Historic French Quarter Bed & Breakfast
Come as a visitor, leave as a friend,
as have many return guests for the past 24+ years.
Don't just visit N'Awlins, live it like a local! (R)
Corner of the French Quarter, at Banana Courtyard Bed and Breakfast, we offer the ultimate in local Lagniappe, in an historical setting within walking distance of the most exciting attractions and the French Quarter and New Orleans have to offer. Here, At our New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, “Hospitality is not just a promise -- it is a tradition”.
More than just a unique room, it's a one of a kind way to experience in N'Awlins.
Return guests say, "A hidden gem," "Great location," "Tucked behind courtyard walls", "Secluded",."Look forward to kicking back in with you again:, "Great vacation rental".
A beautiful 1870s home, our B&B is located just 30 yards from the French Quarter, 3-blocks to world famous Bourbon Street, streetcar runs in front, a stone’s throw from Congo Square, where Jazz was born. A dream come true for our guests, many of whom have been staying with us for many years, referring friends, colleagues and friends. They call us a secret treasure, closed to a special few, an Urban Oasis hidden behind a garden wall.
Surrounded by a lush, tropical courtyard, there are several niches for guest seating, including the balcony, which is private, just to 3 rooms there.
Nope. We're not 'cookie cutter' like an hotel. Each room is unique.
Here is the Gone with the Wind Room (formerly Hexagon).
Wanna 'Cut to the chase', Interactive MAPS at the bottom of this page show where we are.
Naughty history: In the late 1800s and early 1900s, prostitution was not illegal in designated areas of New Orleans where brothels flourished. Although this home was not in the famous Storyville District, it was a bordello for only the most discriminating clientele. The double parlors (a fancy way of saying 'living room') where the ladies reclined on chaise lounges and customers selected the most delectable female "treats," have since been turned into stunning guest rooms 'chocked' full of antiques to preserve the feeling of history whilst providing modern amenities.
Description of these 2 rooms under
"Double Parlors," below.
Now, the room that housed the bordello's bar is our dining room. Yessiree. It is the center of morning activity, where guests get acquainted over breakfast, sip New Orleans blend coffee with chicory, and thumb through our collection of information on New Orleans restaurants, sightseeing, music and attractions. Guests chat about things to do and see, seeking our suggestions.
At Banana Courtyard Bed and Breakfast, European charm meets New Orleans elegance, in a legendary French Quarter neighborhood where Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, and many other famous musicians learned to play. Kick back in our , and when enjoying the soothing sounds of our trickling fountains, you'll hear echoes of Jazz greats.
NOPE. Beauty and history aren't the only thing we offer at Banana Courtyard. When you stay with us guests are treated like family and provided with insider information on all the most fascinating aspects of this incredible, diverse city, along with our personal recommendations on things to see and do whilst in town (Yessiree Bob - that 'whilst' word is from our Millennial from Australia - it seemed so charming, we left it in. She has also 'gussied' up the language from our 1990s web site).
BTW, We live vicariously through our guests, using their feedback on the best tours, so any brochure you take from our rack, is guest-vetted, the best New Orleans offers)
Almost forgot. Along with complimentary check-in beverages we also serve a generous, continental breakfast in our dining room each morning and guests have easy access to soft drinks, water and tea and coffee making facilities at all times throughout the day and night.
Regardless of whether your ideal New Orleans vacation involves partying the night away on nearby Frenchmen St., enjoying all our city has to offer, or spending leisurely afternoons on our verandah with a hot cup of coffee, glass of wine or beer, this beautiful New Orleans bed and breakfast has you covered.
Location, location, location.
