One of our guests had this to say...
Location: Memphis, TN
Date: Oct. 11, 2010
A couple of years ago, we stayed at the LaMothe on Esplanade and had really enjoyed the location. In one of our long walks, we noticed this beautiful mansion w/ a lovely porch and rocking chairs. It looked so inviting. It was at 1244 Esplanade and it was the Rathbone. We decided to head to New Orleans for a little break before the stress of the holidays sets in-beautiful weather in New Orleans in October and a lot of good deals. Booked the Rathbone through Bookit.com and paid in advance. Talked my husband's sister into coming along and she invited two friends. When we got to The Rathbone, check-in could not have been easier. Eva , who bakes amazing pumpkin bread, checked our names-said "You're paid up", handed us our keys and walked us across the street. There we were shown our room, the Jazz Fest Suite. sparkling clean, beautifully decorated and w/ a kitchenette. Eva gave us some glasses for wine drinking and said "Enjoy" Which we certainly did. We had secure parking and were just a 10 - 15 minute walk away from French Quarter and wonderful clubs on Frenchmen St. My sister-in-law arrived and loved having her own private room. Her two friends were staying at another motel quite a ways away and when they saw our little Tennessee Williams wonderland, they were green w/ envy. We had two tiny problems which were fixed immediately by staff-one was working the shower, which had to be done by pulling at the bottom of the bathtub faucet and another was getting on-line. That's accomplished by looking for the secure Rathbone connection (there are two Rathbone connections)and using the Inn's fax number as a password. Tiny little nitpick-it might be a good idea to include that info at check-in. Breakfast was wonderful-fresh fruit, juice, great coffee and mostly home-made pastries. Sure, there were bagels and store-bought muffins too, but Eva's breads and coffee cakes and brownies were fantastic. Every day clean towels arrived. 5 star treatment at moderate and reasonable prices. The pool was really nice for lounging and talking . And that rocking chair , which first beckoned us , was a great place to sit any time of the day and people watch. We can't wait to go back. If you want to experience real New Orleans and its hospitality, stay at the Rathbone.