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Dauphine Orleans Hotel 3.5

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Pros

  • Great, mostly quiet location in the French Quarter, a block from Bourbon Street
  • Well-maintained historic hotel with character and local charm
  • Attractive rooms with mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and hairdryers
  • Some rooms have private balconies or whirlpools
  • Pleasant private courtyard with a small saltwater pool
  • Free simple breakfast with waffles and fresh fruit
  • Quaint bar where guests can get free welcome drink
  • Small fitness center and meeting space
  • Free Wi-Fi and newspapers in the lobby

Cons

  • Standard rooms are small
  • Front-facing rooms have street noise
  • Believed to be haunted (a pro for some)
  • No full restaurant
  • No rollaway beds
  • Basic breakfast receives mixed reviews

Bottom Line

This classic, 111-room New Orleans boutique hotel is an upper-middle-range historic property in the French Quarter, just a block from Bourbon Street. Rooms are elegant and charming, all with coffeemakers, bathrobes, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Some have lovely details such as exposed brick, whirlpool tubs, or balconies, but note that street-facing rooms may experience noise and lower-category rooms are on the small side. Like most neighborhood hotels, the property surrounds a lovely private courtyard with a pool, but note that a handful of rooms are across the street from the main building. A quaint on-site bar was a former brother, and all rates include a basic breakfast with coffee. For travelers who don't care about a pool, consider the nearby Hotel Mazarin, which provides a more substantial free breakfast.

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Charming French Quarter boutique with rich history

Sitting along a quiet street in the French Quarter, the Dauphine Orleans offers rich history combined with quaint Southern charm. 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. The Dauphine also has its share of ghost stories. May Baily's Bar was one of 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. 

The building became a hotel in 1969, and has undergone renovations over the years to give the spaces an elegant, classic look filled with neutral tones, patterned carpets, and traditional furnishings such as leather armchairs and clawfoot desks. The courtyard is pleasant and houses a small pool, but note that the Hermann House rooms are across the street -- built in 1834, they previously served as the home to a prosperous merchant, Samuel Hermann. Guests are mostly couples, plus a mix of friend groups and families, looking to be near all the sights without being in the heart of the party action.

The Dauphine has plenty of nice perks, but it's worth comparing rates with the similarly charming Hotel Mazarin, and the Bourbon Orleans, which also has a haunted history.

Location

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, bars, restaurants, and attractions. 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.

The French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré, is a 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.

  • 20-minute drive to the Louis Armstrong International Airport
  • Two-minute walk to Bourbon Street
  • Five-minute walk to Preservation Hall
  • Five-minute walk to Canal Street for streetcars to St. Charles Avenue or the New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Nine-minute walk to Jackson Square
  • 10-minute walk to Café du Monde
  • Six-minute drive to the National World War II Museum and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Rooms

Elegant rooms, some with balconies and exposed brick walls

Rooms across the hotel's three sections -- the Main House, Hermann House, and Carriage House -- have elegant decor in neutral shades, charming traditional wood furniture that's often painted cream, and patterned carpet. Artwork is limited, but some rooms have gorgeous exposed brick walls or ceiling beams that add more character and charm. Rooms across the board fit in well with the French Quarter character throughout the property, and some have wrought-iron balconies that look over Dauphine Street or the courtyard. The Main House rooms face Dauphine Street or the parking lot, while Carriage and Hermann House rooms surround a private courtyard. Unfortunately, some rooms are small and street-facing units suffer from noise. 

Standard amenities consist of mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, and free bottled water. Desks and armchairs are also provided. Compact bathrooms have shower/tub combos -- some jetted -- or walk-in marble showers. Hotel chain-branded toiletries, hairdryers, and bathrobes are supplied, and closets have ironing facilities. Upgraded units add couches. 

Features

Small courtyard pool, free breakfast, and historic bar

Particularly pleasant in warm months, the hotel has a small courtyard saltwater pool with a few padded chairs off the side. Another standout is the historic May Baily's bar, which was once home to one of the city's most notorious brothels. Guests receive a coupon for a free welcome drink at the bar. There's no full restaurant, but all rates include a basic breakfast with cereal, waffles, and fresh fruit, plus coffee and tea. Other amenities are limited to a small fitness center with just a few machines and free weights, and a meeting room. Wi-Fi is free and valet parking is available for a fee.

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Address

415 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-3495, United States

Phone

(504) 586-1800

Room Types

  • Carriage House Premium Room
  • Carriage House Superior Room
  • Herman House Premium Room
  • Herman House Suite
  • Main House Deluxe Room
  • Main House Premium Room
  • Main House Standard Room
  • Main House Superior Room

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