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Rating: 3.48

Address: 1227 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70116

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    Comments (23):

    1. Alan L.
    I went to New Orleans as a surprise for my birthday.  Check in was Saturday at 3pm, and I arrived at 3pm, but was told my room was not ready.  The gentleman told me he would give me a free upgrade to a suite, so I followed him across the street and went up to the 3rd floor where the heat was sweltering.  Mind you, I'm from Florida, so I'm used to it being hot, but the room must not have been occupied for awhile as the A/C was not on.  He turned on the A/C and told me it should be cool in 45 minutes.  Needless to say, the room did not cool down to a comfortable level for our entire stay!  I slid the bed across the hardwood floors so I could sleep directly in front of the A/C unit.  I did complain about it, and they offered me another room on the 3rd floor, but that one smelled like a dog, so I declined.  They said they had already rented out the other rooms for the weekend (including the one we originally booked) and that I could go elsewhere if I wanted.  Well, looking for another B & B on no notice wasn't even an option.  Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the Rathbone Inn.  Note: The Rathbone Inn has 2 buildings, I did not stay in the building with the pool, I stayed in the one across the street.

    19/08/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    2. Toby D.
    We had my bachelor party in New Orleans and all of the guys stayed here at the Rathbone Inn.  What an awesome place!  We had the "Mardi Gras" suite.  It was the off-season in between Jazz fest and Mardi Gras, so the price was ridiculously reasonable.  They offer off-street parking, however, its a tiny lot and they ask that you leave them your keys so they will move your vehicle if it is blocking someone else in.  The lady running the office is very nice and I would definitely trust leaving her the keys to my car.  The room was absolutely huge.  There were 2 twin size beds, a king size bed and a living room with a pull-out couch.  The room offered 2 private balconies!  One was absolutely huge, the whole length of one side of the building.  We felt like kings sitting on the balcony, overlooking the beautiful street.  The smaller balcony was a little more rickety, but safe enough for 2 people at a time.  

    It's about a 15 minute walk to the busiest part of Bourbon Street, if that's what you're after.  We didn't mind the walk, but we only stayed one night.  It might get tedious if you're there for a longer period of time.  I'm sure you could get a quick taxi ride to the hotel if you don't want to walk it.  

    The breakfast was also really good.  Homemade coffee cake and muffins, fresh squeezed juice and coffee.  We definitely ate our fill to nurse the hangovers.  This place lives up to the legend of New Orleans hospitality.  Very kind and helpful owners/managers with great suggestions and a good attitude.  

    Also, the B&B is haunted.  I know that a LOT of places in NOLA claim to be haunted, but the Rathbone actually has documentation of previous hauntings in the room that you can read through.  It gives an up-to-date list of things people have seen and heard in the room you're sleeping in!  We didn't experience any paranormal activity while we were there, but maybe our partying scared the ghosts away!

    I'm pretty sure the prices are exponentially higher during the peak seasons, but if you have the money or are planning to visit during the off-season, this is the B&B for you.

    19/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Lauren L.
    The Rathbone Inn isn't top of the line, but it was clean, comfortable and our room was huge, with a kitchen area and a giant balcony.  It's a quick walk to Bourbon and Frenchmen Streets, and the neighborhood seemed safe. The beds were super comfortable and there were freshly baked muffins each morning at breakfast..  Our only complaint was the one tiny bathroom, but having the kitchen sink and counter helped 4 girls get ready at once!  I would definitely recommend The Rathbone.

    28/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Cori M.
    Our stay at the Rathbone Mansion in New Orleans was simply awful. Accommodations were sub par, management at the location was rude even after being informed of obvious rodent and insect issues, moist and pungent odors throughout the room and being mislead that breakfast was inclusive of our stay. We spoke with Pat (the alleged general manager) who denied that any of what we said was true even after housekeeping staff confirmed. Perhaps the most unsatisfying was when BookIt.com customer care refused to champion our cause - claiming that there was a no-refund policy, a policy to which we were never furnished. We checked out of the facility immediately and decided to defer to American Express after being misled and treated so poorly. Needless to say, we will never stay at this bread and breakfast again nor utilize the services of BookIt.com , without reservation. We further intend to voice our continued concerns from our experience at the Rathbone Mansion and BookIt.com through social media and review avenues so that the public is fully aware of its practices.

