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At-a-Glance Guide

24-hr front desk, concierge
218 bedrooms including 43 suites
bar, restaurant
lobby lounge, grand ballroom
fitness center
courtyard, heated saltwater pool
valet parking (charged)
RO per dble from $129 (low season), $189 (high season); per suite $179 (low season), $289 (high season)
Check in/out: 3pm/12 noon



What is now the French Quarter – or Vieux Carré - of New Orleans is where the original French colony of La Nouvelle-Orléans began. And there, on Orleans Avenue at the corner of Bourbon Street in 1815, the luxurious Orleans Theatre opened its doors. A year later, it fell victim to an arson attack. New Orleans entrepreneur John Davis quickly rebuilt the Théâtre d’Orléans as a masterpiece of classic architecture. And next door, in 1817, he built a grand ballroom known as Salle d’Orléans.

Creole society flocked to both theatre and ballroom. The theatre became a centre for operatic performances; The Orleans Ballroom was the pride of the city. During grand events and balls, their joint structure would be adapted to allow guests and dancers to move between the two. Nights at The Orleans were acknowledged as North America’s most impressive galas, and said to be much envied in Europe. In 1826, a grand supper and ball was held in honour of a visiting French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette who had fought with General George Washington’s Continental Army in the American War of Independence. Although by then in his 68th year, Lafayette charmed all the ladies who were present. In local families of ancient lineage, any glove which was worn on the night of that ball remains a cherished heirloom.

In 1866, a fire consumed the Théâtre d’Orléans, but the Salle d’Orléans continued to thrive, hosting Carnival balls, masquerades, subscription balls and, on occasion, some of the city’s renowned Quadroon Balls. Quadroon was a term applied to those who were, or appeared to be, coloured, Native-American or of mixed race descent. In 19th-Century New Orleans, marriages between such women and white men were forbidden, so a system known as plaçage came about, under which temporary common-law marriages could be arranged. The women in such relationships were known as placées.

Henriette DeLille, the daughter of a free woman of colour and her wealthy French husband, grew up in this era of racial division and social boundaries, and was raised to become a Quadroon mistress, escorted by her mother to the Orleans Ballroom to attend balls in the hopes of finding an affluent suitor. However, she did not want to be a placeé, and rebelled. In 1842, aged 29, Henriette DeLille founded a religious community of nuns – the first in America for Creole nuns - known as the Sisters of the Holy Family. They became outspoken advocates of women’s rights, cared for orphans, administered to the poor, the aged and the sick.

In 1881, the Sisters of the Holy Family bought the old Orleans Ballroom, and transformed what they viewed as a former place of vice into a sacred edifice of virtue. The ballroom became their motherhouse and also New Orleans’ first Catholic secondary school for girls of color: St Mary’s Academy. By the 1960s, with 400 nuns in their order and over 1,3000 academy students, the convent had outgrown the ballroom building, and needed to move. The property was transferred to the Bourbon Kings Hotel Corporation.

In 1964, construction of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel began. Whilst the school walls came down, the famous Orleans Ballroom was saved.


Today, the Bourbon Orleans – part of the locally-owned New Orleans Hotel Collection – has the elegance of a grand European hotel, the heritage and rich history of a New Orleans landmark building, and is set against a backdrop of French Quarter street life, with a Dixieland jazz soundtrack. One of the hotel’s finest features is the Orleans Ballroom, the city’s oldest and grandest, now refurbished to reflect its former glory, and once again serving New Orleans’ society – as a venue for wedding celebrations, business events and functions and, of course, balls. The schoolgirls’ patio now houses a saltwater pool; built around the enclosed courtyard are 218 guestrooms, including wrought-iron balcony suites which overlook lively Bourbon Street. The hotel's popular Bourbon O! Bar opens onto Bourbon Street; and its Roux on Orleans restaurant serves up the city’s famed French Creole cuisine.


