When you first walk into the B&W Courtyards Bed & Breakfast (2425 Chartres St – (504) 945-9418) in New Orleans, you have entered into a clever slice of history. Situated under the guise of one address, this is actually a building which houses three different 19th century, smaller units which all fall beneath the custody of B&W Courtyards and the co-owners, Rob and Kevin. As you navigate past the entryway you are darting through a maze of low ceiling passageways which may give off the air of being some covert secret ops mission gone awry. The fact is that you are in one of the up and coming gems of an up and coming neighborhood in a badly wounded city.
New Orleans is still the same as she ever was, but the pain is there and the people are still reeling. Some have gone away for good; many are afraid to return. Unequivocally, I’ll say it for the mayor; New Orleans is open for business and is ready to host you again or for the first time.
About New Orleans or life in general, many people have false assumptions. Of these preconceptions, Rob, the vocal owner of the B&W Courtyards will have no trouble correcting you about. Kevin, the quieter, though no less charming of the two is actually a skilled masseuse; depending on your temperament, you may need both of these men for their attributes. While Rob is full of plenty of opinions and stories, there was an important lesson that I learned while recently staying at the B&W Courtyards
In New Orleans and in the French Quarter, there are drunken people who are over your head and they are trying to kill you. Not literally; but with the throwing of beads, there is a danger for the unaware. I had always been under the assumption that these beads were just given out to foxy ladies who liked to show some skin or kiss one of their own gender; this assumption was wrong. There was an association of lawyers (who had rather lamely “tagged” their beads with their calling card) and were out throwing beads randomly. I, not paying attention, not having any inclination to raise my shirt, was hit squarely in the eye by these dastardly lawyers. So be vigilant, if anything.
Back to the B&W Courtyards, I must compliment the gents on their fine room which they recently hosted my wife and me in. While the room was not huge, it was comfortable and did come appointed with all the amenities including cleanliness, cable TV, ceiling fan, vanity, WiFi, comfortable bed, ironing board, private bath, classical security system-
But really, who is ever in New Orleans to marvel at their room? The B&W Courtyard has three things going for it: Location, Location, Location! It is on Chartres Street which leads you in a beeline into the action of Bourbon Street after hours and The French Market during the day. It is safe enough to walk in at night but there are always cabs buzzing about. In addition there is a 24 hour monitored parking facility one block up if you are feeling woozy about leaving your stuff.
Rob is a very nice man who will help navigate you to anything you could possibly want. He will provide you with a map and with all the instructions you need; Kevin is the wry anecdote and is always moving about. To his further credit, Kevin makes a great apple turnover thingy for breakfast which was pleasing. His precision in cutting up your fruit in the morning is impeccable as well. Glass of juice, a cup of coffee, and you’re on your way.
So whether you are interested in sitting and chatting the day away with these two gents or if you have got early business in the city, B&W Courtyards Bed & Breakfast is able to cater to your every whim.