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“Great Value, Great Location, Lots of Character”

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1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans B&B
Ranked #40 of 139 New Orleans B&B and Inns
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gudrun44
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“Great Value, Great Location, Lots of Character”
Reviewed 5 May 2010

I was looking for a unique place to stay while visiting New Orleans for a long weekend. I'm not a traditional hotel person and the reviews of the hostels were horrible. This is the one place I found that was still affordable in the french quarter and clean. Unfortunately I was not able to meet Mary or Hugh, but they did much to make sure we were taken care of while visiting. In New Orleans B & B's are not allowed to serve prepared breakfast, so they do there best to get you fed with fruit, pastries, coffee, tea and juice. I also like the outside table and chairs in small corners, porch swing, and the hammock in the courtyard under the banana tree.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Parkton, Maryland
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Reviewed 5 May 2010

Our first trip for Jazz Fest - 4th trip to the city - this inn is at the bus stop to get out to the track for the festival every day, or you can walk the 1.6 miles - very convenient.
Or, if heading to the french quarter, easy walk down Esplanade to the French Market, or head into the quarter just a few blocks down. We had all 3 rooms on the bacony level of the Inn - perfect for a group - we visited out on the balcony and made our plans for the day. The staff, especially Chelsea, were very nice. I only grabbed coffee and a granola bar most days, so I can't really comment on the breakfast - but there was always cold water or a cold soda available.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Paris
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Reviewed 2 May 2010

The hosts, Mary and Hugh, are a pair of paranoiacs. The pages and pages of instructions you must follow that they send before the visit should have tipped us off. Things went fairly well the first couple of days though the "breakfast" was hardly worthy of being described as such. And on our last night a problem with an extremely loud generator outside our window at 12:30 a.m. was preventing us from getting any sleep. When I called to enquire, Hugh was extremely rude over the telephone and when Mary showed up at our door she was hysterical, screaming at us to call a cab and get the hell out if we didn't like it. We were very glad to get out of there.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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bananacour, Owner at 1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans B&B, responded to this review, 20 May 2010
Our response to guests comments

GUEST COMMENT: The hosts, Mary and Hugh, are a pair of paranoiacs. The pages and pages of instructions you must follow that they send before the visit should have tipped us off.

OUR RESPONSE: Isn’t calling us paranoiacs a personal attack?

GUEST COMMENT: And on our last night a problem with an extremely loud generator outside our window at 12:30 a.m. was preventing us from getting any sleep. When I called to enquire, Hugh was extremely rude over the telephone and when Mary showed up at our door she was hysterical, screaming at us to call a cab and get the hell out if we didn't like it. We were very glad to get out of there.

OUR RESPONSE: Although we understand that the guest was annoyed with the noise of the generator, we explained the situation. That there was a widespread electrical outage caused by a 3 alarm fire a mile down the street, and EVERYONE's power was out, including traffic lights AND street lights, it was dark everywhere. Without light, it would be easy to trip and fall.

But not at OUR B&B, where the generator takes over providing power for lights throughout the house, outside, and even on the sidewalk of our block, and air conditioning (Yessiree. When it is hot and humid in N’Awlins, ceiling fans and air conditioning are not a luxury, but a necessity). Most folks realize that decisions have to be made like the sound of a generator versus no light, no air conditioning.

Comfort, healthy conditions, and safety for guests overrides everything else. That is why we have a whole house generator, the sound of which is what caused the guests complaint.

Sometimes as owners of the property, we have to be responsible for ALL our guests. Occasionally, someone insists on THEIR convenience even at the expense of other guests safety and comfort.

Even after we explained the situation, the guest insisted on the generator being turned off. We said we could not do that, but would help him find an hotel where the electricity WAS NOT OUT, would pay for a taxicab to take him there, and would also pay for the hotel. He declined this offer. There was nothing else we could do.

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GUEST COMMENT: ... though the "breakfast" was hardly worthy of being described as such.

