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Inn on Ursulines in New Orleans, LA

Inn on Ursulines in New Orleans, LA

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Originally constructed in the 1700's, the Inn on Ursulines is one of the oldest structures in the French Quarter.  Located between the famed Royal and Bourbon streets, this traditional Creole Cottage was once owned by Marie Laveau, who operated it as a guest house for travelers to the city seeking her services.

While the smallest of the French Quarter Guest Houses group of boutique hotels, the Inn on Ursulines, and each of its 15 guest rooms, has been carefully restored to showcase the property's everlasting charm.

Engrossed in the property's rich history and architecture are guest rooms providing today's traveler the comfort and modern conveniences expected of a great hotel.  Our inviting courtyard is your personal sanctuary from the ongoing thrill that is the New Orleans experience.  

With both location and comfort, the Inn on Ursulines is the perfect home base for your next authentic French Quarter adventure.

 

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Rating: 4.00

Address: 708 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70116
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1. By Fire Eyes Photography W.
So, I first stayed at the Ursuline Guest House a few years ago and enjoyed it so much, I stayed again last year for Jazz Fest too! Bill is the owner and Super Wonderful. He's very laid back and spends all his evenings at the guest house, laying out a spread of wine and cheese and just shooting the breeze with all of us guests. I usually stay for 10+ days at a time too! The rooms were refreshed and remodeled since the first time we stayed and are much better with wood floors now, since the old rooms has carpet and it got pretty moist in the rooms with it. So the rooms are better and cleaner now. The mattresses are a bit stiff, but nice enough! Bill even invited us on his sail boat one night during the Regatta racing season while we were there out on Lake Pontchartrain...It was AWESOME!!!. We just brought a 12 pack of Heineken (his favorite!!!)....I would highly recommend the Ursuline Guest House and ask for a top floor room if possible....Enjoy!

21/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Lauren R.
This place was an amazing deal.  The location is absolutely unbeatable, and the hosts were so friendly and hospitable.  We loved the wine and cheese every night - it was a great way to relax and meet our fellow guests, who were all incredibly nice.  The inn itself is a historic gem, and although it may not be as fancy as staying at the Soniat House or someplace similar, it is a lot cheaper and just as charming! The atmosphere is very relaxed so we felt comfortable taking full part in the French Quarter revelry that was happening around us (self-serve breakfast til noon is a god-send).  And we loved meeting Lady the dog, VP of guest relations ;)

01/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Shawn W.
I have read plenty of reviews about this place on several websites.  I went into my stay objectively so I could come home and write a review.  

It is not correct to classify this as a hotel.  It is a guest house, or traditionally speaking, an inn.  It has the look and charm you would expect of a place in those categories.  It does not fit into the cookie cutter mold of the $89-$109 per night hotel with a free breakfast... and that's a good thing.  We went with another couple and after seeing how different their single-king room was from our single-king room I can only assume every room is unique.

I think it's the perfect place to stay as far as the location.  It was less than five minutes to Laffite's Blacksmith Shop (the effectual end of the Bourbon Street party), ten minutes to Frenchman street, and about the same to Jackson Square.  What this adds up to is that it's very close to the action but just far enough away that you can easily sleep off the night before well into the daytime hours (thanks to the blackout curtains).  The office is located on Ursulines, about midway between Royal and Bourbon.  The desk clerks I encountered were friendly, attentive, and happy to help.  The office is pretty bare bones but they do have coffee and pastries in the morning.  There is not a designated place to temporarily park while you check-in but there is a driveway/loading area about 30 feet from the office where you can easily pull over and unload.  The parking lot is located about four blocks away at the corner of Kerelec and Chartres.  It was $20 per night to park.  Remember, you're in the French Quarter.  I was happy to pay $20 to park my car in a neighborhood lot.

