We arrived in Atlanta on 21/5 and after a night stop over in LaGrange, we made the 6 hour journey to the Banana Courtyard.
We actually found and booked this B&B before we arrived in New Orleans, as we had read a number of reviews saying how hard it was to get accommodation in the French Quarter with parking.
This hit all the right buttons, we booked the Mardi Gras Room, which shared a balcony with 2 other rooms, the only disadvantage is that there are steps to the room, so you need to be mobile enough to get your bags up to the room, that said, Mary and the other staff were there to help if needed. We got the sun late afternoon and when we were there, the temperatures were in the 90's !!!
The emails you get when booking are full of information and advice and were most appreciated to help us get a smooth arrival at the B&B.
Like others have said, Hugh and Mary are great hosts, the aircon was on in our room on our arrival and as we booked in we were given a cold refreshing drink.
Once settled in our room we went back down to the main house and Mary then walked us to the edge of the Bourbon Street and pointed us in the right direction.
The best info she gave was to go onto Frenchman Street, as that's where the locals go !!
Each morning we rang down for breakfast and Hugh was there waiting to feed us and also give advice and tips for what to see and do. We were also lucky enough to be the first ones to have banana's for breakfast from the Banana Courtyards very own Banana Tree's !!! On another morning, Hugh gave us some homemade cake, which was delicious !!
We had 3 jam packed days in the French Quarter, we took the City/Katrina tour, which was good, then the ferry (free for foot passengers) over to Algiers, there was not much to see there, but the view of the City as you cross back over was worth it.
On the day we were due to leave we had booked a trip to the Swamps (booked with Cajun Encounters), although we had to be out of our room for 11am, Hugh & Mary let us leave the car there until we got back, which was about 4pm, so that way we could take advantage of the transport the tour operator offered.
All in all, a fantastic stay with great hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ooh la la. 1800s bordello catered to society's elite. Bed and breakfast now, great location at corner of French Quarter. Bourbon St. 3 blocks. Gateway from I-10. Romantic balcony, courtyard, hammock, Verandah, antiques. Lagniappe: don't just visit New Orleans - live it like a local with our Insider Eguides: music, dancing, restaurants, food, history, culture, sightseeing. Our tax ONLY 5%, most hotels are 17.5%. 23 years, 50% of guests call us quirky & keep returning. Each room unique, with a special theme. INCLUSIVE, free local phone calls, Wi-Fi, soft drinks, bottled water, & Continental PASTRIES breakfast with coffee, hot water for tea, grits, oatmeal, fresh fruit, and toast. Other stuff like cereal or yogurt, cheese, boiled egg, sandwich meat, gluten by request. All private ensuite bathrooms, individually controlled heat and air. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans Bed And Breakfast
- 1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans Hotel New Orleans
- Courtyard New Orleans
- New Orleans Courtyard