The Fleur De Lis Mansion
Everyone has an accommodation style that they're preferential to. For some people it's lavish hotels, for others it's renting apartments or houses, some people prefer the hustle and bustle of a busy hostel. But me? I LOVE anything with an "inn" or bed and breakfast type of feeling. I wonder if it's because it's easier to make it feel like a home away from home. It's pretty difficult to do that in a hotel room. When we arrived the housekeeper came out to greet us and showed us how to get through the coded gate. Walking up the steps from the sidewalk onto the property is like stepping into another world. It's a tall slender building surrounded by trees, shrubbery, flowers and ivy. The front garden has sweet little stone benches to sit and take in the sunshine. I instantly knew I was going to fall in love with this property and couldn't wait to get explore the grounds and see my room.
Hold on. For people who like history I have to get this out there. This Bed & Breakfast is the OLDEST standing building in the lower Garden District! It was built in 1824 and it is just bursting at the seams with old world charm. To get to our room we had to walk around the side of the house through the lovely little walkway picture above. I can still hear the bubbling of the water fountain in the front yard. The Courtyard alone is enough to bring me back. We had to walk around the courtyard to get to our room and I pretty much fell in love with I saw the hammock and the hot tub. After going through the little ivy tunnel, the walkway opens up into a patio with a BBQ, fully equipped outdoor kitchen (there was even a coffee maker!), a beautiful Jacuzzi that I am SO SAD I didn't get to use. We happened to be blessed with colder weather while were there. It really was beautiful. When it gets darker you can see the light pink and purple glowing lighting that makes everything just feel that much more whimsical.
The kitchen was like a kitchen of freaking dreams. For any of you cooks out there... you will fall in love with this kitchen. Walking into the kitchen was like a vintage wonderland, with vaulted ceilings and beautiful exposed brick and beams, granite counter tops, commercial grade appliances and a beautiful island filled with delicious complimentary breakfast food. They even have a personal chef available upon request. The kitchen opens up into the dining room where you will find a grand table that has an old world elegance feel to it. There is also a wet bar and a fireplace. Again, old world elegance.
BONUS: Saunter over to the wet bar at 6pm every day for a complimentary wine social hour!
I never have high hopes when I see "free continental breakfast" but this one really takes the cake. The King's Cake, that is. There was of course, the usual, bagels, muffins, granola bars, cereal and fruit. But in addition to the usual choices there was waffle mix and a hot waffle maker ready to go, orange juice and milk in a tin bucket of ice (such a cute touch), New Orleans' famous King Cake and breakfast sandwiches already made up! We filled out plates buffet style and headed to dining room. The dining room was flooded with beautiful light, the ivy and greenery outside frame the floor to ceiling windows in a way that makes the light fall across the wood floors in robust beams.
We decided to stay in the Champagne Room which had very convenient accessibility to the patio Jacuzzi! The room was amazing. The layout is funky but that's what makes it so quirky and unique. When you walk in you're in the bedroom itself. The bed was memory foam so needless to say I got the best night's sleep ever. In addition to that there is a projector that projects the television onto the entire wall in front of the bad. I thought that was so fun! Head through a little doorway and you've made it into what I'm calling the "utility room". There's a big mirror, a sink, a little dining tabling, a microwave, etc. Through another little doorway and BAM! You're hit with a beautiful shower with some funky lights and a in-shower television! Oh, and three shower heads. NBD
SIDEBAR: I loved the Champagne room and when I come back to New Orleans you can bet I'll be staying here! I think next time around I might try out the White Room or even the Royal Suite! They both look so dreamy and beautiful. The White Room is literally #bedroomgoals.
I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit worried about the proximity to the French Quarter as we drove further and further from downtown in my little compact Uber. In a car it's not far at all, but walking would definitely take a while. But not to worry! We found that we could catch the tram just a short two walks away to the Riverwalk Mall for about a dollar and it took us RIGHT into the French Quarter. Conveniently, right behind Cafe Du Monde... While I was in New Orleans I stayed in both the French Quarter and the Garden District and despite how easy staying in the French Quarter made it, when I come back to NOLA I will be staying in the Garden District. I loved that it was still super close to everything I wanted to see (Magazine Street, the French Quarter, the City Park) but still far enough away from everything that I couldn't hear the belligerent shouting of Bourbon street or the extremely loud (but OH SO GOOD) outdoor night music at Frenchman Street. I liked that I could come back to my room and feel like I was really winding down and relaxing.
Rooms Starting at $131