When I first started doing my research for our trip to New Orleans, I must admit I quickly became so overwhelmed with the hundreds upon hundreds of hotels there were to chose from I almost backed out. However, from my past experiences, I have learned an insanely valuable lesson:
Contact the people that know all you need to know about the place you are about to visit. And, not only do they know everything, they absolutely love to talk about it and give helpful advice.
The New Orleans Convention Business Bureau became my go-to-best-friends for planning the entire trip. I can not even tell you how absolutely relieving that was.
Where to Stay in New Orleans – French Quarters
My biggest challenge was finding the right hotel for my boys and me. This was to be our first single parent travel, my husband had to work and I simply didn’t want to sit around waiting for him when we can go out and explore. So finding the hotel that would be close to everything, good service, with a pool (huge necessity) and safe was what we needed.
If you don’t know much about the French Quarters one thing you read about everywhere is Bourbon Street- without a doubt one of the most famous streets. However, the most important tidbit that you barely read is that staying on Bourbon would suck. Unless you are a partier and are into loud music and a lot of happy-go-lucky drinking folk, you will most likely not get a wink of sleep.
We had a blast walking on Bourbon Street every day, but am so grateful we didn’t stay there. Sarah and Erica (from NOLA CVB) steered me to Maison Dupuy.
Hooray – our home for one week 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 about two blocks from Bourbon and less than an eight minute walk from Jackson Square. In other words, it was literally in the heart of the French Quarters, without the noise that can easily go along with it.
The Entrance, Parking and Lobby Area
Did you know that 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 anymore hotel development. Interestingly enough though, the hotel wasn’t built as a hotel, but were five neighboring townhouses turned into a hotel.
Before entering the lobby, there is a valet and a place for you to park your car.
And the lobby is really spacious, with a concierge which we used often.
Pool and Courtyard Area
The entire hotel has five floors and is like a square, where all the rooms look out onto a courtyard in the center of it. The courtyard is also home to the lovely pool which we enjoyed every.single.day multiple times.
We were lucky with the weather, however the pool was heated all the time and even when the sun went down and it got quite chilly out my kids were still loving the pool.
Fun Fact – Maison Dupuy has the largest and most scenic courtyard in the French Quarters.
The courtyard is a fun place to simply chill out. We met several people who were staying at the hotel for the second and third time – a really good sign.
We stayed in the Deluxe Double Double room style which had two queen sized bed.
We had free wifi and I loved my little work area.
With cable for the kids to unwind to in between attractions and pool time, I have to say I absolutely loved being here.
Other Useful Amenities of Maison Dupuy
There is a restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with plenty of cocktail specials during the day.
A fitness center which is open 24 hours.
Business center – they have an area where you can use their computers, print and other stuff that you need to take care of. Just have your room key and it is all yours.
They are also known for being one of the best places for smaller wedding venues and plenty of private parties.
NOTE – While we were staying there, a small wedding was held on a Saturday night. The music was loud and I was really worried this would be going on all night. But by 10 pm they were totally finished with respect to the guests.
Information for Maison Dupuy
Phone: (800) 535-9177
Address: 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70112
Average Price: $250
NOTE: The hotel is non-smoking and no pets allowed