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The Maison Dupuy Hotel Review: This complex of seven town homes surrounds a lovely courtyard in the quieter back section of the French Quarter. It is closer to Rampart Street than the Mississippi River, but the lovely property exudes a quiet, residential air which its guests love. While removed from the hubbub, it's still convenient to all the action in the Quarter. Opened in 1975, the hotel evokes the past with ironwork balconies, exposed brick and a semitropical courtyard. A $5 million renovation rejuvenated the guest rooms with the use of soft colors and florals and the addition of impressive marble bathrooms. Be sure to ask for a room with a balcony that opens over the courtyard. Sitting on such a perch with a cup of morning coffee is serenity itself. As for contemporary amenities, they include a 24-hour fitness center, a heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The Bistreaux bar and restaurant serves casual fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.