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.
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.
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!
4.8 on December 24, 2014
My boyfriend and I spent four nights at the Banana Courtyard B&B, which was a terrific value for the location - a short walk to both the Frenchmen Street jazz clubs and the relatively tamer part of the French Quarter (you had to walk farther to get the drunk, Bourbon Street/Canal Street scene, which we didn't want anyway.). We loved the location, the antique-filled charm of the place, the balcony, and the responsiveness of Mary, one of the owners (unfortunately her husband was not as welcoming and in fact was downright rude to us). But Mary was professional, courteous, available and went out of her way to make our stay enjoyable, offering a glass of wine and a robe when there was a brief problem with the hot water in the shower. She was pleasant and kind. We loved the rooms, which are old but spotless and comfortable. We couldn't have asked for a more cozy, homey, private place to retreat to after long days and nights seeing the sights. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. One very small quibble: right when you walk in the door, there's a Mammy figurine that's accompanied by a note that explains that it was a gift from an African-American friend "with a sense of humor." As people of color ourselves, we didn't get the joke and found it offensive, especially right at the entrance. In general, if you have to have a note explaining a joke, it probably isn't funny. But this was just a minor issue - overall, we loved the B&B. Oh, one more bonus, for fans of the graffiti artist Banksy - there's a Banksy original work a block away, protected by a pane of plastic.
5 on December 16, 2014
The room itself was decorated wonderfully, and everyone involved in the B&B was friendly, accommodating and extremely helpful in getting one aquainted to New Orleans. Will definitely be staying here again on my return to the city.
4.4 on December 11, 2014
My fiance and i stayed in the cajun room, which was super cute and quaint. The banana courtyard was located right on the corner of esplanade ave so it was a short walk into the qtr. The street it was on was very nice. The hosts were great! They gave us a map of the french quarter and highlighted places we should go see. It was a really great experience overall.
5 on November 28, 2014
This place is quintessential New Orleans! From the Hosts, to the rooms, to the décor, the atmosphere, etc. I will never stay anywhere else again. You are greeted with a drink in the parlor upon arrival and that sets the stage for the rest of the trip! Mrs. Mary is only a phone call away when you have a question or need a suggestion. I can't say enough about this place!!! Its my New New Orleans Home:))
4.2 on November 26, 2014
We loved our stay at Banana Courtyard! Wonderful price and so close to everything, before we left it was like we started to feel like one of the locals. We will always be staying here from now on :) The breakfast was great, loved the croissants, breads, and wonderful local spreads. Only thing that would make it 100% A++ would be to add in some bacon and eggs in the morning :)!!!!!
3.4 on November 24, 2014
Banana Courtyard is exactly as advertised: full of character! A charming old house filled with an eclectic mix of furniture and curios. You could spend an afternoon wandering through the front corridor alone. Our room (Cannonball Room) was quite large, but with a very high bed, smaller cot and couch in the room, there was not too much floor space to spread out suitcases. The room was clean and homely. The bathroom was large enough, and kept clean. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water. We did not see too much of Mary due to some health problems, but were very well looked after by Gerald at breakfast. Mary and Gerald did go out of their way to help with supplying boiled water. Mary welcomed us when we arrived with a cold beer and help in planning our time in New Orleans. Re: location. It is slightly out of the way, about 10min walk to Frenchman St, Bourbon St, etc. Much more of a walk to the CBD and outlet shopping, if you're into that. There are buses that go along Rampart to get to those. We felt perfectly safe walking back to the room at night (we also had our 6-month old son) from the French Quarter. Wifi works well. There is a small fridge and microwave available to use. The breakfast was tasty and ample with cereal, fruit, pastries, juice, coffee. Good quality laundromat is a 10 minute easy walk away on Rampart. Buffa's Bar around the corner looks a bit dodgy, but make sure you get there - very good food. Great music, like most NOLA venues. Prepare yourself for an old house with lots of instructions about how to get stuff working and avoiding damage, but Mary and team are continually working to maintain the property (they were completely gutting and refitting the ensuite in the room next ours while we were there). The place is not polished and modern - rather full of character and warmth, but not much floor space.
5 on November 14, 2014
Lovely couple that runs the Banana...Close to everything, Clean and friendly... Would absolutely stay there my next visit !!!
4.0 on October 27, 2014
Very central, charming place. Excellent continental breakfast with warm bakeries. To every question, Mary will provide the best and accurate answer. The best is the warmfull welcome I will recommande for sure
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
Nightly Rate: $119 - $169
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
Nightly Rate: $109 - $145
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
Nightly Rate: $109 - $139
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
Nightly Rate: $89 - $135
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.
Nightly Rate: $109 - $159
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
Nightly Rate: $89 - $119
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
Nightly Rate: $129 - $179
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
Nightly Rate: $89 - $139
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
Nightly Rate: $327 - $477
'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
Nightly Rate: $135 - $150
restaurant row, Garden District/university, Mardi Gras parades, JazzFest, Faubourg Marigny, French Quarter, City, Downtown
New Orleans, LA (MSY) 8 miles
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.
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
Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Homestay
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
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
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
Mary Ramsey (aka the banana lady)
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
C bkfst w/B&B room
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
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.
It's magical. Certain dates during sultry Summer, REDUCED RATES, if you reserve NOW. GREAT LOCATION: 30 yards to French Quarter, 3 blocks to BOURBON St. YEP. Our price is THE PRICE: COMPARE to hotels with all those irritating add-ons. ALL INCLUSIVE RATES: Our accommodations are VERY different from a standard, "cookie cutter" hotel room. Each is unique, PLUS our rates INCLUDE applicable TAX, energy surcharge, occupancy fee, etc., and local 'phone calls are FREE, like all the other stuff, under LAGNIAPPE. Don't just visit N'Awlins -- LIVE IT, like a local!!!!!!! We'll help. Historic (In N'Awlins, word takes on whole new meaning) NAUGHTY, naughty. In 1800s, our house was bordello catering to society's elite and politico's. ROOMS WITH A VIEW: If you're lucky, you may be able to snare a balcony room. Reserve NOW 'cause our rooms rent fast. Yesiree. With accommodations @ the B&B, you get LAGNIAPPE: soft drinks & bottled water, generous Continental breakfast served in the DR, free WiFi, +computer cntr. OUTDOORS there is a tropical courtyard with hammock, and a verandah with porch swing, and a gas grill. Toll free 800-842-4748, or 504-947-4475 bananacourtyard.com June weekend nights, special events, holidays excluded.