When looking for places to stay while traveling, I tend to focus on location. I want to be in the middle of it all, especially if I will only be spending a limited amount of time in a place. Which is why I was so excited to stay at the Dauphine Orleans. Conveniently located just one block from Bourbon Street, we were able to join in on the fun, but also escape it when we were done.
The Dauphine Orleans is truly a hidden treasure in the city and it made our time in New Orleans, not just a good time, but also a relaxing getaway. Something I never knew I could have in the Big Easy. I can’t imagine staying anywhere else while visiting New Orleans, and I am already looking forward to my next visit.
Location is always important when choosing a hotel, and Dauphine Orleans is in the ideal spot. Located in the French Quarter, but away from the craziness of Bourbon Street, it offers peace and quiet, but still allows guests to be part of it all. I loved being able to walk the city as I pleased from our location and always being welcomed home when we returned to the Dauphine Orleans.
I kept calling the Dauphine Orleans a sanctuary, and for good reason. While I was well aware I was in New Orleans, I felt far away from the partying. If I wanted to, I could go out and join the fun, but I could also get away from it, which I appreciated. Each time we arrived back at the hotel, we were able to truly relax, especially in the hotel’s courtyard. Here, we could sit near the pool and unwind from the day of exploring.
The site of the hotel dates back to 1775 with several buildings surviving from the times. Its rich history includes being the place where John James Audubon painted his “Birds of America” series in the 1820’s and the hotel’s bar, May Baily’s Place, was a well-known brothel during the early nineteenth century. History is important to me when I travel, and I love the appeal and charm that this gives the Dauphine Orleans. At times, I felt transported back in time and could imagine the hotel throughout the years it has been in operation.
Some of the other benefits of staying at the hotel include a welcome drink and breakfast each morning. We were able to get the perfect start to each day before stepping out into the world and exploring the city. There’s also valet parking in the hotel’s parking garage, which is especially convenient.
At the end of a long day, especially during a road trip, it’s so nice to be able to unwind in a beautiful place. That’s what we got at the Dauphine Orleans. Due to a brush fire, it took us three hours longer to get to the city than it should have, so you can imagine our delight when we stepped into our room at the Dauphine. The room was simply and tastefully decorated, and the beds were so comfortable. It was exactly what we needed to arrive to after a long day on the road.
My favorite part of the room was the balcony, which overlooked Dauphine Street. Here we were able to look out over the French Quarter and enjoy views of downtown New Orleans. With sounds of music carrying over to our room from the streets below, we were given the true New Orleans experience.
During my last trip to New Orleans, I stayed at an apartment a few blocks away from Bourbon Street and while it was a great experience, there was something that felt a bit more authentic about staying at the Dauphine Orleans. It felt exactly what staying in New Orleans should feel like and it was hard to leave after our two day stay.
If you’re looking for a place to stay that offers the true New Orleans experience with a bit of rest and relaxation, Dauphine Orleans is your place. I can’t imagine staying anywhere else and I know I will return for another stay in the near future.
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We were guests of the Dauphine Orleans, but as always all opinions are my own.