La DAUPHINE, Residence des Artistes

What they say about Staying at La Dauphine.

Guests of La Dauphine B&B New Orleans

Friendly guests from U.S. Virgin Islands enjoying one of Ray's restaurant recommendations-- lunch outdoors at Satsuma Café.




Dear Ray,

I apologise for not writing sooner. I wanted to say thank you for the
wonderful stay and intellectual companionship that you so magnanimously
provided. It was certainly an enriching experience and I feel
rather fortunate to have met you. I hope to have a nice rendez-vous
with my brother from Amsterdam at your place in the near future.
Please take good care and I hope to hear from you when time permits.
I do look forward to your next visit to the Bay Area.
And as we say in Malaysia, sampai kita jumpa lagi, selamat sejahtera
dan semoga Tuhan memperkayakan seluruh rumah tangga saudara
(till we meet again and may God richly bless your household).

Cordially, Ray Chandrasekara, Ph.D. U.C.,
Berkeley, California




Faehrt man in eine andere Stadt zu einem Kongress, dann ist man meist
darauf angewiesen, eines der angebotenen Hotels auszuwaehlen.
Leider sind diese Hotels in fast allen Staedten auf der Welt sehr
aehnlich - zwar meist komfortabel aber unpersoenlich und steril.
Kommt man jedoch nach New Orleans und hat das Glueck,bei Ray Ruiz im
"La Dauphine Guesthouse" zu wohnen, dann sieht die Welt ganz anders aus.
Dies ist nach einem langen Flug sehr entspannend. Man kommt in ein
liebevoll renoviertes Haus aus dem 19. Jahrhundert im Faubourg Marigny,
in dem man sich sehr schnell wie zu Hause fuehlt.
Ray gibt zunaechst die "GrandTour" des Hauses - es gibt 5 Zimmer fuer Gaeste,
ausserdem wohnt er selbst hier.
Anschliessend erfaehrt man die "Essentials" ueber New Orleans, die einem
schon am ersten Tag sehr hilfreich sind. Und ueberhaupt sollte man sich
in jeder Beziehung auf Tips und Empfehlungen von Ray verlassen - um sicher
zu sein, sowohl von kulinarischer als auch von kultureller Seite das echte
New Orleans kennenzulernen.
Bei meinem naechsten Aufenthalt in New Orleans freue ich mich schon darauf,
wieder im "La Dauphine Guesthouse" zu wohnen.

Dr. Ulrich Wiesel


English translation.

I travel often to medical conferences around the world, but find
those international hotel chains very sterile and impersonal.
The local scene looks so totally different when you come to New Orleans
and are lucky enough to stay at Ray Ruiz's La Dauphine guest house.
Ray made my 12-day stay here so personal and pleasant, that I felt
right at home. We even had a cooking class! One night we stayed in
and Ray cooked for us - he showed us how to take traditional German fare,
such as ham hocks, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and green beans and turn
them into a Cajun-Creole feast. Another night, we took him out to dinner.
La Dauphine is a nicely restored 19th century house in the quiet,
Faubourg Marigny, adjacent to the noisy, wild, flamboyant French Quarter.
You feel at home immediately. Ray orients you to the house, kitchen, patio,
door code, etc., then gives you the essentials about the city which are
extremely helpful right from the first day of your stay.
You can do yourself a favor and rely on Ray's recommendations on the culinary,
artistic and sightseeing offerings. His family has lived in New Orleans
since 1715, so he knows what he is talking about.
I can't wait to return to this fascinating city, and look forward to staying
with Ray at La Dauphine again.

Dr. Ulrich Wiesel, Nuremberg, Germany




"The big surprise for me was how much history there was in New Orleans.
Five days was actually not enough. In most American cities, you go see
the two blocks of what's called history in their downtown, and you've
finished their history tour in an hour. It takes a couple of weeks in
New Orleans. Ray's hospitality was very much appreciated-- from the
airport pick up, to the Creole & "free people of color" tour that he
arranged for us with his historian friend, Greg-- a descendant of the
"free people of color." Ray was so knowledgeable about his city and
about what music, bars & restaurants I might like. New Orleans is so much
more European than American, and Ray is also. I hope to return soon to
La Dauphine and New Orleans."

Thomas Ney, Transportation Engineer/Urban Planner,
Stockholm, Sweden.


MYSHUS I N'AWLINS

I den franskinspirerade amerikanska staden New Orleans ligger gästhuset LaDauphine.
Ett gemytligt ställe med en minst lika gemytlig ägare, Ray Ruiz. När vi besökte
LaDauphine mötte han oss redan på flygplatsen. På väg in till stan fick vi en guidening
genom the French Quarter, där de mer lättupptäckta referenserna tillbaka till Paris finns.

