La Dauphine, Residence des Artistes Reviews


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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining3.8

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New Orleans like a local

4.2 on August 20, 2018

If you are looking for a place to feel like a local, and that embodies the spirit of New Orleans La Dauphine. If you want a the typical hotel experience it is not for you. If you want to move in to the Maurigny, and feel like you're part of the community, your on the right track!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much!! Glad you enjoyed your stay. ¿¿ It was a pleasure having you here. ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Thanks for coming! Ray

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)

Excellent accomodations

4.6 on April 09, 2018

My wife and I stayed with Ray and Kim for 4 nights on a quick trip to New Orleans for our Anniversary. Ray's place is an old (1894?) house converted into a B&B and it works. Him and Kim are fun, friendly and accommodating. La Dauphine B&B is 2 blocks away from Frenchman St, and a few more blocks from there and you are in Bourbon St. The neighborhood is safe, and quiet. I'd recommend La Dauphine B&B to couples, business travelers, singles. It does not work for families.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much. It was a real pleasure to meet you two. It’s so nice to host friendly, pleasant, interesting guests. Please come back and see us. So nice to have you here. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper )

Great quirky stay

5 on March 29, 2018

Very charming house an easy walk from the French quarter (and critically, Frenchmen street). The rooms were all decorated with bohemian and beautiful art and photographs and the garden was a perfect place to have our breakfast. Ray was very helpful and pointed us towards lots of great things to do and see. We had a great time staying here and would do so again.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much! It was great having you here. Hope to see you again. :-) Warm hugs from New Orleans, Ray & Kim

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper )

Fantastic stay with delightful hosts

5 on March 27, 2018

My wife and I stayed at La Dauphine for 4 nights at the end of March and loved everything about it. Ray and Kim were wonderful hosts and were helpful in directing us around the city and making recommendations on where to go and how to safely get around. They went above and beyond to make sure that we had no issues with our stay. The room was exactly as described. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay near the French Quarter.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much! It was a pleasure having you all here. Hope you had a good trip back home. It’s such a pleasure to host nice, pleasant people like yourselves. :-) Please come again! Hugs from warm New Orleans, Ray & Kim

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper )

The location was perfect, nice neighborhood, safe to walk at night close to everything but quiete at night. Kind lovely hosts!! Would recommend it¿¿

5 on March 21, 2018

The location was perfect, Nice neighborhood, saf to walk at night, close to Everything . Llovley hosts, all necessities provided.. coffee fruit yogurt and granola every morning! Was good.. the rooms are very easy to hear each other through tho.. over all I really enjoyed it very much!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your great review. So glad you enjoyed yourselves. Yes, the house dates from 1896, and they didn’t sound proof the rooms. It’s not normally a problem unless people talk very loudly, or have a TV blaring. This isn’t a place for boisterous people. We enjoy the quiet of our neighborhood, and calm, pleasant, “chilled-out” guests. :-) Thanks again. Cheers from wintry-warm New Orleans.

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper )

Great place near the French Quarter

4.0 on March 12, 2018

Ray and Kim were great hosts. They are very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The room was clean and the house was comfortable. I would recommend staying here, especially if you want to walk to the French Quarter.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much, and thank you for coming to visit us. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again. :-). Hugs, Ray. & Kim

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)

Awesome stay

4.6 on February 13, 2018

Ray and Kim run an awesome place, very cosy and personal - it was great getting to know them, and staying in their home. Couldn't recommend enough for people who like to learn about and spend a little bit of time with their hosts in a very social athmosphere. Also very knowledgeable about their city, and its charms. They stay in a lovely neighbourhood, close and accessible to all the great action of Frenchmen St and the French Quarter (we walked the whole time). Thanks again for your warm hostpitality! P

Innkeeper Response
Gosh, thanks. It was great to have you here. So glad you enjoyed your stay. We try so hard. It’s nice to hear that guests appreciate our efforts. Hope to see you again. Warm hugs from New Orleans, Ray & Kim

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper )

Great Hosts!

4.6 on January 29, 2018

Ray is very accommodating and can give you the local inside scoop on where to go and what to do! The bed and pillows were very comfortable and the robes he supplies are super amazing! Wear them!! Will definitely return!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you. It was a great pleasure having you here. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)

Wonderful Bed and Breakfast near Frenchman Street

4.6 on January 11, 2018

We were lucky enough to spend three nights at this bed and breakfast. It is within walking distance to Frenchman Street and the French Quarter. The room was comfortable, the breakfast was outstanding and Ray and Kim were great hosts. They went above and beyond to help us get around the city and feel at home.

It made our stay in New Orleans even better

4.4 on January 06, 2018

It is a typical New Orleans house, old, full of charm and bohemian. The guys who run the place are really friendly and will give you advice on places to go. We were really comfortable staying there and it is very close to everything.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much. It was great having you here and hosting you. We hope you’ll come again and stay with us. We love hosting nice people like you. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper )

I won't stay anywhere else

3.6 on December 15, 2017

This is my fourth time staying at La Dauphine Residence des Artistes. The house is full of character and the rooms are charming (each decorated with a specific theme). You are within easy walking distance to the French Quarter. Your hosts Ray and Kim couldn't be more congenial and gracious. In addition they are kind, unpretentious, knowledgeable, warm and welcoming, caring, intelligent and accomplished. One of my favorite parts of the day is having breakfast and exchanging life experiences with Ray. Take advantage of the copious reading material and DVD's that are available. I am interested in "off the beaten path" adventures. There are some right in the neighborhood where you'd be staying. When I read La Dauphine's website, I knew I would be compatible. If you need a pristine environment with daily room service, this is not the place for you.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much!! Please continue to stay with us. It’s a delight to host guests like you. :-) You understand what we’re offering, and you enjoy it. We love ¿¿ it.

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper )

Great value

5 on November 06, 2017

This is a very homey and welcoming bed-and-breakfast. Within perfect walking distance to Frenchmen or the Quarter. My husband and I have very pleasant conversation with Ray and appreciated his hospitality. It is an old house, and the rooms are very close together; so you will you're everything that goes on in your neighbors room :) I would highly recommend staying here !

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much. It was a pleasure meeting you and having you here. Hope to see you again. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)

Perfect NOLA experience

5 on October 12, 2017

Had the perfect time at Kim and ray's!! The apt is so close to the French quarter that you can walk there in a few minutes, breakfast was the best with fresh fruit every morning and Kim and Ray are a joy to have around in the living room!! Would definitely come back and stay with them again!!

Return again and again

4.2 on June 26, 2017

Staying with Ray and Kim is always a wonderful experience. Excellent knowledge of NOLA with good suggestions. Homey and comfortable. If you want 5star go to the Windsor Court, but you won't have as much fun. Great location and easy walk to Frenchman as well as the Quarter. But, parking is very is very east as is getting to a from the other parts of town - or out of town. Neighbors are friendly and a walk in the area usually finds several folks willing to chat and express their appreciation for your being in NOLA.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for coming. It's always a pleasure to serve our guests. :-) Warm hugs from New Orleans.

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)

Great B&B

5 on June 21, 2017

Great place! Very convenient to walk to dine and shop. Ray & Kim are great hosts!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for your great review. It was great having you here :-) Hope to see you again. Ray & Kim

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Delightful, convenient lodging in Marigny, with super-hospitable host

4.4 on June 08, 2017

Excellent value lodging.

