Bourbon Street is arguably New Orleans' most famous thoroughfare, slicing through the heart of the French Quarter and hosting thousands of revelers each year during Mardi Gras. One of the best places to view the lively street is from a private, wrought-iron balcony at the historic Lafitte Guest House & Gallery boutique hotel.
150-plus-year history: The house was built by the wealthy Gelieses family in 1849.
Old-World elegance: a black-and-white checkered tile floor in the foyer, white Doric columns in the doorways, and chandeliers above four-poster beds in guest rooms
New Orleans flair: Mansion rooms have exposed brick and wrought-iron balconies that bear intricate latticework and look out to the courtyard.
In-house art gallery: Paintings by Russian-born artist Vladimir Kush grace the walls.
Highlights of New Orleans’s French Quarter
Let the good times roll: that's the town’s unofficial Cajun creed (“Laissez les bons temp rouler!"). Priorities here are inclined toward enjoying life and relishing the moment at hand.
Check your attitude at the door: "Stop thinking of New Orleans as the worst-organized city in the United States," writes author Dan Baum in Nine Lives, his post-Katrina book. "Start thinking of it as the best-organized city in the Caribbean."
Feast on beignets under heaping piles of powdered sugar at the legendary Café Du Monde, near the towering St. Louis Cathedral
Neon lights on Bourbon Street advertise frozen cocktails and gaudy strip clubs.
More New Orleans nightlife awaits on the slightly less touristy Frenchmen Street, just north of the Quarter.
Jazz fills the air at the Spotted Cat Music Club, where a sign warns that both drinks and drunks are barred from the piano—but like all rules in New Orleans, it's one that's bound to get bent from time to time.
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What You Get
Stay for up to five in a garden or mansion room
Dates into August
Policies and Fees
Reservations: dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
Cancellation policy: 15-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
Taxes: 13% tax and $1 nightly room tax added at purchase
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
15-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
Must be 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
Not valid with reward points
13% tax and $1 nightly room tax added at purchase.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Garden or Mansion Room
One king bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 5
Adding occupants above standard: no charge
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: noon
Parking: available for an additional $30 per day
Rollaways: available for no additional cost; subject to availability
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets up to 40 lbs. may be added for an additional $20 per pet per night.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: not available
Nearest airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY; 16 miles)
Cab fare: about $35 from MSY
"Hit up the French Market for unique finds and oddities ranging from vintage clothing and jewelry to handmade Mardi Gras masks."
– Ella Swenson, Groupon Stylist
"If you love craft beer, you absolutely HAVE to go to Avenue Pub. It’s one of the best selections I’ve seen, not just in New Orleans, but in the country. The floors are creaky and the tables are wobbly, but the dozens of taps flow smoothly into each brew’s designated glassware."
– Kelly MacDowell, Groupon Senior Writer