B&Bs are not for everyone, nor for every city. I booked here for five nights after having difficulty finding hotels due to a big convention in town. In the end, this turned out to be a memorable stay.
Antebellum Guest House is a smaller B&B, with 3 rooms to let. The house is filled with antiques and interesting artifacts. The bedroom, while not particularly memorable, was spacious and comfortable. The location was good, but not outstanding. I didn't want to be directly in the middle of the Quarter, but the walk, while quite manageable, was just a little longer than ideal. So on the "physical" aspects, I would probably give this place 3 or 4 stars. So why the 5 stars?
In a small B&B, much of the experience depends on the demeanor and service provided by the host. From the moment we arrived, Keith proved to be a gracious and exceptional host. He is a history buff, and he can guide you through many of the city's attractions. Where he really shines through, however, is in his amazing, delicious, over-the-top breakfasts. He dresses in appropriate 19th Century garb and presents the most amazing 3 course breakfast which are all based on a "historical" recipe.
The B&B also has some bicycles for guests to use. NOLA is a flat, very bicycle friendly city. Keith provided some good hints for areas to explore, and as a result, one gets a good sense of NOLA apart from the "touristy" areas. The overall experience makes you feel like you are at home, as opposed to in a sterile hotel.
TIP 1: Keith and the other TA posters are spot-on in recommending Frenchman over the Quarter for more local experience of the night and music life. And while parts of the Quarter are a bit longer walk from the Guesthouse, Frenchman is quite accessible.
TIP 2: Buffa's is a local bar with a back room for music just a few minutes walk away. A review of it is forthcoming but don't miss it if you stay here.
TIP 3: Want local cajun food? Cajun Seafood (yes, that is the name, and separate review coming) looks like a whole in the wall and is also only a few minute walk from the guest house. But the gumbo is the best in NOLA, and the boiled crawfish and shrimp are also quite tasty...all at budget prices. Try it out if you stay at the Guesthouse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An old New Orleans experience, opulent & elegant. A comfortable mix of history and Southern hospitality. Antebellum Guest House is a classic Greek Revival, dating back to the late 1830's. Located just outside the French Quarter on historic Esplanade Avenue, known for it gorgeous architecture and live-oak trees. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Antebellum Guest House Hotel New Orleans