Great base for a long stay
We stayed in this spacious one bedroom apartment for a month from mid-March to mid-April. In that month we got to know NOLA quite well. The apartment's location made that particularly easy. We brought our car but for the first week we found it easier to take the St Charles streetcar which is just one block away. The apt is actually one block north of St Charles and the true Garden District and as you go further away from St Charles the neighborhood gets a little funky - but then that is part of the charm of New Orleans. We also brought our bikes and our location allowed us to bike upriver to the Audobon Park and Zoo, which is well worth visiting, as well as to the French Quarter and the Marigny Faubourg. (Biking is really the best way to see Marigny.) After the first week we started using the car more as we found out where you could park without paying thirty dollars per day, the going rate in the French Quarter, and we traveled to the two golf courses in town, the Museum of Art and even further out to the swamp walk in Lafitte National Park. We cooked a lot in the well-equiped kitchen and found that the two locations for Rouse's supermarket were quite convenient. (We couldn't believe how tasty and how inexpensive the fresh shrimp were at Rouse's.)
If you have watched the HBO series Treme, or if you know New Orleans, then you know that the second-line parades are a must and we were able to walk to the start of two of these from our apt.There are a lot of free concerts, some in Congo Square and some in Lafayette Park and again it was easy to get to them.
Finally a word about dining. Comander's Restaurant is very close by and it is an absolute must. Walk there for lunch and get the same food but at less than half the price of the dinner menu. You will love the 25 cent cranberry martinis there.
One glitch in our stay was that the internet went down half way through our stay. I'm sure that is fixed by now but you might want to check.
The bed was great, the shower good, the dishwasher and washing machine good, the HD TV-Radio- DVD really convenient and the kitchen, as I said, quite complete. (By the way tune the radio to WWOZ- it;s like visiting Jazz Fest every day.)
All in all a very relaxing and enriching stay.
Tourists without a Car,
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