Lanaux Mansion

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

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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.

Reviews

Overall
4.4

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining3.8

Great location right near Frenchman Street

4.6 on June 15, 2016

We couldn't have found a better location to stay for a weekend. A block away from Frenchman Street and just a couple blocks from the French Quarter. It was perfect.We stayed in the Weiland Room which had a private entrance. Ruth was so accommodating and nice - she was kind enough to let us use her washer/dryer after my husband went for a run. One of the nice things here is the water cooler in each room. It was 95 degrees in New Orleans while we were there and we were always parched - so refreshing to have that supply of cold refreshing water!! Breakfast muffins and croissants were great too. We'd definitely stay at the Lanaux again.


Great location, great property

5 on June 07, 2016

You won't be disappointed. You are just a minute from the Frenchman street, a very short walk to the French market, quick access to Jackson Square and the river front and close enough without being too close to Burbon St. The property is ideal. Ruth maintains the grounds and buildings with great care. The accommodations are even better than advertised. You can catch your breath between adventures in the court yard or relax in the comfortable and well decorated rooms. I will be sure to share this secret with my friends.


First Trip to New Orleans

5 on May 28, 2016

We enjoyed our stay very much...very quiet and beautiful flowers. The Lanaux Mansion is in a great location..very walkable.


Lanaux Stay

4.8 on May 22, 2016

Such a beautiful place to stay and walking distance to Frenchman street and the French quarter.


Charming

5 on May 20, 2016

Charming b&b filled with history and a darling owner willing to share stories in a great location !


Wonderful experience!!!

5 on May 19, 2016

Ruth was very warm and welcoming! Everything about the Lanaux Mansion was Awesome!! Highly recommend! Well worth the drive from Indiana


Lanaux Mansion stay

4.2 on May 11, 2016

Such a beautiful place to stay in New Orleans. Lovely old mansion, close to all the action on Frenchman street and only a short walk to the French quarter. Our host Ruth was very helpful with all our needs going out of her way when I required a gluten free breakfast. Thanks for your hospitality Ruth.


A charming, comfortable, convenient place to stay in NOLA

4.8 on May 06, 2016

I stayed in the Cottage at Lanaux Mansion for 3 days in April 2016. The Cottage is decorated with charming art, antiques, and textiles. It faces an interior courtyard, and access to the street is through a locked door in a high privacy fence. The Cottage has plenty of light (through large windows with drapes that can be closed for privacy). There is a nicely equipped kitchen, water cooler with spring water, frig, oven,etc. Pastries and fruit are brought to the unit daily. The bathroom was clean, elegant, and small but very functional. There were plenty of back-up towels/wash cloths available. The management and staff just want to make their visitors happy and comfortable. I felt safe and content in my charming Cottage. Location was perfect for me - a short walk from my children's house in the Marigny. It's also a fairly short walk in the other direction to the Quarter. Loved it and will return.


NOLA getaway

4.0 on March 31, 2016

The owner was a charming lady who filled us in on the history of the house after calling and inviting us to arrive even earlier than our scheduled arrival (and we did). Our room was adorable and very comfortable. We enjoyed our stay.


Lovely stay at the mansion

3.8 on March 24, 2016

Old world charm, well situated close to Frenchmen and the Quarter but quiet. Private, cosy, lovely courtyard and gracious welcoming hostess. Would stay again.


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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

Location Type

French Quarter Area, Faubourg Marigny Area, Frenchman Street

Airport

New Orleans, LA (MSY) 16 miles

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, 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, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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Policies

  • 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, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: a deposit of the reservations first not stay is due upon confirmation and a 50% deposit for a special event reservation is due upon confirmation
  • Cancellations: There is a 14 day cancellation policy for standard reservations and a 30 day cancellations policy during special events. Please call for more information.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Ruth Bodenheimer

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

coy fish in fountain

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Meals

Breakfast

Continental

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