Lanaux Mansion

547 Esplanade Avenue , New Orleans, LA 70116 USA (Show map)


This 1879 Victorian Mansion, located in the New Orleans French Quarter area, was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of “the country’s best B&Bs.” Enjoy the mansion's unique historic charm as you experience undisturbed privacy in the old world atmosphere of your room or suite, or relax in the peaceful, colorful Victorian Garden. The Lanaux Mansion has been featured on film & TV and in magazines; it was the setting for Brad Pitt in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Across the street is the French Quarter, with endless entertainment including art galleries on Royal Street and more. Around the corner, big name musicians perform nightly at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. World-class cuisine and several dining choices are a stroll away.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining3.8

French Quarter B&B

5 on June 28, 2015

Great Location, great room, great hosts

Great Stay

4.2 on June 08, 2015

We ALWAYS go back to the Lanaux Mansion. It's in a great neighborhood for food and music and we love the enchanted cottage.

Wonderful stay in New Orleans

4.2 on May 14, 2015

If you're like us and want to experience the vibrancy of the French Quarter but also value a good night's sleep, then try staying in one of the stylish rooms in the Lanaux Mansion on Esplanade Avenue. It's a hop, skip and a jump from Bourbon Street but is on a lovely tree-lined avenue that is blissfully quiet at night. The house itself is absolutely beautiful, a period home from the late 1880's full of wonderful treasures collected by Ruth the affable owner. We stayed in the Lanaux Suite and were thrilled with the space, the attention to detail and the many interesting nooks and crannies. We had a little kitchenette off the main room with a microwave and fridge. Ruth supplies cereal, pastries and orange juice that is replenished daily, plus a coffee maker and tea. The breakfast is simple but adequate. There is also a nice balcony leading off the kitchen area where we sat and ate each morning and enjoyed the warmth of the rising sun. The shower is probably the worst part of the suite as there is a tiny shower head and the water only comes out in a thin spray but it did the job and the bathroom is very clean and cosy. We loved the dressing table with little lamps and all the artwork on the walls, including some old posters from dance halls and clubs from a century back. We loved being able to go back to our quiet room after a night of great jazz and slip inside the front door of the mansion with our own key as though we were returning home. Ruth was very kind and we enjoyed meeting her and hearing a little about the history of the house. All in all we had a fabulous stay and would not hesitate to go back.

Great weekend at Lanaux Mansion

5 on May 09, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit and Ms Ruth made sure we were well taken care of. We highly recommend this place!

Great Place

4.2 on April 29, 2015

The Carriage House is private, spacious and comfortable. Great service and location.

Great location and ambiance

5 on April 27, 2015

The enchanted cottage is comfortable and charming. Ruth is a kind and helpful host. We would definitely stay again.

Lanaux Mansion

3.4 on April 23, 2015

We were met by the owner who was friendly and informative and showed us around the accommodation. This was a self contained bedroom and kitchen with a small courtyard patio. Everything was exceptionally clean and well equipped, the only problem was that internet access was not available despite wi-fi being advertised as available. The area was quite and safe but only a short walk from all the restaurants and shops of the French Quarter. All in all it was an ideal place to stay to explore New Orleans. It was great having facilities to make your own coffee and tea but the breakfasts, which consisted of cereal, muffins, croissants and yoghurt, although perfectly adequate, were a bit dull.

We will definitely return!

4.4 on April 22, 2015

This is a beautiful home in the best possible location! Our room was spotless and our breakfast choices were refreshed daily. We especially love the courtyard, which extends the width of the house and is organized into small sitting areas in proximity to the different rooms. Lanaux Mansion gives its guests a taste of old New Orleans at a bargain price.

The Enchanted Cottage was perfect!

4.6 on April 10, 2015

We were with a group of friends that rented all four rooms. It was perfect! The Lanaux Mansion is right in the heart of all the action between the French Quarter and the live music scene of Frenchmen Street, but quiet. My husband and I had the cottage and cannot say enough good things about it. It was private and comfortable, and had its own little English garden and koi pond for sitting outside with a drink. Thank you Ruth for a wonderful time!

New Orleans B&B

3.2 on April 02, 2015

Border of French Quarters. Easy walk close to good music and food

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Rooms & Rates

Enchanted Cottage

This private cottage sits at the edge of the property and has direct access to the Victorian Garden. The cottage opens up to a private patio where you can sit and enjoy breakfast or afternoon refreshments–or just relax and take in the garden’s peaceful fountain and beautiful southern flora. Inside the cottage you’ll find a desk, a large kitchenette and two sitting areas: one near the kitchenette and one near the window, for a garden view.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $299

Johnson Suite

Enjoy your stay in comfort, elegance and style in the Johnson Suite. Originally the mansion’s servants’ quarters, this 2nd floor suite features several separate rooms including a large sitting area with a writing desk. A small library on shelves house an extensive collection of literature. A shared balcony overlooks the colorful Victorian Garden. The bedroom features an antique four-piece Mallard rosewood bedroom suite. There’s an extra-large kitchenette with a full size sink plus eating area with table and chairs.*

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $299

Weiland Room

The Weiland Room opens to the Victorian Garden and was originally the mansion’s kitchen. The room’s decorative fireplace was once a cooking stove for the entire house. The stove’s original tole hood and cement flooring are still in place. 14-foot ceilings, wood floors and a loveseat in the sitting area facing the fireplace add to the unique atmosphere. Classical and New Orleans music CDs enhance your stay. Just outside in the garden, sit and relax at the large table and chairs, shaded by an umbrella.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $275

Lanaux Suite

This large, beautiful suite is the only room available in the main house and was originally the mansion’s library. The suite has 14-foot ceilings and a shared upper balcony overlooking the property’s peaceful, colorful Victorian Garden. Relax in the grand sitting area while you enjoy the heirlooms and antique pieces adorning the room. The original, decorative, fireplace is still in place. A gorgeous writing desk, sleigh daybed and vanity are just a few of the special touches you’ll enjoy during your stay.

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

Nightly Rate: $259 - $395

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Location Type

French Quarter Area, Faubourg Marigny Area, Frenchman Street, City


New Orleans, LA (MSY) 16 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, D-Day Museum, Frenchmen Street, French Quarter, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Steamboat Natchez, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Telephone , Queen Size Beds, Hardwood Floors, Antique Settings, All rooms have private bathroom, Courtyard

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes in some rooms - please call for more information
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: for special events
  • Accepted payments Other
  • Cancellations: There is a 30 day cancellation policy. Please call for more information.



Ruth Bodenheimer

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Resident Pets

coy fish in fountain

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  • Time Served: Self-Serve. Replenished Daily
  • Serving Location: Guest room