The perfect place for travelers who love a great deal, are looking for the real New Orleans, and like to have room to stretch out in. Close to everything, with the friendly vibe of old New Orleans.
A charming one bedroom with room for two couples or three friends, this apartment has a full kitchen, a lovely front porch for people watching, a clawfoot bathtub and lots of historic details like a french window, hard wood floors, high ceilings, and mantels in every room. The first room doubles as a front parlor with a futon that can be made into a double (full sized) bed. The second room of the double parlor is an eat-in kitchen. There is a full closet to hang your clothes and the back room is a quiet bedroom with a queen sized bed. There is also a single studio day bed that can easily fit in either the front room or the bedroom, perfect for a toddler, child or small adult, if three friends want to all have their own bed.
As of March 3, 2015, there is a brand new mattress on the queen bed in the bedroom, and the bathroom got a major upgrade as well!
The apartment in located in the Historic 7th Ward and is an easy walk to many historic neighborhoods, restaurants and coffee shops. There is on street parking and also proximity to buses and the Carrolton street car. City Park is a quick drive or a lovely walk and the French Quarter is about a mile and a half away. See Second Line Parades go down N. Broad St and experience the real New Orleans!
The host/owner lives in the double next door and is there to answer all you questions, make music and dining recommendations, give directions and help out if anything comes up. I might even be able to help you get to or from the airport or bus station. Just ask!
The apartment is a self-contained, one bedroom apartment with a private entrance.
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as you like. I live next door and am a knock away.
Anybody in New Orleans will tell you how fiercely loyal people here are to their neighborhoods--and everyone is convinced that theirs is the best, me included. I have lived in the 7th Ward for 13 years, and I've watched as my neighborhood has come back stronger after Katrina (though you will still see the scars of the biggest hurricane in US history), while still keeping the best of the good old days.
If you have your own car, the apartment is five minutes away from the French Quarter and Frenchmen St., ten minutes from most places in the Bywater, Uptown, and Mid-City. If you want to an easy walk to all the tourist attractions (French Quarter, CBD, Frenchmen St.), this is not your best bet. If you are an adventurous soul who enjoys being a little ways of the beaten path, you will find walking, taking the bus or a cab are very doable from my rental. The 91 bus can get you many great places fast. It does run on a schedule so you have to time it right. It doesn't run at night so most guest without a car take the bus out and cab it back at night. My apartment is very close to both I-10 and I-610 so getting in and out of town in a car is easy.
Other Things to Note
It's easy being green at my place. I use only earth-friendly cleaners like Murphy's Oil Soap and Seventh Generation cleaner. I use green laundry soap as well so you may not smell a detergent smell on the sheets and towels, but they are clean! We recycle plastic, paper and cardboard, and try to keep the apartment energy efficient.
Parking: Do not park in the driveway at 1617 N. Rocheblave. They will tow! Take any open space in front of my house or park across the street but please avoid the spaces directly in front of the doors of my elderly neighbors.
Check-out: Turn off a/c’s. Please strip beds and wash all dishes. Remove perishable food from the refrigerator. If you wish to leave food that is in an unopened package in the freezer or in the cabinets, that is fine. (Feel free to eat whatever you find too!) Return key to the lock box.
No smoking in the house. On the front porch is fine.
Well behaved pets are welcome. Please let me know they are coming and clean up after them inside and outside.
This was my first trip back to New orleans since 1998, when I lived there. Ann Marie's place was perfect for that! The first thing that you do not get from the pictures is the space is big. It is not a small cramp place, but really is larger than I expected- which is great. It is in the perfect location- minutes from the French Quarter but also City Park [ a must see] and even Mid-City, so make sure you take time to look around the neighborhood a little bit as there are amazing local treasure right around the block. So many great local places to eat, things to see and do that we only went to the Quarter one time.
Ann-Marie made us feel at home in her space, the place was clean, a full kitchen and everything esd great. We will be back and stay here for our next visit which I am already planning!!
Staying in Ann Marie's apartment was fantastic from start to finish. My friends and I were there during Mardi Gras and she invited us to the Bo x of Wine Parade which she founded. She even lent us costumes! Communication with her was very easy; she responded quickly to any questions or concerns I had with her.
The apartment itself was very charming and full of character. It felt like our home after being out and about the whole day/night. We had to turn on the heaters every night because it got chilly, but we're glad they worked well. The bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable and we had plenty of pillows and blankets. The futon in the living room was very comfortable as well. The daybed can fit an adult, which my friend loved. We had a car to get around town so we didn't get to try the bus. Thanks Ann Marie for a very fun Mardi Gras experience!!
We had a great 3 week stay at Anne Marie's very cozy and comfortable home. Great location especially if you have use of a bike to get to City Park, and the French Quarter. Within walking distance to several great cafés and great restaurants. Her family is so quiet you do not even know they are next door. If you are lucky you might be treated to her son on his wonderful saxophone. Anne Marie is always ready to help if needed.
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Marie Ann exceeded our expectations as a host. She makes you feel like you are visiting a friend. We felt safe in the neighborhood and the place was clean, but old, as we expected and loved about it. We enjoyed staying in a "real" New Orleans neighborhood and especially in a house like this. We slept great, and we did some basic cooking. We took the bus downtown or walked, which takes about 30 minutes along all those beautiful old New Orleans Houses.
We were really looking forward to our trip and our stay here. Sadly, we had the misfortune of staying here during a cold snap. While some homes are equipped to deal with temperatures below freezing, this one isn't!
Ann Marie expressed concern, and did offer a few items when asked, but was unable to address the most central problems during our stay.
The three main problems: an uncomfortable mattress, insufficient heating, and lukewarm hot water.
Access to a comfortable mattress, reasonable temperatures, and hot water should be givens. And while Ann Marie was generous in helping us find solutions, discovering that the other side of the building was comfortably warm and had sufficient hot water was disheartening.
I remain appreciative of how responsive she was once we spoke up, but the problems were not ones easily fixed and she was not proactive as other reviewers have reported.. The fact remains it was a pretty rough time.
It was unfortunate that Gabriel and his girlfriend were visiting during bad weather--one of the days of their stay actually broke record lows. As travelers we have all experienced the effects of bad weather: the beach vacation ruined by rain, delays due to storms, etc. However, some of Gabriel's complaints seemed not entirely fair. There are two beds in the house and it was obvious that they had slept in both. Were they both miserably uncomfortable? Their initial complaint was that the heat was too high. Then they were too cold. The hot water is a problem when it is very very cold. I am truly sorry for that. There is nothing colder than a cold snap in a house than in the tropics; they simply aren't set up for the three or four very cold days that occur. Most normal people understand that for $60 a night you may not have the luxurious experience and unending comforts. I strongly recommend that the next time Gabriel books an Airbnb listing he modifies his expectations to the price he is willing to pay.
Ann Marie's looked nicer and bigger in person than it did on her listing. The futon in the living room was set up already when we arrived and the place was very clean.
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After having many great experiences staying with airbnb hosts, I decided to go ahead and list my own house. I hope I can provide someone with a truly authentic New Orleans experience in a clean, quixotic, comfortable, historic home. Ask me anything about New Orleans culture and music; I can't wait to meet some new airbnb friends.