Bienville House Hotel Review – Old World elegance in New Orleans

After a long day of travelling from Vancouver to New Orleans, my friend and I were excited to check into Bienville House Hotel, located within the heart of the city’s famous French Quarter.

We had heard a lot about this manor-style hotel, so walking up to the front door and taking in its architecture and ambience, including French windows, wrought-iron balconies with potted plants, sconce lighting, brass plaques and waving flags, we were thrilled and decided the façade looks like something straight out of a period movie.

Outside the charming, historic Bienville House French Quarter New Orleans. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Outside the charming, historic Bienville House French Quarter New Orleans. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Stepping through the front doors, the hand-painted murals and overstuffed seating located in the lobby only added to the Old-World elegance of the hotel. That timeless style, including decorative chandeliers and tiled floors, continues through to the 80 intimate guest rooms and three suites spread across four floors.

Outside the charming, historic Bienville House French Quarter New Orleans. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Outside the charming, historic Bienville House French Quarter New Orleans. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

History of Bienville House New Orleans

Dating back to 1835, the hotel is made up of two 18th century (former) warehouse buildings, so its period look and feel are authentic. Bienville House was named in honor of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, also known as Sieur de Bienville. The French-Canadian was an early governor of French Louisiana and founded New Orleans in 1718.

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Bienville House Hotel Review

We found a lot to like about Bienville House Hotel and here are just some of the highlights.

Bienville House French Quarter Hotel Rooms

We stayed in spacious deluxe king rooms with a classic French design and classic mahogany. The comfortable bed has fine Italian linen and the large bathroom features white Carrara marble.

Although we did not view the 4th floor Sundeck Rooms, having a relaxing patio to enjoy after a day of touring the French Quarter, sounds very appealing.

WiFi is complimentary.

Inside a deluxe queen room at Bienville House New Orleans.

Inside a deluxe king room at Bienville House New Orleans. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Bienville House Amenities

Flagstone Courtyard

After some really hectic days in New Orleans, a visit to this tranquil sanctuary, surrounded by greenery and trimmed with wrought-iron balconies, is the perfect escape. And, if you have time, a dip in the heated saltwater swimming pool just adds to the experience.

Bienville House has a heated saltwater swimming pool.

Bienville House has a heated saltwater swimming pool. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Pet-Friendly

For an extra charge, guests of Bienville House Hotel can welcome up to two pets. Easy access to Woldenberg Park, a great place to walk the dog along the Mississippi riverfront, is an added bonus.

LGBTQI+ Friendly

As with pretty much all of New Orleans, Bienville House is very LGBTQI+ friendly and is proud to be a TAG approved hotel. Travel Advocacy Group (TAG), is a collection of LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations that have completed a qualification process based on their employment policies, services and support for the LGBTQI+ community.

24-hour Valet Parking

We didn’t have a vehicle so can’t comment on the valet parking, but it’s a very handy option to have in a busy city like New Orleans, where parking can be limited. At the time of our stay, parking was $44 per day for average-sized vehicles.

Dining at Bienville House Hotel

When it came to dining at Bienville House, we were excited to discover a tiki bar/restaurant attached to the hotel called Beach Bum Berry’s Latitude 29, popular for its “inspired cocktails” and Polynesian cuisine.

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, an author and recognized exotic drink expert, designed Latitude 29 as a “vibrant, sophisticated environment,” and his drink menu includes long-lost vintage recipes dating back 80 years.

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 at the charming Bienville House House Hotel French Quarter New Orleans

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 at the charming Bienville House House Hotel French Quarter New Orleans. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Apparently Latitude 29 is super popular, but, after checking it out — twice — we decided they might want to rebrand as “Attitude 29.” We always like to give restaurants the benefit of the doubt, because any eatery can have an off night, but the staff members were so incredibly rude to us on both occasions, it would be tough for us to recommend it.

But, with the hotel being so centrally located, some of the most popular eateries in the French Quarter are all withing walking distance, including Café Du Monde, the Carousel Bar, House of Blues and the fabulously pink and iconic Brennan’s.

Where is Bienville House Hotel located?

Location, location, location! Bienville House Hotel is very conveniently located at 320 Decatur St., right across the road from the mighty Mississippi River, is just steps away from the late-night jazz bars and world-class restaurants of Bourbon and Royal streets, and is only a 20-minute drive to Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Our stay was part of a media trip organized by Visit New Orleans, which did not read or approve of this review before it was published.

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