Loved our stay at La Dauphine

4.8 on May 26, 2017

We loved our recent stay at La Dauphine. Ray and Kim were incredibly gracious hosts and were around several times when we returned from dinner, always willing to chat. The location of La Dauphine is perfect; in a quiet neighborhood but only a short walk to Frenchmen St. or the French Quarter. The room was very clean with fresh towels and soaps. My wife and I agreed that we would absolutely stay here again when we return to New Orleans. Thank you very much Ray and Kim!!! -Mike and Gab.

Innkeeper Response
Hi Mike and Gabrielle, Thanks for the nice review. It was great meeting you two. We love young people. Thoroughly enjoyed our interesting conversations, and also talking about food. You really plucked out the best that we have here. :-) Hope to see you again. Warm hugs from Ray & Kim- and from New Orleans

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)

came with no car but didn't need one

3.6 on May 07, 2017

Terrific location and wonderful hosts. I walked and rode to everything.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed your stay. It was great having you here. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)

Shabby not chic

1.4 on April 27, 2017

We made reservations for a 4 night stay but checked out the morning after our first night. The photo of the room we had did not match the room. A couch had been added that took up much of the floor space on one side of the bed. The light above the bed had a spider web. The bathroom had a light and fan directly above the shower and had a pull to turn on the light that hung over the shower rod making use of the shower scary. The walls had peeling paint. The reviews of the B and B were shabby chic and reported to be clean but my opinion is the rooms were shabby and had not been kept in good condition. The hosts were very kind and allowed us to arrive late but when leaving did not ask any questions when we said we had to leave , said ok, and did not offer at least a partial refund of the room payment as we were charged for 4 days and stayed only one. Admittedly, we did not ask for the refund but were surprised that there was no conversation other than "ok". I believe the photos were done after an update and this update was done quite a while ago. We were surprised that a 5 star rating had been given. The price for the a night was very reasonable but only if the condition of the room had been as pictured. The location is very nice. The exterior was as expected.

Innkeeper Response
This was just the nicest couple you could meet. We had a nice chat while checking them in. The next morning, first thing, they peeked their heads into the living room. I said good morning to them. They said, "Sorry, this isn't going to work for us." I didn't know what to say. They added, "We've already booked a room somewhere else." I said "OK." It was a very awkward moment. They left. We try to emphasize that our place is not for everyone. We keep saying how old and funky it is. I guess we're lucky this was the first time in 23 years that guests were displeased. That sofa has always been in the room, and the photos were just taken in February, 2017 for our bed and breakfast association. I cleaned the room immediately, and marked it as available on our reservation system, the idea being to refund them if I could re-rent it. But, it stayed empty. I did see a spider string way up high near the light. I got a broom, and whisked it away immediately. So sorry. :-( There is peeling paint in the bathroom. We plan to have it repainted this summer. Re the light and fan above the tub, there's no way for a guest to turn it on the fan, and it's not needed. The pull chain is only to turn on the light. We have added a wooden pull at the end, and attached a linen tassel to it, so there is no metal contact. Thank you for your observations. We will take steps to make sure we correct these things. In the end, however, we will encourage guests to read your review, so they know that our place is not for everyone. And they usually guess that an old house with character will have some flaws and idiosyncrasies, (and yes, warts and scuffs, even) as ours does. We are sorry we didn't get to know you better. We really looked forward to having you here. We enjoy hosting our guests so much. I wish so much that we could have pleased you. Sincerely, Ray & Kim

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)


3.8 on April 18, 2017

There are many B&B's in the Marigny and I've been to many of them. La Dauphine will now be near the top of my list when I return. They are extremely courteous and helpful - or not if you say you don't need it. I enjoyed the room and was pleasantly surprised at the layout (I prefer to avoid human contact and found it rather easy here which is hard to find in most B&B's). There's probably better places for breakfast, but you didn't come to New Orleans for continental fair every morning. The owner is a fascinating guy who has a lot of stories - though, you may find yourself locked in a conversation a little longer than you intended when you sit down with him. Overall, the place is great and I can't wait to come back.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for your kind words, and for taking the time to write. We are glad you had a "perfect" stay at La Dauphine, and look forward to your return. It's our pleasure and a privilege to serve you. :-) Ray & Kim at La Dauphine

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper)

Cozy B&B in Marigny

3.4 on March 28, 2017

Clean, comfortable but somewhat cluttered. I'd go back.

Innkeeper Response
So glad you had a good stay, and would return. We get a lot of repeat guests. We are glad that people like it here. The main reasons we get so many satisfied guests are: 1) Location, location, location, 2) Reasonable rates, and 3) Helpful, engaged, and knowledgeable hosts. We look forward to seeing you again. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Great place in the Crescent City

4.6 on February 19, 2017

We spent three nights at La Dauphine recently and could not have been happier. The hosts, Ray and Kim, were warm, friendly and provided lots of helpful advice. The location was perfect, very close to the French Quarter and other hot spots, but in a residential neighborhood with lots of charm. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much. It was great having you here. Your review captures exactly the reasons that guests stay here with us and have such a good time. :-) Thanks again, Ray and Kim

- Ray Ruiz (Innkeeper )

Great house in a great spot

4.0 on November 16, 2016

Charming little place. Not for you if you need modern or squeaky clean. This is an old house but full of character, and run by a couple of really friendly, accommodating gentlemen. The location is perfect, a few blocks off of Frenchman, with a great cafe right around the corner. Highly recommended for those that know the city well and want to embed themselves fully.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks! Very accurate review. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Great place to stay

5 on November 06, 2016

This charming B&B, located within walking distance of the French Quarter, offered cozy rooms, gracious accommodations, and great rates. Even over Halloween weekend, the neighborhood location of this this B&B remained quiet, though it was just blocks away from the action on Frenchman Street and the French Quarter. This was our third trip to New Orleans, and of the places we have stayed, this has been our favorite. We look forward to coming back and staying here again!

Wonderful place to stay.

3.8 on October 31, 2016

Our hosts Ray and Kim were an unexpected joy during our stay in New Orleans. Ray knows New Orleans very well and offers excellent recommendations. The house is at a very convenient location so you can easily walk to the french quarter yet enjoy staying in a quiet neighborhood. I would definitely stay at La Dauphine again.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed your stay. It was nice having you here. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Great place to stay

5 on October 12, 2016

My husband and I very much enjoyed outer stay at the La Dauphine bed and breakfast. It was the perfect distance to Frenchman Street (the best night life), and also walkable to the French Quarter and Bourbon. We would walk to the Quarter in the morning, walk back to Frenchman at night, and then back to our room after. The room was also very nice and we were even provided a map of the best streets to walk down when we arrived. Highly recommended.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your kind words. You really packed a lot in! Ah, to be young again. :-) It was a pleasure to meet you two. Thanks for your visit. Glad you enjoyed yourselves!

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

A Special Place in New Orleans

3.6 on September 12, 2016

Thanks to Ray & Kim for share their beautiful place with me.

Perfect taste of New Orleans

5 on August 22, 2016

A perfect place to stay, very authentic, and no one is more hospitable! Ray & Kim, thank you for such a wonderful place to stay for my first visit to New Orleans and for making Bruce and i feel so at home! The trip across country was uneventful and good, and i loved that we started it out with the two of you at your special place. This is our second adventure renting from both of you, and i hope not our last. Looking forward to our next visit! Thank you again for our wonderful New Orleans Experience! Chris & Bruce

Innkeeper Response
Chris & Bruce, thanks for such a wonderful review. It was great having you here in New Orleans, and I know you really enjoyed our place in Nice, France as well. We hope you are enjoying reconnecting with your roots in San Francisco. Say hi to everyone in my "second city." I loved the 20+ years I spent out there working for AT&T. Absolutely lovely. :-) Hugs, Ray & Kim

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Lovely B&B

4.6 on July 29, 2016

We had a great stay at this Marigny house just two blocks from Frenchmen street where all the music happens. Nice quiet room with perfect temperature (which means a lot in July). Charming hosts with all the answers you need. We were extremely well cared for and felt like part of the family.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks, it was great to have you here. Nice meeting you.

