4.8 on November 28, 2013
The hostess was so warm and welcoming. The breakfast home cooked and delicious. Easy walk to the French Quarter. Would happily return.
4.0 on November 27, 2013
From the first time you walk through the gate, you feel welcomed and at-home. The housekeeper and inn-keeper were both very friendly and did their best to be sure you had everything you needed to be most comfortable. The house and it's rooms were very charming and the location was wonderful. The neighborhood was quiet and off the regular path, but it was still in a convenient location to main attractions. The morning breakfast had a variety of breads, fruits, cereals to chose from along with a hot dish each morning. I would certainly stay here again.
5 on November 21, 2013
We had a wonderful experience staying with Nancy! It is such a beautiful house! The location was perfect, it gave you a sense of the local atmosphere but was in walking distance of French Quarter. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay for our weekend in New Orleans.
4.4 on November 13, 2013
Great place, great food, friendly atmosphere and walking distance from Frenchman street and French Quarter!
5 on November 13, 2013
My best friend and I stayed at Auld Sweet Olive for our first New Orleans trip and it was beyond amazing. Nancy was so sweet and gave us so many recommendations of places to go. Will definitely 100% be back there.
5 on November 13, 2013
This is my 2nd time staying at the Sweet Olive B&B, this time under new management, but the service is still excellent! It is conveniently located, clean, warm and inviting atmosphere, and the food is excellent! Our host, Nancy, was inviting and eager to help us find some cool things to do around New Orleans! I highly recommend this B&B to anyone!
4.6 on November 11, 2013
Thanks for your hospitality, Nancy. Sweet Olive is really wonderful, and my only choice when I visit New Orleans.:)
4.4 on November 07, 2013
We had a great weekend at the Sweet Olive. My group stayed in three of the rooms. All of the beds were comfortable. The Courtyard Suite was very spacious and has a great setup. The Palmetto room has a really small bathroom so if you want more space, choose one of the other rooms. The common areas were very comfortable and the outside patio even has a hammock to relax after a long day. Nancy, the owner, was very friendly and helpful. She provided directions and area recommendations and made us feel at home during our stay. Her breakfast was great. In addition to the standard continental items, Nancy made a yummy egg dish each morning along with homemade treats like banana chocolate chip bread or pumpkin spice scones. It was just over a mile walk to the center of the French Quarter so it was very easy to get to but far enough away that it was quiet. We took cab rides back at night which was very easy. We will definitely stay there again if we get the chance.
5 on November 07, 2013
I have stayed at the Sweet Olive before but this time we met the new owner and she was just absolutely a joy to be around. It was fantastic to see the posters and pictures on the wall of shows I have watched. It was great to met Nancy and great to see what a truly genuine person and down to earth! I've never felt so at home as I did at the sweet olive. The previous owners are great but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the great changes made. This has always been a must stop in New Orleans and will continue to be our tradition to stop at this location! Looking forward to our next visit. Sue and Earnest Vinson
5 on November 01, 2013
We absolutely loved staying at Sweet Olive. We knew we didn't want to stay in the French Quarter so when a friend recommended Auld Sweet Olive I immediately booked it. The owner, Nancy, was so lovely and accommodating and took lots of time with us when we arrived to explain the neighborhood, give us maps, and tell us her favorite local spots to explore. The house has a rich history and is really beautiful. The breakfast was delicious and Nancy's baked goods are out of this world. I'm pretty sure all of the negative reviews are from before Nancy was the owner as I can't imagine anyone having a bad experience with her! If you're going to New Orleans I highly recommend a stay at Auld Sweet Olive. Great neighborhood, walking distance from Frenchman Street, the French Quarter and less touristy spots like the Bywater district. We slept well, were well fed in the morning and had a great experience at Sweet Olive!
5 on October 30, 2013
It “only” took us a year to make it to New Orleans…I’d planned a birthday trip for my boyfriend in October 2012, but due to unforeseen circumstances ended up cancelling. Fast forward to October 2013 when I finally rebooked the trip and happily stumbled upon the Auld Sweet Olive. From my first interaction with Nancy, the Innkeeper, I realized what a special place I’d found. I asked if Nancy might be able to put together a birthday basket with some wine and other goodies for when we arrived. The only guidance I provided was a general type of wine and the price point I’d like to spend. The basket couldn’t have been more perfect. Pralines, beads, Mardi Gras favors, an umbrella (for Tropical Storm Karen that was making her way onshore), Saints gear and rain ponchos and of course, a fantastic bottle of wine. Nancy greeted us warmly, and instantly we felt like we were at a friend’s home. She is in her element as an Innkeeper, though admittedly, I suspect that Nancy likely succeeds at anything she puts her mind to. We were excited to see what was in store for breakfast, having read about Nancy’s deft hand as a baker. Eggs in the hole, scones, muffins, goat cheese tart, fruit, yogurt, nut breads, coffees, teas, juice...delicious. We dragged ourselves out of bed before 10am after some fairly late nights so as not to miss these treats! We chose the Olive Room which true to its photos and description was spacious, clean, comfortable and quaint. Loved the handmade soap and the fantastic bed linens and pillows! The private exit to the patio proved especially delightful for sitting outside in the mornings and for wine in the evening. The taxi service suggested by the B&B was great and inexpensive. The neighborhood was safe and artsy; we walked most everywhere including the French Quarter and the lovely and less touristy Frenchman street. I could go on, but suffice it to say we will be back to the Auld Sweet Olive and you should book your room today!
4.0 on October 28, 2013
Several friends and I recently stayed at Sweet Olive for a long weekend of music and food in our beloved NOLA. This is a very comfortable, friendly, easy place to stay. Nancy the proprietor is relaxed, organized, and ready with just the right tip about how to make the best of your time. How different it was staying in a place with a resident guide and NOLA enthusiast--I encourage you to ask her for assistance--she is at your service. Nicely furnished, good breakfast, great sitting room and comfortable, private garden for [quiet] late night review of the day's events over a glass of wine. Treat yourself to a homelike oasis.
4.4 on October 23, 2013
I recently stayed at Auld Sweet Olive Bed & Breakfast in New Orleans. The innkeeper, Nancy, is very hospitable, gave us great recommendations of things to do in the neighborhood, and is a wonderful baker! Our stay was very memorable and I'd love to return in the future.
4.6 on October 17, 2013
Loved every moment. Inn keeper Nancy did an amazing job of getting us directly into the best food music spots, all nearby. Gorgeous, mellow place.
5 on October 05, 2013
We went to the Big Easy 27 years ago for our Honeymoon, and have not been back since for fun. This trip was all about fun! We enjoyed the return with many surprises and being with family at the Sweet Olive was better than being at home!
5 on September 29, 2013
We spent 5 nights while visiting our son in New Orleans. It was exactly what we needed as it provided walking access to food and music in Marigny and the French Quarter as well as the streetcars to get downtown and to the Arts and Garden districts. We also had a quick drive to some terrific restaurants in the Bywater. Nancy was a wonderful host and quickly got you situated and familiar with the B&B as well as providing a packet of information on things to do and places to eat. Then there were the wonderful breakfasts where many guests got to meet and share their experiences. There is also an organic market across the street in case you need to pick something up. We definitely got a flavor of New Orleans that we would have missed had we stayed in the French Quarter, downtown, or the Garden District.
4.8 on September 26, 2013
We completed loved our visit. The rooms were comfortable and a great value. Every morning we woke up to fresh baked treats, including a surprise birthday cake for our guests. Nancy provided everything we needed in the most gracious way. I've been to New Orleans MANY times but this was my first to stay in the Marigny neighborhood. It's close to great music & food with a short walk to the quarter and still far enough away to peacefully relax. I will definitely stay her every chance I get.
4.6 on September 23, 2013
Had a great time, we and another couple stayed here and really enjoyed our visit. Able to walk to everything, and Nancy was an amazing host.
5 on September 17, 2013
I just arrived back from a three night stay in New Orleans at the Sweet Olive B &B. My friend and I enjoyed our stay very much! We followed up on all of Nancy's recommendations for dinner and shopping and truly had a unique New Orleans experience. She is a wonderful hostess, very accommodating, and when asked for recommendations, did not steer us towards all of the typical tourist-y attractions. The whole home is comfortable, clean, and decorated tastefully. The fresh fruit and home baked breakfast options had us going back for seconds! We definitely will be staying at the Sweet Olive anytime we are back in New Orleans! Highly recommended to all!
4.4 on September 14, 2013
My Wife & I had a pleasant stay & got to meet some other really nice people. it was a first time for us at a bread & breakfast which consisted of 3 days/nights. The owner/host was very friendly & knowledgeable about the area & gave us some great advice. I would recommend this place to anyone.