There is a locked gate on Ursulines next to the office.  This opens to a narrow walkway which leads to the courtyard.  All rooms empty into the courtyard.  There are two opposing buildings on either side with a hot tub at one end.  I was going to take a picture but I decided a picture would not really do it justice.  As soon as we saw it, my wife and I looked at each other and agreed that the courtyard was "so New Orleans".  Our room was #3, at the entrance end.  The other room I mentioned was #5, at the other end of the same building.  Both rooms were very modern:  new furniture and lighting, a comfortable bed, clean hardwood floor, and updated bathroom.  The only thing I noticed that might turn some people off was the gap in our door.  To us, this was part of the charm.

The bottom line:  it was worth the price and I'll be staying here again.

19/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Osama B.
The Ursuline is a funky guest house in a great old building in the quiet end of the French Quarter.  It is a short walk to everything in the Quarter or in the Marigny. If you stay here, you don't need to spend on taxis.  WiFi is free and there is a clothing-optional hot tub in the courtyard.  Bill, the laid-back and colorful owner, has a wine and cheese hour nightly and is a resource for information about music and restaurants in the great city of New Orleans.  I have stayed there three times and would go back. This is not the W or the Sheraton. If that's what you want, it's the wrong place, but if you want the best deal in a great location in the Quarter, stay here. I have traveled to 90 countries and this is one of my favorite places to stay. Highly recommended.

26/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Kristen M.
I'm surprised by the bad reviews. I actually really liked it here. The newly renovated room was very nice. NOLA hotels typically have an antique feel and I felt this place was fixed up to make the rooms more modern with nice beds tv floorings etc but still kept the NOLA feel. The location was perfect. Close to the action of the French Quarter, Bourbon St, and Frenchmen St but far enough away that you don't hear all the noise. We were in Room 2 which is right off the street and I loved that. Would stay here again.  If I was comparing it to chain hotels, I'd give it 3 stars. In hotel standards it's not super fancy, but for a B&B in NOLA it's pretty nice! That's y it gets 4 stars.

08/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. J C.
I would not recommend this hotel. I agree with another reviewer- decent price/great location but I would highly recommend looking elsewhere. The room was small and dark (no windows). The bathroom was tiny and dirty. The walls were covered in stains and floorboards were filthy. It felt like the room had not been cleaned well in months. The shower only had enough water for one person to shower. The front desk said this is consistently an issue because everyone showers at the same time. Why pay for a hotel if you can't even have a hot shower? Our room was on the first floor and we could hear everything in the room next to us. It felt like we were in their conversation. It was hard to sleep because you could also hear people walking around upstairs. We booked a King size bed and were not given this. I talked to registration staff about this and the person who checked us out said "I don't know anything about that." The front desk staff were nice but they can only do so much. The hotel is very old and is in need of a makeover and significant deep cleaning.

07/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
7. Breeze W.
I would stay here again an.d again. GREAT location and nice, clean room. Just enough space to be comfortable. We were in Room 12. Bed was super comfortable and A/C worked great. Staff is SUPER NICE!!!..and oh free community coffee on tap 24/7, holla!

28/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. rolanda n.
The first thing that came to mind:  RUSTIC.  In other words, this is a French-style pension.  No pretense, nothing fancy.  Painted wooden floors that are peeling and scuffed.  25-30-year-old bedcovers. Lumpy mattresses. Plumbing that works, somewhat.  Water pressure?  Discernable, but wait for it.

But the great parts:  Location, location, location.  It's in the French Quarter, but OFF the main drag, so you can actually get some sleep.  They also accept dogs, which is a huge plus.  

But don't expect something that is sparkling clean or technologically advanced.  I don't even think there was a TV in our room.  But who needs it, when the most entertaining view in the world is right outside?!

Parking is tricky - street parking but read signs carefully so you don't get towed - they are ruthless there.  Staff is nice, and as this is a small place, they will actually CALL you on your phone to make sure you check in by 5PM (close of their office hours).

I recommend this place, for sure, but don't expect the Four Seasons.  It's not.  It's quite charming, but not fancy.