Yes, if you’d like to stay in the heart of the vibrant French Quarter within a few minutes’ walk of St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, the bars and clubs of Bourbon Street and Royal Street’s antique shops, boutiques and art galleries. And yes, if the notion of staying in a building that may be haunted intrigues you. The bartender can show you a digital photograph of a ghost, sighted in a hotel hallway, said to be one of the Creole nuns at the convent and orphanage which occupied this site until the 1960s.
Wi-Fi access is complimentary in public areas and guest rooms. Guest rooms are 100% non-smoking. The hotel’s warm hospitality includes complimentary welcome cocktails for guests. The Bourbon Orleans is a Stash Rewards Partner Hotel.


The grand, pillared and chandeliered lobby lounge is an inviting place to sit. For guests in balcony rooms, street views provide an endlessly fascinating spectacle.

Roux on Orleans, the hotel’s signature Creole restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner, features dishes made using ingredients sourced from Louisiana’s bountiful larder.
An alternate dining option is the hotel’s sister restaurant, Marti's, just minutes away on Dumaine Street in the French Quarter. Open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday and lunch on Friday, this contemporary take on a Parisian brasserie serves a French-inspired menu.

The hotel’s elegantly styled cosy-meets-arty Bourbon O! Bar, is off the lobby - and on Bourbon Street. It serves drinks, including craft cocktails, and light fare, and also offers live entertainment from Wednesdays to Saturdays.

The Bourbon Orleans has 218 bedrooms, including 15 Balcony Deluxe rooms and 19 split-level Balcony Suites.
All rooms have individual climate-control, plush pillow-top beds, 42” flat screen TV, Pay-per-View movies, alarm clock/radio with MP3 docking station, telephone with voice-mail, dataport, complimentary local calls. Each has a work desk, complimentary high-speed Internet access, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee-maker and hair-dryer. Wake-up service and in-room dining are available; complimentary bottled water is replenished daily. Waffle cotton bathrobes are available on request. Bathrooms are spacious, with granite countertops and walk-in showers. All rooms are non-smoking.
Rollaway beds are not offered. Handicapped-accessible rooms are available.
High Season rates apply from mid-January to June, and in October and November. Low season is July to September and December to mid-January.

The charming and newly restored Traditional guest rooms capture the flavour of New Orleans through Provence-style décor, beautiful marble bathrooms and custom wide-blade plantation shutters. They have courtyard or French Quarter views and measure approximately 180 sq feet with a queen-size bed, or approximately 225 sq feet with a king-size or two double beds.
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The spacious Vieux Carre guest rooms, measuring approximately 320 sq ft, also feature custom wide-blade plantation shutters and have courtyard or French Quarter views. They have either two queen-size beds or one king-size bed, and offer a transitional mix of styles combined with New Orleans flair to create a timeless elegance. All rooms have a wet bar and spacious sitting area.
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The Petite Balcony guest rooms marry urban luxury and New Orleans tradition. Each features an ornately filigreed private balcony for two, with views of the St. Louis Cathedral along Orleans Street, or a residential view of the French Quarter along St. Ann Street. All measure approximately 240 sq feet and have a king-size or two double beds.
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There are also French Quarter Suites. Newly renovated, these have two floors and measure approximately 500 sq ft. The bedroom, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower, are on the upper floor; there is a spacious living area, complete with a wet bar, downstairs.

The French Quarter Loft Suites are spacious and warm with a delightfully residential ambiance. Although these two-storey suites do not include a balcony, they do offer a French Quarter view of St. Ann Street. Beds are queen-size.
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The St. Ann Balcony Loft Suites are the hotel’s signature suites, and the most romantic, and ideal for couples. All overlook St. Ann Street and feature very large private balconies with French doors, custom wide-blade plantation shutters and ironwork accents. Beds are queen-size.
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The Orleans Balcony Loft Suites are, like the St. Ann Balcony Loft Suites, signature suites – this time offering a view of Orleans Street and the St. Louis Cathedral. They feature very large private wrought iron balconies with French doors, and custom wide-blade plantation shutters. Beds are queen-size; downstairs there is a wet bar.
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Located on the third floor of the hotel, the Bourbon Balcony Suites are ideal for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the excitement of the world-famous Bourbon Street, which they look directly onto. All feature very large private balconies with French doors, and custom wide-blade plantation shutters. Beds are queen-size.
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The Governor’s Suite is the Bourbon Orleans’ most intimate and private French Quarter suite. It features marble floors, Provence-style décor and plantation shutters, and overlooks the lush greenery of the hotel’s courtyard and saltwater pool. The spacious living room has an elegant seating area and a wet bar. The parlour includes a refrigerator and dining table, as well as plush sofas. In the bedroom, there is a four-poster King-bed; and the marble bathroom features a rejuvenating sunken Jacuzzi bathtub.
Please use the BOOK NOW button or the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below for a price quote for your stay.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Individual cancellations up to 72 hours prior to date of arrival are without penalty; special events have specific different policies which must be confirmed with the hotel when booking.

