After years of staying with the crowds in large chain hotels on and near Canal Street during Jazz Fest, getting increasingly unpredictable service for increasingly high room rates, I decided to look for an alternative.
I began a search for a bed and breakfast, in spite of my husband's unfounded B&B phobia. Fortunately we discovered the Elysian Fields Inn! The hosts, Jim and Leigh, have everything arranged to help you enjoy a terrific New Orleans vacation, whether you are new to the city or old-timers like us. They are very knowledgeable about the music, food and arts culture of New Orleans, and love to share stories and recommendations for great places to eat and listen to music. The house is set up like a small private hotel, with comfortable, beautiful and simply decorated rooms. Much to my skeptical husband's relief, all rooms have private baths and there is not a hint the lacy, ruffly Victorian decor he imagined. Jim and Leigh greet you at the door, get you settled in your room, and then you are free to make yourself at home in the Inn and in New Orleans. In the mornings, coffee and pastries are set out for the early morning people. Hot breakfast is served for several hours (until about 10 a.m.) so you can choose to sleep in a bit and still enjoy a delicious meal and the morning paper at one of the small dining tables in the common area. There are front and back porches available for relaxing too. And you don't have to venture far from the Inn for a great day or evening out. The Inn is in the Faubourg Marigny, only four blocks from the French Quarter and two blocks from Frenchman Street. Frenchman Street is a very popular area for local music, especially jazz, and has numerous small, lively clubs as well as plenty of restaurants. We have already booked our room at Elysian Fields Inn for Jazz Fest 2008 and can't wait!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eight newly renovated rooms & one suite. Each has private bath and most have Jacuzzi tubs. All rooms feature fine linens, digital cable flat screen TV, dataports, hairdryer and more. Located in the Historic Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans and only 5 short blocks to the French Quarter and 2 blocks from the Frenchmen music district. Free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elysian Fields Hotel New Orleans