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Rating: 4.63

Address: 2517 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA, 70117

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    Comments (16):

    1. b. e.
    I've stayed at the Lion's Inn on two separate occasions. Both my experiences were wonderful. The rooms and bathrooms are immaculate, unlike other small B&B's in NOLA. The location is great, right in the heart of the Marigny, a short and delightful walk to Frenchman St. and the French Quarter! There's amazing breakfast and Thai after 5pm at The Cake Cafe across the street. I would highly recommend staying with Floyd and Stuart @ The Lions Inn! Thanks gentlemen for the wonderful hospitality and the delicious wine and cheese hour!

    16/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Jon E.
    I cannot say enough about this place. Staying here, you  honestly feel like a house guest, almost like family.

    The location is perfect if you're seeking something close to the tourist trap, but a little off the beaten path. It's in the Marigney neighborhood, which has it's own hip little scene, but is walking distance to the French Quarter. It's also right down the street from the excellent Cake Cafe, which has an excellent meatloaf sandwich, among other things. It's also close to a handful of comfortable neighborhood bars and other cafes.

    The garden is a meticulously maintained paradise of relaxation. Impressive for a backyard garden.

    The pool is clean and plenty big, plus there are HOT showers in the back so you can rinse off before/after a dip. Hanging near the pool is a sign that declares "Do whatever you like. Just do it quietly." We only used the hot tub once, but it was everything a hot tub should be. There's also a nice little patio area with table and chairs, and a fridge with free refreshments. If you're smart enough to be hanging out here around 5, you'll be rewarded with a glass of wine and a cheese/cracker plate.

    The rooms are simple, but very nicely kept. Everything in the room was clean and comfortable and I slept like a baby. The A/C worked well (an important feature in August) and the cable TV was, well, cable TV.

    Best of all was the sincere, welcoming (yet not overbearing) treatment by the hosts. The price was better than reasonable and if I were to return to New Orleans, I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.

    12/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Gordon D.
    Jon E. said it right. This place is wonderful, Floyd, Stuart and the others hanging around this warm and homely old house in the adorably funky Marigny neighborhood welcomed us like family, or, even better, old friends (other guests included).

    I would only add that the place is dog friendly too, Floyd is really a dog guy, and our accommodations were incredibly accommodating on that front, along with all others.

    Wouldn't think of staying anywhere else in New Orleans.

    20/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Mister Chub S.
    After reading so many wonderful comments about Floyd I was disappointed to find out he wouldn't be with us for our stay. The woman who was there was nice to *us* but she said a few racists comments that made both my partner and I uncomfortable ("Don't go in that neighborhood, there are a lot of poor black people.") We tried to just keep to ourselves after that.

    Our room was beautiful and very clean and right by the pool which was convenient. There was a window A/C which was nice and a small fridge.

    The grounds were lush and very well taken care of and the pool area was really delightful. They also had a hot tub which was a plus!

    They have 2 dogs, one was named "Nippers" and one morning ran toward me and bit my foot. He didn't break the skin but it was not the best way to start my morning. The really annoying thing about it is that she just brushed it off and said, "Oh, he does that some times." Unacceptable. The other dog, however was really sweet and gentle.

    The biggest draw to this B&B was the FREE BIKE RENTALS! They had 4 bikes or so with locks and chains that you could take with you on your day. We saw a lot of New Orleans because of the bikes.

    It's in a good location- 15 minutes by foot to the start of the French Quarter. It is right near the Cake Cafe which is a MUST-SEE while you're in town. Amazing cupcakes!

    The food was good. There were a few times where she made us eggs but otherwise it was serve yourself bagels, cereal and fruit.

    I'd stay there again if Floyd was going to be there.

    07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Timothy W.
    I stayed here back in October.

    I had read reviews that it was very homey and everyone was very nice. My first thought when reading this was "No s#%t, it's a bed and breakfast." But quite honestly it is a really great experience.

