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. We're 30 yds. to French Quarter and only a 3 min. walk to BOURBON St. COURTYARD, hammock, porch swing, 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 accross 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: Our rate is ALL INCLUSIVE (some hotels don't tell you about charges for local 'phone calls, energy surcharge, WIFI, fax). That's all included in our rate, + Continental breakfast served in dining room. FREE (Lagniappe): soft drinks, bottled water, If we're not waiting for other guests, we'll to walk y'all down to Bourbon St. to acquaint you with French Quarter -Don't just visit New Orleans, live it like a local! web site: BANANACOURTYARD 504-947-4475. Toll free USA +most of Canada: 800-842-4748




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

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

My first Bed and Breakfast

3.8 on January 20, 2017

Not having any other experience to compare this with I can do nothing but give this place two thumbs up. Mrs Mary and Mr Hugh were outstanding hosts and the staff Mandy and Paula were always there to take care of your every need. A former brothel, it is filled with memorabilia and bits of history. We stayed in the Cannonball room at the front of the house and other than a little noise from the street and the occasional guest the noises was minimal. Breakfast was in the dinning room where you were able to meet the other guests...that was a really good bonus for me. We will go and stay there again. Thank you Mrs Mary!!

Banana Courtyard

4.6 on January 08, 2017

We had a wonderful stay in the pirate's attic. The home has a wonderful, eclectic feel with a great location. Short walks to the French quarter and Frenchman Street. The staff was absolutely amazing. So warm and accommodating, we plan on staying here again on our next trip to New Orleans.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you SO MUCH for the very nice review. We are so glad you enjoyed staying with us. So many guests love that room. Glad y'all had a good time on Frenchman St. We will share your comments with staff. You made OUR day and are sure it will make THEIR day tomorrow. Nighty night from the banana lady

Thanksgiving Getaway

4.0 on December 12, 2016

Very close to Bourbon Street! The B&B was a great value, though it is very much more like being in a home then a hotel. Will visit again.

Innkeeper Response
How nice of you to review us. We appreciate it very much and look forward to hosting you again. Thanks for comments on location. Helps other guests KNOW how convenient we are to walk to all attractions in the French Quarter PLUS with streetcar out front, to go to other historic districts. See that you gave us moderate score on breakfast. Taking into consideration that B&B who were licensed after 1980 are not allowed to cook, please call and let us know your thoughts on improving the breakfast experience. In adition to a savory and sweet pastry, coffee, juice, hot water for tea, did you know that if you ask, we can also serve grits, cereal, yogurt and oatmeal. If you have special dietary needs, we can try to accommodate almost anything but Vegan (gluten free, lactose intolerant, Celiac disease, nut allergies, etc.) For those from out of the country, we try also to provide stuff like cheese, olives and tomatoes with Basil, if in season. If diabetic we are allowed to boil eggs. Head is exploding with things we can do. We'll chat about your suggestions, which we encourage. Bye for now

Fun place for New Orleans experience

3.2 on November 24, 2016

Banana Courtyard is full of character and in a great location, minutes walk from the French Quarter and Frenchman Street. Staff are friendly and helpful. The downside was the bed and bedding - both old and uncomfortable, leaving us with sore necks because of sagging mattresses and thin pillows. If you're someone who gets a good night's sleep no matter what though, this would be the perfect spot.

Anniversary stay

5 on November 09, 2016

The place was amazing in its appearance. The owners were very friendly and talkative. Definitely better than a hotel. Will definitely be staying again in the future.

Innkeeper Response
Tha ks so much for your stupendous review. it is greatly appreciated. Every time we think we have responded to everyone, it seems I have failed. Too little time since our focus is on our guests while they are HERE. Little has changed in 23 years, It's always the same. We are so sorry we can't seem to reply timely, but your review means a lot to us all..

Banana Courtyard

4.6 on October 31, 2016

Appreciated the quiet atmosphere. Very convenient to the street car and walking distance to the French Mkt. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for taking the time to go online and post your review. We enjoyed having you here, and especially appreciate your kind comments. Will share with Mady and Larry who work hard to please our guests and keep this old house clean and inviting. If you ever have the opportunity to also go to TripAdvisor to post, that's where many folks go. That's the most important page that our return guests use. If you don't have time, don't worry What you've done here, we're grateful for. Bye from the banana lady

Quirky and amazing place

3.0 on October 24, 2016

Breakfast was a bit limited (continental) but the satsumas from their tree were delicious.

Innkeeper Response
It's so nice that you took the time to review us. Thanks so much. Feedback like yours is important to us. Thrilled that yo enjoyed our yummy Satsumas from our tree. I am sorry that you were disappointed with the breakfast. Were there 2 different pasties and toast, along with juice, coffee and hot water for tea, and other fruit on the table? Did you realize that we also have grits, oatmeal, hot cocoa, and by request, yoghert ? There is so much stuff to cover when we check guests in, that maybe you missed that in the info we hand out? If you didn't realize about the other options, please suggest how we can best communicate that. I think it's on the registration for and map attachment, but there is so much stuff it can be overwhelming. What else could we have done to improve your experience? Anyway, thanks again for your comments and we hope to have you stay with us again.

Good place !!

3.2 on October 01, 2016

I would go back , very nice owners , close walk to FQ Off street parking ! On checkout day left car there all day , no extra charge

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate your taking the time to review us online. Means a lot to us. We look forward to having you back again. Golly. Did you know that the streetcar just opened in front of our house? NOW guests can MORE easily get to the Morial Convention Center, the Superdome and other historic parts of the city. Hope you can help us understand the 3 stars on some stuff, since other ratings and your comments indicated you enjoyed being here. We always strive to improve. If there is anything we can change, or encourage cleaning staff to check more carefully, we need to know so we can take action. Our guests are our 'eyes,' so we are anxious for your suggestions. Please call us if you have the opportunity. P.S. If you ever have the opportunity to review on TripAdvisor, we would greatly appreciate your posting there too. Remember to mention all the "Mom and Pop' places you enjoyed going to, as we all appreciate comments.

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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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C bkfst w/B&B room

  • 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 $99 (32% Savings:)

Yesiree, GREAT LOCATION: Walk 3 minutes to BOURBON St. and streetcar out front. 1 available front wing, 1 room on balcony wing that overlooks tropical courtyard (outside entrance from courtyard), The CAJUN QUARTERS. Available Feb. 1 and 2 only. Ensuite bathroom. Guests most frequent comment is, Quirky, Home away from home, like going's to a friend's house - with their help, I got to live N'Awlins like a local. COMPARE: Our tax is only 5%, 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, coffee makers, iron and boards, hair dryers, individually controlled heat and air, secure PARKING($30 per day) 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. Please contact the inn directly at 1 5049474475 to redeem this deal.

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