- Ray (Innkeeper)

Great stay at La Dauphine

4.6 on June 05, 2016

Wonderful stay at La Dauphine - if you want to get a an authentic taste of New Orleans, this is the place to stay. Highly recommended!

Excellent stay

5 on March 21, 2016

We loved our stay! The place has a special character, and our room was the right size and very clean. The owner is a nice, helpful guy who will help you figure out the city. Absolutely no complaints.

Quiet, in a good location.

3.2 on March 10, 2016

A quiet restful stay in the Marigny.

A wonderful place to wander from

4.0 on February 27, 2016

This B&B is located in a fabulous neighborhood. The owners are sweet and accommodating, without being intrusive or rigid. It's a great spot for couples, though you can easily share a bed with a friend, since they're big enough to allow for that. Ray was warm and offered useful tips on how to navigate the area and where to eat. This is the second time that I've stayed there, and I plan to return again. It has been a pleasure both times.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks Anna. It was great seeing you again here. I'm glad you two had a great visit. :-) Hope to see you again. Thanks, Ray

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Great stay!

3.8 on February 16, 2016

Ray & Kim were great hosts. Ray made sure to meet us curb side when our taxi arrived. We were given restaurant and entertainment recommendations. As well, answered any questions about the city that we had. The rooms were clean and we were asked frequently if we were in need of extra items in our room. Overall, great value and would definitely stay there again! Thanks again! Jeff & Colinda

Innkeeper Response
Thanks, Jeff & Colinda. We really enjoyed your 10-day visit. Nice meeting you two, and enjoyed hearing about your lives in Canada-- such great morning conversations over coffee, and discussing all the restaurants you tried out. You really did New Orleans proud-- with such a great Mardi Gras and such nice, sunny, warm weather. I hope Jeff gets to see Deadpool soon-- and hope all the potatoes held up while Jeff was gone. I'll bet the kids really missed you. Hope to see you again. :-) Ray and Kim

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Home away from home in the heart of the Marigny

4.4 on November 25, 2015

Ray and Kim are wonderful, knowledgeable hosts. The location of this B&B could not be more ideal: close to Frenchmen Street and convenient to adjacent neighborhoods, the Bywater and the French Quarter. We parked our car and didn't move it until we left. We had a wonderful stay and definitely will be back!

Innkeeper Response
So glad you enjoyed your stay. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Perfect New Orleans getaway

4.6 on November 05, 2015

Ray and Kim run a beautiful little place in the Marigny. We had an absolutely wonderful time. It was walking distance from so many fantastic places, we didn't even need to rent a car. We enjoyed the French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny all weekend. The bed was huge and very soft, it was wonderful for sleeping and napping. The local laws prevent them from providing anything hot for breakfast, but the continental breakfast was great if we didn't feel like going out anywhere. La Dauphine will be our go-to place for staying in New Orleans from now on.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks. So glad you enjoyed your stay :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

A wonderful stay at La Dauphine

4.6 on June 20, 2015

La Dauphine is our favorite place to stay when we visit New Orleans. Ray and Kim are wonderful hosts, and the house is divine. The neighborhood is full of fabulous restaurants and bars, and all of the music and fun of Frenchman Street is a couple blocks away. It's perfectly situated to enjoy the city away from the crowds but close enough to the quarter to take part in all the revelry. Morning coffee with Ray is the best way to start the day, and he always makes great suggestions for places to eat and visit. We instantly feel relaxed and at home when we walk through the doors of La Dauphine, and would recommend it to anyone who really wants to get to know the city and the warm and friendly people who live there.

Innkeeper Response
What a lovely, warm review. Thank you so much. The feeling is mutual. It's so nice to host people that appreciate what you have to offer. what a lovely, warm review. Thank you so much. The feeling is mutual. It's so nice to host people that appreciate what you have to offer. It's it's a wonderful feeling to watch people enjoy our home, our neighborhood, and our city. Hope to see you again, soon :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

A quit, relaxing haven

4.0 on June 04, 2015

Ray was a warm & welcoming host. Great conversationalist. Took a few days to cross paths with Kim, but he was equally nice. Great location away from Le Vieux Carre, but a close walk to Frenchman Street. Places to eat, bunches of music clubs. Reasonable access to freeways, if you're going east or to the far side of the city. The neighborhood felt safe. Parking could be a challenge, but we found spots on the same block. A great place to stay in New Orleans!

Ray, Kim, it was a pleasure...

4.4 on May 05, 2015

We can't wait to return next year for Mardi Gras. What a beautiful place. You were great hosts and it was so nice to exhange stories with you. Lots of love from Montreal, Terry and Justin.

Second time around

4.4 on March 23, 2015

This was my second stay with Ray. We had a great time and I so love the neighborhood around La Dauphine. Ray was wonderful again I feel like I am staying with an old friend. Thanks again.

Innkeeper Response
Always a pleasure. We just do what we do and hope that others appreciate it. Thanks for visiting!

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Great Time in NOLA Thanks to a Wonderful B&B and its Owners!

4.2 on March 17, 2015

We visited New Orleans for the first time recently, and we are SO glad we chose to stay at La Dauphine. The room was quaint and clean, we were given a small self-serve breakfast every morning, and best of all we had great conversation with owner Ray every morning over breakfast! Our time in New Orleans would not have been as enjoyable if we had stayed elsewhere. Instead of being sucked into tourist traps, we were able to explore and enjoy cafes, restaurants, bars, etc. that are frequented by locals. We spent every evening on Frenchman Street, where we found the best coffee, seafood and music! We will recommend La Dauphine to everyone we know, and if we ever come back to New Orleans, this is where we will stay.

Great time.

3.4 on March 10, 2015

Ray was great. it's a great location to walk into the French quarter

Wonderful Hosts and Great Location

4.4 on March 01, 2015

My husband and I stayed here during Mardi Gras weekend. Our hosts were very friendly, hospitable, and informative on where to go (an not to go). Their home is less than a 5 minute walk to the French Quarter, and easy to access both getting into and out NOLA via the interstates. I highly recommend a stay with them.

Our home away from home in NOLA

4.8 on March 01, 2015

We stay at La Dauphine on all our twice-yearly trips to New Orleans. It's like living in the neighborhood, and we enjoy the warmth of innkeepers Ray and Kim and their two Shiba Inu dogs. Breakfast is not elaborate, but always ready and tailored to our (continental) breakfast habits. Ray's knowledge of local restaurants and venues is encyclopedic, and he keeps his library of local guidebooks up-to-date. The inn is 4 short blocks from the French Quarter, and even closer to music-central Frenchmen Street. It's also close to the burgeoning arts and restaurant scene in the Bywater. Highly recommended.


5 on February 11, 2015

Both Ray and Kim were extremely hospitable. We had a great experience as the location is residential, but close enough to walk to the quarter. There is also a number of restaurants and hoping areas nearby. The room was clean and a great deal! Thank you!

