Fleur de lys, New Orleans symbol


Résidence des Artistes

New Orleans, Louisiana
Fleur de lys, New Orleans symbol


Front of La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans

Front of La Dauphine B&B, New Orleans

To see how close La Dauphine is to the French Quarter of New Orleans,
see the map further down this page.

From $109 per night plus tax.

There are NO shared baths at La Dauphine.

There is a 3-night minimum (or more) year round.

Phone and address are near the end of the website.

We prefer email and online booking.


We will check our online schedule for the time frame you select and show you our availability.

Select Your Arrival Date and # of Nights
Day Month Year # of Nights



Laissez les bons temps rouler.

Read more about La Dauphine and New Orleans further down on this page - click here

Fort Lauderdale Condo Rental

Please inquire about our Fort Lauderdale 2BR-2BA Condo on Lake Emerald, for longer stays of a few months—just blocks from Wilton Manors.

Click here for more photos, videos, and information about our Fort Lauderdale condo.

Check out the Fort Lauderdale video:

Catamarans on Lake Emerald, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Catamaran on Lake Emerald, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
View of Lake Emerald, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from condo

Did You Know?…

Travel and Leisure readers in 2012 named New Orleans America's Favorite City!

#1 for: Restaurants, Cafés, Nightlife, Offbeat People, Antique/Vintage Stores,

Street Performers, Wild Weekends, Flea Markets,

Cocktail Hours, Singles Bar Scene, Music Scene,

Neighborhood Joints, People Watching, City Pride, & Spring Break Travel—

#2 for Gay Friendly, Charming Accent,

And #3-5 for Cool Architecture, Boutiques, Coffee Houses, Romantic weekends,

Friendly locals, Hotel Options. And many other accolades rated #5-10.

Yahoo! Travel named New Orleans #1 Music Travel Destination

Trip Advisor named New Orleans the #1 spot in the World for Nightlife.

Bloomberg named New Orleans #2 Boomtown in the U.S., April 2013.

Need further encouragement? Take a look at this April, 2013 interview with Mayor Mitch Landrieu.


So what are you waiting for? Come out and play, dine, and experience New Orleans!


May 29, 2010
Dear Ray and Kim,
What an expansion of the soul and senses last week was!
Exactly what was needed by two fog-chilled San Franciscans to savor the world anew!
To hear the very best music flowing out in the streets day and night—part of the intimate fabric of a city's character, climate and a whole 24/7 way of life.
Music, N'Awlins cooking, the relaxed conversation with strangers, the ever present sense of water surrounding.
It was as perfect a six days as I can remember.
Thanks, and our very best from Noe Valley, the Fillmore, Pacific Heights, and Browser Books!

Collage of New Orleans

This is the Real New Orleans

You might have heard people say that New Orleans is like San Francisco, Savannah, Charleston, Paris, or Marseilles. It's not.

The biggest difference is that the streets are exploding with live music all year round.

You've never seen such "street theater". Our most cherished visitors come for our food, music, architecture, history, artists, and writers.

The ambiance is very much like the French Caribbean.

We live in the old French area, much like my Creole ancestors did, coming from France and Spain in 1718 and 1793, respectively.

My mother and father grew up speaking French just a few houses away from us.

Our district, Faubourg Marigny, is a quieter version of the adjacent French Quarter—the main difference being that you can actually sleep at night here.

It's the safe, artist/gay residential area with about 70 bed and breakfasts.

Within a couple minutes walk of our front door, you have access to restaurants such as Marigny Brasserie, Feelings, La Peniche, Mona's, Wasabi, Adolfo's, and bars such as the Spotted Cat, d.b.a., Checkpoint Charlie's, Phoenix—not to mention an over abundance of galleries and antique shops.

Jackson Square is a mere 15-minute stroll through the adjacent French Quarter.

In the opinion of many, Faubourg Marigny, our neighborhood, has become the more bohemian extension of the French Quarter, increasingly becoming the neighborhood of choice for writers, painters, musicians, street entertainers and artists of all sorts.

Throughout the old, French district, you will see artists painting on the streets, musicians "jamming"—French doors of bars and restaurants flung open, beckoning you to enter.

