Inn at Houmas House

New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1459)
  • Very good (277)
  • Average (71)
  • Poor (26)
  • Terrible (36)
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Sep 20, 2020 juliep747

I have lived about 20 miles from the Houmas House for 3 years but today was my first time to visit . Several friends and I went for lunch. The menu choices were exceptional and tasted even better! We also walked through the gardens. It’s beautiful!! The grounds are breathtaking. Afterwards we strolled through the museum. I thoroughly enjoyed… Read more
I have lived about 20 miles from the Houmas House for 3 years but today was my first time to visit . Several friends and I went for lunch. The menu choices were exceptional and tasted even better! We also walked through the gardens. It’s beautiful!! The grounds are breathtaking. Afterwards we strolled through the museum. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the items and reading the history of South La and several of the antebellum homes. It was a top notch collection of items. We will go back soon for dinner and drinks. Read less
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Sep 13, 2020 ellytrm Mandeville, Louisiana

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Houmas House! Unlike some of the other plantation homes, it still has a lot of it’s original furnishings. The gardens are extensive and absolutely beautiful! We had lunch at the restaurant on the grounds and the food was delicious! I would love to visit again in the near future.
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Aug 14, 2020 415candd111

Did side trip when going toward New Orleans- very informative tour of the house. Ate at restaurant and very good food. Relaxing comfortable stroll through the garden even though it was August. Much shaded area.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bizarre Stay at the Inn

Aug 11, 2020 L9375HIkellyw San Diego

Bizarre experience start to finish. We had booked a new room at the Houmas House to stay at during the Sugar Bowl for New Year's 2019. We had previously stopped at Houmas House a few years earlier for afternoon tea and really enjoyed that experience. When we checked in we were taken aback by the tackiness of the gift shop and the way the… Read more
Bizarre experience start to finish. We had booked a new room at the Houmas House to stay at during the Sugar Bowl for New Year's 2019. We had previously stopped at Houmas House a few years earlier for afternoon tea and really enjoyed that experience. When we checked in we were taken aback by the tackiness of the gift shop and the way the plantation itself was being marketed obviously as a money-making endeavor for commercial purposes and not for the primary purpose of preserving the authenticity of the original buildings, the original gardens/farm, and sharing an educational experience with tourists. Well the 2nd night we arrived back at about 1:30 a.m., due to the long drive from New Orleans after the Bowl game. We got to our room (which is a long walk from the rest of the plantation grounds) and our key card did not work. We had our 2 daughters with us, it's pitch dark and there's no one around. We had to leave them in the car in the parking lot. We call the phone number on the flyer - no answer. My husband and I had to walk the entire property to try to find anyone to let us back into our room. We rang bells, called buzzer numbers by the house itself, knocked on doors, etc. We finally found one woman who resided on the property but she didn't have access to any key cards or a way to let us into our room. This entire ordeal took almost 2 hours. Finally she gets who I now know to be the owner of the property, and he came outside with his golf cart and we were finally taken back to our room and let in. We literally had been knocking on his personal door and calling his direct number from the call buttons on the side of the main house door, but he never once came out to see what was happening until the lady must have called him. The whole experience was bizarre. Someone had only set our key card for a 1 night stay even though we were there 2 nights. Mind you, the room was $300 per night. No apologies, no offer of a discount for our inconvenience. Then, the next morning when I addressed it at the front desk (not knowing the guy who was awoken was the owner, I thought he was just a caretaker), the man comes in and gets into a verbal argument with me in the gift shop. Oh hell no - that's not going to fly with me. Finally, after I pointed out how unprofessional the entire experience was he succumbed to offering us lunch for free (since we didn't get to bed until after 3 a.m., we slept through breakfast.) I would never stay there again. The other sad and bizarre thing is that many of the gardens have been built like completely modern Japanese type gardens, with modern statues and no semblance at all for the history of the land and property. Likewise, the exterior of the house itself was in bad need of fresh paint and refreshing. However, the new "river" museum, another colossal unsightly, commercial structure was being built for - you guessed it, more tours and ticket fees. This plantation would be the gold standard for education regarding the antebellum period if the owner would spend his time and money making the history of the plantation and the slave history of this property an integral part of the tour, and restoring the decor and gardens to a more historical replica of the original plantation. We thoroughly enjoyed the quaint bar on the property and the new rooms were very nice, the experience and the commercial feel is what made the place so bizarre. I am used to spending $300+ on luxury accommodations when we travel as a family, and I have never been treated so poorly as a customer when the mistake was not mine. I let this go for a year and a half and when I read these recent reviews about the place, I couldn't let it go any longer. People need to know - we also stayed at Oak Alley several years ago - now that is a place that pays proper homage to the history of the area and to the slaves and people who lived there. Read less
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Aug 1, 2020 sherittabitikofer

As a historian and traveler, I've visited many plantation homes in Louisiana and across the south. I would rate Houmas House among the best. The dedication of the owner, Mr. Kelly, to this massive restoration project is commendable. The garden pathways are well maintained, the Carriage House Restaurant provides top-notch service and food, and the… Read more
As a historian and traveler, I've visited many plantation homes in Louisiana and across the south. I would rate Houmas House among the best. The dedication of the owner, Mr. Kelly, to this massive restoration project is commendable. The garden pathways are well maintained, the Carriage House Restaurant provides top-notch service and food, and the tour was beyond informative. The gift shop provides an extensive selection of books that range in topics from Louisiana, gardens, architecture, and the Civil War. Make sure to allow time in your visit for the Great River Road Museum next door (owned and operated by the same man). I could have spent days reading through the wealth of well-researched information about the unique history and culture along the Mississippi River. If you have a day or two to spare in the New Orleans area, I highly recommend visiting Houmas House. Read less