Warmth of New Orleans in one B&B

5 on October 25, 2014

Ray, the host of La Dauphine, made my stay in NOLA incredibly wonderful. He went out of his way to make sure I was comfortable, and was a fountain of interesting information about the city. He was also responsible for a number of little details in the room,as part of the breakfast, and all over the house that made the stay extra special. For instance, the fridge for the guests, the large number of hangers in the wardrobe, the lush bathrobe (I have NEVER had a bathrobe in a B&B before), the lovely soap in the shower. I would love to stay at La Dauphine again and highly recommend it.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks, it was such a pleasure to have you here. New Zealanders are so nice. :-) Glad you enjoyed your stay and the film festival. Hope to see you again.

- Ray (Innkeeper)

The perfect spot

4.6 on October 07, 2014

have been comming here for 15 years and always made to feel right at home by Ray and Kim and the dogs! The location could not be better and the advice and tips from Ray are brilliant. Great discussions on the nature of things! Frenchmans a couple of blocks away and a neat little indy cinema just round the corner. The room I stayed in has the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in and you could hear a pin drop at night. La Dauphine is the perfect hideaway-I come on business and its the perfect antidote to the days technical goings on. I could not recommend La Dauphine highly enough Frank Dublin Ireland

Home away from home

4.2 on April 13, 2014

This was our fourth trip to New Orleans and we've had the privilege of staying at La Dauphine every time. We are always greeted warmly by Ray, Kim, and the dogs. With the addition of so many great new places in the Bywater and the Marigny, we are never at a loss for things to do and places to eat/drink. Ray has excellent suggestions, and we always have great conversation over coffee and light breakfast in the morning. The worst part of visiting La Dauphine is having to leave! We're already looking forward to our next visit.

Perfect location!

4.6 on April 06, 2014

My boyfriend and I recently stayed at La Dauphine for 7 days: we loved it. Very simple but with everything you need. Clean room, with bathroom and shower cabin in the room. In the morning, excellent coffee and simple breakfast items were available: we had our coffee in the little private courtyard. The host gave us instructions about safety, where to walk at night, etc. He told us about good places to go visit. I would recommend this place to all art lovers!

Innkeeper Response
It's just wonderful to host bilingual (French-English) guests. We have so much in common :-). Please come back and see us after you move to Montreal. Hugs, Ray

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

My lovely oasis

4.8 on March 28, 2014

Have just returned from a 10 day stay at La Dauphine and could not have picked a better place. Cute house full of lovely details, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful hosts, spacious room with very comfy bed in a quiet house and area, but really close to where things are happening on Frenchmen Street. It was just the right place for me, and I would love to visit again! See you, guys.

Innkeeper Response
I hope you come back again soon. It's always great to host people from Germany. Brings back memories of living there in Bavaria when I was younger :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Like staying with Uncle Ray

4.2 on March 22, 2014

I chose this hotel for the location and value. I enjoyed being able to walk to Frenchmen street and the French Market. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. It felt like I was staying with family. Ray provided answers to any questions I had and gave me ample space. If you are looking for fancy and expensive this is not the place. The breakfast was simple but got me through until I walked five minutes to one of the many restaurants. I would recommend this location to anyone looking for value and great location!

NOLA trip

5 on March 13, 2014

Had a wonderful time!! Ray is a super host!

Weekend getaway

4.4 on January 29, 2014

Great hosts, great location!

Innkeeper Response
Great!! Glad you enjoyed yourselves :-) Come again.

- Ray (innkeeper)

Wonderful New Orleans Experience

4.2 on January 24, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at a La Dauphine our host Ray went out of his way to make our stay pleasant. The rooms were homey and I felt as if I was staying with a friend. Our hosts gave us valuable information on dining and attractions. He even drove us down to get our car that impounded for a parking violation. I surely would stay at La Dauphine again.

Great Location

4.2 on December 29, 2013

The location of this house to Frenchman Street could not be more perfect. We were able walk to most everything and when we could not walk the streetcars were very accessible. The room was quiet, clean and quite comfortable. We will stay here again on another visit.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the good words. Hope to see you all back here again soon :-)

- Ray (innkeeper)

An authentic New Orleans experience.

3.0 on December 23, 2013

I highly recommend this residence for its ambience, location, and price. The hosts are friendly, charming, and accommodating. I felt as if I had made two new friends and hope to stay there when I visit in the future. Mary Kiley Cedarburg, WI

Innkeeper Response
Great. Hope you enjoyed the book I gave you-- The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France - 1885 to World War I, by Roger Shattuck. I highly recommend the book. Hope to see you again, Mary. Best of luck to you!!

- Ray (innkeeper)


3.4 on November 08, 2013

thank you! it was a great stay in the perfect location!!!

Great place to stay in NOLA

4.4 on October 27, 2013

The bed was very comfortable, the room was huge, and the host, Ray, is a super awesome guy who makes you feel right at home and can give you lots of tips and suggestions on places to go in New Orleans, and is a very interesting guy to chat with about almost anything. The location is on a quiet street in a beautiful neighborhood with lots of pretty houses. The only downside is that you're not allowed to use the stoves for cooking. I've heard this is for insurance or legal issues so it's not Ray's fault. If you're fine with eating out all the time then this won't be an issue. Overall, I highly recommend staying there, and we will definitely consider staying there again when we go back to NOLA.

Innkeeper Response
It was great having such wonderful guests :-) Such great conversations! Just a note for others as well- there are few if any B&Bs in New Orleans (or worldwide), that have kitchen privileges. In fact, you must plan on eating all meals out, and doing your laundry out. To have full use of a kitchen, you usually have to rent an apartment or room with a kitchenette. Guests visiting us should plan on eating all their meals in our fantastic, world-renowned restaurants-- which are in abundance and in nearly every block and on every corner. The food is awesome here in New Orleans-- and not just Creole and Cajun anymore. We have quite a variety. And now we have food trucks and pop up restaurants as well. So, your choices are legion. Bon appetit! :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Great host, cozy home, lovely dogs, picturesque neighbourhood...

3.6 on October 10, 2013

Very glad we chose La Dauphine (5 nights in late Sep 2013), which made for a more personal and more "local" experience than a hotel or a larger b&b. The place is well-lived-in, cluttered, full of books, art and mementos, as you'd expect in someone's home. The Matisse room and continental breakfast were just fine, the residential area quiet and pretty, the location fairly convenient, but the best part was chatting to NOLA native Ray, who was a font of local information (finally, the definitive explanation of Creole and Cajun!) with an interesting family history himself. He was also most helpful, printing out stuff and even doing some laundry for us. Plenty of towels, soap, shampoo, bathrobes, hair-dryer, free wifi, guidebooks provided. Although La Dauphine is just outside the French Quarter and several blocks from Jackson Square, it's a scenic walk with plenty to see (and eat/drink) along the way. The closest 'happening' area is Frenchmen St, about 5 mins away on foot, where you can shop, dine, drink, watch live music. If you're after local colour and easy-going hospitality, La Dauphine's the place to stay.

bon séjour

3.2 on September 24, 2013

Un bon accueil de nos hôtes

Wonderful all around!

5 on June 22, 2013

We had a great stay at La Dauphine. The room was beautiful, Ray and Kim were so welcoming and full of great tips, stories and insights, and the location was perfect. We could walk to so much, but also enjoyed being on a quieter, more residential street. La Dauphine was just what we were looking for--friendly and comfortable in a fantastic neighborhood. There was a huge selection of guidebooks and other material about New Orleans that we took advantage of. Ray also gave us papers and magazines on arrival with comprehensive music and event listings for the week of our stay, and his recommendations for restaurants and festivals were great. Good, fresh light breakfast, comfortable beds, lots of great little touches, and wonderful hosts--what more can you ask for? We had a fantastic stay and hope to return!

Did not want to leave!

5 on June 19, 2013

Owners were like friends. Very helpful directions. Great conversations. Made me a pot of tea every morning.