4.8 on September 10, 2013
I stayed in the Palmetto room at Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast for 4 nights with my boyfriend this August. The room itself has palm murals painted on the walls and the rest of the house is also beautifully decorated. Nancy was the perfect host and gave us lots of information about things to do and places to eat and drink in the local area as well as farther afield. She gave us such a warm welcome that we instantly felt at home and the breakfast each morning with home baked goods and freshly cooked eggs was great to set us up for the day. If we come back to New Orleans we would definitely stay here again!
3.8 on September 06, 2013
In many establishments the owners/managers will say "Make yourself at Home" or "Just ask if you need anything", sometimes you know as the words are leaving their lips that should you be bold enough to ask for running water in the bathroom or a bed to sleep on that you will be met with a look that renders AC unnecessary. Nancy really means it and delivers on the promise. It makes for such a relaxing stay. She also cooks the breakfasts. Baking is her speciality except the bagels (well no-one's perfect!) Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
5 on August 20, 2013
A wonderful place to stay in the Faubourg Marigny!
5 on August 07, 2013
Nancy is a kind and warm host adding to the enchantment of the Sweet Olive. Everything was perfect for our 20th wedding Anniversary getaway!
4.4 on July 25, 2013
My wife and I have stayed at many types of accommodations including a number of B&B's in New Orleans. For the price and the service that we received this was by far the best. The operator is a wonderful person and committed to her guests. Nancy is a wonderful person. Even though she does not tout the food, it is a pleasent surprize. I do not heritate in recommensing the Auld Sweet Olive B&B. Steve & Debbie Atlanta GA.
5 on July 19, 2013
We had visited Sweet Olive two years ago and returned this summer with a new owner in charge. It was just as lovely as before with new additions to explore and great food. Thank you for keeping Sweet Olive a wonderful place to visit (and eat) in a beautiful city!
4.6 on July 18, 2013
Aulde Sweet Olive is really quite beautiful. I feel like maybe more of a selection could be served at breakfast. It is close to the French Quarter and other nice little local spots. I had an amazing time and I hope to see Nancy again next summer.
5 on July 15, 2013
This was a great find! We will return with friends and family! Thank you Nancy for making that wonderful birthday cake and making Deggary and I feel right at home!
4.6 on July 10, 2013
We had a great stay. The Sweet Olive is a wonderful example of history and hospitality. The operators personal touch has made it unique. And this does not even touch on the wonderful food. We look forward to staying with them again. We have already sent out and email to our friends, family and co-workers letting them know how exceptional this operation is. Steven & Debbie
5 on July 09, 2013
This was a great place to stay for our honeymoon in New Orleans. Nancy is an amazing owner, so hospitable and kind and helpful. She made our stay so comfortable, and our room was awesome. We were in the courtyard suite, which was like a cute little apartment that had everything - we didn't even have to leave it to have a good time! The absolute only complaint, and nothing against the B&B itself, is the walk to the French Quarter, is just the right length where to walk it is a little too long and tiresome, so we took a cab most of the time. But, much closer and more authentic was Frenchman Street with good music and restaurants as well, so we were there a lot. Absolutely I'd recommend this stay and look forward to coming back.
5 on July 03, 2013
We enjoyed our stay in this immaculate and gorgeous home. The owner was very gracious and went out of her way to make us comfortable. Location was within walking distance to the Quarter and we did not have to deal with all the noise from there. Parking was not a problem. Diana Rosin Largo, FL
4.6 on July 02, 2013
Sweet Olive is a historic Bed an Breakfast, in an artsy part of town. My room had a hand painted mural, that made it feel like a fairy land (Magnolia Room) The owner could easily be a pastry chef full time, so breakfast is to die for. We were given recommendations everyday, where to eat, what to see; it felt like an insiders view of New Orleans, as unique as the city itself.
4.0 on June 26, 2013
The Innkeeper was gracious and showed interest in our stay in the city.
5 on June 24, 2013
We loved our stay at Sweet Olive. It was clean, beautiful, and comfortable; the food was delicious, varied, and plentiful. INancy is friendly, welcoming, respectful and delightful. I only regret we didn't have a longer time to stay and enjoy her wonderful Inn and hospitality. I look forward to returning.
5 on June 20, 2013
I recently stayed here and absolutely loved it. I stayed in the Palmetto room which was very comfy and cozy. I enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the innkeeper, Nancy, who is so very kind. I highly recommend staying here and look forward to returning!
4.0 on June 19, 2013
This is a beautiful older home, specially cared for and maintained. It’s tastefully decorated, yet you don't feel like you're entering a museum. I felt as if one might expect Mark Twain could saunter quietly around a corner and settle into a front porch chair. The new owner-operator is a gracious hostess – Nancy Gunn, who made us feel appreciated and welcome in her home. The Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast is located in a good location of the Faubourg-Marigny, where walking around the immediate neighborhood I felt safe and charmed by the many small businesses close by. Our room (the Sweet Olive room) was large with a high ceiling, and convenient as it had a second private entrance with chairs on the stoop to enjoy the breeze. Sleeping was enhanced by a great quality bed and bedding, with enough pillows. I would have liked a small chair in the room, somewhere to sit while taking off shoes. In the front parlor there is an extensive handy reference library with an intriguing provenance and a reading library with many of the writings of Mark Twain. The location to Sweet Olive is a $33 taxi ride from the airport, the standard fee. From the front door leads a comfortable walk into the French Quarter, with the sights and sounds of Frenchmen street and interesting, historic neighborhoods. We further appreciated that the owner was accommodating with our travel plans, as we split up our stay to attend a wedding about an hour away. We enjoyed tasty breakfasts every morning offered with very good coffee and a quiet spot to enjoy it. We would definitely return, and found it a good value. Staying at this B&B felt much more personal and actually created a unique sense of place!
5 on June 05, 2013
Everything was great. Friendly, good location, a beautiful
4.2 on June 04, 2013
was more than I expected. don't stay many b&b but this place may change that..really nice & Nancy Gunn, the owner/manager made our stay really personal & pleasant.
4.2 on June 02, 2013
Nancy is a perfrct and very helpful host. we enjoyed getting to know another part of NO At first the neighborhood looked questionable but as we walked around we felt safe and everyone was very friendly i will definitely recommend it to friends coming to NO
4.8 on May 24, 2013
Verry good Bed and Breakfast
3.4 on May 21, 2013
Nancy at Sweet Olive is great! She makes the place feel very warm and homey. And she makes delicious things for breakfast (but, this is not a European b&b, so don't expect a big spread). Sweet Olive is a good, affordable place to stay and is a comfortable walk to Frenchman Street (great area!) and a bit further to the FQ. It has some sketchy areas not far from it, but my boyfriend and I had no problems. And you can easily call a cab to come and take you into town. One advantage is the area of town is quiet, so you get away from all the downtown NOLA craziness. We didn't spend much time at the b&b itself, but it's a great place to chill if you want to--there is a nice porch and garden area that is beautiful. No tub room, though, despite what the website says...(it's been turned into a storage area). The only issue I had with Sweet Olive was the noisiness. We were woken up by the breakfast preparation (we were in the room adjacent to the dining area), and the structure is old so you can hear EVERYTHING that happens in the hall and communal areas. Ask for a different room if you're a light sleeper.
5 on May 01, 2013
the recent opening of The Healing Center just across the street, with shops , a fine restaurant and a great venue, Cafe Istanbul, for music, theater, and readings. Nancy's warm hospitality, along with the unique physical plant, makes this a great choice for travellers looking for something different, in all the best ways.
4.0 on April 29, 2013
We found this to be a totally delightful place to stay in new Orleans. A very cool old house very well decorated, and Nancy and staff were charming and helpful. Highly recommended.
5 on April 29, 2013
a lovely location, a lovely owner. very nice place that we could only recommend
5 on April 26, 2013
We stayed April 20-22 and had a wonderful time. Nancy was an exceptional host and so nice to us! Our room was amazing, we stayed in the Sweet Olive room. The house was beautiful with an amazing garden. Our room had a private patio overlooking all the flowers and wonderful landscaping. The neighborhood was very quiet for being so close to the chaos you can find on Bourbon and not far of a walk at all! From the B&B you can walk to a neat coffee shop/cafe called Who Dat and also a tasty Greek restuarant. I would recommend Sweet Olive B&B to anyone and everyone! It was a wonderful experience!
4.2 on April 17, 2013
We stayed during French Quarter Festival...great location, creative & warm rooms and common areas. Excellent breakfast. Delightful new owner. Mark & Sue
3.6 on April 08, 2013
We stayed in the Olive room, which was perfect, as it had a separate door to go through, not to bother anyone. The house was perfect for what we wanted. It was far enough away from the craziness of the French Quarter and it's nestled in the midst of the Marigny district, which has a cozy neighborhood feel.
5 on April 06, 2013
It was a over enyoyable stay.
4.6 on March 21, 2013
Stay was excellent. Had concerns about the neiborhood prior to arriving, but found we had nothing o worry about. Close to the Quarter and the facility across the street was really great.
