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 room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining3.8

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.

Classic old house close to the action!

4.6 on March 07, 2017

My friend and I stayed at Lanaux Mansion for a girls weekend in February, and it will be our go to place to stay from now on when we are in New Orleans! We stayed in the Weiland Room, which was the old kitchen when it was a residence. The ceilings were high, the room was spacious, and decorated with appropriate furnishings. We really enjoyed the CD player with the local NOLA music to keep us entertained. We had an outside door, which opened to an enclosed garden, where we could sit outside and enjoy the morning sun. We never had to enter the house, which was nice, as we accessed the property through the locked garden gate on Charters. The location of the house was amazing! Just two blocks away from Frenchman Street, it was close to everywhere we wanted to be. The only drawback was parking, but we found a lot just three blocks away, paid $20 a day, and the car was safe. The onsite dining was was what I expected. The food was more of a continental breakfast in our room, with cereals and breads, and a coffee/tea maker. We mainly chose to go out for breakfast and a bloody mary at the Ruby Slipper, a short distance away. This is a great place to stay, and we were both very impressed with Lanaux Mansion. We will definitely stay here again!

Location Location Location

3.2 on January 13, 2017

Best position to explore NOLA by foot. Quiet, private and accommodating.

Everything was great

5 on October 23, 2016

I can not speak highly enough about my stay. The location is excellent! Ruth was a doll. We had our own private entrance and exit to our room. It was in the middle of everything. Cozy room with everything we needed. I will never stay at a traditional hotel in New Orleans again.

Location, phenominal accomidations and great hostess

4.8 on October 12, 2016

3rd stay at Lanaux Mansion. Frenchman St and the French Market 2 blocks away in either direction. The room was so well appointed that I took photos. Ruth was such a kind and caring hostess. Highly recommended!

French Quarter Comfort

4.2 on September 21, 2016

We loved staying at Lanaux Mansion because it was in the French Quarter, yet worlds away. Peaceful, luxurious and convenient!

Mexicans in New Orleans

5 on September 15, 2016

Outstanding place!!!

Great place

4.6 on September 14, 2016

Ruth the owner is on site and is fabulous, I booked tours through them and we're great, the cleanliness of the apt even made my wife surprised . It was perfect

The Most Beautiful Room

5 on June 27, 2016

This was our second stay at the Lanaux Mansion and we have already booked our third visit. Ruth is a perfect hostess. The room we stayed in was the most beautiful room I've ever stayed in. The location is perfect! The history is incredible - it's as though you're staying the night in a historical museum.

Great location right near Frenchman Street

4.6 on June 15, 2016

We couldn't have found a better location to stay for a weekend. A block away from Frenchman Street and just a couple blocks from the French Quarter. It was perfect.We stayed in the Weiland Room which had a private entrance. Ruth was so accommodating and nice - she was kind enough to let us use her washer/dryer after my husband went for a run. One of the nice things here is the water cooler in each room. It was 95 degrees in New Orleans while we were there and we were always parched - so refreshing to have that supply of cold refreshing water!! Breakfast muffins and croissants were great too. We'd definitely stay at the Lanaux 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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Resident Pets

coy fish in fountain

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

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