Lanaux Mansion

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

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


This 1879 Victorian Mansion, located in the New Orleans French Quarter area, was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of “the country’s best B&Bs.” Enjoy the mansion's unique historic charm as you experience undisturbed privacy in the old world atmosphere of your room or suite, or relax in the peaceful, colorful Victorian Garden. The Lanaux Mansion has been featured on film & TV and in magazines; it was the setting for Brad Pitt in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Across the street is the French Quarter, with endless entertainment including art galleries on Royal Street and more. Around the corner, big name musicians perform nightly at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. World-class cuisine and several dining choices are a stroll away.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining3.7

Lanaux mansion 2017

4.4 on December 10, 2017

Excellent service, loved our room, the Enchanted Cottage. Ruth and her staff went above and beyond to ensure we had the best stay possible. Highly recommend!

Lovely B&B!

4.6 on November 26, 2017

Loved everything about this B&B! The location was great, 6 blocks from Jackson Square and the best coffee shop, Envie, only two blocks away. Stayed in the Johnson Suite, thought we could have moved in! The internet is a bit weak, though if you can hotspot nothing to worry about. Would love to stay there again!

Great location

2.8 on October 16, 2017

Lanaux is located on the edge of the French quarter and very close to Frenchmen street where you can find many night clubs within walking distance.Ruth was welcoming and helpful and the cottage was simply nice, well decorated and clean with lots of charm.

Relaxing in New Orleans

4.0 on July 26, 2017

from The moment we arrived, we felt welcome and at home. Our room was clean and relaxing. The garden was perfect for having a cup of coffee in the morning or a drink in the evening. The mansion was in the perfect place to stay in New Orleans. We loved being within walking distance of everything we wanted to see.

Pure New Orleans

4.6 on June 09, 2017

New Orleans is one of a kind, and the Lanaux Mansion provides a sense of old New Orleans that no traditional hotel ever could. Literally on the edge of the French Quarter, it is walking distance from everything that makes New Orleans, New Orleans. I'll absolutely be staying there again.

Quirky B&B

3.0 on May 10, 2017

Enjoyed staying at Lanaux mansion. Great location near Frenchman & river street car. Well taken care of by Karin and Iris. Only disappointment was intermittent wifi in Weiland Room and the room had no natural light. But courtyard outside lovely quiet place to relax. One comment though, communication before stay was poor. CB&PB, London, UK

Burns NOLA holiday

3.0 on April 29, 2017

Second time in NOLA in 3 years and had another great holiday. The Lanaux Mansion is conveniently located for the River street car if you don't feel like walking. Room cleaned by Iris every day and breakfast replenished in fridge also daily. Karin and Iris made us feel welcome and looked after us well and gave good tips on getting around, helped with restaurants and cabs. Only slight disappointment was intermittent WiFi in Weiland Room but could just about live without during our stay

Wonderful Historical Place

5 on April 12, 2017

The place is charming, well kept and the staff couldn't be more accommodating. Please note there are several wonderful restaurant near.

Hard to believe possible

4.6 on April 07, 2017

Hard to believe possible to be sandwiched between the crazy colorful world of the French Quarters and Frenchmen street and yet have the luxury of your own heavenly respite in private garden walkways ( filled with antique curiosities) back patio ( with goldfish no less) Everytime we blinked we found splendor. We have stayed in many spectaculour condos and B&Bs in New Orleans and other travels but the Lanaux Mansion sits on top of our list to return. The quarters we stayed in was extraordinarily private, the refrigerator stocked with juice, milk, muffins, and yogurt.. The bed was just right comfortable, the kitchen area ample for just hanging around mornings, bathroom well stocked with anything you might need, .. but oh that back patio ( we stayed in the enchanted cottage) ! A quiet place to pull your thought together, write, listen to the birds, and sweet notes of maybe a Sousa player playing in his backyard. Highly recommended .. 5 plus stars !!

Great location; but don't expect to sleep much

2.4 on March 28, 2017

Close to French Quarter. Our room was very dark, and being on street level, we heard music and drunk people on the street all night long. Despite stating that there is wifi, we had no internet access the four days there. Room was clean, but very dark. Would not stay there again.

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Rooms & Rates

Enchanted Cottage

This private cottage sits at the edge of the property and has direct access to the Victorian Garden. The cottage opens up to a private patio where you can sit and enjoy breakfast or afternoon refreshments–or just relax and take in the garden’s peaceful fountain and beautiful southern flora. Inside the cottage you’ll find a desk, a large kitchenette and two sitting areas: one near the kitchenette and one near the window, for a garden view.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $299

Johnson Suite

Enjoy your stay in comfort, elegance and style in the Johnson Suite. Originally the mansion’s servants’ quarters, this 2nd floor suite features several separate rooms including a large sitting area with a writing desk. A small library on shelves house an extensive collection of literature. A shared balcony overlooks the colorful Victorian Garden. The bedroom features an antique four-piece Mallard rosewood bedroom suite. There’s an extra-large kitchenette with a full size sink plus eating area with table and chairs.*

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $299

Weiland Room

The Weiland Room opens to the Victorian Garden and was originally the mansion’s kitchen. The room’s decorative fireplace was once a cooking stove for the entire house. The stove’s original tole hood and cement flooring are still in place. 14-foot ceilings, wood floors and a loveseat in the sitting area facing the fireplace add to the unique atmosphere. Classical and New Orleans music CDs enhance your stay. Just outside in the garden, sit and relax at the large table and chairs, shaded by an umbrella.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $275

Lanaux Suite

This large, beautiful suite is the only room available in the main house and was originally the mansion’s library. The suite has 14-foot ceilings and a shared upper balcony overlooking the property’s peaceful, colorful Victorian Garden. Relax in the grand sitting area while you enjoy the heirlooms and antique pieces adorning the room. The original, decorative, fireplace is still in place. A gorgeous writing desk, sleigh daybed and vanity are just a few of the special touches you’ll enjoy during your stay.

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

Nightly Rate: $259 - $395

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Location Type

French Quarter Area, Faubourg Marigny Area, Frenchman Street


New Orleans, LA (MSY) 16 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Night life, Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, D-Day Museum, Frenchmen Street, French Quarter, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Steamboat Natchez, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, Telephone , Queen Size Beds, Hardwood Floors, Antique Settings, All rooms have private bathroom, Courtyard

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: for special events
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: a deposit of the reservations first not stay is due upon confirmation and a 50% deposit for a special event reservation is due upon confirmation
  • Cancellations: There is a 14 day cancellation policy for standard reservations and a 30 day cancellations policy during special events. Please call for more information.
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Ruth Bodenheimer

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Resident Pets

coy fish in fountain

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

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