Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Checking In: Parisian Courtyard Inn


When members of my family had a few days off at the same time,  we had to take advantage of that hard-to-come-by circumstance and do a road trip somewhere.  It was to New Orleans, hands down!

Most of us stayed at a Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the Garden District, and the rest stayed at a high-end hotel on the fringe of the French Quarter.  I chose the Parisian Courtyard Inn in the Lower Garden District, to be exact, as our home away from home. The mansion sits on a quiet street just one block away from St. Charles, where you can catch the Street Car up and down that famous street.  If you come at the right time of the year, you can also watch the Mardi Gras Parade on this famous route.

Depending on how you book yourself at the Parisian, it can be a luxury hotel, a beautiful Bed & Breakfast, a romantic getaway, or a 10-room guest house.  All I know is that I loved it at first sight.  



The entryway was filled with exquisite antiques.

The grand staircase.

While the property has the modern conveniences, the craftsmen put a lot of love and care in restoring the mansion to its original old world elegance.

Two sitting rooms on the ground floor combine to make one big room.  This is where guests come to enjoy their European-style continental breakfast in the morning, and socialize in the evening.  The pastries, fruit and sweet tea and juices remain available throughout the day, which is so nice if you'd been visiting the museums, eclectic shops, the casino or a plantation all morning, and need a bit of respite before heading out to the party places in the evening.  I can still see cheerful Jesse Wilds, the proprietor, pulling up his bike to the front door with boxes of fresh pastries and bread for the table every single morning.  He was so hospitable and always available for questions.
Each guest room has its own personality.  Gerry and I chose the least expensive room to stay in.  We had no idea how tiny it'd be.  We were literally walking over our suitcases to get from here to there.  We got over it after day two.  We then just saw the room as being very cozy.  The innkeeper offered to take us on a personal tour of the vacant rooms, and they were so beautiful with flowing drapery, elegant fireplaces, original brick walls and antique furniture.  I'm not going cheap the next time I stay at this inn.  I want one of those big rooms!    

The mansion is surrounded by lovely gardens, fountains and cozy sitting niches. 


Consider the Parisian Courtyard Inn for your home away from home.  "You're not just entering an historic mansion, you're experiencing a unique taste of 1846 New Orleans history."


The Parisian did not ask me to write this review.  It is my pleasure to share with you another great place to stay when you vacation.  

Happy Travels,

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