1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter

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


NAUGHTY HISTORY: Yep, our house used to be a high class house of prostitution (bordello sounds so much nicer, don't you think?) Location is everything. Corner of the French Quarter and only a 3 min. walk to BOURBON St. COURTYARD, hammock, BALCONY rooms with a view, antiques, ROMANTIC. WALK to French Quarter attractions. No car needed to convention center, French Market, Jackson Square, Aquarium, historic cemeteries, Riverboats, casino, bars, dance &music clubs, restaurants, but STREETCAR across the street if you venture out of the French Quarter. At Banana Courtyard in N’Awlins, “Hospitality is not just a promise -- it is a TRADITION". Interesting history (1800s a Voodoo practitioners home), + guests say it's like walking into a museum with 'eye candy' stuff everywhere + antiques, vintage furniture. 23 years in business, 50% of our guests RETURN and/or recommend friends, family & colleagues stay with us. COMPARE TAX: Because we are small, our tax is ONLY 5%. Compare that to larger B&Bs and HOTEL tax, which is 17.5% AND>>>>> LAGNIAPPE: With accommodations @ the B&B, you get FREE • local 'phone calls, • Complimentary soft drinks & bottled water, • generous Continental breakfast served in the dining room, glass of wine or beer @checkin • use of our computer business center to check emails, print discount coupons and print boarding passes.




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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining3.8

A must place to say it n NO

4.8 on August 06, 2017

Great place to stay run by the lovely Mary. The whole place is over the top,hall way,dining room,bedrooms. Secure parking on site. Location is 5 min walk to Bourbon st. On our arrival Mary explained what was happening in NO and then walked us to the beginning of Bourbon st. Breakfasts is pastries,toast,orange juice,coffee.

Innkeeper Response
We so appreciate your kind words! You clearly listed some of the advantages staying with us, like our secure parking and great location. But we think the thing that really makes us special are our personal touches for our guests--like individually giving each guest a brief walking tour, while pointing out great restaurants and historical sites at our end of the Quarter. We're so glad you stayed with us--come again soon!

- Guest Relations Manager (innkeeper)

Excellent choice in New Orleans

4.4 on June 21, 2017

While the Banana Courtyard is a bit eclectic, the location is excellent, and the room we had was well kept, comfortable and clean. We didn't have breakfast while we were there mostly because of the hours we kept. What made this an excellent choice was the welcoming feeling we had from the minute we walked in, and the care the staff had for our comfort and enjoyment. Miss Mady and Miss Paula took a personal interest in our stay, and any question or request was immediately taken care of. We bought the flowers, champagne and strawberries package and they were delivered as requested and they do the strawberries themselves - and yummy! I would definitely go back on another visit!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We have such a great team here, that I no longer worry if we need to take a few days off, because I know our guests are in great hands. I will share your comments with the ladies. They are so proud of what they do, that an occassional 'pat on the back' from someone other than us, means a lot to them. Sorry we missed y'all for breakfast, but because N'Awlins has so many temptations that keep guests burning the candle at both ends, guests skipping breakfast is common. Just means leftovers for staff to nibble on. Hope to see y'all again, soon. Tell your friends that we have slashed rates for much of the Summer, so it's time to get a great bargain, such as as our most expensive 2 rooms slashed from $195 to $115/night.

- We'll let staff know about your very kind praise (innkeeper)

Best B&B

5 on June 02, 2017

We stayed in this B&B and from the outside it doesn't look like much but when you go inside it's walls are filled with so much history. The owners and the workers are both very friendly. The house keeper always went above and beyond and constantly asked us if we needed anything before we left for the day. She provided ponchos for us and gave us great advice on where to go to eat and where to hang out. It is small but it's well worth it

Highly Recommend

4.6 on April 07, 2017

Stayed for 3 nights with my girlfriend , absolutely awesome. We both loved it. Great décor & location and staff was amazing. Plan on staying there again and near future.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for your great review. Glad you enjoyed our place and mention the great location. It for didn't have time to explore this trip, maybe the next one you can go out of the French Quarter to St. Roch market, where there are so many food choices, it can easily take 30 minutes to figure out which food booth to order from. Bye from the banana lady

- we have amazing guests (innkeeper)

A Great Place

4.6 on April 05, 2017

The Banana Courtyard is well located to the French Quarter, great music on Frenchmen Street, and the streetcar line. The staff is extremely helpful, very knowledgeable about the city and its attractions, and quite friendly.

