Stylish surroundings and fine Southern hospitality at the Melrose Mansion, New Orleans
Melrose Mansion is a beautifully restored white Victoria Gothic Mansion in sultry and steamy New Orleans, Louisiana. Sidney Torres IV a young businessman brought the hotel in 1997, now runs it and has lovingly re-designed and supervised the entire renovation project bringing the building back to its form glory.
Originally the building was designed by noted architect James Freret in 1884 and built for the Lanaux Family. The mansion was once owned by notorious New Orleans club owner Sol Owens, used the building to house the girls in his conga line.
You definitely get the feeling of a romantic bygone era when strolling around the mansion. Low playing Jazz bounces off the dark pine antique floors and white high ceilings with their dazzling antique chandeliers. The mansion is all classical Southern Charm, peppered with jazz portraits, contemporary art works and furnishings and a soothing atmosphere.
The Melrose offers nine spacious modern suites in the mansion itself, and five more in the Napoleon House located behind the mansion. Each suite showcases antique furnishings, shuttered windows, ebony-stained hardwood floors, and cathedral ceilings with large chandeliers. Each room has a king or queen-sized bed, wireless internet, mini-fridge, a large flat-screen LCD television, and an iPod docking station.
The Mansion is situated on the historic and beautiful Esplanade Avenue, just one block from the world famous French Quarter and Bourbon Street. With an abundance of places nearby to hear live Jazz, drink, eat and party, the French Quarter can get a little loud and hectic at times and Melrose Mansion provides a peaceful oasis of tranquility from that
I found there was nothing nicer than taking a dip in the large inviting pool (one of the biggest in the French Quarter) when the day gets too balmy, or to just to regroup from all the walking or partying you may do around the vibrant French Quarter.
Complementary cheese and wine hour at the Mansion runs from 7.00pm and is great to get you in the mood to stroll over to Bourbon Street, or less touristy and cooler local hangout Frenchmen Street, for some live Jazz. The Frenchmen streets bars have many live bands mainly playing all types of Jazz and some Dixieland, but you can also hear blues, folk and indie music amongst others blasting out on to the street inviting you in.
Ask for Michael at the hotel, he is very friendly with real Southern Hospitality and has many suggestions of nearby places you must visit. Food-wise, restaurant and bar, Port of Call across the street with their famous mouthwatering burger’s is a must visit. Super friendly and hip, dive bar Buffa’s opposite the Mansion is open 24 hours and is an experience in its own right if you want to chat to some of the locals or eat. The hotel can also order room service from these restaurants for you.
Whatever your reason for visiting New Orleans, Melrose Mansion is the perfect place to stay whether it be for a night or two, or longer like myself, you might finding yourself not wanting to leave.
Book Via. http://www.frenchquarterhotelgroup.com/melrose-mansion.html - or call 001 (504) 944-2255
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