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Perfectly situated on the edge of the French Quarter along beautiful Esplanade Avenue, the luxury boutique Melrose Mansion recalls what it might have been like to live in grand antebellum fashion in this historic Creole neighborhood called the Faubourg Marigny. If you’re in New Orleans seeking the finest amenities, superb hospitality, and personalized attention in ultimate comfort, the Melrose Mansion is the ideal choice.

HISTORy

Melrose Mansion is a sturdy and elegant Second Empire Victorian mansion which was designed by esteemed New Orleans architect James A. Freret.  The building was completed in 1885. Originally designed as a single-family home, the mansion first housed the family of a prosperous commissions merchant by the name of George Lanaux.  It is believed that the Lanaux family inhabited the house for several years until it was sold in the early 1900s to another family.  The details of the second family to own the house are unclear.

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WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

Sitting on historic Esplanade Avenue on the edge of the French Quarter, the Melrose Mansion is the perfect setting for your New Orleans wedding. Our newly renovated luxury hotel is ideal for intimate weddings to be held inside the beautifully decorated Victorian mansion or poolside in our lush courtyard.

Our front indoor parlor can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 50 chairs for a ceremony and the poolside area can accommodate up to 65 chairs.  The combined spaces have the ability to transition into a reception venue for up to 120 guests, perfectly timed for the return of your second line down the famous Esplanade Avenue!

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SPECIALS & PROMOTIONS

Grab & Go Continental Breakfast

When you book direct on the Melrose Mansion website, start your day with a complimentary grab & go continental breakfast. varieties of fresh whole fruit, Greek yogurt, house granola

HOTEL AMENITIES

Rooms

At Melrose Mansion, we have turned a 200-year-old gem into a shining diamond with the finest comforts throughout every guest room.

Executive Suites

Receive excellent service and exceptional surroundings within your own pied-à-terre. Melrose Mansion brings the best to New Orleans.

Poolside

Representative of New Orleans’ relaxed style, poolside at the Melrose Mansion is the perfect place to unwind, relax, and soak up some sun.

Wellness

Who says your regimen has to change when you are on the road? Enjoy 24-hour access to Melrose Mansion’s state-of-the-art fitness center.

OUR HISTORY

Melrose Mansion is a sturdy and elegant Second Empire Victorian mansion which was designed by esteemed New Orleans architect James A. Freret.  The building was completed in 1885. Originally designed as a single-family home, the mansion first housed the family of a prosperous commissions merchant by the name of George Lanaux.  It is believed that the Lanaux family inhabited the house for several years until it was sold in the early 1900s to another family.  The details of the second family to own the house are unclear.

When the USA entered World War 1 in 1917, laws were passed banning prostitution within ten miles of any military base in America.  The resulting fall of New Orleans’ red light district and legally-defined ‘Storyville’ left many homeless. In order to continue working, they would have had to do so in secret.  At this time, many houses along Esplanade Avenue and into the Marigny, including the mansion, began to operate as low-key bordellos. It is presumed that this era spanned from roughly 1917-1920 through to the early 1960s, and it is unclear who owned the house during this time period.

At this time, burlesque performer Chris Owens and her husband Sol Owens, who had been running nightclubs since the late 1950s, purchased the mansion and rented its several sectioned apartments to their dancers, the “Boom Boom girls”.  After several years of success with their clubs, they sold the mansion in 1977 to purchase the building which houses the establishment on the corner of St. Louis and Bourbon.

From 1977 on through the 1980s, split into several individually-addressed units, the house was rented as apartments to local New Orleanians. It is said that, during the late 1970s and 1980s, upkeep was neglected and the house was regarded by neighbors as “a dump”.

The current production has been reclaiming the house’s integrity and notoriety among visitors and locals alike since the most recent renovations were brought to wraps in the final quarter of 2011.  These renovations were completed based on the vision of previous owner Sidney Torres IV, whose father, Sidney Torres III, purchased the house in 1991, introducing it to the public for the first time as a luxurious, award-winning Victorian-themed hotel.

In the first quarter of 2013, Sidney Torres IV sold the property along with its two sister hotels, Hotel Royal and Hotel Saint Helene, to Joe Jager, local entrepeneur and owner of a large, local hotel conglomerate now known as the J Collection.

Boasting beautifully remodeled guest rooms with a casual, clean, modern charm, high ceilings, a sheer, minimalist complexion, and fully-renovated bathrooms which feature rich Italian Carrara marble and Waterworks fixtures, Melrose Mansion provides a chic yet comfortable stay for travelers who wish to enjoy New Orleans’ classic charm and elegance, avoiding the congestion and bustle of large, high-volume hotels.

GROUP ROOM BLOCKS:

Melrose Mansion boasts 14 rooms and suites to perfectly accommodate your guests. To learn more about policies and procedures of group blocks at the Melrose Mansion, click here. To inquire about rates and availablity, please submit a request here

WEDDINGS

Your complete Melrose Mansion resource guides:
Full 14-Room Rental + Wedding here  –  Elopements & Intimate Weddings here  –  Bridal Prep here

EVENTS

The Melrose Mansion is the ideal luxury venue to host a myriad of memorable social gatherings! Guests lists from 10-120 have enjoyed cocktail receptions, corporate events and birthday parties at our fully restored Victorian mansion.

If your event has more than 40 guests or wishes to use the pool or the media room, we will require a 14 room rental of the property. Smaller events with under 40 guests can rent the parlor and poolside spaces for a 3 hour window. 

Special consideration is made for all potential events due to the close proximity of public spaces to our 14 guest rooms and suites.