Character house, wonderful neigbourhood. Caffeinate yourself, wine and dine... all 2 minutes away.
Submitted: December 19, 2012
Stayed: December 2012
The entire house is beautifully and eclectically decorated in fabulous bright colors, with hand painted walls and floors and hand-picked pieces of New Orleans style art. Bill, the Owner stayed in an upstairs apartment with a separate entrance; we didn't even notice he was there. Mike, his friend, coordinated the hassle-free booking.
One side of the huge house has two bedrooms which share a bathroom, large lounge and large kitchen. A door leads to the other half of the house through a third bedroom with ensuite bathroom, then through a small kitchen into a second large lounge (you have to walk through the bedroom and kitchen to get to this).
Though there is no laundry, a friendly laundromat is just a few blocks away -- a wash is $2.25, and drying starts at 50 cents. We took our clothes to the laundromat and walked to the nearby coffee shop for a strong cup of New Orleans finest while waiting.
Steps away from coffee shop, on the corner, is Café Degas -- absolutely delicious and a must for Sunday Brunch. We ate there more than once. A book store, grocery store and wine bar are also right there as well as Lola's and two other restaurants. The area has a very residential feel. Outside of this small enclave of stores it is only beautiful New Orleans houses. A quaint tiny park opposite Café Degas has tables and chairs set up for chess.
The house is steps from the Jackson-Esplanade bus line (number 91) and within walking distance to the Canal Street cable car, though it can be some time between services, so check the schedule. A one way trip is $1.25 and a one day pass is $3.00. Drive time is very quick to the French Quarter. We did walk on one occasion -- it took about an hour.
We wanted to get a feel of a New Orleans neighborhood and this house is perfect for that. Of all the areas we visited, this house sits in one of the prettiest little pockets. It is far enough away from the Quarter for some peace and quiet, but close enough to easily visit. St. Louis Cemetary No.3 is just a block away and makes for an interesting walk.
As this house is the Owners residence, his food was in the fridge, and his toiletries were in the bathroom -- we really enjoyed the lived-in feel, but if you are looking for a serviced apartment or hotel stay this is not for you. Expect to wash your dishes and do what you can to keep the place tidy. For us it was just perfect.
Amazing decor, wonderful neighborhood, authentic New Orleans experience. Highly recommended.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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