4.6 on March 14, 2013
I spent hours researching accommodations in the New Orleans area. This was, by far, the absolute best value I came across. Before arriving, I was actually worried it might all be too good too good to be true. But Sweet Olive was even MORE than I could have asked for! -Unbeatable price -One of a kind decor -Free parking! -Walking distance from all tourist sites (about 10 min walk from French Quarter) -Free breakfast and afternoon snacks :) -Honor bar with wine, beer, and soda in the kitchen -Wonderful, informative, accessible hosts! This was my first trip to New Orleans, and I will never stay anywhere else on future trips. Highly recommended to couples or other small, low-key groups.
3.8 on March 11, 2013
We arrived early and didn't dig through the Mardi Gras beads to find the doorbell on the gate but Jessica was never-the-less very welcoming as we hollered and waved at her the length of the property. We only briefly met one of our hosts, who was quite cordial, but Jessica went over and above every day we were there (even washing my souvenir plastic cup collection!) The only issue we had was barely visable (if you've had more than two drinks) steps from the bathroom to the main part of the suite. My somewhat clumsy husband managed to miss them on two separate occasions. Luckily, he was slightly sedated and pretty limber both times. :-) Oh wait- the other issue was that they did not accept the B&B.com gift certs as they said the B&B owners were charged too much to use them. But it was still a good value and I'd still stay there again.
4.6 on March 11, 2013
Really nice and fun. Great location, can walk to French quarter in minutes. Hosts were really pleasant and very accommodating. Left a swede vest in closet and it was shipped ASAP! Yummy baked goods ! I would definitely stay there again!
5 on March 10, 2013
We were there for a long weekend of fun! The Sweet Olive was amazing! It was close to all the major sights and sounds! Dale and Dave were great hosts and could answer any question I asked! I would definitely stay there again!!!!
4.4 on March 09, 2013
This B&B is a short walk to the French Quarter and is in an area with lots of cool shops and dining. The decor is a lovely Southern design and the hosts were so nice and accomodating.
4.4 on March 05, 2013
Great accommodations in a neighborhood setting in a most charming city. David's morning chats over coffee really made us feel at home in a neighborhood and city that he truly cares for.
4.0 on February 27, 2013
I stayed here in December for a few days. The owners are very welcoming and the room was very clean and well decorated. The side entrance directly into the room was very convenient and the patio would be perfect in warmer weather. Its location was ideal to enjoy Marigny and the French Quarter.
4.0 on February 07, 2013
I stayed in their Cypress Room and was pleasantly surprised by how comforting the house felt, the size of the room, the comfort of the bed and pillows, and the cleanliness! The sheets and and towels had a great detergent fragrance and the towels were changed daily. Also, they provided hand made soap, a lovely surprise! The shower in my room was a little too small, but there is a larger bathroom with a large tub that is available for guests to use. The hosts are incredible friendly and helpful and the property is secured by a gate (great for keeping bicycles safe at night). There is a comfortable outdoor garden and porch too! It is only a 10 min walk from the French Quarter yet far enough to have peace and quite during the nights. There is also a new health center across the street with yoga classes, a supermarket, and bookstore; great for snakes or cook books! I will definitely return!
4.6 on January 30, 2013
Hosts and house keeper are wonderful and caring. The place was amazingly decorated for Mardi Gras. Rooms are very cozy. Felt much like a home for one week.
4.2 on January 25, 2013
We spent 3 nights in the Palmetto room here and had a really wonderful time. The location is remarkably convenient - only about 5 blocks (a quick walk) to all that Frenchmen St. has to offer and the Quarter just past that. The neighborhood has some lovely coffee shops and architecture to enjoy on your way to the thick of it and the hosts provide a really helpful guide highlighting much of what there is to see and do in the area. The Palmetto room is really lovely - cute and well kept with a private entrance that takes you onto a beautiful little patio with a citrus tree. Two small things to keep in mind about this room specifically: it is right off of the kitchen and people begin coming and going for breakfast around 7:30am. It was never too loud, but we were aware of it. Also, the show is European style (with a hand held shower head) - we thought this was really fun actually, but might be problematic for some. The only real reason we list dining lower is that breakfast (including the coffee) is all cleaned up by 10am. While I'm sure this is normal, we're late sleepers (particularly in New Orleans!) and would have loved a hot coffee a bit later. All said though it was an incredible deal, a beautiful place to stay, and everyone there was just lovely! Highly recommended!
4.8 on January 21, 2013
Our party of four took up four rooms at this comfy, clean, hospitable, and wonderfully decorated B&B. The location (Marigny) is nice as it's only about a 10 minute walk to the Quarter and just blocks to the very entertaining Frenchman Street. Jessica and her daughter greeted us upon check in and they were both so warm and sweet. They gave us an "in house" newsletter that has Dale and Dave's reviews of restaurants and sites, as well as a map, which we greatly appreciated. Dale and Dave were just as wonderful and personable, too. They all let you know they're there if you need anything, yet they are never intrusive. Being it was around Christmas, the home was very nicely decorated to reflect the holiday. The home has high ceilings, a very cool main hallway decorated with framed artwork of New Orleans events of the past and present, and the rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. The bath room (not bathroom, but a room with just a bathtub) is a nice perk and you will find lots of thoughtful amenities throughout the house. We enjoyed the variety of goodies in the mornings and caught some freshly popped popcorn on a couple of evenings. We all really liked sitting out on the porch to unwind after returning from a late night out. I wish Dale and Dave an adventurous, loving and safe 2013 and to Jessica and her daughter a prosperous year filled with love. And of course, I would definitely stay at the Auld Sweet Olive B&B again.
4.6 on January 20, 2013
My daughter and I loved this place. We enjoyed the fun decoration , and appreciated the quiet neighborhood. The location is great; just a few blocks from Frenchman street where we found great food and music. Also close to public transport.
4.2 on December 10, 2012
Our hosts were delightful, informative and welcoming....would go back in a heartbeat!
3.8 on December 03, 2012
This place is charming and convenient. The rooms are a comfortable size and nicely decorated, and very clean. Breakfast is store-bought pastries, fruit and cereal - I generally skipped it. Know the neighborhood before you book.
4.8 on November 21, 2012
Recently spent a weekend here at this lovely place. We felt right at home, so very comfortable. Received great advice on the neighborhood and how to get around. The staff was also great! Wonderful breakfasts every morning. Looking forward to staying again sometime soon. - Bernadette & Ashley, Lafayette, LA
5 on November 01, 2012
My wife, 5 month old baby and myself only had a few days in New Orleans. We have never stayed at a bed and breakfast anywhere prior to this. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Great room, walking distance to the French quarter. We had complete privacy in the little guest house attached to back of main house. Thanks guys for a great place to recharge. Cheers
3.0 on October 29, 2012
My first trip to New Orleans. Good walking distance to French Quarter. Friendly staff & owners.
5 on October 29, 2012
Beautifully detailed, clean and well kept inn. I loved walking through this neighborhood to the French Quarter and returning at night to relax on a quiet porch with fragrant garden.
5 on October 18, 2012
Upon arrival wer greeted by the housekeeper Jessica, with very pleasant mannerisms. We were shown to our room, given a quik informative tour of this awesome place and got unpacked. I will say overall the best B&B experience ever and i will be back. Dave and Dale wete very helpful and pleasant. This place is such a refreshing vacay spot. Highly recommend it to anyone goin to nawlins. Price was great! Breakfast could be more variety. Just an all around thumbs up!!!!!!!
4.4 on October 11, 2012
We cannot say enough about the hospitality shown by owners Dale and David plus their housekeeper/hostess Jessica. We stayed in the Magnolia/Oak Room suite and it was perfect in every way. We had a car and parking was easy across the street. A very short drive from the French Quarter and other neighborhoods. Jessica provided a variety of breakfast choices and we had our choice of eating in the dining room or outside patio. Dale and David are passionate about their city and gave us info and tips that took us to where the locals go for music and food. We only had four days but, we filled each day and were happy and exhausted as we returned to our pleasant rooms at Sweet Olive. We will return. Cleveland, Ohio
3.8 on October 09, 2012
physically back to my permanent residence...buy left my heart and soul at Sweet Olive.
5 on October 08, 2012
This was one of the best b&b's we've stayed in. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by the owners who had communicated prior to our arrival. The rooms were amazing and the facilities were fantastic. We were basically in a home from home and left to use the facilities as was needed. The introduction to the b&b was informative and we needed very little help during our stay in one of the best destinations we have visited. One of the best and highly recommended to anyone visiting the area.