This is the real New Orleans. Our nearby Country Club offers a large pool (clothing optional), full bar, and lunch and dinner most of the year at a daily rate.

We love to host nice, relaxed people—people who enjoy new surroundings and experiences—people who can "go with the flow".

We try to steer clear of the formal, pretentious crowd—no "putting on airs" here.

No children or pets, and there is a 3-night minimum and a limit of two persons to a room.

We met in Copenhagen, got engaged in Helsinki, got married in Canada, and now run our B&B in New Orleans :-)

Please come stay with us if you think we're your kind of place.

And remember that our place is "funky", with a "decrepit New Orleans vibe"—kind of shabby chic—and chock full of interesting stuff all around.

Ray & Kim

Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans
Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans

  Our Marigny neighborhood was featured in the April issue of "Travel & Leisure" as one of the trendiest in the nation.

For an Insider's Guide about Frenchmen Street, click here! 



We will check our online schedule for the time frame you select and show you our availability.

Select Your Arrival Date and # of Nights
Day Month Year # of Nights


To see a slide show of a suite, click on a photo or link.

Matisse suite, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans

The Matisse Suite


Gothic suite, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans

The Gothic Suite


Alec Baldwin suite, La Dauphine Bed and Breakfast, New Orleans

The Alec Baldwin Suite


Garden, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans The Garden—
a peaceful oasis with a soothing fountain
Garden, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans Looking out at the garden
Dining room, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans Dining room
Art at La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans Triptych by photographer Roberto Rincon
Breakfast buffet area, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans Breakfast buffet area
Breakfast buffet area, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans Breakfast buffet area
La Dauphine,

Résidence des Artistes,

is a very laid-back guest house for the budget-minded traveler. No "Attitude". Located in the Bohemian, artsy part of town, four blocks from the French Quarter, and a mere 12-minute streetcar ride to the Convention Center. For your safety and serenity, no unregistered guests are allowed in the rooms. No cooking is allowed and there is no kitchen access. A mellow, village-like atmosphere prevails throughout the neighborhood.
Hallway, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans Hallway
La Dauphine

Résidence des Artistes

The rooms feature queen-size, four-poster beds, cable TV, DVD, ceiling fans, central air and heat—all this in a charming, yet unpretentious, renovated, Victorian, 100-year-old house. Very relaxed and quiet and a continental breakfast is included. On-street, unrestricted parking is readily available in front of the house. Tanuki, an intelligent and friendly Japanese Shiba Inu dog, also lives in the house.

Languages spoken are: English, (yes—really), French, German and Danish. Ray has lived in Paris and in Bavaria, while Kim has lived and worked in Israel and his native Denmark.

Rates are higher for events such as Mardi Gras, Halloween and Southern Decadence (Labor Day), etc. Each room has it's own private bath.
There is a guest refrigerator in the common area. 62 rooftop solar panels help to power the 3,000-sq.-ft. house. A three-night minimum is required.

You will be well cared for!

Directions from airport:

Take I-10 East into New Orleans.  Follow I-10 into city staying in right lane and take what looks like an exit with Slidell posted above (it's still I-10).
Take the Esplanade Avenue Exit (the next one after the Vieux Carre Exit) and turn right.
Go one and a half blocks to Esplanade Avenue and turn right at the traffic light.
Proceed less than a mile to our street, Dauphine, and turn left. Go 5-6 blocks to 2316 Dauphine to La Dauphine (on the right).

(Unbelievably, half the taxi drivers at the airport do not know the streets of the French Quarter—even with a million tourists a month heading there. So be prepared to direct them.)

Ray Ruiz, La Dauphine B&B host, New Orleans

La Dauphine host Ray Ruiz & co-host Tanuki, a Shiba Inu.

Your host is Ray Ruiz, a travel writer and artist (click here to look at Ray's art), former AT&T manager who lived in San Francisco for 22 years, and is a native New Orleanian. He is happy to clue you in to the local scene, especially regarding Cajun & Creole food and restaurants, art, antiques, architecture and music.
If you'd like to know more about your host Ray Ruiz, click here.

