Inn at Houmas House

New Orleans, Louisiana

Virgin rating

The hotel

Known as the Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road, Inn at Houmas House, Plantation Country is an outstanding antebellum estate, bursting with southern charm. The set location of many a film and TV show, actors such as Bette Davis and Chevy Chase have filmed here, so it may well feel more than familiar to you! When you’re not sightseeing, spend some time at leisure in the gardens, home to an ancient oak alley and year-round blooms. The dramatic and inviting Fountain Courtyard is another popular gathering place for guests. Dining at Houmas House is not just a treat, it’s an experience. Latil’s Landing Restaurant in the French House is over 230 years old with original beamed ceilings, cypress mantels, wood burning fireplaces and original wood floors. Feast on gourmet cuisine served upon Limoge china, soaking up the grand atmosphere that prevails. For less formal meals there is Cafe Burnside, serving everything from healthy salads and fried oyster po-boys to filet mignon, washed down with a mint julep perhaps or a glass of wine served from the estates very own wine cellars.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Families
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Set in 38 acres of gardens on River Road, Louisiana. Transfer time from New Orleans Armstrong International Airport: 50 minutes.

Hotel information

21 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, patio or balcony, satellite TV with pay-per-view films, telephone, complimentary WiFi access, tea/coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Cottage Room with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Le Petite Houmas Restaurant. Complimentary American breakfast. The Wine Cellars of Houmas House. Cafe Burnside (open for lunch 11:00am-2:00pm). The Carriage House Restaurant (breakfast daily 8:00am-10:00am and dinner nightly 4:30pm-8:30pm). Latil's Landing (dinner wed-sat between 6:00pm-9:00pm). Golf cart service from rooms to the mansion and restaurants. Complimentary WiFi.

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Peek into a beautiful Plantation with an Ugly Past

May 22, 2024 thequeenofyum Houston, Texas

Houmas House is a beautiful plantation with a historic home and garden on site. Visiting plantations can evoke mixed emotions for me, as many of my ancestors worked the land in inhuman conditions. Thoughts of reparations and the fact that so much wealth was built off the backs of slaves are sad realities. However, I am grateful to be able to walk… Read more
Houmas House is a beautiful plantation with a historic home and garden on site. Visiting plantations can evoke mixed emotions for me, as many of my ancestors worked the land in inhuman conditions. Thoughts of reparations and the fact that so much wealth was built off the backs of slaves are sad realities. However, I am grateful to be able to walk these grounds as a free woman, appreciating the beauty without the pain—a privilege I don't take lightly. Houmas House offers 38 acres of stunning Louisiana native landscape. The guided tour of the mansion, once owned by Great Sugar Barons on one of the largest sugarcane plantations, is fascinating. There are three restaurants on the property, 21 cottages, the Great River Road Museum, Turtle Bar, a gift shop, and Sweet Spot Landing, where riverboat cruises dock. You can also enjoy a southern lunch in one of the meeting spaces. Houmas House is truly a place where history and beauty converge. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Awesome place to experience.

May 12, 2024 753jeremys Patterson, Louisiana

We did the mothersday lunch buffet, and it was really good. For an outdoor buffet, the food was really good. I've been to the carriage house for lunch, and although a little pricey, the food has always been good here. Some of the best gumbo hands down. We took the mansion tour, which I've also taken before, and I prefer this one over Oak Alley as… Read more
We did the mothersday lunch buffet, and it was really good. For an outdoor buffet, the food was really good. I've been to the carriage house for lunch, and although a little pricey, the food has always been good here. Some of the best gumbo hands down. We took the mansion tour, which I've also taken before, and I prefer this one over Oak Alley as there is a lot more property original stuff here vs oak alley which is a lot of period correct stuff. Ruby was a fantastic guide. The gardens are beautiful. This place overall is one of the best experiences. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Houmas House and Gardens

May 7, 2024 Ldanya Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Impressive house and wonderful well maintained gardens. Interesting house guided tour. Highly recommended!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Mixed experience

May 5, 2024 F6811BLrebeccab

It's undeniable that the house & gardens are beautiful, and offer some wonderful photographic opportunities, particularly the majestic Burnside oak. I was taken aback, however, when our tour guide introduced himself and, almost in the same breath, said that slavery would not be the focus of the tour, or even discussed. It just doesn't sit right… Read more
It's undeniable that the house & gardens are beautiful, and offer some wonderful photographic opportunities, particularly the majestic Burnside oak. I was taken aback, however, when our tour guide introduced himself and, almost in the same breath, said that slavery would not be the focus of the tour, or even discussed. It just doesn't sit right with me that this establishment, which once held more than 800 slaves in the 1850s & 1860s -- making it "the center of the largest slave holding in Louisiana," per the National Park Service -- does not want to even broach this aspect of its history. The Houmas House's website does not make this clear in its "Mansion" tour description. (In fact, if you're looking for mention of slavery on the website, you'll have to go digging for it under the About section, where you'll find one reference to the number of slaves held (150) that grossly differs from that reported by the NPS.) Our guide, though obviously very knowledgeable about the particulars of the mansion's decor and previous owners, came across as robotic and indifferent to our enjoyment of the interior spaces we were being shown. He rushed from one room to another without soliciting questions. When we paused in any of the rooms to take a few photos after he'd finished speaking, he would move on to the next room and continue his talking points even though we weren't physically present in the room with him. It was almost comical. Beyond all that, the check-in staff & gift shop cashier weren't very welcoming, despite being two of only a few visitors that Monday afternoon. Read less
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May 2, 2024 Ltravel198 Concho,AZ

An hour's drive from bustling French Quarter. Beautiful gardens surround an interesting house full of history, old and more recent. Our guide, Ruby, was the personification of southern hospitality, wit and charm. She brought to life the varied transitions of the house and cultures. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and grounds.