4.4 on September 26, 2012
An absolutely wonderful experience! Olives is convenient to everything within walking distance to Frenchman Street. public transportation or if you prefer a short cab ride to everywhere! Everyone was especially friendly guests and owners alike. Inkeepers Dave and Dale are really knowledgeable of the area and always had great suggestions for food, transportation or just fun! Perfect for busy but relaxing vacation. Highly recommend for the friendly traveler looking for something outside of the traditional hotel experience,
4.6 on September 11, 2012
My husband and I had an amazing stay in the "sweet olive" room. The location was perfect and the owners and housekeeper were the sweetest people.
3.8 on September 04, 2012
David and Dale are gracious hosts and happy to share info about their city, but they don't meddle in your business--the perfect combination for us. This is our second stay, and we'll be back again. The rooms are comfortable and clean. The location gives you an easy 6-block walk to the Quarter and to all the entertainment of Frenchman Street.
4.2 on August 30, 2012
We stayed at the Auld Sweet Olive B&B for 5 days 4 nights. Amazing value for people who need a nice place to stay! Thank you!
4.6 on August 25, 2012
The owners were very helpful, provided us with a map of the area and information about walking to and from the French Quarter. Our motorcycles were secure and other houseguests were friendly. The house is amazing and wonderful! The front porch was the perfect place to have a glass of wine or a beer after a day in the French Quarter. An exceptional home in a historic neighborhood!
4.2 on August 19, 2012
my wife and i were pleasantly suprised by what we found at sweet olive. our hosts were super friendly and accomidating. the attention to detail is better than any hotel you will ever stay at for under 500$. the room was clean and well equiped. the best part about this place is its authenticity. it is a real new orleans house in a real new orleans neighborhood. close enough to the french quarter but far enough away to avoid the noise and crowds. we will definitely stay here from now on when we are in new orleans and would highly recommend sweet olive to anyone who wishes to see more of new orleans than just the touristic french quarter.
3.6 on August 02, 2012
We had a wonderful time at your bed and breakfast: the neighborhood is great, the location is perfect, the attention to details was well appreciated. Thank you!
5 on July 23, 2012
As a b&b virgin, I truly wasn't 100% sure what to expect. However I can honestly say that my experience was absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to return. The place is located just far enough away from the madness of the Quarter but still close enough so you don't feel like you've traveled all over the world to get there. Both Dave and Dale were super friendly and offered plenty of advice on local flavor. They are proud of their neighborhood and it shows. I do regret that I did not get to meet Miss Clara due to her recent passing. However, in her place is her personally trained neice, Jess. She's wonderful!!! And knows her stuff and is more than happy to chat with you and tell you about her aunt, the neighborhood, etc. I didn't want to leave but as they say, all good things must come to an end. I look forward to my next visit and I hope it's soon! Word to the wise - either bring or rent a bike. It's the only way to see this part of the world other than hoofing it!
4.0 on July 05, 2012
I was very pleased with the overall accommodations. Dale and David obviously thought of every detail including the five star toilet paper. :) I loved being able to walk to the grocery store, coffee shops and local bars with music. NO parking problems!! The neighborhood felt like home before we left.
5 on July 04, 2012
We had a wonderful stay, just too short. The B&B is on a nice area, not too expensive to go to downtown with a taxi if you don't want to drive. We had 2 rooms, with private bathroom each one. The B&B is on a same level, there is just few steps on the porch, which make it very easy to my father who have trouble to walk. The welcome was very friendly as one of the owners waited for us to welcome us and show us the house. The rooms were very nice, specially mine, and it make me feel I was in a plantation mansion. You have a kitchen specially for the guest, which is very nice with all you can need. You even have drinks, beer or wine for just 1$ you pay on the pot. And you have access 24h. Breakfast was superbe, with so many choice and good things. Just writing this review and my mouth is watering. Room price was very reasonable as we are in NO. there is also a big leaving room and a garden, but we were too busy going around New Orleans to have the time to try it. The only sad new is that Dale & David are looking to sell the house, so I hope that next owners will keep the spirit of this superbe B&B. So, in any case, do not hesitate to stay there, you will love it. Patricia.
4.2 on June 28, 2012
Sweet Olive is lovely. From the cheery yellow exterior and the lush gardens in which to relax with some sweet tea to the grand foyer covered in the many memorabilia of Mardi Gras' past mixed with collections of family history to the cozy, tidy and tastefully decorated rooms with everything you need for a relaxing stay. Dale and David were impeccable hosts eager to help us make the most of our stay. I'd been exposed to the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood on an earlier trip and staying at Sweet Olive enabled me to explore this eclectic and beautiful neighborhood further. An added bonus I feel is worthy a mention is the awesome organic food co-op/grocery across the street. Because of my numerous dietary restrictions it was a blessing I could simply walk across the street for provisions. It should also be mentioned there is ample street parking if you have a car. Sweet Olive is a short pleasant walk from the famed Frenchmen St. And a short, cheap taxi ride to the French Quarter should you decide not to hoof it. Thank you Dale & David!
4.6 on June 20, 2012
I recently booked this bed and breakfast in its entirety for a group for a spiritual weekend. The group is largely comprised of writers, actors, film-makers and arts professionals. The LOVED the environment and have all told me that they will stay again when they return to New Orleans. Dale was particularly charming and accommodating. When we had to pick up the younger members of the party late, they were flexible and understanding. A great value for a one of a kind experience!!
3.8 on June 17, 2012
Outside French Quarter close to Frenchman Street. If you do not like the glitz of Bourbn street this is a good alternative.
4.2 on June 13, 2012
My stay was phenomenal. The owners, Dave and Dale, made the place warm and welcoming. Situated in the Marigny Quarter, this B&B is well situated for people who like to sit at a café to read or type (there are many around). My only complaint (my fault, really) was that I was allergic to the one room with carpeting. Other than that, I was astounded by the spaciousness of the house. I've usually stayed in smaller places. Dave and Dale provided valuable insight and tailored their suggestions to my needs and wants. Thanks to their suggestions, I got to see many neat places in town I otherwise never would have discovered. I've ended up staying a month, and I hope to do so again in the near future. Clean, nice, with good services (I loved the idea of paying a dollar for a beer out of the fridge, for example), and barely a 20 min walk from the French Quarter, I leave New Orleans with found memories of this place. I hope you will feel at home as much as I did.
4.4 on June 13, 2012
We stayed here for 3 nights and had the Suite with Jacuzzi. The Suite was bigger than we've expected. Very comfortable bed, direct access to the terasse and delicious muffins for breakfast. The only thing i can complain is, that there was white animal hair on the carpet. I still can't get ist totally removed from the socks. The owners were absolutely friendly. When we return to New Orleans we'll definitely stay at the Auld Sweet Olive B&B again.
4.2 on April 30, 2012
We stayed in a bigger and nicer room this time. Love the atmosphere of this place. It is off the beaten path but there are plenty of paths to explore in the Fauborg Marigny where the Sweet Oliver is located. Breakfast is good for most B&B's without being stuffy or having to endure "forced socialization". Very relaxed atmosphere.
5 on April 30, 2012
This is our third visit and we wouldn't stay anywhere else in New Orleans. We love the location, the rooms, the breakfast and of course Clara! We look forward to many more stays here!
4.4 on April 27, 2012
This is a fantastic b&b that is full of character - myself and three other ladies stayed here recently for four nights. For anyone looking for a real taste of New Orleans without the sterility of a generic hotel, this is the place for you. Dale and David were diligent in making sure we had directions and guidance about local things to do if we asked for it. This house is within walking distance of the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and the waterfronts, but not so close as to feel like you are surrounded by tourists. The owners recommend a taxi back at night if you stay out past dark, but it's a quick ride. Many thanks to the owners, we had a fantastic and memorable trip to NOLA!
2.8 on April 26, 2012
We needed a place within short walk to French Quarter and with safe storage for our motorbikes. Very clean and friendly, ran into the owners only by accident. Very convenient, probably not for families with small children.
4.8 on April 18, 2012
Lovely place to stay. Second time there. Walls are a bit thin because it's an old house, but so worth seeing. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we enjoyed ours. Lisa Buie-Collard
5 on April 18, 2012
We had the most enjoyable stay. Dave and Dale where wonderful hosts. The Auld Sweet Olive was the perfect walking distance to the French Quarter and had charming accommodations. The other guests where friendly and interesting people. We had a perfect experience.
3.6 on April 16, 2012
Great place, very solid location only about a 12 minute walk from the center of the French Quarter. Owners stay out of your way, services were slim to none and the breakfast was nothing but a few bagels and cold coffee all three days we stayed there. But, you dont go to New Orleans and eat in B&B's anyway, so not a big deal. Would stay there again for sure.
We're delighted to hear that you'd stay with us again but troubled by the breakfast experience you report. Each morning we put out a selection of pastries, including bagels, along with cereal, fruit, and yogurt. We typically go through several pots of coffee each morning which we serve from an insulated pump that normally keeps the coffee hot for hours. So we're not sure how this might have happened, but promise to keep an extra vigilant eye on the breakfast provisions. City regulations in New Orleans, by the way, require that B&Bs have a restaurant license to serve a hot breakfast, so most like us, serve a continental breakfast. Thanks for your feedback.
