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A charming French Quarter boutique with rich history
Sitting along a quiet stretch of Dauphine Street in the French Quarter, the Dauphine Orleans offers rich history combined with quaint Southern charm. Balconies look out over the lush private courtyard, tea is available around the pool and in a small lounge area, and the delightful on-site bar has a reading corner with a lending library.
Guests are mostly couples or families looking to be near all the sights without being in the heart of the party action. Dauphine Street runs parallel to Bourbon Street and is therefore slightly removed from the Mardi Gras and nightlife madness.
The Dauphine has plenty of nice perks, such as free breakfast, a pool, and lovely decor, but it may be worth comparing rates with other nearby hotels. The Mazarin has comparable rooms (but no pool), and the Bourbon Orleans also has a haunted history, but offers a business center and more updated bathrooms.
The hotel is located on a quiet stretch of the French Quarter, one block from Bourbon Street
The hotel is right on Dauphine Street, which runs parallel to Bourbon Street but is significantly quieter. The building is surrounded by other historic properties and, or course, plenty of nightlife and attractions.
The French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré, is an historic neighborhood that stretches 12 blocks to the Mississippi River. Originally settled by the Spanish, and then the French, the Quarter features a variety of architecture, including colorful Creole cottages, gorgeous antebellum mansions, intricate ironwork and some buildings that date to the late 1700s. The area today is fairly safe during the day; at night, you’ll be fine in tourist areas. Local cops are experts at crowd control, and it's rare for a visitor to get into trouble. Taxis are easy to find, except during Mardi Gras and Halloween.
A block beyond Bourbon Street is Royal Street, filled with art galleries, street musicians, boutiques, and antique stores for those who would rather skip the party scene. The Mississippi River is also a short walk up through the French Quarter, where Riverboats abound.
Elegant rooms, some with balconies and exposed brick walls
Standard room are on the smaller side, but even the snug standard rooms have classic New Orleans charm. Rooms in the hotel's three sections -- the Main House, Hermann House, and Carriage House -- have elegant decor in shades of brown and white, and fit in well with the French Quarter character throughout the property. Some rooms also have exposed brick or ceiling beams, classic iron balconies that look over the Dauphine Street or the courtyard, or whirlpool tubs.
Parts of the hotel date to the 1770s, and some of the its former residents are thought to still be lingering.
It's no surprise that a French Quarter boutique hotel has a storied past, with some structures on the property dating back to the 1770s. John James Audubon, who the bird-focused environmental organization the Audubon Society is named for, painted his "Birds of America" series in the 1820s in what is now the hotel's breakfast room.
With such a long history, the Dauphine also has its share of ghost stories. May Baily's bar was one New Orleans most notorious bordellos, located in the one-time legal red-light district, Storyville. The bar is still thought to be haunted by former workers and customers, particularly uniformed Civil War-era soldiers who were believed to be patrons.
This classic, 111-room New Orleans boutique hotel is a well-maintained historic property in the French Quarter, just a block from Bourbon Street. Rooms are elegant and charming; some have details such as exposed brick, whirlpool tubs, or balconies. Like most neighborhood hotels, the property surrounds a lovely private courtyard and has a nice on-site bar. It also has a pool, unlike the nearby Hotel Mazarin.