To save you a little time, help you decide what to bring and how to spend your time in New Orleans, here is quick list of what our guests usually want to know about staying at the Grand Victorian B&B.
1. Is there a shower in every room?
YES. All rooms have a bathtub with a shower head, except for Evergreen which has a shower only. The suites have a jacuzzi tub with wall-mounted hand held attachments for the shower.
2. How far from the French Quarter are you?
27 blocks. It is 15 minutes by the convenient historic streetcar which will pick you up directly in front of our house for $1.25. A taxi cab down to the quarter will take about 10 minutes and costs about $8-10. You can often flag a cab down on the street or we can call one for you.
3. How far from the airport are you?
We are about 30 minutes drive by taxi. The airport shuttle service does not usually come to smaller properties like B&Bs. The city has a set fee of $33 for 2 people to and from the airport. We have a taxi service that we recommend if you are interested.
4. Do I need to rent a car?
NO. Most of your travel stops are accessible by streetcar or by taxi; tour companies can pick you up at our door for day trips. The streetcar has posted stops about every 2-3 blocks; look for a yellow post. They travel by every 10-20 minutes and once an hour after 10 pm. The cost is $1.25 each time you get on and we sell day passes for $3.00. You can use the passes on all public transportation options such as the Canal Street streetcar to City Park or the Magazine Street bus for shopping. The only time our guests use a car is when they are independently touring outside of the City or in the suburbs. Otherwise if they have/arrived in a car, they leave it parked for free on the street for the duration of their stay here.
5. How close is Commander’s Palace?
The world famous restaurant is 1.5 blocks walking distance from the Grand Victorian.
6. Where should we go eat?
There are so many great restaurants; it is difficult to choose just one place to go. It will depend on what part of town you will be in for lunch, brunch or dinner. What southern specialties are you hoping to try: po-boys, etouffee, beignets, gumbo, etc. Our staff will happily make recommendations based on what your particular interests are. You can also read up on New Orleans restaurants in a wide variety of online publications for something that might peak your interest.
7. Are all of the rooms upstairs?
NO. There are 2 rooms on the first floor: Rosedown and Oak Alley. The 2 suites and additional 4 rooms are on the second floor. (Also note that Oak Alley is ADA compliant.)
8. Do you serve a full Southern breakfast?
NO. Due to current laws in New Orleans connected to our license from the City, a B&B can only serve pre-prepared food made elsewhere. We set up an extensive continental breakfast daily over a 2 hour window so that our guests can come down whenever they would like to eat. There is always a hot item that is prepared upon request daily in addition to a varied selection of other things: fresh pastries, hard boiled eggs, bread, fresh fruit cups du jour, and a variety of cheeses, yogurt and cereals of many sorts. Most guests compliment us on our wide selection of different items daily and always find just what they want to start their day and satisfy them until their lunch restaurant selection.