When I first started planning our trip to New Orleans I didn’t know how overwhelming it would be to choose a hotel. There are hundreds and hundreds of them. However, I remembered an insanely valuable lesson from past experiences that helped me make a great choice this time.
The best way to find the perfect hotel is to contact someone who knows everything about the place you want to visit and tell them what you need. Since they know the place so well and absolutely love to talk about it, you will surely get helpful advice.
The New Orleans Convention Business Bureau became my go-to-best-friend for planning the entire trip.
Where to Stay in New Orleans – French Quarters
My husband had to work, so this was going to be my first trip as a single parent and I really needed to find a hotel that really suited us. It had to be close to everything, with good service, there had to be a pool (huge necessity when it comes to my boys) and it had to feel safe.
If you don’t know much about the French Quarter, one of the first things you will learn about it is how famous Bourbon Street is. However one thing that almost no one mentions is that staying on Bourbon Street sucks unless you are a partier and love loud music all night long to be heard from your room.
Walking through that street during the day was a lot of fun, but I was extremely grateful to Sarah and Erica (from NOLA CVB) for steering us away from Bourbon Street lodging and suggesting Maison Dupuy.
This was our home for the week and turned out to be one of the loveliest boutique hotels my family and I have ever stayed in.
Touring Maison Dupuy and Why I Recommend Staying Here
The hotel is located on Burgundy and Toulouse Street, two blocks away from Bourbon and less than an eight minute walk from Jackson Square. It was literally in the heart of the French Quarters, but far enough from the noise that goes along with it.
The Entrance, Parking and Lobby Area
Maison Dupuy was the last hotel to be built in the French Quarters. After it opened its doors in 1973, the Vieux Carre Commission banned any more hotel development. However, it wasn’t originally built as a hotel. It used to be five neighboring townhouses that were later turned into a hotel.
There is a valet and a place for you to park your car. So you don’t have to worry about that from the start.
The lobby is really spacious, with a concierge which we used often.
Pool and Courtyard Area
The hotel has five floors and all the rooms look out onto a courtyard in the center of it. The courtyard is also home to a swimming pool which we enjoyed every single day.
Luckily the weather was good while we were there; however the pool was heated all the time, so even when the sun went down we were still able to enjoy the pool.
Fun Fact – Maison Dupuy has the largest and most scenic courtyard in the French Quarters.
While my boys were at the pool I took the chance to chill out in the garden where I was able to meet a lot of people, most of whom were staying at the hotel for the second and third time . This to me is a good sign.
We stayed in the Deluxe Double room style. It had two queen sized beds. We also had free wifi and a little work area that I loved.
With cable for the kids to unwind in between attractions and pool time, I must say that I was truly able to rest and enjoy the place. I absolutely loved it.
Other Useful Amenities of Maison Dupuy
• There is a restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• A fitness center – open 24 hours.
• Business center – You can use their computers, print and other stuff that you need to take care of.
• Wedding Venue – They are known for being one of the best places for small weddings and private parties.
NOTE – While we were staying there, a small wedding was held on a Saturday night. The music was very loud and I was really worried about us not being able to sleep all night. But by 10 pm they were totally finished.
Information for Maison Dupuy
Phone: (800) 535-9177
Address: 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70112
Average Price: $250
The hotel is non-smoking and no pets allowed