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Engine 24 French Quarter Firehouse...a Unique Vacation Home!

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

One of New Orleans' most unique vacation lodging properties: the Engine 24 French Quarter Firehouse... one of the few VRBO properties that is licensed by the City of New Orleans for short-term rentals! Stay in an authentic historic firehouse while enjoying the modern amenities of this renovated gem. Much of the furniture was updated recently, too!

We are located in the heart of the Faubourg Marigny, considered by many travel magazines to be one of America's hot neighborhoods. Next door is the French Quarter, one of the most historic and charming areas anywhere. And to the other side is the hip, funky Bywater, a neighborhood which, like the Faubourg Marigny, features great local eateries and cool bars.

Our guest house is a restored fire station designed to function as a comfortable home away from home for tourists and locals alike to come and enjoy the vibrant culture that is New Orleans. Formerly, this historic building housed Engine 24 of the New Orleans Fire Department! Local architect William Sonner purchased and renovated the Firehouse in the 2000s and it's now one of the city's most popular vacation rentals!

The Firehouse has 7 bedrooms (each with one queen bed) and 7 baths and sleeps up to 14 people. The main Firehouse building combines with the courtyard's Townhouse building to provide a place that is perfect for getaways with friends, family gatherings, etc.

The Firehouse has two large private living areas and a newly renovated New Orleans courtyard with fountain, grill, outdoor seating and more. Please remember that the Firehouse is a lodging facility. Any special events, parties, receptions, etc. must be agreed to by the facility manager and extra fee(s) will apply.

Please note: The Firehouse is a very popular building and usually books weeks or months in advance. We're often in phone or email contact with multiple groups for the same dates. The first party to initiate payment or provide proper credit will enter into a reservation with us!

Keywords: Guesthouse, Inn, Historic, Renovated, Artsy, Bohemian, Music, Food, French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Frenchmen Street, licensed

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About John

The Firehouse is owned by two successful businessmen: one a noted local architect (who oversaw the renovation!) and the other who owns/operates an popular upscale home & lifestyle store in the swanky Old Metairie neighborhood.

John purchased this house in 2000

Why John chose Downtown

The Firehouse building oozes with charm and history. The location is great, too, for those who want to be close to the craziness but in a REAL New Orleans residential neighborhood. And how often can one say they stayed in an authentic firehouse!? It's fun to imagine what it must have been like when the New Orleans Fire Department's Engine 24 called this building home for so many years. The owners and manager strive to provide a clean, comfortable and fun base from which guests can explore New Orleans.

What makes this house unique

The Faubourg Marigny is such an interesting neighborhood on its own, with great restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, etc. Fantasic 1800s architecture everywhere, too! And of course, the French Quarter is just a few blocks away, as is the French Market, the Mississippi River, St. Roch Market (a must-visit on your stay) and more. If you're visiting for a sports weekend, both the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center are a quick 1-2 miles away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great find. Cool, funky (in a good way), clean and full of character and charm. Our group of 14 guys had so much fun hanging out and celebrating our friend Brad's upcoming wedding. Low-key bachelor party with lots of quality time spent with friends. Two guys are deploying to Afghanistan next month so it was especially great to have time with them! The location not too far from Frenchmen Street is great and the French Quarter is close too. Be sure to check out Mimi's bar, one block away. Good music (but no DJ any longer) and interesting people-watching!
Sep 2013
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Bywater House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • Showers in all guest bathrooms. All rooms have private en-suite bath.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Firehouse Building, Main Floor, Loft Bedroom 1
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Firehouse Building, Main Floor, Loft Bedroom 3
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Firehouse Building, Main Floor, Loft Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Townhouse Bldg (across courtyard from main bldg)
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Townhouse Bldg (across courtyard from main bldg)
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Firehouse building, upstairs
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Firehouse building, upstairs
  • Queen size Beds (7), all-cotton sheets, blankets and duvets.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
Unlike many of the neighborhood streets around us, our parking is free and ample! It's easy to find on-street parking, and no permits needed.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Engine 24 French Quarter Firehouse...a Unique Vacation Home!
average rating of 4.54902 based on 53 reviews

Absolutely Incredible

  • 5 of 5

The French Quarter Firehouse is hands down the best home rental we have ever experienced. Beautiful, historic, charming firehouse with ALL the amenities you could want. The thoughtful hosts have included all the small things you may need.....scotch tape, hairdryer, pens, full set dishwater, wine opener, snacks, multiple coffee stations, info on New Orleans etc etc etc.