13/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. Faith M.
A friend and I stayed at the Ursuline Guest House for four nights in October 2011. After several visits to New Orleans and staying everywhere from the Astor Crown Plaza to the Hilton to St. Charles Avenue, this was my first experience somewhere as quaint as the Ursuline Guest House.  And now, I'm not sure I'd want to stay anywhere else.

Way back in the day, the Ursuline Guest House was a residence. It's comprised of two buildings: the main house and the two-story slave quarters behind it. (Yes, slave quarters. Many of the century-plus-old homes in New Orleans have them.)

My friend and I reserved room 7 in the back house. Our room, and most of the rooms, opened onto the lovely rectangular courtyard. Room 7 with its double beds was surprisingly spacious with a stone/tile floor, television, desk, nightstand, and shower and closet area. Décor was minimal. A fountain with huge goldfish trickled outside our window.

What I love about the Ursuline Guest House is the communal character of the place. Guests gather in the courtyard in the mornings where we could help ourselves to fruit and muffins from the kitchen we all shared. Breakfast goodies stay out until noon--"New Orleans breakfast hours" as the wonderful Marlin told us. I'm not sure of Marlin's official title, but think of him as the friendly innkeeper. In the evenings, folks gather once again in the courtyard for complimentary wine and cheese hour. There Marlin fills our wine glasses, Lady the sweet dog brushes up against our legs, and we all introduce ourselves and chat about our adventures in the Quarter and beyond. Before long, you're laughing beneath the evening sky with new friends.

And I can't think of a better location. Ursuline Guest House sits on Ursuline Avenue between the residential end of Bourbon and Royal--just a leisurely 10-minute walk from Bourbon Street's action, or in the other direction, the coolness of Frenchmen Street.  If you head straight down, you'll hit the French Market.

Our last morning, we trudged into the courtyard to bid a melancholy farewell to our housemates. We'd interacted with some of these folks since our first day there. And we couldn't leave without hugging Ms. Sarah, the kind and wonderful cleaning woman.

If it's not already evident, I loved this place. Yet, it's not for everyone. It's very New Orleanian in the sense that people engage each other. It's laid back. If you'd rather keep to yourself, you might find the chatter outside your window annoying as opposed to an invitation to join in.  If you're expecting to come in from an afternoon in the streets to freshly made beds, it's probably not going to happen. We did receive fresh towels, but you'd probably have to request any additional maid service since there's not a whole fleet of people dedicated to these tasks.

In other words, if you're looking for posh and prestige, keep it moving. But if you're open to embracing the local flavor and the quirkiness of a charming historical home, then check-in at the Ursuline Guest House.

23/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Julie W.
We enjoyed our stay here! It's at a quieter end of the Quarter, but easy to walk everywhere. The website photos are accurate and very charming! They have the BEST bed pillows and very comfy bed!!! The only minor issue is that the shower is a little small for a big guy, but he  made it work. We'd stay here again!

13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Rafael N.
Not a 4 or 5 star hotel, but I had no complaints. I wasn't paying 4 star prices. Was quiet when I stayed, but I imagine getting loud during mardi gras. Clean, just far enough from the action yet close to everything in the quarter you need. 2 mile walk to convention center, fine for me, not for everyone. Faubourg is extremely close, which is a bonus. Old old building with plenty of charm. I would stay again.

16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. E F.
Service:
Carrie Sue, Abbey, Elisa, and Bill were all nice, helpful, and welcoming

Location:
Far east and quieter end of the French Quarter, which I knew, but in the heat, took me 15-20 min to walk to the center of things.

Rooms:
Bill bought and rehabbed the guest house after Katrina. We stayed in Room 8, which looked nicer on the web site, so I wasn't prepared for how dingy our room actually was. The floors felt dusty and gritty, and the walls and fixtures were rusty, stained, or splotchy. Shower didn't drain the first night.

