We went to New Orleans during the big orthopaedic surgeon convention so hotels were very hard to find. And when you did find a basic hotel it was several hundred dollars a night. So we did some research and found the Balcony Guest House. We hadn't stayed on this side of New Orleans before. The price was perfect!
I was a little uneasy with the neighborhood when we first arrived. We passed a LOT of homeless young adults as we came off I-10. It was very heartbreaking. A car had been broken into on our road (Royal Street) and this brought back personal memories that were uncomfortable. But once I sat on the upstairs balcony for a while and just watched the people going by I really started to love the neighborhood. It is definitely an artsy neighborhood - you see musicians going by on bicycles pulling their huge string bass in a bike accessory meant for a child. You see lots of people walking their dogs. You see moms pushing baby strollers. We walked around the area on several occasions and it is just a fun local area. You are definitely away from the tourist section - although you see other obvious tourists staying in B&Bs like you.
The house is great - the downstairs is a restaurant. We had a complimentary local beer when we arrived. There are only a few rooms and the sound does travel between rooms. We had some loud neighbors the first night but they weren't annoying - you could tell they were just having a good time and listening to music on their phone while they got ready for a night out. Our room was small and basic but it had everything we needed - a comfortable bed, a warm shower and a mini fridge. It even had a ceiling fan and that was nice.
The breakfast was great - it was eggs, potatoes, bacon/sausage and these delicious biscuits. I could have eaten 10 of those biscuits every morning! We also had lunch one day and the food was great then, too.
The walk to the heart of the French Quarter was about 10 minutes. It was an easy walk and we did it during the day and at night. We did bring a car with us and street parking near the Balcony Guest House was very easy to find - even at night.
I would stay here again and I would recommend it to almost everyone I know. The only people I wouldn't recommend it to are the people that I don't even think would like New Orleans. If those people were going to New Orleans I would recommend a B&B in the garden district instead. But if you are looking for a local experience this is it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Balcony Guest House, in the historic Faubourg-Marigny, is your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast above Silk Road NOLA restaurant (ground floor). Come and stay in our unique New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and see why everyone who stays here loves it. Only six blocks from the French Quarter, four blocks from Frenchmen street and three blocks from the Mississippi River. Historic, alluring and relaxed (Creole Caribe), with a New Orleans style wrap-around balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balcony Guest House Hotel New Orleans