Anyone who greets me with with a freshly baked cookie is a friend for life.
The Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast innkeepers, Joe and Bebe, must have a lot of friends because that’s exactly how our stay began.
Having procrastinated on securing accommodations until after the holidays were over, I was in a panic because our annual mother/daughter New Orleans trip was two weeks away and nearly every establishment I checked was booked. Being new to the points/travel game, I started searching chain hotels in the French Quarter but found none less than $300 a night. Then I tried low balling bids on Priceline with no success.
Unwilling and unable to shell out a thousand dollars for a hotel, I focused my search on B&Bs. I remembered our positive stay at the Royal Street Courtyard Bed and Breakfast but unfortunately they were full. Luckily after combing through Tripadvisor, I came across a thread on New Orleans B&B and Inns and jotted down a list of possibilities after reading user reviews.
Comparing location, availability, amenities and cost narrowed my options to the Avenue Inn and Sully Mansion. They both had available rooms with two beds. Ready to ensure we had a place to stay and always looking for a deal, I was intrigued by the “Book it Now” offer under the Special Deals link on the Avenue Inn website. One short call later and we had a room.
I drove in Friday afternoon, picked my my mom from the airport and headed to Saint Charles in search of the Avenue Inn. Bebe called us a couple times to confirm our arrival and make sure we weren’t lost. There is no sign labeling the inn but it’s right next door to a New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co. restaurant.
During check-in, that’s when we were handed two warm, chocolate chip cookies and listened to Joe explain the house parameters. I felt bad for rushing him through his spiel, but we had reservations for Boucherie.
We stayed on the second floor in room #11 which has two double beds, a table, an armoire, vanity mirror and dresser, private bath, television, two walls of windows and plenty of space. The wireless internet is kind of slow, but it sufficed for being free.
The Avenue Inn is a great place to stay in New Orleans for many reasons, here are some of the highlights:
In a previous life Joe and Bebe have years of corporate hospitality service behind them, which has complimented the ten or so years of running the B&B. Read about them on the website.
At one point Joe mentioned that a majority of the general public doesn’t even consider B&Bs when traveling, which I believe due to the number of rooms open when looking online. So, I kind of want to keep this a secret but our visit was wonderful and I highly recommend staying at the Avenue Inn.
Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast
4125 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
Toll Free 1-800-490-8542
For ninety-nine percent of our trips to New Orleans, we crash at a friend’s house in Metairie. It’s nice to see him, convenient, and free. The softened the blow on accommodation costs in turn increases the food budget, a win-win.
When my mom came to town it was the perfect opportunity to try something new and be closer to the action. After some intense research, I decided on the Royal Street Courtyard Bed and Breakfast and we couldn’t have found a better place to stay. (Thank goodness for Tripadvisor.com)
Located in the historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, the Royal Street Courtyard sits a couple streets over from Frenchman, the French Market and is a short walk from Jackson Square. It’s in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood with ample parking and local coffeehouses.
We stayed on the second floor in Room #12 which is comprised of two adjoining rooms, one queen bed, one futon, and a bathroom with a shower. There was plenty of space to spread out and the futon was surprisingly comfortable.
Although we never partook, breakfast is included and they have a large variety of items to choose from including bagels, toast, cereal, granola bars, fruit and the like. I did take advantage of the beverage options which ranged from hot teas, cocoa, coffee, filtered water and juice.
We interacted with only one of the owners, Phillip, who is very knowledgeable of the area and patiently addressed all of our silly questions. Between the location, charming owners and extremely reasonable room rates, singling out the best attribute is difficult to pin point. It was a pleasure to stay at the Royal Street Courtyard and we will be back.
On on very last day, we checked-out and swung by The Orange Couch for coffee before hitting Camellia Grill. This sleek coffee shop is literally ten steps away from the bed and breakfast, and it does have an orange couch.
We had excellent cappuccinos and lattes (respectively), but they also have baked good, ice cream and mochi – random, yes.
If you are in the area, or staying at the Royal Street, it’s worth stopping in for a drink or snack from a real, neighborhood joint outside of the French Quarter.
Royal Street Courtyard Bed and Breakfast
2438 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
The Orange Couch
2339 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70117