Our New Orleans Weekend

4.8 on March 19, 2017

Our recent stay at the 1870 Banana Courtyard was amazing. The Balcony Room was very quaint and comfortable. The staff were helpful and always accommodating. We were within minutes of the French Quarter and loved our short weekend! We are hoping tor return next year for St. Patrick's Day!!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for taking the time to go online to review us and for giving us such a high rating. Being at the corner of the French Quarter means our guests get to enjoy both worlds: the touris's French Quarter AND where we locals hang out. We'll pass your comments on to staff. We do try hard to make each guests feel special and help them enjoy N'Awlins to the max. St. Pat's weekend usually starts filling up with our repeat guests around October and November, then by New Years, everyone is in a panic about not having "their" room. See you next year! Nighty night from the banana lady

- Balcony Room (innkeeper)

1870 Banana Courtyard

4.2 on February 21, 2017

This B&B gave us a genuine New Orleans experience. Mary and her staff are absolutely personable and go out of their way to help you get around New Orleans as the locals do. It's also great to sit for breakfast and get to meet people from all over the world!

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate you telling others about your experience here. That's one of the reasons we fill up so much earlier than other places. Loyal repeat guests and splendid reviews like yours. Our guests seem to especially have fun around the breakfast table, on the balcony or in the courtyard sharing information about THEIR town or country. We marvel at how those of all ages have so much in common. If you didn't this tip, hope you have time to visit some of the off beaten path Indie clubs nearby, or the new arts and theater district. Thanks from the banana lady and Hugh

- an international crowd (innkeeper)

Welcoming home

5 on February 20, 2017

A quiet safe place. Easy to get to anywhere. Atmospheric hotel. Very hospitable hosts. Loved it.

I love this place!

4.4 on February 04, 2017

Convenient to the quarter. Friendly and incredibly helpful hosts. New Orleans charm. This is my second time, and now the only place I will stay when coming to visit my boys. This is an amazing value.

Not impressed

2.0 on January 30, 2017

Small rooms. Must call 30 mins prior to eating. Cluttered main dinning room

Innkeeper Response
We are sorry to hear that you thought our rooms were small. We have very large, medium, and small rooms, priced to fit every budget. We are sorry that you did not select one of the larger rooms. We pride ourselves on serving our breakfast to order, not buffet style, so everything will be hot and crisp not soggy. We'll be happy to suggest hotels nearby that serve buffet breakfast. There is nothing we can do about all our "stuff." After 23 years in business, the majority of our guests say, "Like walking in a museum, there is to much to see". We can certainly understand if you don't like lots of interesting stuff collected from all over the world, that our place would not appeal to you, which is why we try to be fully describe what we have to offer on our web site, and with photos.

- Mary (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Hexagon Room Jr. suite

STUNNING (guests say like a movie set), spacious 6-sided room, Gone With the Wind bathroom (wardrobe trunk from filming movie), old fashioned pedestal tub w/shower. NAUGHTY, naughty. In 1800s when house was bordello serving elite, this room was 1 of double parlours, where ladies of the evening reclined. Antiques, chaise lounge, seating area, high ceilings, marble fireplace w/gas logs, ornate hand painted ceiling medallion, armoire, satellite TV, phone, fridge, microwave, coffee maker. See photos rm. description BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $119 - $169

Cannonball Room

STUNNING romantic ROOM. Sleep in Antebellum, hand-hewn bed given as wedding present to family in 1830. Over marble fireplace hangs huge, unusual Indian painting. Yep. Back in the high class bordello days in 1800s, room was 1 of the double parlours where ladies of the evening reclined. Seating area, high ceilings, hardwood floors, ornate hand painted ceiling medallion, cable TV, phone, dressing table, private ensuite bathroom. In hall, microw., fridge, coffee maker.Full description, photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800 842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $109 - $145

Madames Steamboat Room

Romantic room with antique wicker sofa, elaborately carved antique Queen size bed, decorative fireplace, seating area. High ceilings, ceiling fans, cable TV, phone, fridge, dressing table. Antique chamber pot (Nope. Not to use, just an accent piece). Submerge in clawfoot tub w/shower (private ensuite).(Yesiree. There were a lots of bordellos in our city, in the late 1800s, when prostitution was legal. This room was the Madame's bedroom during that period. Full description, photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $139