As y'all know, N'Awlins and the French Quarter are world renowned, on many folks ' bucket list' destination. Yep. Some say location is the most important thing. Along with the Rampart St streetcar line right on our doorstep, the bed and breakfast is at the corner of the French Quarter, only a three minute walk to the world-famous Bourbon Street and a mere seven minute stroll to the live music hub of Frenchmen St. From here you can walk to all attractions in the French Quarter, like the French Market, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, historic cemeteries, Mississippi Riverboats, Cafe du Monde, Canal St., Mardi Gras parades, shops, Aquarium of the America, Insectarium and Butterfly Garden, Wild Encounters, IMAX Theater, museums like the Beaugard Keyes House, Back Street Cultural Center, African American Heritage Center, Presbytere and Cabildo, U.S. Mint, Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Center, or go to a Gospel Brunch or Gospel Mass, famous restaurants like Antoine's, Chef John Besh's many places, Brennan's, Tujagues, John Folse's Restaurant R'evolution, Muriel's on the Square, music and dance clubs and bars, like Snug Harbor, D. B. A., Cats Meow, Spotted Cat, Maison, Lafitte's Blacksmith Bar, Three Muses . "Hitch a ride" on the streetcar to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center or St. Charles Avenue, or to other historic areas not in the French Quarter.
What Makes the Banana Courtyard Experience Unique?!?.
Don't just visit New Orleans, live it like a local by staying with us. Even before you arrive, we send our proprietary EGuides, so you can start planning immediately: Thing to do in the French Quarter
things to see in the French Quarter.
Or maybe you like to wander and explore on your own. Just let us know.
We CAN help suggest custom itineraries and experiences to fit our YOUR unique style and interests – this allows y'all to experience New Orleans in a manner that suits your needs, pace, and l'il ol' desires! The sky's the limit while staying with us. We want you to go home invigorated, ready to come back, and share the excitement of our City with your friends, family, and colleagues, or online.
Want to be “elbow deep” in a roast beef po’ boy, listen to great musicians in a jam session, have a Snowball from a special place, participate in a brass band second line parade sometimes
in front of our house??
Our guests from all over the world, each is unique and have different ideas re how we can help make their stay memorable. That's our job 365 days/yr, 24-hrs/day. We're not just bricks and mortar. We make people feel at home with a personal touch &genuine warmth from staff.
Wanna get more out of your trip to the French Quarter than just Bourbon Street? Wanna leave Banana Courtyard after experiencing the real New Orleans, fall in love with more than just the French Quarter? .
As with so many old buildings in New Orleans, you wonder who might have lived there a hundred years ago, and what those walls could tell us if they could speak. We'll help bring those tales to life and share our unique New Orleans culture, where neighborhoods are very important, and easy living is the norm!
Want some out-of-the- box suggestions? The sky's the limit! We cater to stuff to your interests. We help make your dream experience a reality!
Locals know how to enjoy our unique culture and city to the fullest. We share with guests where the hidden gems are, tell you best way to get around town, and which attractions are worth your time and help you avoid “tourist traps.” We hope you learn what many of our return guests have -- our niche is helping guests find off the beaten path treasures.
Look at the bottom for a few ideas before you get our Eguides.
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If you're tired of reading all this, we don't blame you. The banana lady never stops typing.
You can always skip to the accommodation section. OR you can do it the old fashioned way and
pick up the phone. We'd love to chat with you and make it simple.
Yep. We know you Millennials are special, but Texts R Not Us, plus the Banana Lady is the only one who types. Our Resident Raconteur (Hugh) doesn't even have 'diplomatic relations' with a typewriter, much less a computer ("The mouse goes up the clock," is what he says when I try to get him online). If you wanna know more and not pick up the phone, continue reading.
The Havana, Atlanta, Tennessee, Mardi Gras Banana Tree
The centerpiece of our verdant courtyard is a forty ft. banana tree brought from Cuba in 1958. By summertime each year, its uppermost branches are taller than the house. Guests relax under its protecting branches while we acquaint them with its story. While you are here, ask us and we'll tell you all about its well traveled history.
Blending Creole and Victorian
These are some fancy words for folks who are especially interested in architecture. Although the floor plan at Banana Courtyard is primarily Creole, the exterior is mostly Victorian. The unusual side hall floor plan is one of the first of its kind, as traditional Creole houses had center halls. The house also has a gabled, side bay, which is not typical. Native craftsmen produced an abundance of mahogany and cypress mill-work. Architectural detail above the verandah and side gallery includes cut-work panels that are banded with a frieze of bull's eyes. There are fluted window architraves with bull's eyes and cap moulded cornices. The front fence is stucco with wishbone patterned wrought iron coming to gold guilt Fleur de Lis points. Most of the original elaborately patterned brass hinges and doorknob plates remain.
