La DAUPHINE B&B
To see how close La Dauphine is to the French Quarter
of New Orleans, see the map further down this page.
From $109 per night plus tax.
There are NO shared baths at La Dauphine.
There is a 3-night minimum (or more) year round.
Phone and address are near the end of the website.
We prefer email and online booking.
Laissez les bons temps rouler.
Please inquire about our Fort Lauderdale 2BR-2BA Condo on Lake Emerald, for longer stays of a few months—just blocks from Wilton Manors.
Check out the Fort Lauderdale video:
Travel and Leisure readers in 2012 named New Orleans America's Favorite City!
#1 for: Restaurants, Cafés, Nightlife, Offbeat People, Antique/Vintage Stores,
Street Performers, Wild Weekends, Flea Markets,
Cocktail Hours, Singles Bar Scene, Music Scene,
Neighborhood Joints, People Watching, City Pride, & Spring Break Travel—
#2 for Gay-Friendly, Charming Accent,
And #3–5 for Cool Architecture, Boutiques, Coffee Houses, Romantic weekends,
Friendly locals, Hotel Options. And many other accolades rated #5–10.
Yahoo! Travel named New Orleans #1 Music Travel Destination.
TripAdvisor named New Orleans the #1 spot in the World for Nightlife.
Bloomberg named New Orleans #2 Boomtown in the U.S., April 2013.
So what are you waiting for? Come out and play, dine, and experience New Orleans!
May 29, 2010
Dear Ray and Kim,
What an expansion of the soul and senses last week was!
Exactly what was needed by two fog-chilled San Franciscans to savor the world anew!
To hear the very best music flowing out in the streets day and night—part of the intimate fabric of a city's character, climate and a whole 24/7 way of life.
Music, N'Awlins cooking, the relaxed conversation with strangers, the ever-present sense of water surrounding.
It was as perfect a six days as I can remember.
Thanks, and our very best from Noe Valley, the Fillmore, Pacific Heights, and Browser Books!
You might have heard people say that New Orleans is like San Francisco, Savannah, Charleston, Paris, or Marseilles. It's not.
The biggest difference is that the streets are exploding with live music all year round.
You've never seen such "street theater". Our most cherished visitors come for our food, music, architecture, history, artists, and writers.
The ambiance is very much like the French Caribbean.
We live in the old French area, much like my Creole ancestors did, coming from France and Spain in 1718 and 1793, respectively.
My mother and father grew up speaking French just a few houses away from us.
Our district, Faubourg Marigny, is a quieter version of the adjacent French Quarter—the main difference being that you can actually sleep at night here.
It's the safe, artist/gay residential area with about 70 bed and breakfasts.
Within a couple minutes' walk of our front door, you have access to restaurants such as Marigny Brasserie, Feelings, Horn's, Mona's, Wasabi, Adolfo's, and bars such as the Spotted Cat, d.b.a., Checkpoint Charlie's, Phoenix—not to mention an overabundance of galleries and antique shops. You can read more about this in our Frenchmen Street Guide.
Jackson Square is a mere 15-minute stroll through the adjacent French Quarter.
In the opinion of many, Faubourg Marigny, our neighborhood, has become the more bohemian extension of the French Quarter, increasingly becoming the neighborhood of choice for writers, painters, musicians, street entertainers, and artists of all sorts.
Throughout the old French district, you will see artists painting on the streets, musicians "jamming"—French doors of bars and restaurants flung open, beckoning you to enter.
This is the real New Orleans. Our nearby Country Club offers a large pool, full bar, and lunch and dinner most of the year at a daily rate.
We love to host nice, relaxed people—people who enjoy new surroundings and experiences—people who can "go with the flow".
We try to steer clear of the formal, pretentious crowd—no "putting on airs" here.
No children or pets, and there is a 3-night minimum and a limit of two persons to a room.
We met in Copenhagen, got engaged in Helsinki, got married in Canada, and now run our B&B in New Orleans ☺
Please come stay with us if you think we're your kind of place.
And remember that our place is quirky and "funky", with a "decrepit New Orleans vibe"—kind of shabby chic—and chock-full of interesting stuff all around.
Ray & Kim
Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans
Our Marigny neighborhood was featured in the April issue of "Travel & Leisure" as one of the trendiest in the nation.
To see a slide show of a suite, click on a photo or link.
Languages spoken are: English, (yes—really), French, German and Danish. Ray has lived in Paris and Bavaria, while Kim has lived and worked in Israel and his native Denmark.
Rates are higher
events such as Mardi Gras, Halloween and Southern Decadence (Labor
Each room has its own private bath.
There is a guest refrigerator in the common area. 62 rooftop solar panels help to power the 3,000-sq.-ft. house. A three-night minimum is required.
You will be well
Directions from airport:
Take I-10 East
Orleans. Follow I-10 into city staying in right lane and take
what looks like
an exit with Slidell posted above (it's still I-10).
Take the Esplanade Avenue Exit (the next one after the Vieux Carré Exit), and turn right.
Go one and a half blocks to Esplanade Avenue, and turn right at the traffic light.
Proceed less than a mile to our street, Dauphine, and turn left. Go 5–6 blocks to 2316 Dauphine to La Dauphine (on the right).
(Unbelievably, half the taxi drivers at the airport do not know the streets of the French Quarter—even with a million tourists a month heading there. So be prepared to direct them.)
Your host is Ray Ruiz, a travel writer and artist
(click here to look at Ray's art),
AT&T manager who lived in San Francisco for 22 years, and
is a native New Orleanian. He is happy to clue you in to the local
scene, especially regarding Cajun & Creole food and restaurants,
art, antiques, architecture and music.
We met in Copenhagen, got engaged in Helsinki, got married in Canada, and now run our B&B in New Orleans.
Your co-host is Dr. Kim Pedersen, a native of
Please come stay with us if you think we're your kind of place.
Things to do in New Orleans?
How about a concert at the House of Blues? You can see really big stars in an intimate setting like this clip with French rock star Johnny Hallyday shows.
Four blocks to French Quarter
Tel. 1-504 948 2217. Fax 1-504 948 3420
Special events, high season & weekend rates are higher.
Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest rates are the highest.
Single Room = One person, one queen-size bed.
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© Copyright Ray Ruiz 2013. All rights reserved.
Photo credits: Fleur de lys: By Français: Gouvernement du Québec [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Collage elements: Upper left: By Infrogmation of New Orleans (Photo by Infrogmation) [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Corner building upper middle: Falkue at the German language Wikipedia.
Trombone player upper right: By robbiesaurus (Flickr: TBC Brass Band) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photos presenting La Dauphine: garden, cybercafé, view of garden, video library, after shave, Triptych by Melissa L. Drewry.
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