    My room was exactly as described online, small, but with room to move around. The place was very clean and the bathroom was impressively clean, especially since it was a shared bathroom.

    I had forgotten to bring a book with me, but Floyd was nice enough to let me borrow one of his. Everyone there seemed to know each other (some of the people had been guests there several times) and it really did have a homey feel to it.

    The room was affordable, the pool was nice, the back courtyard was beautiful and idyllic for a warm day in the sun reading, and the hot tub was my favorite. I enjoyed myself so much i have booked a bigger, slightly more expensive room for my girlfriend and I for Thanksgiving.

    Now, being Marigny, you have to take into account that the Lion's Inn is very gay friendly. I would say right out that it is a gay B&B (seems a little redundant doesn't it?) but of course they accept everyone just as they are. I am not gay myself, but given the usual clientele, many just assumed that I was. So just to say, if any of that makes you uncomfortable, this isn't your place.

    This place really is one of the best places to stay.

    09/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Geir G.
    An easy walk from the French Quarter and all that it has to offer, the Lions Inn was our little oasis to return to after a nice dinner and drinks or a show.  The room was comfortable and clean, the pool and frog pond areas were lovely, and the proprietors were friendly and accommodating.  We had our pooch with us - a very dog friendly place.  These aren't luxury digs, but very comfortable, priced well and very cozy.  Next time to NOLA, we'll stay again, and hopefully longer this time.

    18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Caroline M.
    Owner Floyd is very accomodating.  There is a pool and fish pond in the back.  I've stayed twice, and enjoyed both visits.  Wine and cheese served at night.  Bagels, coffee, tea, jam, OJ, etc. for breakfast.  Close to quarter, grocery stores, and a bunch of nice little bars.

    27/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Andrew B.
    Perfect Spot! Right outside the craziness of the quarter.  A garden oasis with the finest hospitality.  The fellow guests are a pleasure to meet.  (My experiences ranged from a polite chat to a raucous evening by the pool.)  The owners are extremely helpful when it comes to navigating your way around.  Free bikes, a wine/cheese hour, and more southern charm than you can imagine.  

    A real diamond in the rough.

    26/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Jason S.
    This really is a hidden gem. We have stayed here twice and had a great experience both times. Ed, the manager, is the sweetest man. I mentioned it was my partner's birthday and he had a cake waiting for us when we arrived. The rooms are spotless and the grounds are beautifully landscaped, plus the pool and hot tub are very clean and a nice retreat from the busy day. Each morning there is an extensive continental breakfast (coffee, yogurt, eggs, bagels etc.)  and a wine and cheese social hour each day from 5-6. The place is quiet at night so even if you are a light sleeper there shouldn't be a problem. The Wi-Fi is free, it doesn't reach all the way to the back of the pool area but I just sat up front when I needed to use it.
    The neighborhood is a relatively quiet and safe artists community. Just 10 minutes walking to the Quarter but Lion's Inn provides free bikes if you need them. There are also several coffee shops, restaurants, and bars within a few minutes walking as well. Great location away from the crazy quarter but easy to get to. Be sure to check out Cake Cafe across the street, Bacchanal Wine in the Bywater and The Country Club (clothing optional resort) about a 15 minute walk down Chartres. We can't wait to come back and stay here again.

    23/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Eryn H.
    The Lion's Inn's selling point and biggest asset is the beautiful courtyard and pool. It was so so nice to have a pool to swim in during a hot and humid summer afternoon. This inn is very affordable for New Orleans standards especially considering there is a pool, all other aspects basically meet the value. The rooms are very clean and have some charming details, I did notice the towels were very shabby and our room on second floor was extremely dark. I also would have been nice if they would have turned on the AC unit prior to our arrival, it was so hot in our room I could barely breath for the first 30 minutes. The breakfast was serviceable but nothing really special. But really, I am not in New Orleans to sit in my hotel room and there are beignets to eat and so many good brunch places in the neighborhood to check out. Speaking of the neighborhood, The Lion's Inn is in a great neighborhood especially if you are trying to avoid the super touristy areas of New Orleans. It is a really easy walk to Frenchman St and the French Quarter and we felt comfortable walking back late at night. The Lion's Inn is great for the money, I would highly recommend it!