    01/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    5. Brittany V.
    I also posted a review on another reviewer website, I've copy and pasted from there, with additional comments...

    Parking is limited. There are 3 spots on location, the rest are on the street if you are lucky. The mansion is a glorified house not a mansion at all, and looks absolutely terrible on the outside. It's small and not what I would expect of a "mansion." I did get a "free upgrade" to a king size room. The inside of the room was pretty nice. King size bed, kitchen sink with counter microwave and mini fridge. (A week after getting home I had bed bug bites all over my legs and I've got the pictures and doctors to prove it)Their make up removing clothes is a washcloth not at all what I expected. The bathroom is up 3 steps so make sure you are 100% dry so you don't slip on your way out. There are no grips to keep you falling or a railing. The pool is about the size of a hot tub which is fine if the owner isn't in it with 3 other people. It's quiet to sleep at night, but hopefully youre a morning person because it is VERY loud in the morning. It IS close the the French quarter but the residential side of it. Good luck walking to anything worth seeing in the heat and good luck walking at night. I was walking back to my car which was parked at royal and esplanade and there were police outside who told me the area was a crime scene and they were waiting for the coroner. Know what that means?? Dead body. He escorted me back to my car an said under no circumstances to be out alone and do not carry anything valuable at any point. I'm in the process of trying to get my money back. (Note: I DID get my money back after complaining to my credit card company. Bookit.com and the Rathbone refused my refund. The owner is rude and will NOT refund anyones money EVER. Do not even bother. Just go straight to your credit card company)

    Very very poor impression of new Orleans so far. Absolutely stay somewhere else. Do not risk being in this neighborhood. It is a very poor, very dirty, very bad part of town. Most of New Orleans is high crime, but this area in particular is very very bad. There were hookers on the street and a lot of sketchy people. There are better b and b's especially at at this price!

    13/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    6. Iris B.
    Another beautiful B&B to stay at while in NOLA.  There are actually two mansions. Rathbone Mansion and Rathbone Mansion II across the street.  At 2, I stayed in an immaculately large room with ceiling to floor windows, huge king sized bed, and gorgeous decor in neutral pleasant colors. Close walk to the French Quarter (and Port of Call ~ check review below).  There's also an outdoor pool and jacuzzi on the premise.  

    Richard, who was the Innkeeper at the time, was friendly as could be, and served up a mean breakfast in the AMs (and by mean, I mean damn good!)  Also a pet friendly establishment which can be hard to find in some nicer places at times while traveling.

    * One warning, this was a few years ago however I don't suggest walking around too much at night alone, especially as a girl, it's a bit sketchy and nightcrawlers seem to come out of the woodworks here as they can sense fresh meat.  be wary and safe. ..otherwise have fun!

    02/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Meg R.
    My boyfriend and I stayed at the Rathbone for 3 nights in March just a few weeks ago. We booked our stay through BookIt.Com and on our way to New Orleans we called them to add an extra night. Because we arrived late at night, we recieved an envelope with instructions on how to check in, and from that point we never met, saw, or even knew who any of the managers were throughout our entire stay. The hotel was a bit of a treck from the French Quarter, at least the part of the French Quarter of which you would want to spend your time, but we are very easy going people and just went with the flow. I have never even written a review but I feel it was necessary to share this with future potential customers. Upon check-out, the woman who handled our business was very rude-I guess we had not been added into the system for the extra night we signed up for via phone on our way to New Orleans, so they had no reciept of our stay, nor was she friendly even though this was obviously her mistake. After leaving, I realized I left my Kindle in the room, and immediately called the mansions (literally no more than 2 hours after check out). Magically, my kindle was no where to be found.