Carriage/Quilt Room

Antique carved full/dble. bed twin, dressing table, marble top chest, antique wedding-ring quilt more displayed on wall. Return guests say, Like being in Grandma's house. Cable TV, phone, ceiling fan. Private ensuite bathroom. In hall, microwave, fridge, coffee maker.(Yesiree. There were a lots of bordellos in our city, in 1800s, when prostitution was legal. Then, this was the Madame's boudoir. Petite room (that's one of those fancy words for, It ain't very big). Full description, photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $89 - $135

Mardi Gras Room Jr. suite

Room with a view. Outside entrance via wrought iron stairs from courtyard. Theme on this was easy, since everyone thinks of Mardi Gras when you say New Orleans or French Quarter. Table +chairs outside your French doors on entrance BALCONY overlooking courtyard. Cathedral ceilings, Queen size bed, seating area, sofabed for extra guests. Priv. ensuite bathrm. NEW FANGLED STUFF(modern gadgets: ind. control heat+A/C, phone, ceiling fan, WiFi, cable TV, fridge, coffee maker, microwave. Full description +photos on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $109 - $159

Pirate's Attic

While you relax, this accommodation's decor helps you imagine the pirate, Jean Lafitte, his exploits on MS River. Lots of interesting things in nooks crannies, beamed ceiling (Yesiree, original beams from 1870s exposed brick chimney). Full size twin bed. Cable TV, ceiling fan, WiFi, phone. Petite room ('petite' is fancy word for small, but that's why rate is so low). Private ensuite bathroom, tub w/shower. In hall, microw., coffee m., fridge.&Full description photos on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 800-842-4748. 504-947-4475

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $89 - $119

Balcony Room deluxe suite

Outside entry. GREAT location, easy walk to all French Quarter attractions. Room with 2 VIEWS: private BALCONETTE overlooks French Quarter rooftops. table +chairs outside your French Doors on entrance balcony overlook courtyard. Great choice for HONEYMOON. STUNNING, SPACIOUS, romantic. King size bed, seating area, cathedral ceiling, sofabed for extra guests. 'New fangled' stuff like electric FIREPLACE, mini kitchenette, ensuite private bathroom, whirlpool tub w/shower, cable TV, WiFi. Full description +photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $129 - $179

Cajun Quarters

Outside entrance from courtyard by wrought iron stairs to cozy room with a view, decorated w/Cajun theme. Table chairs outside your door on entrance BALCONY overlooking COURTYARD. Easy walk to New Orleans French Quarter attractions. LAGNIAPPE (free extras): Continental breakfast, concierge service (That's a fancy phrase some folks use to mean, We're here to help you, free.) Private ensuite bathrm. 'New fangled stuff' like microwave, Cable TV, 'phone, fridge, WiFi. Full description, photo's on web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $89 - $139

3 bedroom balcony wing

PRIVATE ENTRANCE by wrought iron staircase to balcony. YEP, if your group is lucky, rent ALL 3 rooms on that wing: Balcony, Mardi Gras, Cajun Quarters, so you have balcony all to yourselves. Outside ea. bedroom door, tables +chairs overlook tropical courtyard. 1 of the rooms has a balconette (standing balcony) overlooking rooftops of French Quarter, a mini kitchenette w/ wet bar, whirlpool tub w/shower. Each room with a view, mini fridge, coffee pot, microwave, ensuite seating area + private bathrooms. Rate depends on # guests. See rooms +photos BANANACOURTYARD

  • Maximum Capacity: 11
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Queen , 2 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $327 - $477

Garden cottage petsOK

'vant to be alone', need quiet, writing book, or get away from madding crowd? Stunning, romantic open floor plan cottage furnished eclectic mix of antiques Contemporary stuff, chocked full of delightful surprises. Private entrance, seating area with Q. sofabed for extra guests, cozy antique breakfast table, ensuite bathroom. 'New fangled stuff' like microwave, coffee maker, 'fridge, wIfI. LOCATION Uptown off St. Charles Streetcar line, near Audubon Park. Pet friendly. See photos BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475 800-842-4748

