Charming lodgings in a former orphanage.
This building housed St. Vincent's Orphanage for more than 100 years, and by the late twentieth century it had fallen into disrepair. Peter Schreiber, a transplanted German, realized that the three-story 1861 property with its wraparound porches and balconies had potential as a European-style guesthouse. Inaugurated in the late 1990s, the hotel was gradually renovated and opened one floor at a time. The modest guest rooms are furnished in white wicker with patchwork quilts. All have private baths. A large saltwater swimming pool in the courtyard gives this lodging an advantage in the summer. An on-site eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inn also features a game room with Internet, a jukebox, pool table, two poker machines and arcade-style game machines. The inn is located on a busy corner in the Lower Garden District, just a few blocks off the St. Charles streetcar line. The neighborhood is bustling with other small inns, new shops and a coffeehouse across the street. On-site parking at just $5 a day is a bonus.