OUR RESPONSE: B&Bs in New Orleans, by law, are not allowed to cook breakfast, so many B&Bs go the easy route: boxed cereal, packaged yogurt, juice and coffee, maybe factory, individually wrapped muffins or donuts. Banana Courtyard serves breakfast in the dining room, china w/silverware, and offers guests a generous Continental breakfast with fresh pastries from nearby bakeries, 12 grain toast, regular or whole what, hand picked fruit or melon, choice of juices, coffee, choice of teas.
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I am not very good at writing explanations like this and I am sure it is too long. Any suggestions on making the point in more succinct language would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Ramsey, Owner
1870 Banana courtyard French Quarter/New Orleans B&B
bananacour@aol.com
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Albany, NY
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Reviewed 13 March 2010

We stayed here at the recommendation of a coworker who raved about this place. She was spot on! Once the room is booked, they send you several documents with all sorts of suggestions and things to do once there. As soon as our plane landed, Stanley (a driver they frequently use) was right there to bring us to the B&B. He was awesome and told us a lot about the area and some places to check out.

Once there, we met our friends traveling from another town that were also staying at the B&B. Chelsea greeted the four of us and helped us get settled. I can’t say enough great things about her! She took us on a walking tour to help orient ourselves and pointed out several places where the locals hang out.

The Canonball room was as described on their site. It is old and full of charm! The beds were comfy and had all the amenities we could have needed. We got to peek into another room (Hexagon room) and that looked even better! The only negative part had nothing to do with the B&B; it was the heavy construction going on directly across the street which got noisy very early in the morning, as well as the traffic noise (if you’re not used to that). Earplugs made all the difference for a good nights sleep.

The location of the Banana Courtyard is in the corner of the French Quarter – literally a few minutes walk from the action on Bourbon Street, and an easy walk to the rest of the Quarter.

We chatted with Mary several times - she was great and provided lots of suggestions and gave us a history of the house.

My favorite part of staying here was breakfast. The dining room accommodates about 10 people. Each morning there was delicious fresh coffee, juices, water, soda, etc. Every day we were offered something different from a local bakery, such as muffins, turnovers, breads, etc, along with toast and fruit.

My other favorite part of the B&B was Chelsea – she is just the nicest person you could ever meet and talk to. She was always right there to answer any questions and help us pick out things to do and places to eat and offer extra pillows or anything else we could have needed. It’s people like her and Mary that give the town that “southern hospitality” you hear about. There should be more people like them – the world would be a better place!

If you are looking for a unique and inexpensive place to stay (see pictures), or someplace that isn’t in the drunken party area, then this is it. I could have spent hours looking at all the different things on the wall or reading the really old books or flipping through one of their many New Orleans history books. This place really has it all!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed 2 March 2010

We just returned from New Orleans and had a great stay at the Banana Court. The B&B is in an excellent location, an easy walk to anywhere in the French Quarter. Mary attended to our every need and our cab driver / tour guide Stanley took great care of us. We really couldn't have asked for more.
This isn't a typical hotel, but an old classic New Orleans home with a lot of character. Mary is a wealth of information and really makes certain you get what you want out of this great city.
We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed 2 March 2010

If you are looking for a 5 star hotel room, this place is not for you. In order to appreciate this eclectic B&B, you must love the mix of family heirlooms, antiques, and bric and brac that adorn this lovely old building. Hugh and Mary make you feel at home, and are unafraid to point you in the right direction, if asked. After spending 11 days here, my wife and I felt we were saying goodbye to family, not to a "host" we were paying. Chelsea is a sweetheart as well, and Stanley is the epitome of cab drivers. All the people we encountered during our stay here, helped make it a memorable one. If you're looking for a "home away from home" experience, it can be had here. We stayed in the Hexagon room.Definitely a large comfortable room.Thanks Mary, Hugh, Chelsea and Stanley

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed 15 December 2009

My wife and I recently stayed at the Banana Courtyard, and I will say that we most certainly will be back. Mary and Hugh were very accommodating, and although the weekend was cold and rainy, it wasn't a total wash. Mary had a substantial supply of umbrellas for everyone to take when walking and always offered suggetions on things to see and places to eat. Mary even walked with us down to Bourbon Street the first evening while telling us about the neighborhood. We stayed in the cannonball room, which was quite charming, but we would probably go with a little larger room next time. Breakfast was good each morning, and conversation was great as well, both with Hugh and the other guests. This place is not traditional though. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but it was right up our alley. Check their website and read the reviews here. These will give you a good idea as to whether or not this place would be a good fit for you.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: 1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans B&B
Address: 1422 N Rampart St, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116-1912
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Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
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Ranked #40 of 139 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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