    11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Amber I.
    Super chill, super nice host. Amazing oasis garden and pool. The guests are friendly and adventurous. The Marigny is probably my favorite neighborhood, and the Lion's Inn is well priced, clean and a home away from home after a good night out.

    23/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Jen B.
    Firtst, let me say that we stayed at the apt across the street, not the room(s) with the pool in the back. I mention this because its supposed to be much nicer.

    Umm what to say? Run down, falling apart & I was amazed that I didn't see bugs crawling around when I turned the lights on. The bed crashed in on one side when I was getting off of it & made me feell like maybe all those beignets were finally making me pay, but after further inspection it was just the bed (phew! Now I can go back to eating). Oh, and the decor was a cross between 50's pervert & mom on the ranch. Ugh.

    Plus- it's inexpensive & you can use the pool across the street.

    06/11/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. John G.
    We decided really to stay here based on price, yelp reviews and it's location.  Loved being in the Marigny and being able to walk to the quarter or the bywater and Treme.  We loved being able to walk around the neighborhood and just look at the local architecture and find neighborhood bars.  It seems like there is a strong gay element in the Marigny and that was an unexpected bonus.  We didn't really take advantage of the opportunities to socialize with the other guests, they have wine and cheese hour from 5-6 daily.  The weather was cold, so we didn't get a chance to hang by the pool or hop in the hot tub.  I'm not at all familiar with bed and breakfasts, just a few minor issues, bed was kinda lumpy, a few guests in neighboring rooms were loud and had barking dogs or were blasting their TV's too loud, but not for too long.  Pretty satisfied overall with the experience, would strongly consider staying here again in the future.

    31/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Richard R.
    I took a 3 day trip to New Orleans by myself and stayed at Lions Inn, room D, which gave me affordable accommodations in a great location near the French Quarter.  The B&B is beautiful.  The building is classic NOLA.  The staff was very helpful. Good breakfast in a lovely, huge renovated modern kitchen/ dining room.  I enjoyed chatting with a couple other guests during breakfast.  All common areas are top notch and high quality.  The outdoor pool, hot tub, garden and pond are awesome. The large back yard is a hidden gem!  I highly recommend this B&B. And no, I am not the proprietor's mother!  I am just a tourist from Philadelphia PA.

    19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Sarah M.
    My husband and I stayed in the Sun Room while we were in town for a concert. Top notch accommodations with pool, hot tub, wine and cheese hour. Our room could be reached through an outside door, which was great because we did not have to enter through the front door of the house and  wake everyone up when we got back from our concert at 2:00am!

    02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Rory T.
    I stayed for a couple of days over July 4 2013. The gentleman who checked me in, Ed, was kind and very helpful. I stayed in Room B which is basically a double bed with shared bathroom access. The shared bathroom was never a problem, the place was always quiet and clean, and the bed and pillows were comfortable.

    There's a great in-ground pool in the backyard as well as a hot tub, both open 24 hours should you get adventurous. The continental breakfast each morning and the complimentary wine and cheese afternoon hour were both great.

    As for the location- this is a quiet, safe residential street in Marigny. It was exactly what I wanted: about a ten minute walk to the excitement of the French Quarter but away from the noise. The walk to and from seemed very safe each time I did it (which was around 11 a couple of nights). There are also some great local bars and restaurants in Marigny within a few blocks that I'd recommend for some less touristy fare (including Mimi's, a great dive around the corner with pool and an awesome on tap selection).

    Top all this off with complimentary bikes, wifi, and umbrellas, and you've got me sold on staying here the next time I'm in NOLA.

    08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0