but that was just the occasional (friendly) ghost seen here and there on the property!
In fact, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel was such a wonderful place to stay and we can’t wait to return in a few months. Let me break it down like I do:
Property – the property was once my great, great, aunt’s home as one of the original 12 nuns of the first Black Creole order of “Sister of the Holy Family” Convent in 1881 (today the Bourbon Orleans Ball Room), but that’s what makes it so special to me. For you, you’ll love the solar cell salt-water pool in the beautiful Court Yard. The property also boasts a restaurant and a bar for you to enjoy (more on that later.) There’s also a St. Ann Cottage that’s often used for celebrations and events. The Cottage is also home to the Administrative Offices (more on them later too.) The Rooms, Pool Rooms, and Loft Suites are sensational at great price points. We stayed in the Roux Loft Suite and it was so elegant with Creole French Style furnishings, but with a modern twist. We’ve enjoyed the wetbar and the 2 flat-screen TVs. Also on the first floor is the living room, complete with a large desk (WIFI is included at NO additional cost.) The patio balcony was great for late-night people watching and/or sipping great wines under the crisp moon. On the 2nd floor LOFT area is a Queen sized bed. You would think that you’d prefer a King, but the Queen is just right for those HOT French Quarter nights. The bathroom with the walk-in shower is ultra modern with a masculine edge that we so appreciated.
Location – the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is located smack dead in the middle of all that the French Quarter has to offer. To your right is Bourbon Street with all the fun craziness that you can possibly imagine, and to your left is Royal Street facing the historic King Louis Cathedral (the oldest cathedral still in use in the United States.) It is literally steps to famed Café du Monde (Beignets and Café Au Lait) AND steps to the all-important Mississippi River.
Staff Members – what an amazing set of dedicated staff-members (more like family members!) I have to give a GREAT shoutout to Kiana (Front Desk Manager), Miss Sweet Ivy (and ALL the housekeeping staff members), the Bartenders Steven, Justin, and Becka, and all the Food and Beverage staff (especially the wait staff) and of course, Laurie Guidry, Mark Wilson, & Marc Becker are all delightful.
The Roux Restaurant – the popular chef, Joey Wells, was not available (was looking forward to his Shrimp & Grits specialty) but the Chef who took care of us was OUTSTANDING!! We had the crab-stuff chicken breast and the filet mignon – heaven!! We were on a Gastro Tour all over the French Quarter, but the Roux Restaurant at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel will be on my TOP 8 FRENCH QUARTER RESTAURANTS to VISIT!!
The Bourbon O Bar – the best thing at the bar is not even a drink or beverage…
it’s Mixologist of the Year – Steven Lemley!! He is sensational. I was quoted as saying “Some bartenders make drinks, this Mixologist Steven Lemley creates an Experience!!” Not only will Steven create the most-beautiful drinks you’ve ever tasted (with FRESH fruit juices), he will give you a brief history about specific drinks as well. You’ll oooh and ahhh over his “flourishes” while he makes the cocktails, and if you don’t know what you want, he’ll gently recommend a cocktail based upon the flavors you do like. When visiting Steven Lemley, please tell him that “H. Luiz Martinez” sent you!
Now – when staying at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, remember to bring earplugs to ensure that you get some rest. The Hotel itself is pretty quiet as far as hotels go, but don’t forget that you’re in the French Quarter and on/near Bourbon Street – legendary for late night excitement, partying, and club-going. But there’s the other side to explore too – food, tours, steam-boat trips, food music, casinos, food, historical content, and did I mention food? jajajaja!
Enjoy New Orleans, enjoy the French Quarter, enjoy the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, and enjoy yourself!