5 on April 13, 2012
Auld Sweet Lang is everything you could ever hope for in a bed and breakfast. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and it is located in a lovely area of the city. My experience here was by far the best I have ever had at any B&B, and I would recommend anyone stay here. You just can't beat the location and the price! It's located in the more quiet, trendy area of Fauborg-Marigny rather than the constantly rambunctious French Quarter. If you're looking for a party, than this might not be the place for you. But if you're searching for a more relaxed experience then this is the place to stay.
3.4 on April 11, 2012
Absolutely loved staying here. Quirky, proper little piece of New Orleans. David (the owner) was extremely knowledgable about the local area, where to go and what to do. The whole stay was relaxed and fun. Our first time in New Orleans and was sad to go, can't wait to go again and would absolutely recommend this little place! Marie and Brian, London.
5 on February 18, 2012
Everything was top notch from the management, staff, and accommodations. The building itself is beautiful! Highly recommended. Larry Krzyzanowski 102 Marshall Avenue Hamilton, NJ 08610
4.4 on February 13, 2012
Staying at the Sweet Olive is like being embraced by the spirit of New Orleans with the hand painted wall murals and vintage decor. Stay in the honeymoon suite. Its great! The owners have certainly gone the extra mile to sit down with us and make sure we had the information we needed to tailor a visit that met our hopes to a "T". The housemaid Clara is so thoughtful and kind. And don't forget to give, the old quiet tiny dachshund Happy a kibble of cereal at the light but yummy breakfast. Staying at the Sweet Olive enhanced our enjoyment of our 50th wedding anniversary. Thanks to Dale, David and Clara. We'll be back.
3.8 on February 03, 2012
We came upon New Orleans for a birthday experience, and how perfect to stay at the Sweet Olive. It has classic New Orleans charm, right down to Mardi Gras fun! Our room was quiet, spacious and relaxed, just what we needed after a long day in the French Quarter.
3.6 on January 24, 2012
I really liked Auld Sweet Olive. Dale and David are avid lovers of New Orleans culture, and this is all on display at the inn. It's always so nice to stay at a place that appreciates and shares its local culture with guests. The rooms are quite interesting in terms of decor (in a very good way), and the innkeepers were quite good about explaining the area and answering our questions. My only issue is that the bathroom floor hadn't been thoroughly cleaned before we arrived. I didn't bother mentioning it because I didn't want anyone to feel badly and it was a minor problem that I was able to remedy myself pretty quickly. In conclusion, if you want to have a real NOLA experience away from the ridiculousness that is (west) Bourbon Street, this is the place for you!
4.2 on January 22, 2012
We really appreciated receiving the map and guide of the neighborhood. The hospitality was warm, the food tasty and the atmosphere fun. Thank you for serving king's cake we wanted to try it before we left New Orleans.
4.0 on January 20, 2012
SweetOlive reflects very much the spirit of New Orleans - colourful, artistic and soulful. We're pleased with the fact that the pictures on its website were accurate of the actual place - we've been travelling for 5 weeks prior to that and had stayed at various B&Bs and not everyone of them stood up to expectation. Thankfully SweetOlive did. Dale gave us a brief orientation of the place and neighbourhood when we arrived, which included a map of various places for food, grocery, music and interesting sights. Breakfast was good and we can get beer in the fridge for $1! Wifi connection was good even in the rooms (again not many places can testify to that) We've enjoyed our stay as it gave us the rest needed while exploring New Orleans.
4.0 on January 11, 2012
A beautiful home in the Marigny District close to the Quarter, just far enough away to be very peaceful and quiet. Loved it here -- I will be back!
4.8 on January 09, 2012
This place was a gem in every way. It's location is terrific, within walking distance of the French Quarter and other great neighborhoods that offer music., food and more. The hosts are congenial yet respect your privacy. I have told about a million people about it and I plan to go back soon. Allen Schwartz
4.0 on January 03, 2012
Our family of four has had a very pleasant stay in this B&B. Location is very convenient and accommodation very comfortable and overall the value is really good.
4.0 on December 23, 2011
Great B&B located in the Marigny district, an easy walk to the French Quarter, but don't miss the opportunity to explore the unique neighborhood around the Sweet Olive.
4.2 on December 20, 2011
In an elegant cottage the B& B has all the comforts of home, great value for money, good location, helpful and friendly hosts, and a lovely housekeeper Clara.
5 on December 19, 2011
Very nice! The rooms were huge, beautifully decorated, and clean. Very close to the quarter with a co-op grocery right across the street and multiple coffee shops in the neighborhood. Will like to stay at Sweet Olive's again when I return to NOLA. Love the olive soap in my bath. Dale was very helpful in recommending restaurants and live music. Really enjoyed Feelings restaurant close by and hearing Marsalis play on Friday night. Thank you Dale, Dave, Clara, and Happy!
4.0 on November 29, 2011
We had a lovely long weekend stay at the Auld Sweet Olive. Dale and David were wonderful hosts. We will definitely be returning.
5 on November 23, 2011
Where to begin !? Auld Sweet Olive is a very comfortable, very laid-back yet professional establishment. I was going to take a week long vacation in Houston in July 2011, and due to the sudden death of a close cousin, I needed to change my location and dates to New Orleans (where I am from). I immediately thought about trying a different approach, looking at bed and breakfast style accommodations. In my good luck, I have a friend who knows Dale and David, the Sweet Olive owners. I was thoroughly delighted to see that they have a truly great deal when staying four nights: The 4th night is free! Obviously, this doesn't include major holidays. That is an amazing deal at any establishment, much less one as nice as this! I stayed in the Palmetto Guest Room. Very well-appointed, and with a lot of storage and a truly awesome bathroom with excellent hand made soaps! The staff was courteous, professional, and around just enough to see to any needs. No need for meddling people in your personal business, UNLESS you engage in conversation with them. Clara was amazingly nice. She is a true New Orleanian. I can't even tell you how amazing the incredibly generous spread was for breakfast. Jams, breads, fresh fruit, berries, cream cheese, muffins, bagels, you name it. Extremely generous and ever-evolving. I was very pleased. By the way, parking is extremely easy, as it is located across the street within a stones throw of the front door. Also, it is a secure lot off the street. Seriously, it can't get easier than that! By the way, WiFi is free! The house was very pretty and very well taken care of. I do not see the validity of some of the negative reviews that have been posted. Perhaps they were expecting the W Hotel or Intercontinental? Get real. This place is amazing. I will absolutely stay here whenever I am in town. No doubt about it. M
4.2 on November 18, 2011
We stayed in Auld Sweet Olive last November 2011, 3 days in Plantation Room. The atmosphere is unique, everyday we found excellent homemade muffins for breakfast, the place is very near from French Quarter (10 minutes walk) and is located in a very quiet neighborhood. It was supposed we were in the more noisy room because we were just beside the kitchen, but it wasn't a problem at all (I think we were the first ones getting up everyday) and out time there was really nice. Thank you Dale and Dave. You have really a great place!!!! Next time in New Orleans, for sure we'll try to contact Sweet Olive. Valentina and Jose.
5 on November 17, 2011
This place is magical and feels just like home. When I leave all I can look forward to is going back. I will never stay anywhere else when I visit New Orleans. Hosts and housekeeper are amazing. Everything is perfect.
4.6 on November 09, 2011
The house is terrific! We felt very comfortable, as if we were in our own home. Dale and David were professional and friendly and made us welcome. Location is close enough to walk to Frenchman and the quarter, even for us senior citizens. We had a wonderful stay. This was my sixth trip in five years and was one of the very best places I have stayed.
3.8 on November 07, 2011
This was my first experience with a bed and breakfast, and this place has really set the bar high. The rooms were cozy and looked/felt even better when we lit candles at nighti, the owners (Dave and Dale) were very nice and very knowledgable about the city! It was nice to get away from the regular hustle and bustle u would normally find in hotels. We walked around this place like we were home, and were welcomed as such! I've already recommended!
5 on October 31, 2011
Just back and wow what a great time.Sweet Olive was wondeerful.Great host Dale and Dave.Very informortive.Would defeinetly reccommed to friends. Deb and Linda
4.0 on October 19, 2011
This B&B made our trip magical. The location is great for walking/biking around and exploring a non-touristy part of the city. The Healing Center/Food Co-op across the street is a great nearby resource. We stayed in the Courtyard Suite so there was a lot of space to move around in and feel at home. It was a great value for the price - especially since they were running a "buy 3 get a night free" promo. I spend a lot of time in 4 star hotels so my expectations of service, cleanliness and overall comfort are very high and this place had it all! Plus it felt a whole lot more like a real New Orleans experience staying here instead of a chain hotel property. Also, the murals all over the home are very cool. We would definitely stay there again.