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $150

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Location Type

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


New Orleans, LA (MSY) 16 miles

Directions to property:

Drive directions, short You can't see house from street, because of lush, tall bamboo trees. FRONT = 2 Banana murals on wrought iron/stucco fence, green lanterns. Gated parking lot has tropical mural w/banana tree & parrot on back wall. If you reach Kerlerec St., you’ve gone ½ block too far. FROM I-10 from West (airport/Texas): Exit 236A Esplanade Ave., turn right @ traffic light - Esplanade Ave. Drive 5 blocks to N. Rampart St., turn left. Put on brakes. We're only 30 yards from corner, on right. FROM I-10 East (Mississippi/Slidell). Exit 236C St. Bernard Ave. @ traffic light, turn left. Go through next traffic light then in 5 blocks @another traffic light, turn right on N. Rampart St. In 2 blocks @ Esplanade Ave., make U-turn. We're only 30 yards from corner, on right.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, bars, dance halls, music clubs, WWII Museum, French Market, flea market, art market, arts &crafts, Mardi Gras World, masks, souvineers, Jackson Square, Voodoo Temple, St. Louis Cathedral, above-ground cemetery, St Charles Streetcar, Audubon Zoo &park, parks, jogging, bicycling, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Sports venue, Tours, University, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn, Homestay

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Kitchenette, Library, Movie library, Parking, Videos, Walk to mass transit , orientation to French Quarter, if we're around, name your poison: beer, wine, tropical COURTYARD, concierge service, free WiFi +computer center, free soft drinks +bottle water, HAMMOCK &porch swing

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, porch swing, courtyard, balcony, gas grill & double hammock

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only smoking OK on porch, veranda, courtyard , garden
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited may consider if well behaved.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: usually 2 days, some special events more
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: minimum 50%: see Policies (bah, humbug) section our web site.
  • Cancellations: See Policies section on our web site (We call it the 'Bah, Humbug" Section)
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Mary Ramsey (aka the banana lady)

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Mary Ramsey (+Hugh (known as our resident raconteur). While our children were young, we lived in Atlanta, GA, hosted exchange students from many countries: Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Columbia, Brazil, France, +Afghanistan. Were Ambassadors on the inaugural trip of former President Jimmy Carter's Friendship Force, when we traveled to Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Also members of Servas, another cultural exchange program. NOW, we get paid for what we love doing!! Can't ask for more

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Trifle served mainly on Winter Sundays, ONLY by request: Fruit, berries, anglefood cake, liqueur, boiled custard, whipped cream presented in a crystal bowl. Yum, yum. Never any leftovers. Otherwise, we serve a generous Continental breakfast in dining room (Nope. Unlike many places, WE DON'T use paper plates, plastic forks, etc.) We set a lovely table for guests to kick back and chat with others.


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Hot Deal

$ awesome discounts

Regular Rate: $145 now $79 (46% Savings:)

Yessiree, GREAT LOCATION: Walk 3 minutes to BOURBON St. Streetcar out front. Corner of French Quarter, so easy walk to all French Quarter attractions. Available front wing plus balcony wing that overlooks tropical courtyard (outside entrance from courtyard). ALL Ensuite bathrooms. Guests most frequent comment is Quirky, Home away from home, like going to a friend's house. With their help, I got to live N'Awlins like a local. COMPARE: Our tax is only 5%, many larger B&Bs & HOTEL tax is 17.5% Concierge service, extraordinaire (that's a fancy way of saying, we're here to help you have fun). If you want off beaten path stuff to do, OR prefer what every tourist should experience, we can guide you to either! Yep. Our rates INCLUDE: FREE local 'phone call charges, FREE use of business center (NO MORE WiFi cafes). Rate also includes soft drinks and bottled water, plus Continental breakfast SERVED in dining room. We've got all that 'new fangled stuff' like microwaves, minifridges, electric coffee pots & tea kettles, iron and boards, hair dryers, individually controlled heat and air, secure off street PARKING. 1800s houses have no driveways, so tourists vie with locals for parking. Direct entrance from OUR lot to our courtyard - no walking blocks for car or tip valet, limited space available. Go online BananaCourtyard or CALL to snap this up (504)947-4475. Limited availability. Not valid most holidays/special events & weekends can be more Please contact the inn directly at 1 5049474475 to redeem this deal.

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