When you stay at a historic, one-of-a-kind boutique hotel, it becomes more than just a place to lay your head. You feel less like a tourist and more like a local. It becomes your home.
And when you stay at the lovingly restored French Market Inn, with its exposed brick walls and charming courtyard, you’ll discover that your home was once owned by the Baroness Micaela Almonaster Pontalba, who designed and built the Pontalba Apartments flanking Jackson Square – the first apartment building in the United States. But there’s more to this tale than brick and mortar. There’s blood.
In Paris in 1834, Micaela’s father-in-law, the elder Baron Pontalba, shot Micaela four times point blank because he couldn’t get his hands on her estate. While the old baron ended up killing himself, Micaela survived. Note: In portraits she hides her fingers in the folds of her dresses which were shattered when she put her hand over the muzzle of the gun.
While a little less dramatic, the history of this famous family lives on at the French Market Inn. Today, the inn is everything it was in Baroness Pontalba’s day and more (after all, she wasn’t able to get a latté from PJs Coffee whenever she wanted one.)
“The old time feel of the location is both nostalgic and relaxing. It’s a beautiful atmosphere.”
“We expected the price to be a lot more for such a wonderful hotel.”
“The room was spotless. The staff couldn’t have been nicer.”
“The room was very quiet, even in the heart of the French Quarter.’
“Very safe and secure and convenient to most every place of interest.
“There was a little hotel cat who was lovely. I could resist giving him a scruffle when I saw him.”
The French Market Inn, New Orleans, La., is tucked away on the banks of the Mississippi River in the center of the French Quarter.
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