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1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter

1422 N. Rampart Street French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116 USA (Show map)

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NAUGHTY HISTORY: Yep, our house used to be a high class house of prostitution (bordello sounds so much nicer, don't you think?) Location is everything. We're 30 yds. to French Quarter and only a 3 min. walk to BOURBON St. COURTYARD, hammock, porch swing, rooms with a view, BALCONY, antiques, ROMANTIC. WALK (live like a local). No car needed to convention center, French Market, Jackson Square, Aquarium, historic cemeteries, Riverboats, casino, bars, dance &music clubs, restaurants, but on public transportation if you venture out of the French Quarter. Interesting history (1800s a Voodoo practitioners home), + guests say it's like walking into a museum with 'eye candy' stuff everywhere + antiques, vintage furniture. COMPARE: Our rate is ALL INCLUSIVE (some hotels don't tell you about tax, charges for local 'phone calls, energy surcharge, WIFI). That's all included in our rate, + Continental breakfast served in dining room w/B&B room. FREE (Lagniappe): Guests receive our BEST BET RESTAURANTS + SIGHTS, SOUNDS, &FLAVOR of New Orleans Eguides. Don't just visit New Orleans, live it like a local! web site: BANANACOURTYARD Toll free USA +most of Canada: 800-842-4748. Alt. 504-947-4475.

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Overall
4.2

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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining3.8

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quirky, fun B&B with great service

4.2 on March 19, 2015

I made a quick trip to New Orleans from Austin, TX., on a whim. I quick google search for B&Bs in the French Quarter brought me to 1870 Banana Courtyard, which looked intriguing. I didn't know what to expect, but it was great! Highly recommend it.


Great Location!!!

3.4 on March 17, 2015

As many other reviews have said - it is a great location for walking into the French Quarter. They (well, John - who was on duty) was great about letting me come by a bit early while I waited for my husband to arrive - since it was raining heavily...truly appreciated. The room was clean...and the staff did a great job of keeping it that way during our stay...but why have the 'tacky' notes up in the bathroom (two of them) asking us to hang up the towels if we wanted to save the environment by reusing our towels...and then give us new ones every day anyway. Breakfast was good (I understand the reasoning behind their requests - so that didn't bother me). My only negative comment would be to advise anyone with even slightly liberal view points in life to skip breakfast. Hugh has a tendenciy to lecture the entire time on what is wrong with the government -which is really too bad because he knows so much about the area and history...that his stories of local lore were great...but the political views overshadowed. One last comment - all the rooms are over decorated (this is coming from someone who loves the 'Virctorian' look - so that is saying a great deal). If they had stayed true to just antiques - there would still be a ton of stuff in every room. The huge mixture in each room makes them look more like a rumage sale wanna be than a quaint B&B.


Cute Little Hideaway

3.8 on March 12, 2015

This B&B is located fairly close to the French Quarter. It's situated directly between the Treme & Marigny districts. A quick 3 block walk down Esplanade and you're in the Quarter. Overall, the place is fine - a bit too dusty for my liking, but they have so much STUFF that I don't think that can really be helped. I would've liked to have been able to open windows, but the room I stayed in didn't allow for this. Breakfast was as described - croissant, toast, OJ, coffee/tea, and fruit or fritters depending on who was there. Staff was friendly and knew SO MUCH about NOLA. We got some great recommendations from them. If you are in need of transportation, ask them to book Stanley for your airport transportation - he is a wonderful introduction to this phenomenal city. Overall, I would stay here again - great value, good location.


Cozy and clean

3.8 on March 06, 2015

Everything was clean and well organized. Breakfast was a real treat with homemade jellies. Two minor quibbles about the room. The bed was too high, had to jump to get in it (I assume they did this so that the suitcases could be shoved under the bed) and the room was very small, which made it cozy but difficult to more around in. Of course, we didn't spend much time in the room as we were out sightseeing most of the time, so these are minor quibbles.


A great place to stay!

4.6 on March 04, 2015

Everyone is so helpful, from the moment we got off the plane to the moment we got back to the airport. Stanley Lane, with A Personal Touch provided our group with excellent transportation services (www.apt-transport.com). The staff at the Banana Courtyard is extremely helpful and willing to assist you with whatever you might need. The decor is exotic/antique/charming. Thanks for making our trip so great, I will go back 100%!


Lovely place

3.6 on February 22, 2015

We stayed in the Hexagon room and it was very nice. As we were a bit sick we spent a lot of time in the room and it was really nice. The only thing was that you you heard everything in the house. Good location and friendly staff. We would recommend this place including the taxi driver Stanley that picked us up from the airport.