    I feel the mansion has potential, but obviously we will not be staying there again. The workers, whether that be room service or the cleaning ladies or whoever, are dishonest and without a doubt have yanked my Kindle. I am very disappointed and will be taking my service elsewhere (of which there are plenty other places to stay much closer to the French Quarter) in the future.

    28/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    8. Westly L.
    I was not impressed but I was satisfied with my stay at the Rathbone Mansion. It wasn't the greatest but it wasn't bad. The room was a decent size and cleaned LCD (small), Refrigerator (dirty on the outside but clean on the inside), and Microwave. The bed was unusually big in height (I had to get a run start to jump onto the bed). The heating/cooling system they had mad too much noise, especially in the morning. Rathbone Mansion's owners and Managers could do a better job on the upkeep of the place. I've notice some chipped paint on the wall and some other minor eyesores. Breakfast was pretty good and our breakfast host was great, she was full of life and lots energy. As for parking is first come first serve but plenty of parking on both sides of the street but be mindful of parking signs. Anyway I didn't come to NOLA to stay in a room, Rathbone Mansions was only a few blocks away from restaurants, bars such as Call of Port (best burgers & drink), and Bourbon St. was walking distance from the Mansion. To be honest we really didn't need a car because we walked and finding parking in French quarters can be a little difficult. I had a blast and I would return to Rathbone to save money. Hotels can be pretty pricey in that area.

    20/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    9. Greg B.
    First time in New Orleans and my girlfiends clients recommended the Rathbone, and  what a recommendation.  It is definitely a bed and breakfast but comfy and a great staff.  The pool has salt water so no chlorine and all the rooms have ice trays.  But the staff is great.  Terry, I believe, serves up some awesome breakfast especially after hitting the french quarter all day and night long.  Awesome prices and more awesome people, cant beat it.

    09/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Martha H.
    We just returned from a nice weekend stay at the Rathbone Mansions and loved it. We were arrived late and found detailed, easy to follow instructions waiting for us on how to get into our room. We were very pleasantly suprised to see that we had been upgraded to a king suite! The room was very clean, and was cleaned every day - which was unexpected and nice! The building themselves are beautiful. Don't expect completely modern bathroom/kitchen amenities, but you're staying in a historic building and that's the way it should be!

    We only had breakfast one day, but it was delicious, easy, and fresh (the homemade banana nut muffins were delicious). All of the staff we talked to were nice and helpful. We told Pat that we were going to see a Second Line parade, and she gave us an umbrella and napkins to wave around! Very thoughtful.

    The location is also great. It was an easy walk to all the French Quarter activity, and we didn't worry at all about walking back late at night. We were also able to catch cabs off the street.

    07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Nicole M.
    We (three 21-year old girls) stayed here during the week. The building was beautiful but the room itself wasn't historical, it was just old and run down. It was a different vibe than a hotel would be and we liked it, but it just wasn't what we expected. The walk to Bourbon Street and the rest of the French Quarter was fine during the day, but at night we were a bit uncomfortable walking home. Overall, the price was great and we didn't spend much time in the room anyway, it was just a bit further than we thought it would be and a little more run down.

    31/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Sean B.
    Stayed in the Sugar Bowl Suite for 3 nights (but had reserved something smaller, I guess we lucked out):  

    The good:

    1. Quite a large room. Honestly, it was about the size of some studio apartments here in DC. We felt like we had rented out a small apartment.

    2. The furnishings in the room itself.  Not over the top, good colors (minus the uncomfortable sofa bed). Dug the brass framed bed and canopy.  

    3. The staff was very friendly.

    4. The common areas were very nice as well but they went a bit overboard with the furnishings and decorations. Suggestion to the owner: sometimes less is better.

    The average:

    The bathroom was inferior to mine, which isn't exactly modern. The low shower head might have been ideal for my 5'1" girlfriend but it most definitely was not ideal for me.  

