NEW ORLEANS Want free roam of a brooding Victorian mansion laden
with period pieces? Care to partake of Mardi Gras indulgence from a
private antebellum gallery? New Orleans bed and breakfast inns run
the gamut in terms of location, furnishings, offerings and
Bonnie Rabe, president of the Louisiana Bed & Breakfast
Association, and owner of the Grand Victorian B&B on St.
Charles Avenue, said untapped opportunities within the state’s
licensed B&B network are ripe for agents. Rabe said many
innkeepers pay commissions, and in addition, large blocks of rooms
are available at bed and breakfasts outside traditional tourist hot
“One of the biggest trends we’re seeing is people wanting to get
away from the crowds in the French Quarter,” Rabe said.
Many New Orleans’ homes are architectural gems, and many of the
city’s neighborhoods are on the National Register. It’s one of the
reasons clients might want to go the B&B route.
“Our B&Bs tend to be concentrated in historic neighborhoods,
and because they’re not heavily concentrated in the French Quarter
it gives visitors the perspective of a local,” said Patrick Ashton,
president of the Professional Innkeepers Association of New
Orleans, and owner of Ashton’s Bed & Breakfast.
Here’s a sampling of classic New Orleans B&Bs.
Elysian Fields Inn
Gregg Smith and Sal Sapienza have converted this 19th-century
Faubourg Marigny home into an AAA Four-Diamond indulgence. Old-time
aesthetics give way here in favor of streamlined, modern
accouterments: sleek Mission-style furniture, armoires, flat-screen
TVs, in-room CD/DVD players and private bathrooms with Aveda bath
products accompany each of the inn’s eight pristine guestrooms.
A large common area stocks typical creature comforts, as well as
a computer with Internet access. Guests phone in their breakfast
orders each morning. Selections vary, but typically include fresh
fruit and yogurt, French toast or omelettes.
The newly up-and-running Canal streetcar line was the inspiration
behind this majestic home’s second coming as a B&B. In fact,
the entire Mid-City area of New Orleans is anticipating a revival
on the heels of the historic streetcar’s return to Canal
“The streetcar is going to open up Mid-City to people who never
knew it existed,” said Bryan Block, one of Block-Keller’s
Clients will access this 1912 raised center hall bungalow via a
series of marble steps that lead to a secluded gallery encased by
16 Ionic columns. The interior of the house is a festival of period
styles, including Victorian and Arts and Crafts.
Each of the nine immaculate rooms is updated with private baths,
telephones with voice mail, data-ports and cable television.
Continental breakfast is served.
Five Continents Bed and Breakfast
Owner Jess Beaty spent two decades traveling the world as a U.S.
serviceman. His roving itinerary provided not only the inspiration
behind his B&B venture, but also its furnishings.
He’s now ensconced in this elegant, three-parlored Greek revival
mansion. Its eight original fireplaces are intact, as are original
crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors and 15-foot cove ceilings.
The suites are named: Europe, Asia and Eurasia. Among a
conglomeration of antiques and reproductions too exhaustive to
repeat, suites feature Oriental rugs, 12-foot ceilings, cable TV
and claw-foot tubs with showers.
Beaty’s breakfast menu is as eclectic as the home’s
appointments. At the formal sit-down breakfast table clients can
choose shrimp benedict, buckwheat and pecan waffles with Maple
sausage links or a Cajun crawfish scramble.
The European Suite opens onto a private gallery; Asia and
Eurasia suites share a gallery.
The Muses Bed and Breakfast
Over the years, Magazine Street in uptown New Orleans has emerged
as a first-rate thoroughfare for arts and antiques, jewelry
shopping and clothing stores, as well as top-notch restaurants and
offbeat coffee shops. And like a fine suit of clothing that refuses
to goes out of style, the two-bedroom Muses Bed & Breakfast
stands at the foot of it all. “Each B&B has its own little
theme, and mine is 1850,” said owner Georgia Ross, who has been
collecting antiques since she was a teenager.
She’s gathered some impressive gems over the years. There’s a
1910 Weber grand piano for guests to play, an antique Vitriola, a
Victorian sofa with silk damask and slate-mantled fireplaces in
Ross knows exactly the kind of people who are attracted to her
“The reason I call it The Muses is because the majority of my
clientele are interested in the arts writers, musicians,
filmmakers, dancers,” Ross said. “People who like the arts respond
Ross indulges guests with an organic foods breakfast. Among her
specialties: frittata with homemade green onion sausage, and an
omelette with red, yellow and green peppers and Brie.
The following rates are in-season. Rates fluctuate throughout
the year especially during Mardi Gras, the Jazz Festival and other
high times. Contact individual B&Bs regarding commission
Rooms: $105 to $150
Elysian Fields Inn
Rooms: $95 to $225
Five Continents Bed and Breakfast
Rooms: $100 to $300
The Muses Bed & Breakfast
Rooms: $95 in-season
The Web site of the Professional Innkeepers Association of New
Orleans lists licensed bed and breakfast members, as well as
special packages and an updated calendar of events.
The official Web site of the Louisiana Association of Bed and
Breakfasts provides a statewide listing of licensed B&Bs, as
well as special packages and links to other tourism-related areas
Louisiana’s official tourism Web site.
The city’s official tourism Web site.