We absolutely cannot wait to book again and highly recommend staying here. Experience of a lifetime. It absolutely made our Mardi Gras!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beth the house manager was amazing. It worked that no one was in the house the day before us so on our check in day We were able to drop our bags off early and head out for the day. She was very easy to contact and responded to any inquiries immediately. 7 beds and baths worked perfectly for our 14 girls. Walking distance to Frenchman street and bourbon street during the day. Most of the time we called Uber's $8-10 to Jackson square and bourbon street. It worked perfectly for our large group. Couldn't have been any better.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great New Year with friends

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Firehouse with our two kids, mother in-law, and 8 friends for New Years. The place fit us very comfortably. It is located in a really hip part of New Orleans, walking distance to great bars and restaurants. For those with kids, there is plenty of space to play inside the house, and it is walking distance to two parks with playscapes. It is an older building, so when the kids woke up early upstairs and were thumping around, we had to tread lightly such as to avoid waking up the downstairs guests. We had a lot of rain, and the upstairs windows leaked, but it didn't disturb us at all. The property manager was responsive and helpful when we needed it. Only request is to fix and tune the piano downstairs :). All round, we would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thanksgiving Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Engine 24 served as the perfect backdrop to celebrate not only Thanksgiving with our entire family but my parent's 50th Anniversary as well. Originally from New Orleans, coming back home was made easy by renting the firehouse! My siblings from New Jersey, Maryland and Tennessee returned to the scene of the crime 😍Everyone had a place of their own with 7 bedrooms with their own baths, while the penthouse allowed plenty of space to hang out and enjoy each other's company. The courtyard served as a lovely spot to enjoy drinks outside. The kitchen was a great place for breakfast and snacks, but we decided to eat out many nights since we were so close to great restaurants and the French Quarter. We walked to Snug Harbor for the best burgers! Thanksgiving we had breakfast at Oceana Grill and TuJaques for a glorious dinner. Each place accommodated all 16 of us with a private dining area...simply perfect! The owner of the firehouse was terrific as she ensured our comfort to the best of her ability. A few upgrades would be to have access to the temperature control within the house, in such a large house it was hard to adjust for individual needs. Also, there should be a mini fridge in the downstairs snack area. A serious residential area, some neighbors were suspect to see such a large group, but we invited them to see the large home and unique decorations that keep the firehouse theme. They were impressed and greeted us sweetly going forward.

Would we come back? Of course!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great, unique property

  • 5 of 5

This is a unique property in a trendy part of town with great bars and restaurants that is also conveniently close to the French Quarter. It's great for getting together with fiends and hanging out. A perfect home base from which to explore New Orleans.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great for large group

  • 5 of 5

exactly as detailed and great for a large group of people

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Bywater House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring weekday specials!
Mar 8 2017 - Mar 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Years/Sugar Bowl
Dec 28 2017 - Jan 3 2018
4 night minimum stay
Mardi Gras 2018
Feb 7 2018 - Feb 14 2018
5 night minimum stay
Jazz Fest 2018
Apr 25 2018 - May 7 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $225
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 5.0%

Quoted rates subject to change and vary by season. Rates and/or minimum stay requirements may be higher for citywide conventions and special events. Taxes must be collected by ALL lodging properties in the State of Louisiana. There are no exceptions. Properties not collecting tax are not legit rentals. Tax rate valid of 1/1/17 and is subject to change should governmental authorities (city/state) change the tax rate.

Cancellation policy:
70% if cancelled 90 days prior to the Check-in Date
50% if cancelled 61-89 days prior to the Check-in Date
no deposit refund if cancelled 31-59 days prior to the Check-in Date

The full balance will be charged 60 days prior to the Check-in Date and is non refundable at that point. For late cancellations within 60 days, we will attempt to rebook the unit(s). If we do, guests will receive a 80% refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Louis Armstrong Int'l (MSY)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Mimi's in the Marigny (or) Franklin
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Mississippi River at Canal Street
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
130 Miles
Gulf Shores, Al
Nearest Point of Interest
Mimi's in the Marigny
Nearest Point of Interest
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Nearest Point of Interest
Frenchmen Street
Nearest Point of Interest
Marigny Opera House
Nearest Point of Interest
French Quarter
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Maurepas Foods
Nearest Point of Interest
The Country Club
Car: not necessary

Within 15-20 blocks of the Firehouse are several HUNDRED bars and restaurants, museums, music clubs, shops, etc. You'll also find amazing 19th century architecture, including the Firehouse itself! The Firehouse is formerly a New Orleans Fire Department neighborhood station housing Engine 24, renovated into a guest house in 2004.


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