Ray gjorde oss uppmärksamma på flera anspelningar på det franska inslagen.
Vi korsade nämligen en espIanad vars namn är en direkt översattning av namnet
på en av Europas ståtligaste boulevarder. Gatan heter Elysian Fields och den utgör
västlig gräns för den bohemiska och gay-intensiva stadsdelen Marigny.

-Det uttalas utan g och med samma betoning som Marry me, informerar Ray.

Här ligger LaDauphine - det gästhuset som Ray driver med hjälp av Frank.
Inom några kvarter finns gay-ägd restaurang, bokhandel och brunch-bar.
Därtill världens möjligen äldsta lesbiska bar och en läderbar med ett spännande back-room.

Om man lånar en av husets cyklar och följer Rays vägbeskrivning, så är man på
några minuter tillbaks i the French Quarter där resten av gay-barerna liksom alla
jazzklubbarna finns. Cykla i stället åt andra hållet och du kan bli involverad i samtal
med någon över en drink på the Country Club. Runt poolen och vid baren samlas
många sällskapsjuka lesbiska och bögar om solen skiner.
Ray verkar ha kontakter överallt i N'Awlins gay värld och naturligtsvis är han
bekant med dem som driver även detta ställe.

- Ni som är från Sverige borde träffa Torsten. Det skall jag ordna.... Jaså, du är
involverad I en gay-bokhandeI i Stockholm? Då borde du träffa den-och-den som
jobbar där-och-där. Det verkar vara en drift hos honom att vilja hjälpa sina gäster
tillrätta I New Orleans gay-värld.

Själva La Dauphine är trevligt, eller snarare hemtrevligt. Ursprungligen en
privatbostad där en bandfull av rummen konverterats till rum för gäster.

Själva bodde vi i The Alec Baldwin Suite. Sängen användes en gång i en film
som Alec Baldwin sov eller möjligen äskade i. Huset har gått om sådana
här omtänksamma detaljer.

Vår dryga vecka på La Dauphine gav oss så mycket mer än de traditionella
hotellen skulle gjort. En fantastik introduktion i det New Orleanska gay-livet
och flera nya vänner.

LaDauphine rekommenderas å det varmaste för den som behöver boende
i New Orleans. Att räkningen därtill stannar en bra bit lägre än vid de flesta
andra hotell i stan gör ju inte det hela sämre.

Peter Edholm

Artikel från QX magazine, Stockholm, November 1998

(Det är faktiskt också så att WebMastern av denna Site är Svensk, boende i Arizona...=8^)....)







Vous vous sentirez tout de suite chez vous en franchissant le seuil de
"La Dauphine" chez Raymond Ruiz, un hôte prévenant, féru de voyages et
de photographie. L'ami Ray, un natif, connaît la Nouvelle Orléans comme
sa poche. Il se fera un plaisir de vous indiquer les quartiers branchés,
les bons restos et les concerts à ne pas rater cette semaine.
L'atmosphère cool de ce B & B, situé dans le faubourg Marigny à deux pas
du Vieux Carre (le Quartier francais) et des antiquaires, vous plongera
instantanément dans le rythme languissant de la Louisiane. Une adresse que
je recommande à tous ceux qui savent conjuguer voyage et plaisir."

Dr. Philippe Séguéla, Montréal, Québec.




"Ciao sono Edoardo e vorrei dirti un paio di cose in Residenza
"La Dauphine" e Ray Ruiz. Dal momento de ci sono entrato me lo
apprezzato l'atmosfera amichevole e familiare e dopo solo un
giorno l'ho trovato. Un posto piacevole dove formare due chiachere
fra amici bevendo un caffe e riposavsi dopo una giornata di visita
in citta. La Stanza dore ho dormito e confortevole con un attimo
letto e una bella doccia. Ray, si e' dimostrato un perfetto padrone
di casa, attento alle esigenze dei suoi ospiti un sempre discreto.
Ogni volte che ho avuto bisagno, Ray me ha dato un'indicazione
perfetta per cio' che cercavo facendo spesso le telefonate necessarie
e rendendo quindi la mia visita a New Orleans facile e piacevole.
Posso solo racconardare La Dauphine come un'ottima e confortabile
case per visitare New Orleans."

Eduardo, Neuroscientist, Roma e Trieste, Italia.




"Rays hotell i New Orleans er "anderledes". Jeg har bodd her en
uke og savner ikke de store hotellkjedenes sterile luksus. Jeg har
all den komfort jeg trenger, og spesielt har min daarlige rygg likt
den svaert gode madrassen.
Den hjemlige atmosfaeren og den varme hjelpsomheten til verten har
vaert en positiv erfaring. Ray kjenner New Orleans ut og inn, og
hans raad boer en lytte til. Ray ser det som sin personlige oppgave
at gjestene skal trives, og det har han lykkes godt med i mitt tilfelle!"