Got personality!

4.0 on May 02, 2013

Like staying in an artist's flat, complete with great host, and huge selection of books about NOLA.

Back for another wonderful trip!

4.4 on April 13, 2013

We had the pleasure of making our third trip to La Dauphine last week. This time, we brought along my parents, and they had a marvelous time! Ray and Kim continue to be such gracious hosts. Every morning we had fresh coffee and a nice continental breakfast waiting for us. Ray even took note of my mom's sweet tooth and brought her a little pecan pie for breakfast on our last day! The location of La Dauphine is absolutely perfect. We were within 5 minutes of Frenchman Street and its numerous great bars and restaurants, and only about 15 minutes from the French Quarter. There are 2 bus lines about a minute from the house (the 5 and 55) that can take you to Canal Street, where you can catch the St. Charles streetcar. We love La Dauphine, and can't wait to plan our next trip!

Innkeeper Response
It's always such a pleasure to host such wonderful guests. It becomes like greeting old friends again. It helps when our guests fall in love with New Orleans and we just "egg them on" in enjoying all that the city has to offer. They turned the tables on us this time and recommended a restaurant we have been meaning to try for the longest, the Upperline. The food was great, and the owner was so hospitable. When we have such great guests, it reminds us of why we love hosting fun, upbeat people who just love trying new things and enjoying life to the fullest. :-) Hope to see you again soon. Ray and Kim

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

St Patrick's parade

4.2 on March 23, 2013

I stayed here for three nights and found it to be very nice , good service and very helpful, I will stay here again

Hidden Gem

4.0 on March 21, 2013

My husband and I stayed here during the later part of spring break week (St. Patty's day) and were pleasantly surprised. The house is in a wonderful location, just e a quick walk to the French Quarter. Ray is very welcoming, he gave us great recommendations and was very accommodating. He even went out of his way to accommodate a special request about a preferred breakfast item. The room was nothing fancy, but clean and comfortable. During our next visit, we will definitely stay here again.

Lovely stay in New Orleans

4.8 on March 17, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our three nights in New Orleans at La Dauphine. Five minutes from Frenchman Street - the happening area of the city - this lovely hostel exudes charm, from its host, rooms and surroundings: friendly owners with stories to tell, individually decorated rooms with plenty of character, and the overall gorgeousness of New Orleans. Highly recommended.

New Orleans B&B --return to Birthplace

3.8 on December 24, 2012

Hosts very congenial and extremely knowledgeable about Fabourg Marigny , Frenchmen Street and French Quarter. Easy walk from site to French Quarter. Quiet street, very comfortable Four Poster bed. Enjoyed my stay.

Great place far enough away.

4.2 on November 07, 2012

Great spot a few blocks away from the French Quarter. Close enough to be there in minutes but far enough to allowing for some quiet sleeps. Recommended.

Clean, Comfortable, Quiet, Congenial

5 on October 23, 2012

Ray and Kim have nailed the details: the bed linens and towels are nicer than what I have in my own home! The bed in the Matisse room is extraodinarily comfortable...I slept harder than I have in a long time. The neighborhood is quiet and well-lit and we enjoyed walking a few blocks to restaurants and coffee shops. A few more blocks and we'd arrive at the music clubs on Frenchen street. Ray provided us with excellent directions, maps, and recommendations. The Continental breakfast each morning was tasty, healthy and comfortably casual. Ray and Kim are wonderfully gracious hosts and we would return to La Dauphine in a heartbeat!

The perfect New Orleans oasis

5 on October 23, 2012

My stay at La Dauphine,Residence des Artistes was truly memorable-the hosts are charming and informative- the rooms are ecclectic,cozy and impeccably clean(possibly the softest bedsheets ever)-and the location is convenient,safe and peaceful.

Great choice in New Orleans

4.2 on October 22, 2012

Comfortable B and B in great location near French Quarter. Owner very friendly and helpful. Will recommend to others.

Great "secret" B&B in a true to New Orleans style

5 on October 01, 2012

Staying here was an absolute pleasure. The owners Ray and Kim are very friendly folks. Ray's family is from New Orleans and he knows just about everything about his hometown. If you're looking for a real New Orleans experience (not a fancy hotel) and to live like a New Orleanian this is the place to stay. Ray has coffee and a light breakfast available in the mornings to get your day started off right leaving you room for those heavy meals in the city during your stay. Ray and Kim have two dogs and they are the most well-behaved sweeties in the world. They don't bark or jump or bother you unnecessarily aside from a longing look at you while your eating ready to lick your bowl if you let them. Ray will help you out as much as you need or let you alone if you prefer. The house is just a short walk from Frenchmen Street, a wonderful start to your New Orleans adventure. They are also a short walk from the Riverfront streetcar station which will take you over to Canal in a scenic moment. The French quarter is only a few more blocks over from Frenchmen street and all the pleasure you desire (shopping, eating, drinking). Well worth the stay. Ray and Kim both have a love for this city and their genuine enthusiasm for you to get out and explore (and time for a nap in between adventures). I highly recommend them. Thanks for a wonderful first time visit to New Orleans, I'll certainly be back!

Perfectly situated to discover New Orleans

3.2 on August 03, 2012

We stayed here 3 nights. Neighbourhood residential and extremely quiet. Within very short walking distance to where the action is in Bourbon street etc. Very helpful and service minded hosts. You get a list with things to know and suggestions of what to do and visit. Ray helped us out with calls and good advice, even reserved a cab for us. Rooms are spacey and very well-equiped with plenty of towels and products. All facilities you need are present also wifi everywhere. Breakfast was a bit basic but the relaxed and welcome athmosphere of this place made up for it.

Innkeeper Response
What a nice review. Thanks!! We provide so much extra service to guests-- like changing their dates due to missed flights, and juggling things around just to accommodate their wishes. We bend over backwards to help our guests. It's wonderful when they appreciate our efforts :-) FYI-- it is ILLEGAL for B&Bs in New Orleans to serve a hot breakfast. There is an ordinance against it. Therefore, we don't cook eggs and bacon, pancakes, etc. for our guests. Instead, we have granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, breads, bagels, English muffins, coffee, orange juice-- and even sometimes-- cheeses-- if we know the guests like that. That seems to work well anyway, as New Orleans is a dining destination and guests don't want to fill up on eggs and bacon, when they could have lunch at Galatoire's or Mr. B's Bistro, or Mandina's. :-) But, most of all we pride ourselves on service to our guests-- we usually get 4 or 5 stars in this category. (You have no idea how many hours we spend accommodating our guests' changing needs and requests for information! Seriously!! And we enjoy every minute of it!! :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Memorial Day weekend.

4.6 on June 03, 2012

We had wonderful room with a very comfy bed and our own bathroom/shower. Ray and Kim have covered all the details that make their B&B special: lots of art on the walls, WiFi, great collections of books and videos, beautiful garden/patio in back, continental breakfast, among other things. Ray is a great resource for anything about New Orleans and was very attentive to our needs. We also enjoyed the many coffee shops and restaurants in the neighborhood. It is all very laid back and down to earth, which is what we like. We wouldn't go any place else for lodging. It's great.

The perfect place in New Orleans

5 on May 28, 2012

I can't say enough good things about La Dauphine. Excellent, helpful hosts, gorgeous, charming home, absolutely beautiful garden, and an incredible location. We didn't want to leave, and we look forward to staying here again, and bringing friends and family with us.

