June 20, 2011

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans

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Here’s where I’ve been this past week: The Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

bourbon-orleans-hotel-02 Photo via Jenny

It’s right in the middle of the historic French Quarter, which is quite beautiful in the morning — and party central in the evenings!

bourbon-orleans-hotel-03 Photo via Jenny

I’m still getting photos off my memory card and browsing through over 3,000 photos from myself, Jenny, Marla and Maggy of our week in Louisiana with 15 fellow food bloggers.

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The rooms were nothing fancy, but this Bed. This bed definitely ranks up there in the Top 2 Best Hotel Beds of my life. It was dreamy. The bed at the Hotel Indigo in San Diego is the other one, by the way, although I could not possibly say which one takes first place. They’re tied. For now.

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The shower was perfection. Always hot, perfect pressure, and completely enveloping. I think a good shower head in a hotel is a definite must, don’t you?

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Here’s my tip, if you’re planning on staying at the Bourbon Orleans. Call ahead and ask for a room with double beds and a pool view, even if you’ll only be using one of the beds. The rooms with single beds are much smaller, and the beds aren’t that much bigger (a queen, compared to the two full-sized beds in the double rooms). Plus, the double rooms have the massive counter top pictured above to spread out and enjoy, while the single rooms have smaller bathrooms with no counter space. The pool view is not only lovely, but also quiet, if you’re into that sort of thing. The street-facing rooms can be rather lively in the evenings!

In conclusion: Delicious beds. Dreamy showers. Daily bed-making fairy. Bourbon Orleans, I miss you already.

Update: I completely forgot to mention the Creme Brulee French Toast at the Roux on Orleans dining room inside the Bourbon Orleans hotel! I didn’t have my big camera with me so I grabbed this quick photo with my phone. If you’re staying at the Bourbon Orleans, this is a must try if you’re a fan of french toast (or even if you’re not). It would also be a cinch to make at home. It’s just a basic french toast recipe, topped with a layer of sugar then broiled until the sugar caramelizes. So easy, but the combination of the soft, chewy french toast topped with the crunchy sugar shell is glorious.

In fact, I just might try that right now.



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Krystle June 20, 2011 at 7:05 am

Those beds look luxuriously comfy! Thanks for sharing =)

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh June 20, 2011 at 7:28 am

GORGEOUS hotel! Thanks for the tip about the pool. When you said it was right on Bourbon St, I thought “no WAY!” (mama likes her sleep!) but if those rooms are quiet, I’ll keep that in mind if we ever decide to make the trip.

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Shannon June 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

Those beds look amazing! What a fun hotel!

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AmandaG June 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

Hey I just stayed at that hotel a few months ago! We had a room over Bourbon Street, which was loud and crazy at night. I remember the elevator being super slow! There were five of us in the room, so I did not get to sleep on the bed :(

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Nikki June 20, 2011 at 9:02 am

I LOVE this hotel. We stay there every January and you’re absolutely right about the room sizes and pool view. Next year, I’m going to request the double beds room with pool view, even if it means my hubby and I have to sleep in separate beds (do you know how tricky it can be to share a double bed?) because that counter space? Is totally worth it! :)

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DK Raymer June 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

Gorgeous photographs! I’m really enjoying your blog.

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steph danielle June 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

Beautiful hotel, can’t wait to hear about/see some of the cuisine you had!

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LJ June 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

Excited to check back in on your New Orleans posts – we’ll be heading there over the 4th of July so looking for some tips on places to check out!

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Vanessa June 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

The beds look like a cloud! Love the view.

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Marla June 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Such a fun & pretty post Amanda – gosh I wish we could travel again together soon! xxoo

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Ana June 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Wow, that hotel looks beautiful! I’ve never been to New Orleans but that definitely has all the charm I expect.

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Jenny Flake June 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

LOVE re-living all of our posts from NOLA, great photos girl! Looking forward to your next one :)

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Brandi @ Frugal Farmhouse June 20, 2011 at 11:06 pm

How great does that food look?!? I love your pictures, so beautiful.

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Bethany June 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Gorgeous! I’ve always stayed at family’s houses because my dad’s from New Orleans, but I might have to take a night to myself next time!

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Miss Kitty June 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Gosh, the lobby looks so luxurious! Don’t you love to go in places that just make you feel “rich” to be there?

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BECKY June 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

What a Posh hotel. Just lovely photos. I want to go there. Hugs, Becky

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www.StarHughes.com June 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Oooh looks like a lovely hotel!!! That lobby looks gorgeous. And the bed sounds pretty amazing.
Star Hughes Living

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Dee June 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hi Amanda, enjoyed your recap of New Orleans. The photos from Sucre bakery had me salivating. Beautiful camera work!!!!

Would like to make a suggestion. Will you do a post about what camera bag you travel with and what lens you take?

I really enjoy your blog.

Ciao,
Dee

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Amanda June 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Hi Dee,

You can click on any photo to see what camera and lens it was taken with and also the settings used. I always travel with my Canon 7D and the 24-70mm lens. There’s a link to all my camera equipment in the sidebar in my Amazon store. :)

Have a great night!
Amanda

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nolagirlatheart July 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Thanks for the room tip…we have reservations there in early August. BTW, the bed does look amazingly comfy.

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