4.4 on October 14, 2011
I have recently returned from a stay at the Sweet Olive in New Orleans. My husband and I booked the entire B&B for the wedding and my guests. Dale and Dave were wonderful. They assisted with arrangements and orders when we needed help. They helped arrange special amenities for my Maid of Honor to surprise the groom and I, and they happily received boxes I mailed ahead of time. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful stay. Clara ensured we were well fed, our coffee addictions met and helped us kept track of wayward items. As a bride, I had no stresses over the venue, everything was handled professionally and with great attitude. Now that everything is done, if I could do it over, I would still choose the Sweet Olive.
4.4 on October 09, 2011
Our recent trip to New Orleans felt like coming home, mostly because of our stay at the Sweet Olive. The minute we stepped through the old iron gate, we knew we had stumbled upon something special. The rooms are beautiful works of art and everywhere we looked there was someting unique to explore. Beside being lovely, the rooms were extremely comfortable and well kept. Also, the owners, Dale and David, were very welcoming and helpful and were quick to give suggestions for restaurants and other venues to visit. They never steered us wrong with any of their recommendations and we found some true gems that will now be added to our permanent list of "musts" when we come back into town. We were so comfortable at the Sweet Olive that we found ourselves leaving the doors open when we went to grab breakfast from the kitchen and padding around in our bare feet to grab a beer from the fridge (the honor system is genius!). We will definitely stay at the Sweet Olive whenever we return to New Orleans and would recommend it to anyone looking for a home away from home in the Big Easy. We can't wait to come back next year!
3.8 on October 04, 2011
This is a wonderful option if you want to stay a little more in 'the real New Orleans' and out of the French Quarter. The house is lovely, the rooms spacious, has great character, the hosts helpful and there when you need them, but not invasive or over-solicitous, which I prefer in a B&B. Breakfast is self-service. About a 15-min lovely, interesting walk to the Quarter, cabs on call and readily available... It's a gentrifying neighborhood for those of you who would like to immerse yourself more in the real character of a place. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to all my friends!
3.4 on October 03, 2011
Nice place to stay. Very friendly hosts. Close to French Quarter. Would stay again.
4.2 on October 02, 2011
The Sweet Lady who takes care of you while your there is AWESOME, While it is a Beautiful Home, She makes you feel at home. Also LOVE The Puppy I think Happy was the name. Very Sweet!!! jackie W. Nashville, TN
3.6 on September 15, 2011
Beautiful place, great value for money, good location for getting to downtown. Will go back.
4.2 on September 15, 2011
this B&B is THE place to stay if you plan to go to New Orlean it's well located, in Faubourg Marigny, close to the French Quarter The first thing I said when I entered this big yellow house was... WOW!!! Even with the pictures on the site, you can't imagine... high ceilings, huge parlor, entry hall, all the decoration... and i fell in love with the kitchen!! even if it's big, it's comfortable and welcoming we booked the Cypress room, it's clean, it's nice, it's just what we needed! the breakfast is made of fresh fruits, coffee, juice, cereals, bagel and pastries; lot of stuff, so you'll find something you like the owners are sympathic, and so is Claire, the housekeeper!!!
3.8 on August 05, 2011
This was a very nice place to stay for our long weekend in NO. The folks were very pleasant and helpful!! This is where we will be staying during our next trip to New Orleans!!!
4.4 on August 04, 2011
our 1st stay in a b&b. very nice and clean. dale, david, and clara were great and very helpful.
4.0 on August 02, 2011
This bed and breakfast was lovely. A nice walk to Frenchmen Street and then just a few more blocks to the French Quarter, it had a great location and lots of local flavour to check out as well. The owners were both very helpful and everyone there was super friendly and fun. I would easily stay there again!
3.8 on July 29, 2011
Dan & Dave are very nice guys, I would always stay here again. Close enough to walk to Bourbon street, but even closer to famous frenchmen street, which is much nicer than the touristy and crowded Bourbon street. We arrived a night earlier than sceduled, but still got a room in the house! Thanks Dan&Dave for a great stay! Max
4.8 on July 28, 2011
Really enjoyed the home,stayed in the garden suite,clean and nicely decorated. Not much on breakfast ,although they had plenty danishes,cereals and yogarts.
4.0 on July 24, 2011
I had a wonderful stay and time at sweet olives! The staff was helpful, attentive and readily available! I would definitely recommend it to others as well as stay there again!
5 on July 18, 2011
This was our first experience at a B&B and it was so positive that will definitely stay again. Normally, we stay at nice hotels but since we were working in the area the lady we were working for found us the Sweet Olive. Pretty apprehensive at first, but were just thrilled with the accommodations.
4.6 on July 12, 2011
I was in New Orleans for only two nights this visit and Auld Sweet Olive was wonderful. Great people, lovely location and near all the places I wanted to be. Only drawback was trolley not running which limited access to the other side of town but that will begin again in August making Auld Sweet Olive my mainstay choice for great value and comfort.
5 on July 11, 2011
The owners took such good care of my college age Norwegian exchange students. After a long safari in Africa, the students landed in New Orleans at Sweet Olive, they dropped in their cozy beds and enjoyed a homestyle breakfast. They thought they were in Heaven! THANKS TO ALL! We'll be back!
5 on July 09, 2011
The Sweet Olive is about perfect. It has a great ambience, wonderful facilities, and an excellent location. It is close enough to Frenchmen Street and downtown for an easy walk. The decor is amazing. Our room could not be better.
4.0 on July 05, 2011
We stayed in the Courtyard Suite for 8 nights on our honeymoon. It was very quiet and private, and so nice to have our own entrance. Both the owners and the housekeeper were very accommodating, and we absolutely loved Happy, their charming geriatric dachshund. We also really enjoyed having our own in-suite kitchen (which, incidentally, was very clean)! This is such a great neighborhood--walking distance to the Quarter and with excellent bus access (important for us since we were traveling without a car). Probably our favorite thing about this location--and one of our favorite things in all of NO--was Mimi's in the Marigny, just a few blocks away. This tapas bar was suggested to us by owner Dave, and his suggestion was spot-on; while the downstairs is a bit rowdy, Mimi's upstairs is eclectic and charming, with an outstanding menu (try the Trust Me) and great, affordable cocktails. We would definitely stay here again!
4.6 on July 04, 2011
Auld's Sweet Olive Bed & Breakfast is THE place to stay when in New Orleans. Situated in The Marigny, just down river of the French Quarter, Sweet Olive's proprietors are friendly and outgoing, and they make sure their guests enjoy their stay. The staff is outstanding, especially the Housekeeper. All of the morning goodies are homemade, and she's a wonderful baker. Don't worry if you lose a few crumbs from that delicious banana bread this morning, because Happy, the Sweet Olive mascot, will be by as fast as his little legs will carry him to snap up the crumbs! I stayed in the Sweet Olive room, and found it spacious and well appointed, with a King Size bed, private bath, and side porch overlooking a small courtyard. Bottom line: If you're going to New Orleans, why spend more on a hotel room when you can get an affordable room with great people at a great place?
4.0 on July 01, 2011
Everything was fine ! A really good place to stay, we can only tell everybody to go there !
5 on June 20, 2011
We got an awesome deal and decided to stay here for four nights this past June, 2011. I was impressed at how clean the rooms were, how personable Dave and Dale were, and how much I felt like a guest in a home, rather than a hotel. Every morning they laid out a hearty breakfast with different options. The coffee is to die for. They always had orange juice. I opted for granola and blueberries. There wasn't much variety, but I didn't mind because what they did have was so good. They laid out a new newspaper every day. I loved the soaps (especially made for sweet olive!) and shampoo/conditioner. The beds were really comfortable and the location was very close to the French Quarter. Just down the road are these great jazz joints, and the best sandwiches in the world are a block away at Gene's (open 24 hours). During the summer, be prepared for really hot weather. Having our own individual air conditioners in the rooms was great. Wish there was a pool, but other than that, no complaints. Thanks Sweet Olive for the wonderful time! I love your great city!
5 on June 14, 2011
We had a most wonderful time staying at Auld Sweet Olive. It was a very quaint and relaxing environment. Dave and Dale were very helpful in recommending restaurants, places to see, and giving directions. We had a great time just relaxing and chatting with Dave, Dale, and the other guests.
3.6 on June 11, 2011
I absolutely loved staying at the Auld Sweet Olive...the entire place has a delightfully artistic feel, Dave and Dale were awesome with suggestions of routes to take to convenient center, a detailed description of their favorite coffe shops in the district (after my own heart! lol), and some fabulous eating suggestions. Throw in a couple of stories and time in the kitchen made a good stay, wonderful. Clara was incredibly helpful. And Happy (the dog) was very friendly. The rooms and kitchen were very clean. Breakfasts were more bountiful than I'd anticipated. All in all, it was a huge part of the very special trip to New Orleans and I hope to see New Orleans and Auld Sweet Olive again very soon...
