- We didn’t want to rent a car.
- We wanted to be within easy walking distance to the main sites.
- We wanted to stay somewhere private. That is, we didn’t want to stay in a hostel.
- We wanted to stay somewhere relatively quiet.
- We didn’t want to go broke paying for accommodations.
Everything we read said we’d never be able to afford anything within the French Quarter, and everyone we talked to advised we not stay in the French Quarter if we actually wanted any sleep. However, the French Quarter is where all the action is. If we couldn’t walk there, we’d be forced to break criterion number one. We had a challenge on our hands: Of all of New Orleans’ hotels, we had to find the perfect one.
As is the case with most things travel related, you can’t believe everything you read or hear, and we found a quaint 1830s townhouse right the edge of the French Quarter that was, in many ways, the ideal accommodation.
The Lamonthe House is on the National Register of Historic Places and has 11 guest rooms and nine suites. We stayed in a cozy guest room, which had a double bed, a television and air conditioning. We had enough space to spread out for five days though the bathroom didn’t offer a whole lot of extra space (and there was a window with a curtain over it in the shower which was a bit odd). I loved the cute and quaint feel of the Lamonthe House, but the bed was fairly squeaky and the air conditioner was a rattler, so I’m not sure I would want to stay longer than a week.
Our room was on the second floor and opened out to the courtyard, which was really cute and complete with a live-in cat that sat by the pool. We were able to hear people as they came and went though. One particularly noisy group of people laughed late into the night, but I suppose we ran that risk since we did stay just a few blocks from Bourbon Street. All things considered, a few hours of lost sleep was a good trade-off for not having to rent a car.
The hotel was obviously aged, but it was charmingly historic. Antiques decorated the hallway tables and the chairs had high backs. This was definitely no canned and sterile Holiday Inn. We also had free WiFi and a fresh continental breakfast with pastries, cereal, juice and coffee.
As for price, according to the hotel’s website, rates for the guest rooms during the week are $69/night and $89/night on the weekend. During high season and for special events, the price jumps to $169/night and $199/night respectively. We found a great deal through TravelZoo and paid significantly less, though I think the low season rates are a great deal anyway, given the ideal location and discount on parking, should you have a car.
Located at 621 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 | 800.367.5858