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Lanaux Mansion

547 Esplanade Avenue , New Orleans, LA 70116 USA (Show map)
125 Reviews
$189 - $375
per night

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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.

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

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

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

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

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Services4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining3.8

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A wonderful place to stay

5 on July 02, 2014

This beautiful location is a perfect place to stay. It's right in the heart of all the action, nestled between the French Quarter and the live music scene of Frenchmen Street, but it's surprisingly quiet. We 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. We will be back.

Great Weekend in NOLA!

5 on June 12, 2014

What a perfect place to stay in NOLA! It was our first time at Lanaux Mansion and we found our private cottage so cute and most convenient for what we had planned to do. Within walking distance to the Quarter, French Market and Marigny, the location was fabulous. Ms. Ruth and our accommodations were delightful--we will stay there again for sure! Thanks...

New Orleans Excellence

5 on June 09, 2014

The gorgeous Lanaux Mansion is absolutely our favorite place to stay in New Orleans. We love the private courtyard garden, beautifully restored rooms, hospitality and perfect location. It is an easy walk to Jackson Square, as well as the music scene on Frenchman street. NOLA is more fun while staying at the Lanaux!

The Best B&B in New Orleans

5 on June 03, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Lanaux House on a recent trip back to New Orleans to celebrate my birthday. We stayed in "The Enchanted Cottage" and thoroughly enjoyed waking up and coming back to our home away from home. The hospitality of Miss Ruth was endearing. The charm and cleanliness of our accommodation was impeccable. The breakfast selections were just perfect and the pastries were some of the best tasting in town. The location was perfect as well being just around the corner from Frenchman Street and a block from the French Quarter. We walked everywhere from this location and had so many great restaurants to choose from. We can't say enough great things about our stay at The Lanaux House and that we will stay here again on our return visit.

privacy in a historic home

5 on May 12, 2014

The spaces were beautiful and private. The gardens were a perfect place to walk around and to sit. The owner and the staff were friendly and worked to make our stay the best possible.

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Location Type

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


New Orleans, LA (MSY) 16 miles

Directions to property:

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport 900 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062‎ 1. Head northwest go 0.1 mi total 0.1 mi 2. Continue straight onto Airport Rd go 0.2 mi total 0.3 mi 3. Turn left to stay on Airport Rd About 3 mins go 2.2 mi total 2.4 mi 4. Take the Interstate 10 E ramp on the left to New Orleans About 2 mins go 1.4 mi total 3.8 mi 5. Merge onto I-10 E About 6 mins go 6.2 mi total 10.0 mi 6. Keep left to continue on I-610 E, follow signs for Slidell About 4 mins go 3.9 mi total 13.8 mi Show: Text only | Map | Street View 7. Take exit 3 for Elysian Fields Avenue go 0.2 mi total 14.0 mi 8. Turn right onto Elysian Fields Ave About 5 mins go 2.1 mi total 16.0 mi 9. Turn right onto Esplanade Ave Destination will be on the right go 0.2 mi total 16.2 mi 547 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116‎

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

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

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, In-room internet, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Wi-Fi

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

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: for special events
  • 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 Others

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

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

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