1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans B&B
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So far we haven't had any trouble but travel cautiously. I have felt a little uneasy at times, but do not really know if this was justified. It probably comes from my inexperience and living in Warrandyte too long.
Temperatures have been hot and humid here ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews 1870 Banana Courtyard French Quarter / New Orleans B&B
Quirky in the Quarter
Perched on the edge of the Quarter, the Banana Courtyard, from the outside, seems an relatively plain, normal New Orleans house, but once inside it is as if you fall through the looking glass and into an oddly pleasant wonderland. Extremely high ceilings and walls packed with painting, prints, and memorabilia surround you, and our room, the Hexagon, was lush in its decor, lovely gas fire, and curios galore. We had splendid time and the breakfast was pleasant and plentiful, the owners discreet and unobtrusive, and the overall experience excellent.
If you are looking for a romantic place that is out of the way, interesting, and charming, this is a top pick. Excellent for first time visitors to the city.
We stayed at the main B&B for a convention. Contrary to the negative review, it is neither in a bad neighborhood nor shady- except for the shade provide d by the banana tree and other plants ;).
Great place and hosts
The Banana Courtyard B&B is like a cross between an antique store, a museum, and a visit with your favorite relatives who always made you feel relaxed and comfortable. Our hosts Mary and Hugh could not have been more pleasant and helpful. My sister and I enjoyed looking at all the "treasures" and being able leave our car and wander back safely on foot from the clubs on Frenchman street at late hours. I also discovered the true meaning of a "water closet" and still think the bananas off their tree could not have been from this planet.
Ultimate Louisianna charm and then some!
This wonderful bed and breakfast offers you everything a hotel does not. Mary and Hugh offer more than any hotels can or do. The main B&B is fantastic and looks like an old movie set. You are a short walk into the heart of the French Quarter and in walking distance to many other parts of New Orleans. This was are first trip to the Big Easy and the Banana Courtyard was not only affordable, in a great location and quaint but the hosts offer lot's of great information. Definitely a must!
Since 1996, we have stayed once a year at Banana Courtyard or at their cottage, and refered many frineds and colleagues there. You never stop discovering new things to see and do in New Orleans. Mary and Hugh know so much about where to eat, shop, or listen to music , that we never run out of new places.
Very secretive and shady
This Banana Courtyard does not provide their address on the web site.
That should have been clue #1 for me but I'm obviously not savvy. I arrived at a place in a bad neighborhood (main B&B?) only to be moved somewhere worse. This is not good business.
We stayed in the Algier's Pt accomodations (De la Ronde#147) and had a number of problems. These accomodations were extremely overpriced ($135 nt) for what we received. The online rate of $65 is more appropriate, but we were charged more because of a convention in town.Here are the highlights:The floor was very dirty, with large dust bunnies and trash under the bed. The mattress must be about 20 yrs old and gave us backaches.It took 10 min of running the water before we got hot water in the shower.They provided just a few sweets and a bottle of orange juice as our breakfast for an entire week.The microwave in the "kitchenette" is outdated and made me worry we were being irradiated every time we used it.The furnishings are cheap and worn out.We did enjoy taking the ferry across to New Orleans each day, but spent as little time in the room as possible.
Our favorite place
This is the third year that my daughter and I have stayed at Banana Courtyard. The hosts are friendly,and it is just a block or so out of the French Quarter. It is comfortable and affordable, clean and they have great coffee at breakfast. It has an authenic New Orleans feel to it. We love it.
We had a great time!! We stayed in the Garconierre Which is on... I can't tell ya!! However, it was great! We were 5 blocks from Bourbon Street. The accommodations were basically a small townhouse with a very funky staircase, a very private courtyard and all the amenities. For those of you looking for the "PERFECT" room I would not suggest it. However, those of you looking for a true quarter experience (because, lets face it folks its an old neighborhood) I would suggest it with all my heart. When I say all the amenities I mean a ground floor level with a small kitchenette and living space and an upper level with a bedroom and full bath not to mention the balcony over looking the courtyard. We absolutely loved the charm of the place and the service (or lack there of which is what we preferred on our honeymoon). When I say lack there of I do not mean the service was bad, I mean that we had our own place and we truly felt like a resident of the quarter!! I am sure that had we asked for anything from Mary and Hugh they would have stepped up to the plate and made every dream come true!! I know this to be true because on our departure date the battery to our car was dead and they gave us a jump. I really recommend this property to every adventurous soul!! I guaranty you will be happy with your decision! Not to mention that the "Honeymoon Package" is a great value. If you are a traveler looking for privacy and a great value this is a five star!
Best Place to Stay
This was one of the most pleasurable trips I've taken in awhile. Our first B & B experience, and my husband has stated, if we can, we will stay in B & Bs for now on!!!! The hosts are outstanding and the main B & B is in walking distance to Bourbon St. and the rest of the French Quarter. We will definitely be returning!!!!!!