Welcoming B & B very close to the French Quarter

4.0 on February 06, 2015

Charming B & B extremely close to the French Quarter with very welcoming hosts. A wide range of prices - we stayed very economically in The Pirates Attic and were very pleased with our stay. Definitely recommend this lodging (complete with breakfast) to others!


a very spécial place,lot of atmosphere,lovely people

4.8 on February 05, 2015

Banana courtyard is so well located ,close to frenchmenstreet and in the french quarter.The House and the rooms are full of character , and Mary,Hugh and John are lovely people who make everything to let you have a wonderful stay.It was our 3rd stay there and we highly recommend this place !i had to rate dining but no dining option.Just excellent continental breakfast!!


Honeymoon in NOLA

3.4 on January 23, 2015

This was our first visit to NOLA and it was our honeymoon. The owners of the B & B were very hospitable and made arrangements for transportation from the airport. They gave us good recommendations on things to see & do. The breakfast system was a little quirky with having to call 30 minutes before to order coffee, then ring a bell before entering the dining room. Our bedroom was nice but sound from the neighboring room and street noise kept us awake at night. The owners did offer to move us into an upgraded balcony room the last night of our 4 night stay. Overall, we enjoyed this B & B and would stay there again.


Exceptional

5 on December 25, 2014

Our second stay here just solidifies the fact that the 1870 Banana Courtyard is truly a diamond in the rough! Mary is the consummate host sharing a wealth of knowledge about the French Quarter that is second to none! It honestly feels as though we are coming back "home" when staying and plan on making many more visits!


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Rooms & Rates

Hexagon Room Jr. suite

STUNNING (guests say like a movie set), spacious 6-sided room, Gone With the Wind bathroom (wardrobe trunk from filming movie), old fashioned pedestal tub w/shower. NAUGHTY, naughty. In 1800s when house was bordello serving elite, this room was 1 of double parlours, where ladies of the evening reclined. Antiques, chaise lounge, seating area, high ceilings, marble fireplace w/gas logs, ornate hand painted ceiling medallion, armoire, satellite TV, phone, fridge, microwave, coffee maker. See photos rm. description BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $119 - $169

Nightly Rate: $119 - $169

Cannonball Room

STUNNING romantic ROOM. Sleep in Antebellum, hand-hewn bed given as wedding present to family in 1830. Over marble fireplace hangs huge, unusual Indian painting. Yep. Back in the high class bordello days in 1800s, room was 1 of the double parlours where ladies of the evening reclined. Seating area, high ceilings, hardwood floors, ornate hand painted ceiling medallion, cable TV, phone, dressing table, private ensuite bathroom. In hall, microw., fridge, coffee maker.Full description, photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800 842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $109 - $145

Nightly Rate: $109 - $145

Madames Steamboat Room

Romantic room with antique wicker sofa, elaborately carved antique Queen size bed, decorative fireplace, seating area. High ceilings, ceiling fans, cable TV, phone, fridge, dressing table. Antique chamber pot (Nope. Not to use, just an accent piece). Submerge in clawfoot tub w/shower (private ensuite).(Yesiree. There were a lots of bordellos in our city, in the late 1800s, when prostitution was legal. This room was the Madame's bedroom during that period. Full description, photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $109 - $139

Nightly Rate: $109 - $139

Carriage/Quilt Room

Antique carved full/dble. bed twin, dressing table, marble top chest, antique wedding-ring quilt more displayed on wall. Return guests say, Like being in Grandma's house. Cable TV, phone, ceiling fan. Private ensuite bathroom. In hall, microwave, fridge, coffee maker.(Yesiree. There were a lots of bordellos in our city, in 1800s, when prostitution was legal. Then, this was the Madame's boudoir. Petite room (that's one of those fancy words for, It ain't very big). Full description, photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $89 - $135

Nightly Rate: $89 - $135

Mardi Gras Room Jr. suite

Room with a view. Outside entrance via wrought iron stairs from courtyard. Theme on this was easy, since everyone thinks of Mardi Gras when you say New Orleans or French Quarter. Table +chairs outside your French doors on entrance BALCONY overlooking courtyard. Cathedral ceilings, Queen size bed, seating area, sofabed for extra guests. Priv. ensuite bathrm. NEW FANGLED STUFF(modern gadgets: ind. control heat+A/C, phone, ceiling fan, WiFi, cable TV, fridge, coffee maker, microwave. Full description +photos on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $109 - $159

Nightly Rate: $109 - $159

Pirate's Attic

While you relax, this accommodation's decor helps you imagine the pirate, Jean Lafitte, his exploits on MS River. Lots of interesting things in nooks crannies, beamed ceiling (Yesiree, original beams from 1870s exposed brick chimney). Full size twin bed. Cable TV, ceiling fan, WiFi, phone. Petite room ('petite' is fancy word for small, but that's why rate is so low). Private ensuite bathroom, tub w/shower. In hall, microw., coffee m., fridge.&Full description photos on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 800-842-4748. 504-947-4475

