If you are looking for an unusual garden district bed and breakfast accommodation while visiting New Orleans, unfortunately the "The Castle Inn" lost its license after a long battle with the vindictive Garden District Association which is hell-bent on shutting down any business activity in the "exclusive" Garden District. So, without our license, we finally had to sell the former Castle as a single family home. It is currently being renovated as such.

However, whereas the GDA might be able to pull their well-connected strings and shut our beautiful Castle Inn property down, they cannot keep up from keeping this site up.

You are invited to stay at our sister property, located just a few blocks downtown from the Castle, even closer to the French Quarter, the St. Charles Streetcar Line, The Morial Convention Center and the Superdome....

The fun, kid and pet friendly Creole Gardens Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast


The Creole Gardens Bed and Breakfast is located at 1415 Prytania St, one block off St. Charles Avenue and a short Streetcar or taxi ride from the French Quarter. Magazine Street is a short walk away, as is the convention center. You can also email us at info@creolegardens.com or call us at 504-569-8700

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Again, the world-famous former Castle Inn of New Orleans is no longer available, even for long term rentals.

Below is the original website when the property was operated as the world famous

Castle Inn of New Orleans.


Again, if you are planning on visiting New Orleans, please check out our




Splendor, Elegance & Comfort... plus a friendly Resident Ghost



The 1891 Castle Inn of New Orleans, an Historic Bed and Breakfast located in the Garden District just 100 feet off St. Charles Avenue, route of the famous Streetcar which can ride you down Live Oak Tree lined streets to the French Quarter and Bourbon Street in minutes. Duck back in to your B&B to freshen up between Mardi Gras Parades. We are located walking distance from Magazine Street, The D-Day Museum and very close to the Morial Convention Center and the Central Business District, Louisiana Superdome, The Aquarium of the Americas. Commander's Palace Restraurant and Lafayette Cemetery are located just around the corner.

Stay in an elegant mansion in the heart of the exclusive and beautiful Garden District, just footsteps from the streetcar and a 7 minute ride to the French Quarter.


The 1891 Castle Inn is a 7,500 square foot Gilded Age mansion, offering nine suites and rooms, steps off St. Charles Avenue, the route of the world-famous streetcar and the Mardi Gras parades (viewable from our windows). If you are looking for something other than a run of the mill, "been there before, done that" touristy vacation in a cookie-cutter hotel room, we invite you to come stay with us.

The 1891 Castle Inn offers the best of both worlds -- tucked neatly in the Garden District, one of the most beautiful and exclusive neighborhoods in the world -- yet minutes from the ofttimes wild and wacky French Quarter. The St. Charles streetcar stops right at our corner and will take you down to Bourbon Street and the rest of the French Quarter in less than ten minutes for just five quarters. (And yes, they do run around the clock.)

Or, if you prefer, you can step outside and stroll about like a local, taking in the breathtaking mansions, funky coffee houses and overfilled antique shops. In other words, go native and love every minute of it.

The Jazz Emporium, Room 4

The Napoleon Parlour, Room 5


The Grand Staircase

When you stay with us, you'll feel like you are visiting an old friend's grand and gracious, yet comfortable and unstuffy home. Our oversized rooms with hardwood floors and balconies boast 13 foot high ceilings and 10 foot tall windows. Each room has been personally decorated by the owner, Miss Karen, to celebrate a different and wonderful aspect of this unique town's culture and history, combining taste with fun, tradition with funkiness, and elegance with relaxed comfort.

All of the rooms offer king or queen-sized beds (extra day beds are available), refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, direct phone lines with unlimited local access, phone machines, color cable television, ceiling fans and air conditioning. Most have private bathrooms with claw-foot free-standing tubs with showers and pedestal sinks.


The 1891 Castle Inn Bed and Breakfast normally serves a light Continental Breakfast. If you let us know ahead of time, we can try to stock your room refrigerator with your desired goodies. Or, if you wish, there is a coffee shop just around the corner.

Unlike a hotel, we invite you to make yourself at home. Come and go with complete privacy through our separate guest entry. Once inside, drop a jazz CD from our collection into the stereo to get into the local mood or just be silent and listen to the peaceful songs of the birds drifting down from the huge oak trees. For those of you musically inclined, we invite you to tickle the ivories on our hundred year old piano in the parlour.

Let us know if you need extra towels, the bed "freshened up," supplies, a maid, or directions to some of the best eateries in the world. Lots of folks tell us that The 1891 Castle Inn reminds them of a European, old-world "pension." We like to think of our inn as your Castle away from home.





Sitting Parlour

Miss Blanche's Streetcar Suite

Room 7

What and where is the Garden District?....................

Never been to New Orleans? Most first time visitors know only of the French Quarter, and after staying there once, realize how touristy and noisy it can be. Usually on their second trip, those folk who have tried the French Quarter once, opt for a more "insider" kind of place. That way they wake up to birds chirping, the scent of Confederate Jasmine through their windows, and the knowledge that they've found the cool alternative to the beaten track. Stay with us and you've got the best of both worlds -- the quiet local lifestyle, and all the nearby tourist amenities you want... plus, if you want it, the frenzy of Bourbon Street just a short street car ride away ('cept on Mardi Gras day, when it seems as if the whole town turns out on St. Charles Avenue and simply promenades down to the French Quarter).

The Garden District is insanely, almost obscenely and breathtakingly opulent. It's the neighborhood where the nouveau riche "Americans" (as opposed to the Creoles) of the 19th century built their mansions and "castles" to outdo their neighbors and show off their wealth. Walk these streets and you'll find your jaw dropping as you wished you lived here. We bet you'll privately dream of how to ditch your hustle and bustle life, leave it behind, and move here permanently (Hey, don't laugh---it happened to us five years ago!).



The 1891 Castle Inn Of New Orleans

1539 4th Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

E-mail: info@creolegardens.com

or click on "Contact Us" button on upper right of screen


Good question...

We're in the heart of the Garden District -- not just on the fringes or in the "general vicinity." We're the first mansion off of St. Charles Avenue, with its streetcars and Mardi Gras parade route, and next door to the mansion where MTV's Real World was filmed. Down the block is the famous Commander's Palace restaurant (where Emeril got his start); around the other corner is Lafayette Cemetery, made legendary from the gothic novels of Anne Rice ( yes, she lives in the Garden District, too). And only a few short blocks away are trendy Magazine Street's hip antique shops and coffee bars.

People come from all over the world to visit our neighborhood, soaking in the grand architecture, magnificent landscapes, eclectic shops, and restaurants that mostly only locals know about. And many of these visitors wish they didn't have to leave and go back to their boxy hotel rooms. But you won't have to. After all, you'll have made the Castle your home.

In the Historic Garden District

Steps off St. Charles Avenue

Welcoming visitors for over 50 years

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E-Mail us at: info@creolegardens.com