About this listing
Last minute reservation are welcome though I'm not taking reservations beyond February!
(I replaced one of the twin beds pictured with a queen bed, but as of 12/20 haven't updated the pictures )
This listing is for the middle bedroom of a three bedroom shotgun. The room has doors at each end, but there is no hallway so occasionally other people may need to walkthrough the space.
This room has a twin bed and a queen bed, a small collection of books, a closet, and a ceiling fan. The room comes with fresh sheets, a clean blanket, 4 pillows, 2 clean towels and some snacks.
The house is a beautiful, sunny, recently renovated 1500 square foot shot-gun built in 1919 with gorgeous 12' ceilings. The central A/C provides reliable relief from the summer heat and the central heat will keep you toasty in the winter.
The shared bathroom is clean, cozy, fully stocked and has an awesomely hot shower. I also have a queen sized air mattress if you need extra bed space. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas range/oven, dishwasher and washer and dryer. Though I don't provide breakfast, your room will come with a welcoming snack or bottle of wine and you are free to use the kitchen.
There is a storage closet in the back of the house for bikes, instruments, or any other large objects you want to keep safe but do not comfortably fit in your room or vehicle.
I live on-site in the back apartment, but have my own entrance and bathroom. The kitchen is shared. I am very respectful of guest’s privacy, though I am close by and available for questions, concerns and other amenities. I am a public history graduate student who creates all kinds of city tours, so if you let me know what you are interested in, I am more than happy to help you make an itinerary.
Home to some of the world's most famous jazz clubs, Frenchmen Street is always bustling with action. This property is one block away from Jelly Roll Morton's childhood home, 3/4 mile from the French Quarter, and 1/2 mile or less from the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, St. Claude Arts District and famous music venues on Frenchmen Street. It is one block the bus line to the French Quarter/Canal Street, the Central Business District, UNO and other parts of town.
Your future room is located in the Seventh Ward/New Marigny neighborhood which is slightly off the beaten path and close to a plethora of quirky venues You can catch a metal show and eat some Eastern European food at Siberia, listen to bluegrass and funk at Hi Ho Lounge,watch burlesque and erotica readings at Allways Lounge, shake your booty at bounce night at St. Roch Tavern, drink an AMAZING bloody mary at Marie's, (email hidden)-monthly lesbian dance parties at Big Daddy's or chow down on some homemade sausages while singing your heart out at daily karaoke at Kajun’s Pub. If you need some relaxation, there are a few public pools nearby, and one is even clothing-optional and heated in the winter! There are three grocery stores (and two drug stores) within walking distance. Every week you can catch a free crawfish/shrimp boil at the R bar just down the road, as well as free dance lessons at the world famous jazz bar The Spotted Cat! I have a frequently updated calendar on my bedroom door which lists other weekly and special events in the city.
The neighborhood isn't super swanky, but you can smell barbecue on the weekends, chat with the neighbors, wake up to a second line parade on Sunday mornings and live like a local!
Cab rides are only a phone call away, and is generally how my guests travel to and from the airport. If you are arriving by Megabus, the stop lets you off on the 55 bus line, which has a stop only a block away from my home. If you are driving into the city, there is plenty of on street parking.
I encourage my guests to walk around, because I think the slower pace helps folks appreciate the energy of the city. However, late night cab rides can be a good idea if you perhaps enjoyed the nightlife a little too much :)
There are also several places nearby where guests can rent bikes, which is a really nice way to see the city.
THE HOUSE GETS NOISY. I live on Frenchmen street near a main road and two clubs. I provide ear plugs, and it usually isn't loud too late into the night, but this is something to be aware of.
I also have bi-monthly deliveries of gourmet single-source coffees which I encourage all my guests to taste!
Smoking is permitted outside.
The house has an optional, but adorably cuddly, kitten named Stringer Bell. He usually stays outside but loves to hang out if you like to give belly rubs.
The home has wireless internet, but no television. I do, however, have plenty of books on New Orleans (and other subjects) which I am happy to loan out, and I will gladly share my NetFlix and Hulu Plus if you need to get your television fix. Don’t worry, your trip to New Orleans will not be boring!