Bed was lumpy and not really comfortable. Despite keeping the A/C in the low 60s, sheets made the bed too warm, but I couldn't sleep without them.

I hate to ding a place when the people are so nice, but I'm generally uncomfortable when traveling, so quite possibly, should have considered shelling out more for more comfy lodgings. Hard to do when you're also budget conscious and have to make tradeoffs.

Cost:
$120 + tax, which seemed pricey compared to Hotel Royal, which I found after the fact for $90 + tax with nicer, brighter, newer, cleaner, and more comfortable-looking rooms. I know, I know - not quite apples to apples, but ...

31/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
13. Susan P.
A friend did the research and booked 3 rooms for our stay. We arrived late in the day and were greeted by a wonderful staff member by the name of Kerri Sue. She checked us all in in record time and even gave us some great suggestions on where we could find dinner.

My room (#13) was very small but I was the only occupant so it was perfect. The room shared by 2 other friends (#12) was a bit bigger and the third room (#23) for the last couple was large with a HUGE bathroom!

The courtyard was super cute and filled with tables and chairs for hanging out. There is also a hot tub should you need to soothe aching legs and feet from walking the French Quarter.

The location of the Inn is awesome. Only a few blocks from the French Market and the water. Canal Street isn't too far and Bourbon Street is the next block. If you don't want to venture far from the French Quarter, this is the place to stay.

The only drawback is the noise from people in the courtyard at late hours. I wear ear plugs at night during hotel stays, so this didn't bother me. But my friends said they were kept awake for awhile by loud people.

All in all, if you like charm and old style buildings, this place is awesome. Kerri Sue was so helpful with food recommendations and such a pleasure to deal with. You can find me at the Inn on Ursulines on my next visit to New Orleans for sure!

28/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Amanda B.
We stayed here on a whim for a night and did not want to leave. Very clean rooms with charm yet modern. The hottub was a plus as well. Perfect location for adventuring, safe area and super nice staff. We will be returning!

28/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Don D.
A very good location on Ursulines toward the end of Bourbon. The Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is nearby. If you want a polyester perfect cookie cutter room this is not the place. These are old buildings which have had some well done upgrades. Good bathroom, good air conditioner, great bed. Staff was wonderful, helpful and informative. We were on the street side and there was not enough noise which kept from a good nights rest.  Le Croissant d'Or down the street was the breakfast place for us on 3 mornings. The group owns other similar properties we may check out on our next trip but the location of Ursulines was perfect for us.

17/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Jenifer M.
We stayed here in July 2013 and cannot wait to go back!  The front desk staff was kind and very helpful.  We stayed in room 5, and it felt like we were the only people in the place, no noise from anywhere! The room was more spacious than expected when we first saw the small doors/windows/walkway. The parking seemed far away, until we stayed at a different Inn, then we realized what we were missing with the parking here. Bourbon street is just around the corner, and the trolley is only a few blocks away.  We both highly recommend!

04/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Adrienne G.
Inn on Ursulines provided the perfect accommodations for us during this year's Jazz Fest & we'd make it a place to choose again, when coming back to New Orleans

We had Room #3 & after arriving at the ungodly hour of 2:30am, there was someone waiting for w/ a smile on his face & a warm greeting

Thinking we'd hate the lower floor room, there was minimal noise from above or from the outside & the A/C helped to tune it out almost completely

Room was large - white walls w/ dark wood trim; dark wood furniture; high ceilings.....free wifi!

Bed was super comfy & lots of pillows to snuggle - the shower was super-teeny & the drain could have used a bit of Draino.....I don't like standing in my dirty water but it was a small price to pay for being so close to everything!

1.7 miles from Jazz Fest ( so says Google maps ) & this made walking back a breeze, considering it'd take us either 40 min to walk it or 2 hrs standing in the taxi line - hmmm, no brainer!

We were only a few short blocks from Cafe Du Monde & the craziness of Bourbon St & the French Quarter but our street was nice & quiet.