Downstairs, there are 13' ceilings, ornamental ceiling medallions, cove and crown moulding, with hardwood floors throughout the house, marble or carved wood, ornamental fireplaces in many rooms, and an eclectic collection of books, art, antiques, Oriental rugs, antique dolls, Antebellum heirlooms, collectibles, and contemporary furniture.
The Double Parlors
When the house was a bordello, the downstairs double parlors were separated by a pair of massive, arched pocket doors that disappeared into the wall when opened. The parlors have since become The Hexagon Room (some call it the Gone with the Wind room) and The Cannonball Room. These rooms have a seating area, decorative fireplace, cove and crown moulding, ceiling fan and ornate hand painted ceiling medallions. This is an old photo of the Cannonball Room. New Photo skews it although it does show the sofa, pocket doors, and 2nd antique bed. Oh well. Such is life.
Awaken to the aroma of New Orleans blend coffee
Breakfast treats beckon you to the complimentary continental breakfast served daily in the dining room. "Donuts R Not Us", nor are paper plates or styrofoam cups! You're too special for that. We set our table with real stuff, and serve breakfast, just for you. No buffet with pastries going soggy for hours - crisp is our motto. Coffee, tea, juice, and toast, pastries fresh from neighborhood bakeries, are served. Hot cocoa, oatmeal, grits are also available, cereal too, if you ask 'real sweet'. Because some folks are on a low carb/high protein diet, we also offer sliced meat, boiled eggs, and yogurt. Dance 'til dawn and miss breakfast? We gotcha covered, so you can grab a cup of coffee, brew tea from a large selection of teabags, and 'chow down' on granola bars or Biscotti.
Because we strive to please every palate, and have lots of international guests who keep returning, if notified in advance we will try to have what you enjoy in your country such as cheese for our Northern European and Scandinavian guests, olives and tomatoes for our Mediterranean guests. Golly, gee. We even have Marmite and Vegemite for Aussies and Brit's.
Some special stuff you can do
Attend a burlesque show, tour plantations, go to a swamp / bayou, on an airboat or small boat, go on
nature walks, Segway and bike tours (yep there is even one that is a bar hop bike tour, pig out at an oyster bar, explore breweries or distilleries, or venture out of N'Awlins for a crawfish pond tour.
Intrigued by Voodoo, Ghosts, Feng Shui, or
Free Men &Women of Colour?
See Accommodation main menu pull-down to learn more.
Here's a preview of festivals, celebrations, and parades to 'whet your whistle' so Y'all Go to Our Event Calendar section to see what's going on when you plan to come to New Orleans
Special events like Tennessee Williams, WizardCom, New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, Celebration in the Oaks, Mardi Gras, Mini Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras Indians, Secret Gardens of the French Quarter/Vieux Carré Walking Tour, Go Forth on the River - 4th of July, Tales of the Cocktail, White Linen Night, Red Dress Run, Southern Decadence, New Orleans Burlesque.
See Halloween up close and personal, Caroling in Jackson Square, New Year Fireworks, Events, Parties, Christmas Bonfires on the Levee, Crescent City Classic race.
Parades like the four Easter Parades (something for everyone), several celebrating St. Patrick and St. J0sephs Day, Mardi Gras, Spring Fiesta Parade and Tour of Homes.
Festivals like, Congo Square Rythyms , Pirate Week, Gretna , Bayou Boogaloo , JazzFest, Greek, Oyster, Essence Music Festival, Crawfish, Cajun-Zydeco Music, Louisiana Seafood, Oak Street Po-boy, French Quarter, Fest, Gumbo , Blues and BBQ, and Voodoo Music.
Gotta go before I do further damage to professionaly designed web site, by trying to add photos and text, which The Banana Lady is clueless how to do.
Thanks to all the former repeat guests who throughout of 23 years in business, have made web sites for us or offered to do them for free.
DUnno know how to insert this video. Anyone who wants to help for free, would be appreciated. This darned program is hard to figure out!