1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter

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

About

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, BALCONY rooms with a view, antiques, ROMANTIC. WALK to French Quarter attractions. No car needed to convention center, French Market, Jackson Square, Aquarium, historic cemeteries, Riverboats, casino, bars, dance &music clubs, restaurants, but on public transportation route 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 HIGH tax, charges for local 'phone calls, energy surcharge, WIFI). That's all included in our rate, + Continental breakfast served in dining room. FREE (Lagniappe): soft drinks, bottled water, If we're not waiting for other guests, we'll to walk y'all down to Bourbon St. to acquaint you with French Quarter, so you can 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.

Reviews

Overall
4.2

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

Weekend getaway

4.4 on April 17, 2016

The Banana Courtyard is a great place to stay. The staff is very friendly and were waiting in the rain to open the gate when we arrived the first day. Everyone is knowledgeable of the area and can offer great advice on restaurants, tours and things to do around New Orleans. Everything in the French quarter is just a short walk which makes it easier to get around! The B&B has a lot of character too with all the pics and furniture! I love it!


Wonderful Time!

5 on February 15, 2016

Thanks for a wonderful stay!

Innkeeper Response
How very nice of you to post about us. Everyone @ Courtyard B&B thanks you for your kind words. Our goal to make folks feel at home and enjoy our exciting city to its fullest.I regret that because of my physical condition, I have NOT been able to spend as much time with guests as I normally do. Your kind words made our day. Look forward to having you stay with us again. Nighty night from the banana lady et al


Perfect Place for Enjoying the French Quarter

3.4 on February 07, 2016

This B&B is the perfect place for enjoying the French Quarter. The home, the owners, and the service providers were both welcoming and unpretentious. Lots of information about the history, culture, places to dine, and places to visit. I would certainly stay here the next time I pay a visit to NOLA. Suggestion would be to update the beds, bedding, and bath towels. All seemed to be a bit worn out and have seen better days. Also, the bathroom could use a bit more attention to detail when cleaning.


Our favorite place to stay in New Orleans

5 on January 28, 2016

My sister and I love this place. Mary and Tonya went above and beyond to make sure our second stay was as memorable as our first, upgrading our room to accommodate an early check-in and even putting a King Cake out with breakfast. We simply adore the quirky charm of the Banana Courtyard and most certainly will be back. Thank you!


Banana Courtyard... within an easy stroll to the heartbeat of the Quarter

3.6 on January 27, 2016

This is my third time visiting the Banana Courtyard and that right there should say something. I love the funkiness of the place and how easy it is to walk to and from the "action". It is great meeting fellow travelers and I have made friends that years later still keep in touch. The people of New Orleans are definitely one of the cities greatest treasures and I encourage all who visit this enchanting city get out and walk the streets... feel the pulse of place. with Aloha, from my home in Hawaii.... AnaBanana


Very happy with my stay

5 on January 24, 2016

My room was comfortable, quiet, and clean; the location was convenient; the hosts were friendly and informative; the price was very reasonable. I would happily stay there again.


As Advertised

3.2 on January 09, 2016

Banana Courtyard was exactly what we expected based on their website and online reviews. A little quirky and very welcoming. I would recommend to family friends.


Fantastic way to experience real New Orleans culture

4.4 on January 03, 2016

This place is a treasure. It's a colonial-era house filled with curios and fascinating bits of New Orleans culture. The people who keep the inn are really nice and will make you a delicious breakfast and they love to talk about things to do around the city. Location and value are amazing too!


Love This Place - Highly Recommended

5 on December 05, 2015

We stayed at the Banana Courtyard upon the referral of a friend. Highly recommended. This is not a hotel. This is a bed & breakfast. Eclectic decorations, unique memorabilia, & a fascinating history - definitely an experience rather than a typical hotel stay. The location was ideal & the staff was top-notch, especially Tonya. Thank you for such a lovely stay. I can't wait to come back.


A Great End To A Great Trip

5 on June 29, 2015

After nearly 3 weeks driving the length of the Mississippi, New Orleans was our last port of call for a few days relaxation before returning to England and our stay at Banana Courtyard was fantastic. Welcomed by Mary, our hosts and all of their staff were phenomenally welcoming, friendly and helpful if ever we had a query or question or just wanted help or advice on where to go and what to see and do and helped make for a wonderfully relaxed ending to our trip. Not only that but their home-cooked breakfast each morning was fantastic. Banana Courtyard is well situated on the edge of the French Quarter and Mary's induction when we arrived was immensely helpful in pointing us in the direction of great places to eat, listen to music and just generally explore this great city.


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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