Professor Olav Sand, Oslo Norway.




"Ray, it's bloody silent in my house {:-(. I miss your place already!
5 Nachten geslapen in dit heerlijke huis, mooie ochtenden met ontbijten
uit alle windstreken, prachtige avonden op de veranda en in de goeie
kroegen, muziektenten en eetgelegenheden doorgebracht met veel tips
van de eigenaar.
En vooral, fietsend door New Orleans! Wat wil een Nederlander nou
nog meer dan, niet op een toerist lijkend, door de stad te toeren en
van jazzband naar jazzband te rijden?"

Miss Hikke van Doorninck, Ph.D., Erasmus University, Rotterdam,
the Netherlands.

English Translation:
"I slept 5 nights in this wonderful house, nice mornings with those
breakfasts from all corners of the world. I passed beautiful evenings on
the porch, and in very good pubs -- in pubs where they played music and
in restaurants for dinner, all this advised by the owner. Above all,
cycling through New Orleans (what more can a Dutchman wish for?), not
looking like a tourist! Making a trip through the city, from one jazz
band to another."




"Dear Ray,

With every best intention to send our thanks to you as
SOON as we returned, we're getting to it just now - we
had managed to forget for a few days how relentless
our schedules in our "real world" are!

We had a wonderful time while visiting New Orleans,
and wanted to thank you for setting the tone - "relax,
enjoy, do the things you want" - for the weekend.
Thank you for being a great resource for us as we
found we had forgotten one thing after another throughoutt
our visit - we really appreciated it!

We were able to see Clyde's son graduate AND do lots
of tourist things - swamp tour, Sunday brunch at the
House of Blues, the Aquarium, the Natchez, the flea
market and the French Quarter, all while walking and
taking in the sights along the way. 

Maybe if the weather will cooperate again like it did
this time, we'll have to come back and do some other
things that we didn't do this time....... or just take
a few days to unwind and do nothing! That is
certainly not an option for us most of the time at
home - Washington D.C. is much too uptight and wired for
that sort of approach to things - gotta' have a schedule!! :)

Take care - kind regards",

Glenda & Clyde
Washington, D.C.


"Dear Ray, We left your place last Thursday with heavy hearts. We did not
want to go! I had long ago booked us across town to try another B&B,
with little knowledge except that it was historic, not very expensive
and in the Garden District. What a dump!
It certainly did not have the ambiance of your place.
And, of course, no TV and VCR in the room. Anyway - our B & B
experience at your place was definitely one of the best we've
ever had. Best of luck with all your ventures. We had a blast
staying with you. Our dogs apparently did not seem jealous from
the scent of your sweet dogs. We'll be back in the summer of 1999!
Thanks again".

Eleanor Cook (& Joe Balint)
Belk Library
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina"




"We didn't get a chance to really tell you how much we enjoyed
staying at La Dauphine. There was so much to see and do to keep
us busy, that we didn't spend as much time at the house as we would
have liked to, but the rooms were spacious, well appointed and comfortable.
I will recommend your B&B to anyone who is travelling to New Orleans
and will definitely get in touch if we are heading back in the future.
Keep up the good work in your art classes!"

Kent Beaty, New York City & Tina Cardello, Miami, Florida.




"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in New Orleans! Much of it thanks
to your friendly and very helpful advice-- invaluable for a new
guy in town.
I miss the music, the warmth, the smells! Next time I'll take more
cooking school classes, that's for sure."

Kaj Brandt, Arhus, Denmark.




"We just want to thank you for all your Help and Kindness while we
were in New Orleans. We thoroughly enjoyed staying at your house
and would recommend it to any friends visiting your lovely city.
Hope Thor had a nice trip home to Norway. We were right about the
weather back here--- -3 C at night, 0 at 10 a.m., and it reaches a
dizzying 10 degrees in the afternoon! So different from those gentle
southern breezes down there."

Michael & Elaine Campbell, Glasgow, Scotland.




"Dear Ray,

We really enjoyed our stay in New Orleans, thanks to your warm
hospitality and perfect advice. As soon as we came home, we
recommended our friends visit New Orleans and to stay at La Dauphine.

Wish we had more time to visit with you, but there were so many
things to see in your marvelous town!

My student year in Paris helped me appreciate New Orleans all the more.
Hope to see you again soon."

Sincerely,

Junko Hoizumi, Newspaper Journalist

Ryuichi Miyuki, Electrical Engineer

Yokohama, Japan

 

 

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