Veggie restaurants were also close by & this was most bonus as I always have the hardest time trying to find something to eat while in the land of gumbo & crawfish etouffee

Only other suggestion I might make would be to supply some Do Not Disturb signs - every morning we were there, housekeeping would start knocking on our door at 10am to try to clean our room.....& when we're on vacation & dealing w/ a time zone difference to boot, 10am is awful early!

Regardless of these small suggestions, we'd stay here again in a hearbeat - huge fans!

07/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Alex H.
I was not impressed. Yes, it's a good price and location, but if you expect to sleep at all, don't stay here. Our room was off the street and we didn't sleep a wink. If we weren't woken up by the trash trucks, street cleaning, and horse carriages around 5 am then we were woken by people vomiting outside or door (really) or screaming while walking down the street at 3 am. There is  no insulation at all so you can hear absolutely everything.

Two mornings in a row we had barely any hot water to take a shower with. One morning, the water turned cold 5 minutes in. We retuned back to the room after being gone all day to find our door open. Someone had cleaned the room and failed to shut the door. Thankfully no one stumbled in and stole anything, but that is a pretty serious lapse in security.

There was an overall lack of attention to detail. For example, the floor was pretty dirty. It was hardwood, but someone still needs to vacuum. I shouldn't have black stuff on my feet immediately after showering. It was great that there is a coffee maker in the rooms, but there was no outlet for it---we had to bring it into the bathroom. These things are minor compared to the lack of hot water and noise level, obviously, but we weren't staying at a motel. Details are important.

23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
19. Charles S.
Ok. I give this place 5 stars.  Carrie Sue at the front desk was so friendly and helpful.  Cute too....

This is a small 'boutique' hotel.  Very, very old, one of the oldest buildings in the Quarter but extremely well maintained.  The courtyard is quaint and clean.  The room we had, #5, was small but very, very clean.  The bed was very comfortable.  There was plenty of water pressure and HOT water.  Free coffee in room as well as bottled water.  Housekeeping staff friendly and efficient.

This is not a Hilton, more like a small B&B.  Don't come here expecting a luxury spa resort.  They do have tho a nice hot tub, clean and well maintained at the back of the courtyard.  We will return!

10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Christina F.
Had a great stay here last month. Our flight got in before check in time, but they let us keep our luggage in the lobby while we got lunch and have us a call as soon as the room was ready. We were in Room #3, which was by the main walkway. We thought it might be noisy, but it wasn't at all. The room was super clean and updated and the bed and linens were very comfortable. Yes, as other reviews said, the shower stall was a bit tiny but such a minor detail. The location is perfect - the perfect distance from Bourbon Street and all the action but without the noise.

Our flight got cancelled two days in a row and the front desk staff was very accommodating in helping us add on a few extra nights.

We would definitely consider staying either here or at one of their sister locations the next time we are in town!

11/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Sujin Y.
The location of this hotel is killer! I loved how it's in a quieter part of the French Quarter. When I want to be in the noise I can walk a few blocks down on Bourbon street...by the 2nd day I craved some quiet haha

The staff are super friendly and helpful. Cold water is only $1 and someone is always there so I can just walk over and get a bottle instead of wandering around looking for a place to buy water.

I loved our room! It was clean...soooo clean. There wasn't a light in the closet and I was too freaked out to use it but there was plenty of space in the drawers from both me and the hubz.

We were in room 1 so there is a lot of outside noise at night...horse drawn carriages, the occasional drunk singing, and the god awful trash pickup in the morning. But I'm not much to dwell on city noises and if I had neighbors I never heard them so that was nice.

Ohh the bed was comfy enough where I didn't feel even more tired after a long day. I wish there were more pillows but I'm a pillow hog.

Seriously loved staying here. It was quaint, very New Orleans, and in the perfect location (less than 10 minute walk to Cafe Du Monde).

11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0