    The poor:

    1. The towels were pretty bad, on par with a Motel 6.  Not comfortable whatsoever. At least they were clean.

    2. The sheets were a little on the rough side. One sheet had a small hole in it too.

    3. Crappy TV with a remote that didn't work.

    The last one I really didn't care about since one doesn't come to NOLA to watch TV.  The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is due to the bathroom and location.

    Overall a very pleasant hotel that I think is a good value (we paid $110/night plus tax). It is a bit of a walk to the heart of the French Quarter, but it is pretty close to Frenchman St. If you think your trip will center around the French Quarter and/or the other side of town (such as the Garden District, Uptown, etc), I would not suggest it if you don't want to walk much. And if you have any qualms with anything remotely sketchy, you might not want to stay here since the neighborhood has a small sketchville flavor to it. Keyword: SMALL. It really isn't bad at all but some of my yuppie brethern might trip out.

    On the other hand, it has character and personality. I'd definitely choose it over a lot of other similarly priced hotels just due to that.

    12/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Emily R.
    This was a really cool place to stay if you would like to experience the New Orleans feel and ambiance. There are 2 mansions that are across the street from each other. Main house is where the pool/hot tub are and where breakfast is served daily by an awesome lady (don't know her name :(  ) The house manager lady is Tina (I think?) and she is nice but definitely more business. Had no problems with check in when we got there. Room was the 2 bedroom suite in the other house. Bedrooms are SMALL- but oh well. Beds are probably as old as the house haha. There was a living room area so it was not a huge deal. There was only 1 bathroom though which was prob the most inconvenient part of the lodging.

    Location is good- in a cute part of town- Bourbon was about 10 min walk and Frenchman st was about 10-15 min walk. Not bad- but definitely plan on walking around your entire trip (ladies leave your heels at home- cobblestone streets = bad).

    This is a bed and breakfast so you cannot expect the amenities of a hotel chain- but it's definitely a great experience and much warmer and more charm then you would get with a hotel.

    Overall I enjoyed my stay. I think this place is a tad more suited for people 30+ who are not looking to come to New Orleans to party their pants off. My group was in there late 20's though and everyone was happy with it.

    11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Desiree P.
    Getting a hotel in New Orleans for JazzFest is very difficult. Out of desperation booking late we came here; I'm very glad we did.

    The property is beautiful with a nice pool and bar area, the rooms are clean (and cute!), and the staff is friendly and accommodating.

    We are close to everything but still far enough to be able to get a peaceful night's sleep.

    I without hesitation will re-book upon my next adventure to NoLo.

    07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Ryan P.
    Spent three nights here last weekend and loved it! This place is a true gem and the prices are unbeatable, especially with breakfast included.

    The staff is friendly, I love eating with the other guests, and the breakfast is solid and home cooked. The pool is a really nice perk.

    We stayed across the street from the main house in a king room just off the garden patio. TV, AC, refrig, comfy bed...everything we needed.

    01/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Gretchen P.
    Stayed in the Rathbone II at 1244 Esplanade and had a lovely experience.  Overall, the pros of the Rathbone outweighed the minor cons.

    Pros:
    Friendly staff who are quick to give good tips
    Free breakfast (nothing fancy, but lots of fresh fruit, breads and muffins, cereals and coffee)
    Nicely appointed room, felt very "New Orleans"
    Quaint atmosphere, not a generic hotel (may want to tone down the decorations in the common area though...)
    Walking distance to the French Quarter and St Charles Street Car
    Pool and Hot Tub plus outdoor patio
    iPod docking station alarm clock, great for people who sleep to music

    Cons:
    Floors in room were dirty, as was the rug, and there was a stain on my sheets.  Nothing too offensive, but I definitely rolled back the rug and wiped the floor down before laying out my yoga mat.  
    The mosquito netting canopy over my bed fell out of the ceiling the night I wanted to use it.
    There was some issue with my fridge leaking.
    Windows don't open, would have been nice to have had a way to get fresh air into the room.

