10 Best New Orleans B&Bs for Sleeping Easy in 'The Big Easy'

If you're the kind of romantic traveler intent on channeling New Orleans' past, a B&B stay may be just the ticket.  Many of these properties are historic and dripping with architectural details, Greek revival homes with 14 foot ceilings, 12 foot windows adorned with velvet drapes and cast iron clawed tubs.  Why stay in a cookie cutter hotel when you can stay somewhere that connects you to locals and local culture?

The mansions and estates of old are being bought up and converted into B&Bs all throughout the city, from uptown to the Marigny and Garden District. Most contain beautiful courtyards with gardens, pools and hot tubs to help you relax after a day touring and festing.  Rates can range from affordable to pricey, with premium stays the norm during big festivals and Mardi Gras.

Though each innkeeper may not be local-born, these folks are savvy travelers who can answer any questions you have about your proposed itinerary, and make suggestions everything from logistics of getting around to where to dine and hidden gems. For lovers of architecture, visiting New Orleans is about  harking back to an earlier day. If you like a pronounced sense of place with plenty of personal style, one of these B&Bs is for you.

Historic Bywater
Maison de Macarty
Photo courtesy of NewOrleansOnline.com

Why stay at this historic Bywater 1860s Victorian inn? Tons of reasons, starting with the TLC and welcome offered by the owner/inn keepers, a team that work diligently to ensure that your stay is perfect. Located a few blocks from St. Claude,...  Read More

Historic Bywater
The Lookout Inn

If you need to walk out your front door into the French Quarter, the Lookout isn't for you. But if you adore a pet-friendly stay operated by locals in a real neighborhood then step right up. Decorated with an eye to color and comfort with...  Read More

Five Continents Bed and Breakfast is a gorgeous two story Greek Revival Mansion on Esplanade Avenue, a short walk to the Fairgrounds that host Jazz Fest. The B&B is owned by an Austrian chef who cooks up amazing gourmet breakfasts that always...  Read More

The Green House Inn is a stunner in the hot Lower Garden District neighborhood close to all things New Orleans. The Inn is pet friendly and adults only and the story gets better. There is a gorgeous large courtyard with a huge...  Read More

Esplanade is one of the grandest streets in New Orleans, a breathtaking architectural foray into the city's colorful Creole past. HH Whitney is an 1865 Italianate mansion along the Esplanade Ridge, two miles to the edge of the French Quarter....  Read More

1896 O'Malley House
Photo courtesy of 1896 O'Malley House

If you like to stay in well located neighborhoods off of the tourist fray, head to Mid-City's elegant 1896 O'Malley House, a B&B with a charming courtyard and convenient location close to bunches of Carrollton Avenue eats and services. The...  Read More

The Royal Street Courtyard Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans has been a perennial award winner for their amazing service and beautifully maintained inn. This inn was built on the site of an old plantation, with the building itself dating back to...  Read More

Located on Prytania in the heart of the Garden District of New Orleans, the Magnolia is a beautifully appointed circa 1858 Greek-Revival mansion a few minutes from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. The rooms are done up in themes, from the...  Read More

Hosts Joe and Bebe Rabhan offer a warm welcome at this uptown inn, a lovely 1890's Greek Revival mansion situated on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar route. Less than four miles from the French Quarter, the location offers easy access to local...  Read More

Owners Tom and Dana are only the fourth to care for this Creole gem since 1854, and their stewardship is clearly a labor of love. The courtyard is a blissful garden complete with a pond and each room has been painstakingly restored with antiques...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

After spending years flying in regularly to research stories,...  More About Beth

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