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.