Come join us!

Ray Ruiz & Kim Pedersen, hosts at La Dauphine B&B

We met in Copenhagen, got engaged in Helsinki, got married in Canada, and now run our B&B in New Orleans.

Please come stay with us if you think we're your kind of place.

The Innkeeper award, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans

Click to e-mail Ray, La Dauphine B&B

Kim Pedersen, La Dauphine B&B host

Your co-host is Dr. Kim Pedersen, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kim is a research biologist, formerly with Novo Nordisk, currently doing old age and diabetes research at LSU (Louisiana State University) Health Sciences Center.

Things to do in New Orleans?

How about a concert at the House of Blues? You can see really big stars in an intimate setting like this clip with French rock star Johnny Hallyday shows.

Concert with French rock star Johnny Hallyday at the House of Blues, New Orleans, May 13, 2014.

Downloadable PDF brochure of La Dauphine B&B

For a downloadable PDF brochure, click here

(you need the free Adobe Reader for that; download it here if you don't already have it).

Fleur de Lys, New Orleans symbol If you'd like to know more about New Orleans - The Big Easy - click here.
Earth Click here to see what travelers from around the world have said about staying at La Dauphine


Four blocks to French Quarter
Two blocks to Frenchmen Street
In the bohemian, artsy, gay Faubourg Marigny area.
Wi-Fi throughout, ceiling fans.
Cybercafé: a 24" core 2 duo iMac and a printer, scanner and copier are yours to use.
Private courtyard, TV, DVD.
Central Air & Heat.
Mellow clientele, Quiet oasis.

Map of the French Quarter, New Orleans
Recurring Annual Events in New Orleans

New Year's/Sugar Bowl


Mardi Gras Week


St. Patrick's Day Parade(s)


Tennessee Williams Literary Fest


Spring Fiesta


French Quarter Festival


Jazz Fest


Greek Fest—Hellenic Center


Pride Fest—Armstrong Park


French Market Tomato Festival


Reggae Festival


Go 4th on the River (Riverfront)


International Piano Competition


Southern Decadence (Labor Day)


Art for Art's Sake - Julia Street


Secret Gardens—French Quarter


Swamp Fest at Zoo


N.O. Film & Video Fest


Voodoo on the Bayou




Celebration in the Oaks-City Park

November - January

Creole Christmas



Hosts: Ray Ruiz & Dr. Kim Pedersen

Click here to check availability & prices, and to book.

Click here to e-mail La Dauphine
Note: STOP! Please do NOT email us to find out information that is readily available on our website, such as availability of dates, prices, breakfast info, distance from French Quarter (consult the map for this). You must actually READ our website. Sorry.

Tel. 1-504 948 2217. Fax 1-504 948 3420

Mailing Address:
2316 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA

Price range:
(Non-Event, single or double occupancy)
Nightly: $109–$150 plus tax,
Weekly: $750 plus tax.

Special events, high season & weekend rates are higher.

Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest rates are the highest.

Single Room = One person, one queen-size bed.
Double Room = Two people, one queen-size bed.

No groups, no unregistered guests in rooms overnight, and no small children or pets, please.

Payment: Cash, Travelers Checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Diners.
No refunds with less than 60 days cancellation prior to arrival; nor is it permissible to shorten your stay
with less than 7 days advance notice prior to arrival. A minimum 3 nights booking and payment is required in advance.

Smoking is available in the courtyard garden
(not in the house).

View Larger Map


Reduced mobility access, La Dauphine bed and breakfast, New Orleans


Professional Innkeepers Association of New Orleans, La Dauphine bed and breakfast

© Copyright Ray Ruiz 2013. All rights reserved.
Photo credits: Fleur de lys: By Français: Gouvernement du Québec [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Collage elements: Upper left: By Infrogmation of New Orleans (Photo by Infrogmation) [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Corner building upper middle: Falkue at the German language Wikipedia.
Trombone player upper right: By robbiesaurus (Flickr: TBC Brass Band) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photos presenting La Dauphine: garden, cybercafé, view of garden, video library, after shave, Triptych by Melissa L. Drewry
Ray Ruiz's Google+ profile