Orleans