4.0 on June 11, 2011
The Auld Sweet Olive B&B is a wonderful place to stay while visiting New Orleans. It is within walking distance to the French Quarter yet far enough away for peace and quiet. The hosts David and Dale are both very helpful and make sure you have a pleasant stay.
5 on May 27, 2011
We stayed at Auld Sweet Olive for a week in late April. We rated the five categories above to be 'outstanding'. I hate to do this because, first of all, I strongly discount reviews of anything, meals, hotels, other travel, that suggest perfection. Secondly, nothing is perfect, even our stay at Auld Sweet Olive. I just can't seem to remember anything that wasn't just right. Dave and Dale, who live on the property, seem to have found that happy medium: a BnB that has a friendly, home-like feel but doesn't make you feel like you are intruding in someone's home. Added extras are Claire, the housekeeper. She prepares the morning meal among other things. She is friendly, personable but no-nonsense. We greatly enjoyed talking to her each day. Also, Happy, a 15 year old Daschund, who has the responsibility of keeping the floors clean. The BnB itself is a few blocks away from the Bywater's own French Quarter and about a dozen blocks away from the French Quarter. We are walkers so this was not a great problem but . . . in the afternoon when we wanted to go back to our room and just relax and then return to the Quarter, it was a bit of a walk. We felt safe in the neighborhood although we were warned many times, by David also, to avoid going into certain areas or past certain blocks. We both walked and biked the Bywater neighborhood and greatly enjoyed the experience. The house itself is beautiful. We counted the time spent in our room, the kitchen and living room as part of the experience of visiting New Orleans. The cost of a room in this BnB is a true value. We are going back to New Orleans and we will be staying here if they have space for us.
2.8 on May 27, 2011
Facility (room and common areas) is beautiful and well kept. I would have appreciated a 'tour' of how to manage the air conditioning and bath (I couldn't figure out how to drain the tub or set the shower sprays). While I was told there was a bus to the downtown convention centre, I did not find the bus and the street car was not convenient, so I needed to use the cab more than expected.
5 on May 25, 2011
This past weekend my fiancée and I stay at the Sweet Olive and what can I say, it was an amazing experience. We got there and the innkeeper Dave greeted us and showed us to our room. Everything was exceptionally clean, the breakfast delicious. Dave took his time to show us a map and ways to get around as well as rough cab estimates. The inn had a great ambiance and felt very relaxing overall. The price was just right and I will recommend anyone planning to visit NOLA to stay there. We would definitely return there.
3.8 on May 22, 2011
A quirky, quiet place to escape the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. Wonderful coffee and pastries each morning prepared by Miss Clara. And Happy (the dog) is just that - happy and greatly spoiled. We loved the experience and will go back next time we are in NOLA.
4.0 on May 18, 2011
Everyone was so welcoming and my partner and I had a blast, will be back for sure!!!!!!!
3.4 on May 16, 2011
Had a great stay at the Auld Sweet Olive B&B, room was nicely decorated with Palm trees, which I just love, since in Netherlands we do not have those. Made me feel quite at home. Clara, the housekeeper is a sweetheart and so is Happy the dog. Both B&B keepers helped out to point out restaurants, good ways to walk to the city (which happened to be very close) and just in general be very informative and helpful. When I have asked them about the New Orleans cooking school, information was not at hand. However it was googled just as easy and speedy for me. After my return from the Jazz fest a brochure had been slided under my door. Did actually go there and had a wonderful morning with yummie NO food, and recepices to take home. During my stay the neighbourhood grew on me, and I do miss the admosphere now being at home. The other guests also pointed me in directions on what to do, see and eat. I really had an excellent 1st NO Jazz fest visit and not in the least because I was able to stay at this lovely B&B. For sure I will be back. Many thanks!
4.0 on May 12, 2011
Stayed for a weekend during JazzFest and couldn't have been happier. House is charming, hosts friendly and helpful. Great New Orleans feel. Neighborhood is fun, great bars and restaurants within walking distance. Room was the Palmetto... comfy and clean, with a door out to the back patio area... great place to chill in the morning, with coffee and book. Would definitely come back.
3.8 on April 28, 2011
Auld Sweet Olive is a delightful B&B. The owners and housekeeper were very accommodating and helpful. Clara was a real hoot - we absolutely loved her!
4.2 on April 23, 2011
Great location..walking distance to the French Quarter. Secure parking for our motorcycles. Unique and eclectic house....loved the decor! Nice outdoor patio for evening gatherings. Great value. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to stay in New Orleans. Dale and Dave were wonderful hosts and very knowledgeable about the area. Sande and Rick....Ontario Canada
4.4 on April 20, 2011
The house is absolutely beautiful. It's located in a quiet neighborhood that gave us much needed tranquility after spending the day in the busy French Quarter. It was within walking distance to almost everything we wanted to see and do. They offer a decent variety of breakfast items, coffee and beverages. The hosts were great and very helpful.
3.8 on April 14, 2011
The house was built in the 1840's and has had extensive work. An artist formerly owned it and has created hand painted murals in most all the rooms. Breakfast is upscale continental with a wide variety to choose from. There is an honor bar in the fridge with very reasonable prices - which is very nice amenity. Location is handy to the Quarter and Frenchman Street. It isn't the cleanest B&B I've been in, but it is only little minor things and not enough to be troubling. I really enjoyed our stay and would book here again.
3.8 on April 10, 2011
Love the painted detail in the rooms. Really would have liked to spend more time hanging out at the house and exploring the neighborhood, but it was there for a busy weekend. Will stay here again when I go back.
4.2 on April 10, 2011
Being a B&B owner it was quite a delight to stay with my fanily at the Auld Sweet Olive. The ambiance was charming. It was great to be close to the French Quarter but yet in a neighborhood removed. Great resteraunts and atmoshere. From the delicious pastries to the smell of the homemade soap it was a great experience. The owners, Dale and Dave made time for our business questions and details on the area. I look foward to future stays!
4.0 on April 06, 2011
Great B&B in a unique location. Light breakfast was perfect so we still had room to enjoy the cuisine of New Orleans as we saw all the sites during the day.
4.0 on April 04, 2011
I loved the details of this place. My room had wonderful murals painted all over it, the place was clean, comfortable with wonderful decorating flourishes. The location was perfect for the french quarter visits, but away from the hustle and bustle. The hosts were charming, and breakfast was tasty and healthy. I'd recommend this place if you're visiting New Orleans.
4.2 on March 30, 2011
I spent a lot of time out and about and Sweet Olive was always a tranquil refuge in my five days there. Plenty of places to relax inside and out, a surprisingly spacious feel (I stayed in the Courtyard Suite), and an easygoing charm.
5 on March 23, 2011
The location is ideal--in a quiet, pretty area of Marigny, but only a handful of blocks from Frenchmen Street and the Quarter; Dale, David, and Clara are friendly, accommodating, and efficient; the house is beautiful and wonderfully kept; the continental breakfast every morning offers good coffee, oj, bananas, scones, bagels, muffins, and more; and you can even buy glasses of wine or beer ($1 each) in house, in case you want to just have a quiet drink in the courtyard; the beds are comfortable, and the rooms well appointed--they even have their own Sweet Olive soaps. Highly recommended!
4.8 on March 20, 2011
We stayed in the suite and had a great stay. The breakfast was really nice, lots of options, and you can put $1 in the cookie jar for sodas and beer anytime. We were a little hesitant about the neighborhood at first. Within a couple of blocks, there are some pretty transitional areas, and we were advised not to walk around too much at night. But the upside is, there are some hidden coffee shops, pizza places, record store, etc. if you are willing to explore the neighborhood a bit more (in the daylight). Overall, we thought it was a great bargain.
3.0 on March 07, 2011
Rooms are clean and charming. The b&b is in Marigny, a bohemian neighborhood with interesting jazz bars.
3.2 on February 24, 2011
We rented the entire place for my birthday weekend and Krewe du Vieux party. Dale and Dave were great hosts and the location was perfect for getting around New Orleans. Close enough to walk to the Quarter and far enough to not worry about the amateurs. Great food is all around, including Mimi's, Feelings, Lost Love Lounge, etc. I highly recommend it.
4.0 on February 14, 2011
Recently stayed here for two nights and truly enjoyed the visit. The only thing that was missing was there was no television in the room. The bed was EXTREMELY comfortable which is hard to find in New Oleans unless you're staying in a five star hotel. I have stayed in MANY places/hotels in New Orleans in the quarter and never slept on a bed as comfortable as the one we slept on in this facility. Great place to stay!!!
4.6 on February 08, 2011
it was great. staff was personable and helpful. rooms fairly close to frenchman. felt comfortable walking there late at night. overall a great place to stay. the continental breakfast was kinda disappointing. overall, id stay there again and my wife loved the soap.