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $89 - $119

Nightly Rate: $89 - $119

Balcony Room deluxe suite

Outside entry. GREAT location, easy walk to all French Quarter attractions. Room with 2 VIEWS: private BALCONETTE overlooks French Quarter rooftops. table +chairs outside your French Doors on entrance balcony overlook courtyard. Great choice for HONEYMOON. STUNNING, SPACIOUS, romantic. King size bed, seating area, cathedral ceiling, sofabed for extra guests. 'New fangled' stuff like electric FIREPLACE, mini kitchenette, ensuite private bathroom, whirlpool tub w/shower, cable TV, WiFi. Full description +photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $129 - $179

Nightly Rate: $129 - $179

Cajun Quarters

Outside entrance from courtyard by wrought iron stairs to cozy room with a view, decorated w/Cajun theme. Table chairs outside your door on entrance BALCONY overlooking COURTYARD. Easy walk to New Orleans French Quarter attractions. LAGNIAPPE (free extras): Continental breakfast, concierge service (That's a fancy phrase some folks use to mean, We're here to help you, free.) Private ensuite bathrm. 'New fangled stuff' like microwave, Cable TV, 'phone, fridge, WiFi. Full description, photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $89 - $139

Nightly Rate: $89 - $139

3 bedroom balcony wing

PRIVATE ENTRANCE by wrought iron staircase to balcony. YEP, if your group is lucky, rent ALL 3 rooms on that wing: Balcony, Mardi Gras, Cajun Quarters, so you have balcony all to yourselves. Outside ea. bedroom door, tables +chairs overlook tropical courtyard. 1 of the rooms has a balconette (standing balcony) overlooking rooftops of French Quarter, a mini kitchenette w/ wet bar, whirlpool tub w/shower. Each room with a view, mini fridge, coffee pot, microwave, ensuite seating area + private bathrooms. Rate depends on # guests. See rooms +photos BANANACOURTYARD

  • Maximum Capacity: 11
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Queen , 2 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $327 - $477

Nightly Rate: $327 - $477

Garden cottage petsOK

'vant to be alone', need quiet, writing book, or get away from madding crowd? Stunning, romantic open floor plan cottage furnished eclectic mix of antiques Contemporary stuff, chocked full of delightful surprises. Private entrance, seating area with Q. sofabed for extra guests, cozy antique breakfast table, ensuite bathroom. 'New fangled stuff' like microwave, coffee maker, 'fridge, wIfI. LOCATION Uptown off St. Charles Streetcar line, near Audubon Park. Pet friendly. See photos BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $150

Nightly Rate: $135 - $150

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Location

Location Type

restaurant row, Garden District/university, Mardi Gras parades, JazzFest, Faubourg Marigny, French Quarter, City, Downtown

Airport

New Orleans, LA (MSY) 8 miles

Directions to property:

Most tourists experience only the tourist area. With us, we'll help you find off beaten path things to do in and near the French Quarter.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Aquarium +WWII Museum, French Market +flea mkt., Jackson Square +voodoo, St. Louis Cathedral, above-ground cemeteries, St Charles Streetcar, Audubon Zoo, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Homestay

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library , orientation to French Quarter, if we're around, name your poison: beer, wine, tropical COURTYARD, concierge service, free WiFi +computer center, free soft drinks +bottle water, HAMMOCK &porch swing

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, plantations, swamp/bayou tours, museums &art galleries, restaurants, music & nightclubs, shops &antiques, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only smoking OK on porch, veranda, courtyard , garden
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited may consider if well behaved.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: usually 2 days, some special events more
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: minimum 50%: see Policies (bah, humbug) section our web site.
  • Cancellations: See Policies section on our web site (We call it the 'Bah, Humbug" Section)

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Mary Ramsey (aka the banana lady)

Languages spoken

English

About the innkeepers

Mary Ramsey (+Hugh (known as our resident raconteur). While our children were young, we lived in Atlanta, GA, hosted exchange students from many countries: Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Columbia, Brazil, France, +Afghanistan. Were Ambassadors on the inaugural trip of former President Jimmy Carter's Friendship Force, when we traveled to Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Also members of Servas, another cultural exchange program. NOW, we get paid for what we love doing!! Can't ask for more

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Meals

Breakfast

C bkfst w/B&B room

  • Time Served: 8-10am
  • Serving Location: nearby restaurants, coffee shops, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Trifle
Trifle served mainly on Winter Sundays, ONLY by request: Fruit, berries, anglefood cake, liqueur, boiled custard, whipped cream presented in a crystal bowl. Yum, yum. Never any leftovers. Otherwise, we serve a generous Continental breakfast in dining room (Nope. Unlike many places, WE DON'T use paper plates, plastic forks, etc.) We set a lovely table for guests to kick back and chat with others.


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1422 N. Rampart Street , French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116 USA (Show map)

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