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1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter

1422 N. Rampart Street French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116 USA (Show map)
168 Reviews
$89 - $185
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Guest room4.1
  • Services4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Dining3.8

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Beautiful B&B! Will definitely be back!!

5 on July 12, 2014

My husband and I made our first trip to New Orleans and Mary and Hugh at Banana Courtyard made us feel at home immediately. We stayed in the Madame Steamboat room and found it beautiful and comfortable. It was easily within walking distance of everything in the French Quarter. We plan on recommending Banana Courtyard to our friends that plan on making trips to New Orleans in the future. We can't wait to go back next year!

Quirky Fun

5 on July 04, 2014

My children and I stayed at the 1870 Banana Courtyard for 4 days. It is a lovely old house with lots of fascinating antique knick-knacks in the public areas. The beds were comfortable and the breakfast tasty. The staff was delightful and helpful. Be prepared to walk as the B&B is on the far side of the Quarter from most of the tourist spots, but it is not bad. We just loved it. We will definitely return the next time we venture down to NOLA.

like visiting family .

4.4 on June 27, 2014

Home of hosts very comfortable. Hosts very helpful with city information. Walked to everything in the french quarter. Other guests friendly. Will go back.

Banana(sic) Courtyard French Quarters

3.2 on June 23, 2014

Our room was quite small and the premise is old and historic. Mary was very helpful with suggestions, almost overwhelming number of items. Very accommodating, and available. Location is a good walking distance from FQ and she indicated what streets to not be on alone (two females) after dark. They provided more amenities than I had expected and that was nice.

Terrific character

4.6 on June 14, 2014

We were greeted with great friendliness and cold beers and given lots of useful advice about New Orleans. The house itself is fascinating. Our room, the Mardi Gras room, was amazing; strung with beads and masks but not overpowering. There was plenty of room for the two double beds and a nice little bathroom. The one and only thing that wasn't more or less perfect was the air conditioning, which was effective but crunchy in tone. Good breakfast, as well.

Excellent B&B

4.6 on June 09, 2014

"If you´re going to New Orleans, you ought to see Mardi Gras" - but also stay at this B&B. Excellent service, and very generous staff (Mary & Hugh), who can provide you with all the good stuff to see and eat. Your stay will thereby be filled with nice expertions. I love this place!

Great place to stay

3.6 on May 22, 2014

Incredible assistance from the owners and everyone that work with them. They even walk with us around the neighborhood to show us some interesting spots and explain how to come back to the B&B at night. I totally recommend also to get the taxi service they offer. We really like the location as well. Even when it's not really in the french quarter, it is close enough and it gives the opportunity of walking around other beautiful areas of the city, and it is close to Frenchmen st. and Marigny. The only little thing to complain is the breakfast. I haven't stayed in many B&B but in my experience the breakfast were always excellent, and this one was just OK. But still, it's definitively worth it to stay here!

Off the beaten path

4.4 on May 19, 2014

The Cajun Room was rather small but had everything we needed. Service was awesome. I would recommend this B&B to anyone visiting New Orleans.

Amazing place!

5 on May 14, 2014

We stayed here whilst in New Orleans and had a great time. Gerald and the rest of the team looked after us and gave us a really warm welcome and stay. I would recommend The Banana Courtyard to anyone looking to stay in New Orleans! Nick & Clare

Garden Cottage

4.4 on May 11, 2014

Very cute cottage. Robert and Donald were very attentive and gracious hosts. Highly recommend!

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Location Type

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


New Orleans, LA (MSY) 8 miles

Directions to property:

FLYING? We arrange for your transport from the airport to your accommodation, with a reliable taxicab service. Rate is regulated by the city. From AIRPORT on Interstate 10: Take I-10 East toward downtown. When the interstate splits at the I-610 interchange, stay RIGHT on I-10, and follow the New Orleans Business District signs. Just before the Superdome, the Interstate splits again. Stay RIGHT on I-10, toward Slidell. After you pass the Superdome, take the 2nd French Quarter/Vieux Carre exit on I-10. It's Esplanade Avenue, (exit 236-A). At Traffic light (N. Claiborne) turn right onto Esplanade. Go on Esplanade Avenue to next traffic light, N. Rampart. SLOW DOWN!!!! That's the residential boundary of the French Quarter. See the banana painted on the fence? That's us, next to the luxury condominiums. If you call to let us know you're near, we can be on the verandah or sidewalk to greet you.

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, Homestay, Cottage, Bed and Breakfast

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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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: may consider if well behaved.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: usually 2 days, some special events more
  • 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)



Mary Ramsey (aka the banana lady)

Languages spoken


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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

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.



Hot Deal

$ Amazing all inclusive FRENCH QUARTER/New Orleans

Regular Rate: $135 now $89 (34% Savings:)

Ooh la la! Ever wanted to stay in a house that was a high class bordello in late 1800s? 1 room on balcony wing, private entrance, 1 room in historic wing. Yessiree, GREAT LOCATION: Walk 3 minutes to BOURBON St. Balcony wing room has outside entrance from courtyard. ALL inclusive rates FREE: applicable tax, energy surcharge, local phone charges, free WiFi, soft drinks, bottled water, & when we are arouNd late afternoon, early evening, COMPLIMENTARY glass of wine or beer. Concierge service, extraordinaire (that's a fancy way of saying, we're here to help you have fun or live like a local. If you want off beaten path stuff to do, we can guide you to those places, too. We've got all that 'new fangled stuff' like microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, iron &boards, hair dryers, individually controlled heat and air. Secure, gated PARKING lot (daily charge), limited space available. You DO NOT want to park on the street in the French Quarter! BANANACOURTYARD or call toll free 800-842-4748, or 504-947-4475. Pls. DO NOT EMAIL to snap up this 1 week special. Limited availability. Discounted rates n/a most special events, holidays, convention blackouts. Weekends may be a little higher. Sometimes minimum stay required for discounts.

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

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