Beautiful Home, Wonderful Hosts

5 on May 26, 2012

We truly enjoyed our week spent at La Dauphine. Our hosts Ray and Kim were very welcoming, generous and extremely knowledgeable about local must-sees. We were sometimes overwhelmed by all there was to choose from (particularly food-wise!) and Ray was always more than happy to give us the inside scoop and point us in the right direction. The location is just about perfect--it's walking distance to the French Quarter and Bywater areas, and very close to cross-town trollies. We hope to return again soon!

La Dauphine

4.0 on May 04, 2012

The proprieters were very warm and invited me to go to see the petit gras. It was a lot of fun and they were very charming and relaxed.

Frenchmen Margny area during French QyarterFestival

3.6 on April 23, 2012

Always wanted to stay in a New Orleans residence and we found this one quite authentic and homelike. The neighborhood was great and though not centrally located walking did not present a problem. Ray was always around to help out in many ways, from directions, suggested eateries to a great cup of coffee anytime! The dogs were an added pleasure to dog lovers like us. Do plan to return and take in more New Orleans hospitality!!!!

Innkeeper Response
So glad these guests enjoyed their stay. Our two best features are our location and our rates. A comparable room smack in the middle of the French Quarter at French Quarter runs $250-350 a night. There, you are 5-10 minute walk to Festival activities. By contrast, we are an 18 minute walk to Jackson Square, and just 7 minute walk to the Mint stage at French Quarter Festival. Our neighborhood, the Marigny, is a destination in itself. You can't find a better location in New Orleans than our place-- unless you thrive on the noise and chaos of Bourbon Street and tons of people on the streets of the French Quarter. Most of our guests pick us for our great location, where you can walk to everything-- and where you can actually sleep at night :-) (Note to guests who have trouble walking-- in this case, you may want to pay the extra money to stay 2-3 minutes from Jackson Square-- but, you'll still be walking for your whole visit-- because that's what you do here-- that's what it's all about! LOL)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Wonderful stay

4.4 on April 15, 2012

Lovely home in a great location, just off of Frenchmen Street and easy walking distance to the French Quarter. Convenient to a great bus line as well. Ray could not be a more charming and inviting host--he always makes sure you are comfortable. He even loaned a pair of dress slacks to our friend who had inadvertently forgotten to pack his! We will be back to New Orleans as often as possible and will always stay at La Dauphine.

I am hooked!

5 on April 12, 2012

I have been coming down to the city for years and this has added such charm to the experience. If you want to experience life outside the French Quarter, but close enough to all the city has to offer in the Quarter, I highly suggest La Dauphine. Ray is more than accommodating and makes you feel right at home. He knows all the hidden treasures the city has and shares his knowledge with such contagious enthusiasm. I have no complaints at all. In fact, I just got back from a second stay with them and already booked my third!

A wonderful place for couples just blocks away from Frenchmen St.

3.8 on April 11, 2012

This place was a great find. We stayed at the La Dauphine Residence des Artistes for the first week of April and really enjoyed our stay. The value for the location can't be beat. Our host was very welcoming and left us alone unless we chose to engage him or ask for suggestions on where to go in NOLA. We would definitely stay here when we return to NOLA for future visits. The only considerations I must note are that the breakfast is light, so if you want a fuller breakfast you will need to go out, but they mention that on their website and there are numerous options nearby. Also, you must be very comfortable without any walls around the toilet or the shower if you are with someone else in the Gothic room. There is a privacy screen available in the room, but I cannot imagine sharing this unconventional bathroom setup with someone I don't know extremely well. That said, we had a wonderful time and we're telling everyone what a great stay we had.

Innkeeper Response
Very nice review :-) We appreciate the kind words and love to hear that guests enjoyed their stay with us. We should note for future guests that this room, the Gothic, has an assigned extra toilet and shower down the hall. And it's only for this room. So, you have the option of using the extra toilet outside the room too. Many guests do this. Also, it's illegal for B&Bs to serve hot breakfasts in New Orleans. There is an ordinance against it. Having said that, our European guests don't think our breakfast is light at all!! LOL If you want eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles, and biscuits and gravy, then you have to go to a restaurant. But, many guests have a hearty breakfast of fresh strawberries and blueberries, Greek yogurt, coffee and orange juice. Then, they have toasted bagels, English muffins, or Italian bread. They follow this with granola and milk, or choose from other cereals like Honey Oats, Special K, etc. Thusly, they have had a 3-course breakfast. This is healthy food and quite wholesome. And it can be very filling too :-) It just depends on your preferences.

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Super days in NOLA

4.6 on March 29, 2012

A truly great B&B, very charming and interesting people,.......... Everything was fantastic! Julie

Hidden gem

4.6 on March 27, 2012

Love this place and Ray...he is wonderful and so welcoming. We felt like we were at home and didn't want to leave! We're looking forward to staying here on our next trip and would recommend La Dauphine to anyone looking for a true New Orleans experience.

High Value for Money!

4.4 on March 27, 2012

We had a great time in LaDauphine. The location is very convenient and the hosts are very friendly and helpful. I think we will return!

A wonderful Weekend with friends.

4.4 on March 21, 2012

We had such a wonderful stay! Ray and Kim are generous and warm hosts. We can't wait to go back. The house was lovely, the location was perfect, and Ray gave expert advice on where to go in the city.

Great spot

4.6 on March 19, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay. Great hosts. Very knowledgable and willing to give you all the information needed to for a great stay, whether finding a restaurant or taking a day trip outside the city. Great location. Short walk to the quarter and to Frenchman St. Cool old house close to the sites, but on a quiet street. I can't imagine this not being our first choice when we come to NOLA again.

Charming visit at La Dauphine

4.2 on March 14, 2012

We stayed at La Dauphine with another couple and we were thrilled when we arrived. The home is a lovely and has a great front porch and a small but very charming back yard garden. Ray really goes out of his way to make sure you get the most out of your visit. We will definetly be repeat customers and plan to recommend this B&B to friends and family. I put that dining was outstanding because I was in New Orleans and dined very well; not at the B&B but there was not an option for not applicable : )

La dauphine a great bargain

3.8 on February 10, 2012

We found La Dauphine to be exactly as advertised. The rooms were comfortable and well-decorated (although the drapes could stand a run through the wash). The price was unbeatable, and the host was very friendly and helpful. His suggestions for local dining were excellent. The location in Marigny was an easy walk to the French Quarter, and felt safe (if you are used to a big city atmosphere). We will stay there again.

Innkeeper Response
Wonderful!! Thanks for the great review. The curtains in this room have been replaced. The former ones were gray color lace, which made guests think they were dingy and dirty. The new drapes are a lovely cream color :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Highly recommended and close to food and music

4.6 on January 13, 2012

We stayed 5 nights. The room was perfectly clean and had what we needed. The best part is the location, in a nice neighborhood, we walked everywhere, a mile or so from Fr Quarter and about .5 mile to Frenchman St which is great. The hosts could not have been more helpful, restaurants, music, history, fun, always pleasant and available. We will definitely stay there again. It's an older house, lots of personality, but lacking if you need closet space (we don't); fancy bathrooms (tub/shower but perfectly adequate and clean, lots of hot water). We didn't hear the other guests because it's a solid old home and only has a few rooms so there aren't doors banging and people rushing around. It was calm and quiet. Also, the back patio was sweet, in the sun which was nice because we stayed in January, but it's probably shaded during the heat of other seasons. Also a front porch which I liked just sitting to see the neighborhood street scene; people easily greeted us. There are also a couple of coffee shops nearby, but the host's coffee was exceptionally good. We will go back to this home, very enjoyable.

