We have discovered one of the most charming boutique hotels in the quaint little town of St. Francisville, Louisiana. East bank of the Mississippi River, just 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge, the stunning St. Francisville Inn, built in 1880, stands proudly as one of the most beautiful and highest-rated inns in the south.
Purchased in 2018 by the dynamic duo Brandon Branch and Jim Johnston, the Inn opened on April 1, 2019, after an extensive renovation that breathed new life into this Victorian landmark. Additions includes: The Saint Restaurant & Bar, led by Executive Chef Michael Dardenne; an additional guest room; upgraded infrastructure; all new landscaping; and more guest services, including room service. On our recent visit, we enjoyed big beautiful porches with rocking chairs, delicious meals, and craft cocktails nightly in The Saint.
The St. Francisville Inn represents a time when things were gentler, simpler, and more relaxed. Guests take their time enjoying friendly conversations, meeting locals, savoring home-cooked meals, and socializing on a porch with coffee or a cocktail. We loved admiring views of the many flower gardens and numerous century-old Live Oak trees covered with hanging Spanish Moss.
The Inn now includes the creation of its crown jewel, The Saint Restaurant & Bar. Reminiscent of European pubs and legendary bars in New Orleans, each meal and cocktail is hand-crafted and is sure to please. Dining at The St. Francisville Inn is an event by itself! They do an excellent job using local ingredients. Our dinner and service were excellent, as well as our southern breakfast.
As expected, our hotel room was fabulous and fashionably decorated with comfort in mind. Every detail was perfect. And I love how each guest room faces the courtyard fountain and gardens. Plus, each room has a screen door, which I loved. Doesn’t get more southern than that!
The St. Francisville Inn definitely took me back to another place and time from my childhood in the Deep South. It is luxury, relaxation, and southern hospitality at its best!
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