…the Fitness Center features state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio machines, each equipped with a private TV.

The enclosed courtyard is an inviting oasis of seclusion, lushly planted and lavishly furnished with inviting loungers and parasols, and features a refreshing saltwater pool.

Wedding ceremonies can be held at the hotel, and a range of packages is available – including the Elopement Package, for parties of 15 or fewer guests, and the #Love Wins Wedding Package for the LGBT community, for up to 150 guests. The Bourbon Orleans is also the ideal venue for wedding ceremonies held St. Louis Cathedral, located just steps away. Its Orleans Ballroom’s private balcony offers a sweeping view of the back façade of the Cathedral and its gardens.

The hotel’s team of experienced and dedicated wedding professionals can work with you and provide creative options and professional recommendations to ensure that your wedding day is an elegant and unforgettable occasion. You can revel in the city’s oldest and grandest ballroom, the Orleans Ballroom dating back to 1817, which can accommodate up to 350 guests and will give an authentic French Quarter atmosphere to your special day. For smaller parties of up to 90 guests, the charming and private St. Ann Cottage offers two rooms, with 12 ft. ceilings and antique chandeliers, which open to a private French Quarter courtyard featuring a quaint fountain.

When you choose the Bourbon Orleans for your wedding venue, the hotel provides, with compliments:
+ Complimentary bridal suite on the evening of wedding reception, including bridal amenity and going-away box of food for the Bride and Groom on the night of the wedding
+ Private Attendant during the reception dedicated to the Bridal Couple
+ Professional Wedding Coordinator
+ Complimentary bottle of champagne for bride and groom toast
+ Complimentary cake-cutting service
+ Votive candles for reception tables
+ Special valet parking rates
+ Room upgrade for the parents - based on availability
In addition, special rates are available for both the reception and guest rooms for weddings hosted Sunday-Thursday, excluding holidays and special events.

The hotel’s banqueting facilities allow for a wide range of catering options, including a variety of Open Bar packages is available, as are Reception Stations and Plated Dinner or Brunch menu options.
As well, the Roux on Orleans Creole restaurant is available for hosting bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners for up to 60 guests.
Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to contact the hotel’s wedding professionals.

Combining historic charm, modern luxury and business convenience, the hotel’s four major event spaces offer over 7,000 sq ft of flexible meeting space include the Orleans Ballroom, accommodating up to 350, with a large pre-function foyer; St. Ann Cottage, with two flexible meeting areas a private courtyard and its own entrance separate from the hotel’s busy lobby; St. Mary Salon and Courtyard, accommodating up to 150; and St. Joseph Salon, accommodating up to 77. (Scroll down to see the full size and capacity details of each space).

Creative catering and banqueting services are available in all venues, and outdoor dining and cocktails can be arranged in the French Quarter courtyard for up to 150 guests.

All function rooms are equipped with high-speed wired and wireless Internet, on-site meeting services manager and on-site catering services. All meeting space has natural light. Meeting services include on-site sales & meeting services manager; mail and package services plus express mail; state-of-the-art audio/visual services and audio/visual equipment rentals; self-service business center and complimentary print your boarding passes.
For your further business convenience, all guest rooms have a workspace and complimentary Wireless Internet Access.

The 2,712 sq ft Orleans Ballroom is 31’ x 87.5’, ceiling height 20’. Capacities are 220 at a banquet; 300 at a reception; 300 in theatre configuration; 175 classroom configuration; 105 conference configuration; 85 in U-shape configuration.