Innkeeper Response
What a wonderful review. Perfectly describes our place and the vibe here :-) Lovely. Just to clarify, we are two (2) blocks from Frenchmen Street (just far enough so you can sleep at night :-), and it's a 6 minute walk to the edge of the French Quarter, and an 18 minute walk to Jackson Square, which is in the center of the French Quarter. The Marigny/Bywater is now a destination in itself. Frenchmen Street is like a Bourbon Street for locals-- a better, "cooler" version. Lots of young folks.

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

5 nights at La Dauphine - Fantastic.

5 on December 26, 2011

My partner and I were initially only going to stay with Ray and Kim for 3 nights, but we loved our room and the atmosphere so much that we decided to stay for all 5 nights of our time in NOLA. We stayed in the Gothic room, and loved it. It is a very intimate room, with the AWESOME shower in one corner and the toilet in the other (you can pull a folding screen around the toilet area for some visual privacy, though there is no sound barrier). If you're the kind of couple who feels strange using the bathroom in front of each other, there is another bathroom down the hall that you can use. The room is lovely - full of beautiful antique wooden furniture and very with a cozy, bohemian feel to it. The four-poster bed was very comfortable. Ray was extremely helpful in giving us lots of tips of where to go, what to see, places to eat. We enjoyed lively conversations with him by the fireplace in the cozy living room over breakfast, and we were especially appreciative of the healthy and plentiful breakfast options (fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, english muffins, cereal, granola, every kind of milk - soy, almond, cow). A great way to start the day before heading into NOLA and stuffing ourselves full of delicious rich food and fried everything. The location and rates at La Dauphine are also hard to beat - just a few blocks from the French Quarter and Frenchmen street, in the delightful Marigny neighborhood which boasts its own artistic, bohemian charm, and at $85 a night, we only had cause to celebrate this gem. Thanks Ray and Kim! We hope to see you again soon!

Innkeeper Response
Just a note to future visitors to La Dauphine. This review perfectly captures the vibe of our place and what it's like to stay with us. This is exactly the kind of experience we hope all our guests have here. They really "get" La Dauphine, our neighborhood, and New Orleans!!

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

La Dauphine

4.4 on December 21, 2011

My husband & I had a wonderful stay at La Dauphine! Ray and Kim are both so nice and their dogs are sweet. The house is fab-u-lous! We'll be staying there again. You can't beat the location, walking distance to everything and we never felt unsafe, even at night.

Great Bargain & Wonderful Hosts

4.2 on December 10, 2011

Ray is a wonderful host and makes you feel right at home. He loves New Orleans and has great travel tips and suggestions regarding first time and return travel. I highly recommend a local restaurant/eatery "Satsuma." You will be coming back. Thank you Ray for a wonderful stay at La Dauphine. The room rates cannot be compared to others and are a great bargain for a city that has extremely excessive room and B&B rates.

Wonderful stay!

3.8 on December 08, 2011

I spent three lovely nights at La Dauphine in November this year. Ray and Kim were very accommodating, letting me know about local events and restaurants that really enhanced my visit. The room wasn't particularly fancy, but it was adorable, thoughtfully decorated with local flavor - perfect for me! It's in a great location, to boot! I was close enough to walk or ride my rental bike to pretty much anywhere I wanted, as well as sit on the front porch and strum my guitar for a spell -- I was so happy to be on a quiet neighborhood street with so much character. I've told everyone about this charming place, I would absolutely stay there again!

Would love to reschedule

5 on November 20, 2011

We actually ended up having to cancel our reservations :( But La Dauphine was very understanding and helpful. We can't wait to reschedule our stay.

Close to everything!

4.4 on November 06, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Dauphine. We had the most comfortable bed ever! We did not rent a car while we were in New Orleans but we were able to walk where ever we wanted to or get to a streetcar station easily. If you do as we did bring your walking shoes and be sure and go to the restaurants that Ray recommends, they may not look like much but the food is to die for!! We felt very comfortable and safe here but it is not "the Ritz" but is very much a representative of "the big easy".

a good stay thanks

4.2 on October 06, 2011

Had a great time. Comfy bedroom. Good area very close to Frenchman street, and walkable to Bourbon Street too. Continental breakfast good. Would have preferred a shower rather than standing in freestanding bath with shower. Hosts very amenable - think of it as sharing their house rather than a hotel.Thanks very much :)


5 on June 27, 2011

Came for ALA conference and wanted a budget conscious, more homey place to stay and found Ray and Kim's place to be just perfect. the Gothic room is quiet, with a great shower, plenty of space and a comfortable bed. I could be social or private if I wanted to with the other guests. Ray was terrific in his advice about the area on all things from transportation to entertainment. The location is just out of the madness of the French Quarter but completely accessible to it. I'll be coming back again next time I'm in NEW Orleans. Thank you Ray and Kim!

Highly recommend, very friendly, hospitable and quaint

4.6 on May 25, 2011

Loved the La Dauphine. Ray and Kim were wonderful hosts, very informative, with great recommendations. Location is perfect, within walking distance of many places, and located in a quiet neighborhood. Felt like I was at home. Would definitely stay there again!

wonderful place

4.6 on May 12, 2011

For the second year we stayed four nights at the beautiful and charming La Dauphine. Ray and Kim are gracious hosts that make you feel right at home and their love of New Orleans and knowledge of the city enhance your stay.

Highly Recommended

3.6 on May 01, 2011

Perfect location. Tastefully decorated. Very relaxed and informal. Abundance of books, dvd's and magazines to refer to. Helpful hosts.

What a lovely stay!

4.4 on April 25, 2011

We had the most wonderful stay at La Dauphine. We enjoyed our trip to New Orleans more than we could've imagined, and staying at La Dauphine was a true highlight. The friendly conversation, great recommendations, and beautiful setting--- what more could we ask for? And what a perfect location for all of our excursions. We could easily walk to the French Quarter, and there are 2 excellent bus lines only 2 blocks away. We can say with all sincerity that you'll see us again (and hopefully, we'll bring friends too!) Thanks again to Ray and Kim, and La Dauphine!!

Would stay again. No question.

4.6 on April 15, 2011

I spent a delightful 5 nights at La Dauphine while attending a professional conference. The location was great, the rooms clean and the innkeeper an absolute delight. By the end of the trip, I felt like I was staying at a friend's house. I felt safe in the neighborhood even as a single woman traveling alone. You won't be disappointed with this choice.

Excellent location, lovely hosts

3.8 on April 10, 2011

Staying at La Dauphine is like staying at a friend's house - in a good way! Ray and Kim are gracious, relaxed hosts and the rooms feel genuinely home-y and comfortable. The location couldn't be beat - on a quiet block in the Marigny neighborhood, it's a quick walk to the French Quarter, but far enough away from the center of things that you feel like you're in a real neighborhood. This is not a B&B for people who are looking for rainfall showers and fresh croissants every morning, but it's the perfect B&B for down to earth folks who want to experience NOLA like a local.

Good Value, Great Location

3.2 on April 07, 2011

Cozy rooms, nice outdoor patio area, great neighborhood, friendly host, easy walk to French Quarter & Frenchman St. No real breakfast (like other bed and breakfasts), but coffee and cold items (cereal/yogurt/breads) available. We enjoyed our stay.

