7 New Orleans Hotels Your Kids Will Love More Than You Do

By Natalia Kvitek,

You’ve established all the right reasons to visit the Big Easy with your kids– it’s a one-of-a-kind treasure box filled with music, exotic food, and colorful architecture. Many New Orleans hotels boast ghost stories, wrought iron balconies, four poster beds and soaring ceilings that will immerse the whole family in the Big Easy culture of “Laissez les bons temps rouler.”

 Bienville House

Typical New Orleans hotel

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The enchanting Bienville House French Quarter hotel is located between two busy streets with a lobby reminiscent of historic New Orleans parlors, complete with antique furnishings and a hand painted mural. The spacious rooms are decorated with mahogany rice-carved four poster beds fit for royal afternoon do-do (cutesy New Orleans slang for sleep), as well as iconic New Orleans wrought iron balconies off many of the rooms. If you’re charmed already, see here for more about the Bienville. There is also a rooftop tropical terrace as well as a courtyard with free lemonade and cookies for afternoon snacks. Did we mention that breakfast is included?

Why the kids will love it:

  • Four Poster beds
  • Free lemonade and cookies
  • Street facing balconies

Hotel Monteleone

hotels in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA

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The dazzling Hotel Monteleone has been the belle of the French Quarter since 1886 and is still working her charms with a stunning facade, crystal chandeliers and 655 sumptuous rooms. It’s been owned and operated by the same family since the beginning and retains its old-world decor. Children will marvel at the gilded wallpaper, floral curtains and huge, comfortable beds. There’s live jazz music in the lounge every night and a heated rooftop pool with views of the Mississippi. Staying at the Monteleone will make your family feel like you’re living in the golden age of historic New Orleans.

Why the kids will love it:

  • Gilded Wallpaper
  • Live Jazz music in the lounge
  • Rooftop pool

The Bourbon Orleans

Typical New Orleans hotel

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The Bourbon New Orleans‘ history has lent to its reputation as a haunted hotel. If your kids are hoping to catch a glimpse of a ghost, they just might: Originally the Orleans Ballroom, it was converted into a convent in 1881, complete with an orphanage, a medical ward and girl’s school. Several paranormal investigations have “revealed” many eras worth of ghosts but modern amenities have taken over the old hospital wards.  There is a swimming pool in the courtyard, free WiFi and concierge service. This is a storybook setting complete with ghosts and a perfect neighborhood–steps away from Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral.

Why the kids will love it:

  • The haunted history
  • Balconies overlooking Bourbon Street
  • The courtyard pool

Maison Dupuy 

traditional New Orleans hotel

Welcome to the historic Maison Dupuy. Photo by Beadmobile CC BY 

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Away from the bustle of Bourbon Street, the Maison Dupuy once housed a cotton press before being developed into a hotel in 1973 by joining five townhouses. The Maison Dupuy is located in a charming residential area within the French Quarter, complete with wrought iron fences guarding old town residences and lit by gas lamps. You’ll feel like you wandered into another century and children will love the romance of the three-tier fountain in the lush tropical courtyard where the trees will make for a great game of hide-and-seek. Live out the fairy tale that is New Orleans right here.

Why the kids will love it:

  • Lush tropical courtyard
  • Marble fountain
  • Historic neighborhood

Hotel Provincial

French Quarter hotels in New Orleans, LA

Multi-national flags blowing in front of the Provincial. Photo by Davest CC BY

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The secluded Hotel Provincial in the middle of the French Quarter will make kids feel like they have stumbled upon a movie set in 19th century New Orleans.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there is no lack of charm and southern hospitality here so find a way to get here quickly! The hotel looks and feels completely different from traditional hotels while retaining all the best modern amenities. Stunning antique furniture in every room complete with princess beds and exposed brick walls will make it hard for your to convince your kids to stop playing pretend and actually get out and explore the city!

Why the kids will love it: 

  • Antique furniture
  • Historic architecture
  • Two swimming pools

The Pelham

Historic New Orleans hotel the Pelham

The Pelham at Dusk. Photo by Alanosaur CC BY

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The elegant New Orleans lady which is the Pelham will welcome kids who strut through her distinctive French Quarter doors. This hotel is located on the former plantation of the founder of New Orleans, Mr. Jean Baptist Lemoyne de Bienville himself–so you’ll be staying on some very historic property. The rooms are grand, in a word: 18-foot ceilings, old brick walls that are original to the structure, crown moldings and fancy sheets. Kids will just adore the restaurant adjacent to the hotel where they’ll get to try all the storied New Orleans favorites.

Why the kids will love it:

  • Fancy room
  • Fancy antique Furniture
  • Fancy New Orleans architecture

 

Loews New Orleans

Hotels in New Orleans, LA

Fancy lobby at the Loews New Orleans. Photo Dietsch CC BY

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Lowe’s appeals to both young kids and your teens with the intention of creating a stress-free family vacation for you in New Orleans. Kids under 10 will get a gift upon arrival as well as access to the Kids Closet which has tons of toys, books, DVD’s among other practical items like nightlights and potty seats. Teens get music download cards and access to Xbox games and movies. The hotel is situated  within walking distance to many major sites and most rooms boast views of either the Mississippi, the French Quarter or the beautiful skyline.

Why the kids will love it:

  • Free gift when they arrive
  • Books,Toys and DVD’s to borrow
  • Xbox