    Overall, though, this place was better than expected!  It's definitely a bargain and has a quaint feel, which was exactly what I was looking for.

    16/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    17. Jay D.
    Not only is this where I had my a-ha moment of clarity that I had to move to New Orleans, in November of 2009 during my umpteenth visit to the city, sitting on my suite's beautiful balcony overlooking the oak trees on Esplanade, this guest house was also my first home in this city. The Rathbone, or "The Bone" as my friends and I lovingly referred to it after my 8 week stay during "Summer of Fun 2010", will always have a very special place in my heart. I will always refer my out-of-town friends who don't want to crash on my air mattress, and also plan to spend every anniversary of being a resident, here.

    Tip: they do weekly rates in both their "B&B" rooms and their "efficiency" rooms. If you're NOT coming here for special events like Jazz Fest or Mardi Gras, but are planning to spend some time, that's certainly worth looking into. The efficiency rooms are in the Rathbone II across the street, but you have full use of the pool in the back of the main mansion, and trust me, my friends and I took FULL advantage of that with many a pool party. The off-season weekly rate was $275 for the efficiency, quite reasonable, although I didn't have access to laundry and the shower had fairly low water pressure. You get a microwave and fridge, no frills and basic, but I wasn't spending much time in my room - uhm, did I mention the pool?!

    Dog friendly and Renee, the manager who run this place, truly demonstrates good ol' southern hospitality at its finest. In fact, the first place I rented in Mid-City ended up being a total nightmare, and had to get to out ASAP. My money was tied up in the security deposit and first month rent for that place but I called Renee, explained the desperate situation and lack of available funds - he replied without missing a beat: "Girl, you want your keys back? I'll leave them in the mailbox and you just pay me when you can. You're family now."

    25/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Amber L.
    I'm fairly torn about giving this B&B a 'meh' review since I had such a great trip, but the bottom line is that this place could be awesome and it just isn't. I'll lay out my experience with a list of pros and cons. I stayed for a week.

    Pros

    1. Friendly staff and great service. Breakfast service was good, and we chatted a bit with staff while out on the patio. Check-out was also nice and easy - they even called a cab for me, which I thought was very helpful.

    2. Neat, historical building. Very beautiful from the outside.

    3. Easy walk to the French Quarter... but far enough away that you don't have to deal with long nights filled with noise and chaos.

    4. Flat-screen TV with plenty of channels. It was nice to unwind with Cartoon Network or the Travel Channel after a long day of walking.

    5. Gorgeous swimming pool - It had a party light and fountains. We really enjoyed capping our night off with an evening swim and a soak in the hot tub... especially b/c it was such a long, hot day.

    6. Nice porch for relaxing and people-watching.

    7. Free breakfast! Had staples such as cereal, yogurt, coffee cakes, muffins, toast, fruit, and bagels.

    Now for the Cons.

    1. Not clean. The sheets were clean (if a bit rough), but the floors were... not really up to my standards. There was dirt and grime around the edge of the floors, the window sills were disgusting, and there was mold and grime around the baseboards of the bathroom. Bad enough for a mushroom to be growing out of the baseboard (I'll attach a picture).

    2. Floorboards had holes. I'm willing to give a pass for a bit of disrepair and dinginess, since it is a historical building, but this was pretty bad. There was a floorboard that seemed to be partially missing in the bathroom and it was just LOADED with dirt. I was wondering where the mud came from in the bathtub, and then I noticed it was b/c I stepped on the missing floorboard before getting in.

    3. The pipes suck. Every time I took a shower, it would be about 3 minutes of hot water, 1 minute of icy cold water, then another minute of boiling hot water before going back to a normal temperature.