Innkeeper Response
We love getting nice feedback like this. Wonderful, and we are happy the guests had a nice stay :-) It's written on the back door of every room that it's illegal for us to serve a hot breakfast. There's a city ordinance against it (the restaurant lobby here is that strong). Those places that serve a hot breakfast here in New Orleans are breaking the law. However, so many guests have told us they love the yogurt, fresh fruit, and breads that we serve with coffee and orange juice. And most of them have said they come to eat here at our restaurants and don't want to fill up on staples they can get all the time at home. :-)

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

LaDauphine mid March 2011 four-night stay

3.4 on April 01, 2011

Host was friendly and hospitable. Made us feel welcome and provided helpful maps and tips for good restaurants. Neighborhood extremely quiet and peaceful--yet an easy walk to good restaurants and music spots that are off the tourist's path.

Innkeeper Response
We are so happy this guest had a nice stay with us :-) My, my. We've had such interesting guests of late. Could have been the guests who turned our place into a veritable Kinko's for 4 days-- one at each end of the house and on our Mac desk top printing out handouts for their conference presentations, making tea, and spending 14 hours a day working feverishly in intense preparation. When they left, they gave us a special thank you, and said our hosting really added to their trip here and made all the difference in the world. Another guest had a conference where he was looking for another job, so he spent long hours networking at his conference of teachers. Still, he managed to invite an old friend to our place to have a several day rendez-vous with and catch up on old times. And a Swedish guest, reminding us of Ingrid Bergman, who practically "painted the town red" with her Australian colleagues after her ESOL conference. She loved her breakfasts in our garden. Upon her return home to Sweden, she wrote to us: "I really had a good time staying at your B&B. You’re an excellent host!!" We enjoy hosting all sorts of people :-) It's our pleasure.

- Ray Ruiz (innkeeper)

Location Location Location

3.6 on February 13, 2011

Recently enjoyed the opportunity to visit Ray and Kim owners of B&B La Dauphine, just outside and walking distance within 10 minutes to the world famous French Quarter. The B&B isn't your usual super 8 type place, these two are friendly and very hands on with guests. We experienced an all access type atmosphere at the B&B including DVD movies, hundreds of current interesting books and, not to forget the world wide web at your fingertips on a Mac too!!. Ray and Kim are very happy to talk about your days events even offer up ideas for an interesting foodie experience as they are hard core diners with the contacts under their belts. Ray even accommodated us with his wheels and took us shopping...BONUS! The residence, well its quite unique and relaxing, a traditional shot gun type building that leads to a small sun filled yard with colourful plants and flowers, just don't let the dogs out as they like to chase local wild life...LOL!. So enjoy yourself when its time to relax be it the yard or your interesting space. We were happy not to stay in the FQ due to the extreme celebrations (247 in NOLA), also inflated rates. The B&B was great and offered us a chance to see ares just outside the FQ that were architecturally fascinating within very safe locations. We give this place two thumbs up! Ray and Kim our thanks for being exceptional hosts, we have friends on Rue Dauphine. K and D

Lovely place

4.2 on January 17, 2011

I had a very pleasant several days at La Dauphine. The bed was comfortable, the breakfast was nice (self-service, with fresh berries, assorted breads, cereals, milk, orange juice, and coffee). It must be very nice to sit outside in the little garden, but it was too cold during my january visit. The innkeepers were helpful and friendly, and the dogs were well-behaved.

Perfect introduction to New Orleans

4.6 on December 25, 2010

My fiance and I recently stayed at La Dauphine for three nights. La Dauphine was the perfect place for us to get a very good sense of the real, non-touristy New Orleans. The neighborhood location was great- within walking distance of some of the best food and hangout spots in the city (Frenchmen St, Bywater, other Marigny food spots, French Quarter). Ray was the perfect host- one of those people who seems to have been born with an innate ability to put people at ease, and be perfectly helpful and approachable but never too hands-on. He has a great passion for his city and all it has to offer (as evidenced by his exceptional food recommendations and tons of stories about NOLA then and now). The room (Alec Baldwin) was clean and very spacious. Our bath was just down the hall, which I did not find inconvenient in the least. The walls are a little thin, which is fine for a romantic holiday (as long as you don't mind sharing with the other guests). The courtyard was gorgeous (roses even in the dead of winter!), and the perfect place to take morning yogurt and toast. I will most certainly recommend this very local, laid back, unpretentious, and truly New Orleans bed and breakfast to those who like to travel and get a true sense of a place.

Great historic and cozy a hip district!

4.0 on December 15, 2010

I really cozy and welcoming Inn. Ray and Kim were wonderful hosts and made us feel like family. A very relaxed atmosphere, self serve breakfast and very comfortable rooms. It was really great to stay in a historic home as La Dauphine was built in 1896. Very close to the awesome local scene on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny which has some excellent jazz clubs, restaurants and a coffee shop. Definately would stay again. Thanks Ray & Kim!

Our stay at La Dauphine

4.8 on November 25, 2010

We recently stayed with Ray & Kim at La Dauphine in New Orleans. We had a wonderful time and our hosts couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. The rooms were unique, the location quaint and we felt like we were staying with old friends. We enjoyed the company of other guests at breakfast, but had our privacy when we wanted. I had been a little concerned with the location, but it was a short walk from Frenchmen Street and then on to the French Quarter. Breakfast was "make your own" but it was sufficient. I would definitely stay there again.

Great B&B!!

4.6 on November 16, 2010

My gf and I stayed here for 3 nights and we loved the place. It was a very clean, cozy, and comfortable B&B. We liked the location which is in a quiet neighborhood, 10-15 min walk from the busy french quarter. It's also very close to Frenchmen st. which has the best jazz club, snug harbor, in NO. Ray's hospitality was incredible and very helpful in giving us tips for our trip in the city. My gf is usually a very picky person and even she was very happy about our choice! I would highly recommend this place.

Character, comfort and convenience in the right location.

4.2 on November 13, 2010

Ever woken in your identikit hotel room trying to remember what city and country you are in? In la Dauphine you experience New Orleans the moment you wake up (vital when you fly from Australia to get there!). We have stayed at La Dauphine many times and it is a real home, giving one the welcome impression of being a resident of the wonderful city, rather than an outsider. The rooms have a charming, rustic character, with real paintings, antiques, four poster beds, one even with a claw footed bath. However, all the conveniences are there: climate control, internet access etc. Ray and Kim are marvelous hosts; friendly, knowledgeable and informative, deftly always around when needed but never intrusive.

the friendly new orleans

4.8 on October 27, 2010

if you're the kind of person who likes a standard hotel room, breakfast buffet bla bla bla etc... you can stop reading now. if you want to discover the true soul of a city, there is no better place than this. the vibe and friendlyness of la dauphine is beyond explanation. situated just a stone's throw away from the french quarter in an area with nice bars, the best cafés, beautiful streets and houses... it just can't get better than this.

Our second home in New Orleans

4.6 on April 02, 2009

We stay at La Dauphine every time we go to New Orleans, (once or twice a year whether we need to or not). Staying here is relaxed and friendly, without fuss, like living in one of the city's oldest, most authentic neighborhoods. It's just a few blocks from the Quarter,the music venues of Frenchmen St., and many great restaurants. Ray and Kim, the innkeepers, are happy to provide you the latest updates on local restaurants and attractions, as well as the recent foibles of Louisiana life. We especially like sitting in the courtyard garden with a glass of wine in the afternoon. New Orleans ambience with modern conveniences, including free wi-fi.

Comfortable, convenient & quiet

4.2 on June 01, 2008

Our hosts Ray and Kim were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The house and our quarters were clean and comfortable but also provided a classic New Orleans ambience. Short walk to Fauberg Marigny and French Quarter hotspots.

La Dauphine, Residence des Artistes


  • Nightly Rate $109 - $150
  • Reviews (116) 4.3
  • Rooms 3

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  • Phone 1-5049482217
  • Fax 1-5049483420
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