When staying in NOLA, you can spend alot of money staying in the French Quarter and likely you'll also spend a lot of time listening to drunks on Bourbon Street. OR you can stay at a place like the Banana Courtyard and spend less money and walk just a short way to the French Quarter. This place is a quirky little Bed and (sort of) Breakfast. The best things about it: Mary and Hugh. They are the welcoming committee and they are friendly, funny, helpful and give you everything you every wanted to know and where to go. The information they provide is beyond detailed and comprehensive. It's terrific. They are delightful, and warm. As one reviewer noted, the interior is decorated like New Orleans exploded inside of it. Dresses on the wall, posters, an old stove and old furniture abound on the bottom floors.
In the rooms upstairs, they are obviously "add ons" trying to maintain the general decor but are more modern. (microwaves, sink and coffee pots)
I stayed in the Cannon Ball room in the main floor. For all of us, I'd say that the location and the accommodations were a great bargain. I for one do not like to spend huge amounts of money for a place to lay my head when I'm only going to be there to sleep primarily. If this is what you are looking for and some charm, I recommend it.
What's not so great? The showers are the 36" inserts and if my boyfriend had been with me, and he had dropped the soap? Well, let's just say he couldn't have picked it up. They are tiny. But the water pressure is fine and hot water seems plentiful. My bed was an antique and while beautilful (see picture), it was very uncomfortable.
If you don't know, Bed and Breakfasts cannot have "cooked" breakfast in NOLA. So, the breakfast in this B&B was with a small b. They can give you toast and pastries and of course coffee and water and tea. You needed to call them up 30 minutes before you were to come down for breakfast and then ring a bell to let them know you are arrived in the dining room. Since I am not a pastry for breakfast type person, nor a great morning person altogether, this seemed like a lot of trouble for toast and tea. So, in all honesty, we never ate in the dining room for breakfast but either slept in and then headed for brunch. There were granola bars available and always bottled water. Yes, I'd stay there again. It was a good bargain for the money and very, very conveniently located.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ooh la la. Naughty. In 1800s, bordello catering to society's elite. Bed and breakfast now, great location, we're at Gateway to French Quarter from I-10. French Quarter 1/2 block, Bourbon St. 3 blocks. Romantic balcony suite, courtyard, hammock, porch swing, antiques, MARDI GRAS costumes. Lagniappe: don't just visit New Orleans - live it like a local with our Insider Eguides: music, dancing, restaurants, food, history, culture, sightseeing. Yesiree, rates incl. tax, free local phone calls, Wi-Fi, soft drinks, bottled water, & Continental PASTRY breakfast with coffee, hot water for tea, grits, oatmeal, at least 1 pastry from nearby bakery, fresh fruit, and toast. Other stuff like cereal or yogurt, gluten by request. 23 years, 50% of guests cal us quirky & keep returning, we've got lots of antiques and each room has a special theme +is different. ... more less
- 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