The 540 sq ft Ballroom Foyer is 18’ x 30’, ceiling height 12’. Capacities are 70 at a reception; 22 in conference configuration.

The 700 sq ft St Ann Cottage 1 is 25’ x28’, ceiling height 12’. Capacities are 60 at a banquet; 75 at a reception; 77 in theatre configuration; 48 classroom configuration; 25 conference configuration; 20 in U-shape configuration.

The 252 sq ft St Ann Cottage 2 is 18’ x14’, ceiling height 12’. Capacities are 20 at a banquet; 25 in theatre configuration; 15 classroom configuration; 12 conference configuration; 12 in U-shape configuration.
The 500 sq ft St Ann Courtyard is 20’ x25’. Capacity is 40 in theatre configuration.

The combined 1,140 sq ft St Mary Salons 1&2 is 60’ x19’, ceiling height 8’, Capacities are 60 at a banquet; 121 at a reception; 127 in theatre configuration; 60 classroom configuration; 40 conference configuration; 35 in U-shape configuration.

The 646 sq ft St Mary Salon 1 is 34’ x 19’, ceiling height 8’, Capacities are 40 at a banquet; 63 at a reception; 66 in theatre configuration; 50 classroom configuration; 28 conference configuration; 25 in U-shape configuration.

The 494 sq ft St Mary Salon 2 is 26’ x 19’, ceiling height 8’. Capacities are 20 at a banquet; 53 at a reception; 55 in theatre configuration; 24 classroom configuration; 12 conference configuration; 12 in U-shape configuration.

The 744 sq ft St Joseph Salon is 31’ x 24’, ceiling height 8’. Capacities are 60 at a banquet; 74 at a reception; 77 in theatre configuration; 40 classroom configuration; 40 conference configuration; 25 in U-shape configuration.

Please use the Make an Enquiry button below for more information on booking a meeting or an event at the Bourbon Orleans; and to request a full information kit on the hotel’s banquet facilities from the Catering Manager.


The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is in the heart of the French Quarter, on the corner of Bourbon Street at Orleans Street. NB All streets in the French Quarter are one-way.

From the west:
Take I-10 East to Esplanade Avenue (exit 236A). Turn right on Esplanade (toward the river); turn right into Royal Street. Turn right again onto Orleans Street. The hotel will be on the right hand side. Upon your arrival, the Valet will park your car and bell staff will assist with your luggage. Parking on the street is limited and not recommended.

From the east:
Take I-10 West to Exit 236A to the Vieux Carre / Orleans Street Exit. Turn left on Orleans Street (toward the River). Orleans Street will curve to the right; stay in the left hand lane. Just before the light for St. Louis Street is a U-turn lane with a sign that reads "French Quarter via Toulouse Street." Make the U-turn and veer to the right onto Toulouse. At the next light (Rampart Street) turn left. Take Rampart to St. Ann Street and turn right. Take St. Ann to Royal Street (you will pass the back of the hotel) and turn right on Royal. The next block will be Orleans Street, make another right and you will be at the front of the hotel. Upon arrival, the Valet will park your car and bell staff will assist with your luggage. Street Parking on the street is limited and not recommended.

During special-event periods parking becomes limited due to the increased number of visitors to the city. During special events such as Mardi Gras, New Years Eve, Sugar Bowl, Bayou Classic, Jazz Festival and Essence Festival, the New Orleans Police will impose road closures. You are advised to plan accordingly, and contact the hotel in advance for assistance and directions.
The hotel offers valet parking only at $36 per day and $39 for oversized vehicles, plus 12% sales tax. Parking rates are subject to change without notice, and special valet parking rates apply during special events. Please ask for current hourly parking rates when booking your accommodation. The hotel does not guarantee valet parking with your room reservation and will suggest alternative parking options once the parking facility is full. Self-parking is available in the area but tends to be limited especially during special events.
The management assumes no responsibility for auto accessories or articles left in the car. No liability is assumed by management for loss or damage by fire, theft or any other cause to, or by the vehicle while in custody of the management..

The hotel is a 25-minute drive from Louis Armstrong International Airport.

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