    4. Bugs, bugs, BUGS. Not really the bugs themselves, but the fact that the room wouldn't allow us to keep them away. The mosquito netting had holes and dead bugs caught up in it. The door didn't fit in the doorway correctly, so there was a rather large space for the bugs to come in (we got several varieties flying around). Also, there was a HUGE cockroach in our room on our second to last night there. Not necessarily the Rathbone's fault (cockroaches in New Orleans are typical), but you'd think that they'd take some precautions against any kind of infestation.

    5. The cleaning lady would come in despite my having put the "Please do not Disturb" sign on the knob. One time, it was knocked completely off the knob and was laying in front of our door. While she cleaned, she apparently turned our air conditioner off, despite it having been a hot day. And for some reason, she replaced our towels EVERY day, even though I hung them up per the "Be Green" sign.

    6. The self check-in method is unsafe. Honestly, anyone that knows how the self check-in method works could potentially use it to cause some trouble.

    7. The light outside of our room. I understand the purpose of the light, but I noticed that we were the only room that didn't have nice, heavy, pull-down curtains or blinds to block it out at night, which made it difficult to get to sleep.

    To be fair, I didn't bring ANY of these issues to the manager's attention - I got this room for a steal through BookIt.com and I went to New Orleans to enjoy myself... not stress over where I was sleeping for six or seven hours each day. I just wouldn't stay at this B&B in the future without it going through some MAJOR overhaul.

    20/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    19. Jason F.
    Great place to stay.  The owner, Pat, was very knowledgeable about the area.  There are two parts of the property, one on each side of the street.  The rooms are very nice and clean.  The location is about a $7 taxi ride down to the French Quarter.  I highly recommend staying here if you want a nice relaxing room to stay at.  I would definitely stay here again.  The breakfasts are worthwhile, too.

    09/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Amber B.
    I stayed here for 7 nights with two friends in the room 307 Frenchquarter suite. It was awesome* there was privacy for the couple I stayed with in their sanctioned off bed and the bed I had was comfy! Showers are good! You have to wait a bit for hot water but it never quits and just make sure the taps are completely closed or it will squeel.
    If you are completely sheltered, the neighbourhood is awesome* just use your common sense.I found some neighbours friendly myself and some would need a bit of warming up to lol.There are all types of people in a city, variety is to be expected. There is a beauty supply store two blocks over and behind that I wish I knew about before!
    I loved Tonya who cooks breakfast and helps out with everything you need* she is amazing. The rooms are historic and  have all the character charm you would want. It used to be a house so that is the feel you get not a classy french character suite. It is perfect for a unique casual character place with history and culture.
    The surrounding homes and shops are so cool. Frenchman street and the French market is walking distance so is Bourbon street.

    21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. EC C.
    Cheap for a reason...historic mansion that has been updated all the way to Motel 6 status. We were in the second building and our room featured chintzy cheap Wal-Mart decorations, sloppy remodeling- think slumlord style with stuff essentially fixed with duct tape and shoe strings. We stayed there for 5 days and our bed never once had the sheets changed...or even got made. The heater in our room sounded like a jet engine and was so full of dust you'd choke when it was turned on. Don't even get me started on the bathroom. FILTHY. The best part was the location and the price.  Wouldn't stay there again, even though other places in the area cost much more.

    30/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    22. Pam E.
    Horrible!  Don't do it!  10x10 room with no charm, a l lumpy bed and a shower I had to wear shower shoes in.

    27/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    23. Ned T.
    Had a couple beers reading the reviews after we stayed our first night but look at it like this.. The place may have some rough edges here and there but what are your expectations when visiting NOLA? A modern, boring Hilton in the metro section or an old home with charm? I don't sit atop a high horse in life so I found Rathbone charming, amazing bed, nice staff, outdoor pool, fun morning music, close to FQ and bus route. Even Henry the cat takes refuge there, traumatized by gutter punks and hid in a tree for 2 weeks until staff coaxed him down and fed him.   The reality is you're just another globetrotting tourist in any town but they made my stay very comfortable. Cheers!

    02/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0