Are you planning a visit to the French Quarter? Do you want to take just a few steps outside your door to experience the culture, the boutiques and art galleries, the variety of Creole, Cajun, French and Italian restaurants, the unique atmosphere you can only find in the heart of the French Quarter? Then you want to stay at the Ursuline Guest House!
The Ursuline Guest House is like stepping back in time with an eclectic mix of old and new steeped in the history of the city. The main house sits right on the street with a front room used as the office with beckoning tables and chairs. The staff was always friendly and helpful whether it was someone at the front desk or the girl who cleaned our room. We felt like we were family!
Two guest rooms open directly onto the street itself. The main house contains 7 more guest rooms which open to the courtyard. Rooms 7 through 12 are the former slave quarters behind the main house and also open to the courtyard.
Obviously this isn't the Ritz but if you're looking for clean, comfortable accommodations you will love the Ursuline Guest House. All rooms have televisions, heating/air conditioning, and private bathrooms with showers (I'm told one guest room does have a tub). The rooms are spacious and the beds quite comfortable. The bathroom was simple but large enough that Doug and I never got in the other's way. Personally I'm a bath girl but give me a shower cap and I can adjust!
When we arrived the room we had booked was not available so they gave us an upstairs room which looked out over the courtyard.
It was a lovely room but those stairs were treacherous! The next morning they graciously moved us to the room we had originally reserved on the ground floor. I think they just couldn't bear to see Kirby tackle the stairs one more time since they were so steep he looked as if he would take a tumble at any step.
Both rooms were nice but being on the ground floor was so much easier to manage as we were in and out on a pretty regular basis.
I absolutely loved every historic inch of this little guest house. We had a key to our room and a key to the gate from the street which led to the secluded courtyard, a private sanctuary from the hustle and bustle right outside. There was a hot tub tucked away in the back which we used our last night and a daily wine and cheese hour every day at 6pm. At times there were as many as fifteen people gathered in the courtyard and yet it never felt crowded.
A small door at the back of the main house led to a small guest kitchen which was fully stocked with everything you could need if you wanted to prepare your own meals.
I headed there first thing in the mornings for my cup of coffee to enjoy in the courtyard with any of the other guests who were up. They do have a continental breakfast consisting of your choice of packaged pastries and cereals, coffee, juice and milk. Nothing fancy but nice if you're hungry!
The lush greenery providing a tropical shade, the water gurgling in the nearby fish pond, and the musical sounds of the birds chirping in the trees is such a wonderful way to start each day. We were fortunate that the other guests were friendly and fun to hang out with! Kirby was loved by all and enjoyed visiting some of the guests in their rooms. You would have thought he was the guest house mascot but in truth I think several were missing their furry babies back home and Kirby was more than happy to make them feel better.
We learned this guest house had just been purchased by a hotel chain so I really hope they don't change a thing! The location, the accommodations, the price, make this a really nice place to stay. Being pet friendly is the icing on the cake since Kirby felt very much at home, so much that he had no problem wandering the rooms visiting with the guests who adored him. He was always well behaved although he did bark a time or two at night when he heard someone wandering by our door but quickly quieted as asked. We do hope to visit this lovely gem again!