3.8 on January 11, 2011
The Sweet Olive was beautiful. Communication with the innkeepers before hand was prompt and helpful. Though we had almost no personal contact with them during our stay. I would have liked to talk with them, and heard them giving new guests more local information than we got. The location was great because we could easily walk to the French Quarter and streetcar stops, but it was a quiet neighborhood.
4.6 on January 10, 2011
I enjoyed my stay very much. The staff was unbelievably easy to get along with and the house was very clean and decorated well. I will certainly be staying here again!
3.6 on January 09, 2011
The house was immaculately clean and full of character and unique New Orleans paraphenalia. Miss Clara was a joy to talk to each morning over coffee and she was also very helpful with questions about the area or the house.
3.2 on January 01, 2011
Great neighborhood to walk around and yet still close to the French Quarter. House and amenities all great but owners quite absent/ one of them seemed inconvenienced by guests. Just felt like had to track them down & ring their cellphones to ask questions whereas i stay in B & B's not just for a place to sleep but to get a locals perspective and knowledge.
4.0 on December 29, 2010
You really cannot beat the value that Sweet Olive offers. We got a private suite with a jacuzzi, a kitchen, and private entrance for less than $100/night. Breakfast pastries and bread were great. Ms. Clara was there to greet us every morning. She even made friends with our 3 year-old. The owners were hospitable and helpful. We had a very pleasant stay. The only negative I can think about (and this is our mistake and not the owners') is that we were a little farther from the French Quarter than we had planned to be. The neighborhood a few blocks down was rather dicey and was not safe to walk around at night. Be prepared to take a cab back t the inn or take your car and park somewhere in the French Quarter if you intend to stay out late. The bright side is that we were far away enough from the noise that going to sleep at night was not a problem. It is also close to neat little places like Schiro's/Julie's Little India Kitchen (great pivots and friendly people), Who Dat Coffee (good coffee without the Starbucks prices) and all the neat little jazz clubs at Frenchmen. Overall, it was a pleasant stay and we enjoyed NOLA a lot.
4.4 on December 06, 2010
I really enjoyed my stay at Auld Sweet Olive. The owners were very nice, gave tons of helpful advice, and were just fun to talk to. The room was large and comfortable. The common rooms were also very nice. The breakfasts were standard fare - bagels, muffins, cake, cereal, instant oatmeal, yogurt. It wasn't something that I was especially interested in waking up for because it wasn't spectacular but it was fine. The coffee was very good. I wish they had organic dairy products. The room was nice and the bathroom was kept pretty clean during my stay. I really liked their soap and wished I could take some home. Their towels were really thick and absorbent - very nice touch. The neighborhood was fantastic. I took the bus one day but i walked all the other days I stayed there. The houses are so interesting to look at and there are lots of coffee shops and bars in the neighborhood as well. I felt perfectly safe and wished I had a bike to ride around the neighborhoods with. Next time I will get one for my visit. Overall I would highly recommend staying here if you are visiting New Orleans!
3.8 on November 29, 2010
After a less pleasant stay in a local hotel, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Auld Sweet Olive. Particularly pleasant, were the hosts and the housekeeper. The B and B was a great place for my son, daughter, husband and I to enjoy Thanksgiving. I especially enjoyed the comforts of the bed and the bath towels! The location is good for walking to the French Quarter and the music along Frenchman's Street. We left feeling we had experienced a slice of New Orleans hospitality at a very affordable price.
4.0 on November 18, 2010
Very quiet and friendly place in an interesting neighborhood, also close to artists' studios and galleries. Walking distance to the French Quarter. The hosts were very helpful and courteous.
3.0 on November 14, 2010
Continental breakfast was ok, however, not as special as both inn info and previous guests suggested. 2nd morning, day old muffins and Sam's club mini scones. The room was great, bed very comfortable, quiet, hosts accommodating, location good. All in all would possibly stay there again.
4.4 on November 07, 2010
We got the room we expected (Magnolia). It was comfortable and bigger than most B & Bs in the city. The bed was very comfortable. The bath was generously sized. The maid service was unobtrusive but thorough. She's like a member of the family there -- friendly. For the price, this is our best stay in the ciity yet. I'm sure we'll stay there again. There was some dust on top of things that are not normally touched by guests but over all, the room was as clean as most moderate price motels. The morning snacks (cake/muffins/fruit bread) and City Roast coffee were great. It's important to realize that the B & Bs in the Quarter and the Marigny do not serve a hot breakfast. The restaurants that specialize in that endeavor would be unhappy w/ the competition. And we would miss out on some wonderful dining experiences if the B & Bs tempted us w/ full breakfasts while in our jammies ; )
4.0 on October 28, 2010
It was a little difficult to locate ( but most of N.O. is. :)..) tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. House was wonderful, The proprieters where awesome, very friendly and very informative. We had the sweet olive room which worked out perfect for us. We had a motorcycle and with the fenced in parking and our room had a door to the outside it was perfect. If anyone wants to stay at a good B&B and ride in on their bikes I definately recommend Auld Sweet Olive!!!
4.0 on October 23, 2010
We stayed in the "honeymoon" suite and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Enjoyed talking to the owners and housekeeper. We really could not have asked for more and most likely will have a return visit.
3.0 on October 21, 2010
Nice and spacious place, close to Frenchmen street which is the most authentic place in NO.
3.8 on October 17, 2010
I was very well received on my 2 nights stay here. Having a tasteful breakfast in the kitchen while having an interesting and friendly chat with the owners was an excellent start of my day. As the B&B is located right in the Marigny quarter, you're truly embraced by its typical New Orleans atmosphere right the moment you step out the door. The owners were most helpful in providing a detailed walking route to the neighboring French quarter. I'll sure stay here again!
4.6 on October 16, 2010
I enjoyed my stay at Sweet Olive's very much. The owners, Dale and David, and their housekeeper, Clara, were very courteous and helpful. It was relaxing to sit in the garden and eat my breakfast or drink numerous cups of coffee and read. It was everything I expected from a good B&B.
5 on October 13, 2010
My boyfriend again enjoyed the ambiance and hospitality at Sweet Olive. Clara again did my laundry - she is wonderful. I'll always keep coming back to Sweet Olive.
4.0 on October 11, 2010
Such a cute place....everyone was so nice and attentive! We will be visiting them again!
5 on August 09, 2010
My most stay at Auld's Sweet Olive bed and Breakfast was the most recent of a long chain of enjoyable stays. I don't think it's possible to say too many good things about the Sweet Olive and ,judging by the comments the other guests have left in the guest book, I am not alone in that opinion. Dale and Dave, the owners, have gone out of their way to make the B&B welcoming and homelike. The rooms are unique in their decor and appointments and attention to small details like hand made soaps in the bathrooms and bottled water on the nightstands let each guest know that she or he is a welcome addition to the Sweet Olive family. Breakfast in the kitchen of the B&B is a part of the cachet of the Sweet Olive. In additon to healthful choices like fresh fruit and yogurt and juice the guests are tempted with home made and locally produced baked goods. This weekend we enjoyed chocolate scones and home baked biscuits. Ms. Clara, the housekeeper, is an institution at the Sweet Olive and guests who stay there enjoy her presence as a part of the New Orleans experience. To anyone who anticipates a future trip to New Orleans i extend this advice: make a stay at the Sweet Olive a part of your trip and you'll not regret it.
5 on July 30, 2010
New Orleans is a joyful place to visit. And the Sweet Olive is a sweet place to spend time. Beautiful house, considerate service, enough privacy.
5 on January 26, 2010
The Sweet Olive continues to be the definitive B&B experience in New Orleans, with its beautiful house, charming staff and incredible breakfast!
4.0 on October 15, 2009
This B&B was very conveniently located for me, being just down the block from a close relative -- but it's also easy to reach the french quarter and close to at least three excellent cafes. The owners were friendly and full of helpful information, and my room was kept in immaculate condition throughout my stay.
5 on May 11, 2009
The Sweet Olive is the perfect spot from which to venture out to explore the exciting city of New Orleans. This B&B is biker-friendly, allowing for off-street, secured parking. It boasts the most gracious hosts (Dale and Dave) who know the ins and outs of their city. They are happy to tell you about its rich history and help you find where to go, if you are not sure. What fun! This B&B is definitely a MUST-STAY on your next trip to New Orleans!!
4.8 on April 22, 2009
Several friends and I rented the whole b&b for a long weekend last fall. We had such a great time we're all still talking about it six months later! Everyone there was very friendly and had excellent recommendations for restaurants and places to go while we were in New Orleans. The location is perfect too-twenty minute walk to the French Quarter but far enough away, in the Faubourg-Marigny, we could enjoy a glimpse of life through the eyes of the locals too. Overall, I would recommend this bed and breakfast to anyone who enjoys genuine hospitality in a low-key environment.