No racism, sexism or homophobia allowed!
Smoking is permitted outside.
Let me know if you want to bring an animal or have any pet allergies.
Texting is the easiest way to get in touch with me.
Lock the doors when you leave the house.
In the summer, don't leave the doors or windows open. New Orleans is a swamp, so swarms of flies, palmetto bugs, stinging caterpillars and termites are always a possibility.
Keep the air conditioning between 75 and 78, though you're welcome to turn it off when you leave.
Eat a beignet, dance with a brass band and have fun!
Can't wait to meet you!
Christina was easy to get ahold of and the apartment has a warm, lived-in colorful vibe. Our room and the shared spaces were clean and there were helpful hints about what to do around town for us to use. She leaves ear plugs for you in case the noise from the street might bother you, very considerate! Would definitely stay with her again :D
Christina was a welcoming host and the house is nice. The room I stayed in is the middle room of the house, so occasionally someone passes through, but this has not bothered me at all. The house has 3 airbnb listings, so you'll meet other visitors of the city.
you can easily walk to the music on frenchmen or the french quarter, in 20-30 mins.
Christina was a good host, friendly, very accommodating, but unfortunately she was resting a broken foot when I came for two days in her house, so we didn't see each other so much (hope your foot is better now).
The house is cool, big rooms, my bed was comfy and bathroom is ok. The house looks like a hostel during Mardi Gras, a good way to meet people, it's fun. Forget intimacy and open up !
The house is not so far from Frech Quarter, I used to have 20 minutes walk to it, you can go straight down Frenchmen Street or improvise your way and find some cool restaurants as I did.
Honestly, I don't recommend this accommodation for singles or any group less than 4. The big thing is the neighborhood. True, it is only a 10 minute walk to the jazz clubs and another 10 to the FQ, but it felt very unsafe. Several locals on different occasions told us that we were staying in a "very bad neighborhood." We walked to a Family Dollar one evening not even 2 minutes away and they kept the doors locked, even though they were open! The employees let us in and locked the door behind us as we shopped and locked it again after we left. The lack of safety we felt didn't help that we couldn't lock the deadbolt, as the keys didn't work on it and there were multiple other people staying in the house at the same time. Any money we saved from it being an inexpensive room was spent on taking taxis/uber home at the end of an evening.
Another thing was cleanliness. The bathroom had issues. In the bathtub was a pink, textured showermat that collected all kinds of hairs, long hairs from the tops of heads and short, wiry curly ones from..... ugh. Vile! There was a wet, dirty towel on the floor for several days that just got pushed to the side.
I never actually met Christina. She emailed me while I was on the plane to NOLA that she would be out of town while I was there. This annoyed me because she specifically stated in her profile that she's a public history student and could give advice on where to go and what to see. I mentioned in my initial request that I would like her advice on spots to go - and then she was never there. She has a lot of good reviews and nice notes, so maybe her personality makes up for the other problems, but I wouldn't know as I never met her.
She does state in the profile that it gets loud on some nights - and it did, on a Fri & Sat. She does provide earplugs, but the base was thumping so much I could feel it in my body.
As far as rooms go, there are beds everywhere, including the kitchen. That made for awkward times, like if someone wanted to make breakfast or dinner and the people renting that room were in bed. Some of the beds were mattresses on the floor with a boxspring, but no frame. I was provided with a single sheet and a slightly thicker "throw" blanket that was too small for my body. I got quite cold on a couple of nights. The smoke detector was hanging by a wire in our room.
All that being said, if you're in a big group (say, 8-10 people), it would probably be worth it as you'd basically have the entire house and could go out in a pack. Just ditch the showermat.
I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. I had to leave town suddenly or I would have let you know sooner. The friend who was in charge of watching the house and cleaning has never house sat for me before and I won't be asking him to do so again (I was also displeased about the state of the house when I returned home).
The key that I give to guests locks three locks on the front door (one on the metal gate, knob and dead bolt on the main door) and both the knob and deadbolt on side door. So. I don't know what the problem was for you there. I do keep the deadbolt locks for the outside gates private for my own safety in case I ever have guests who make me feel in danger.
That family dollar is just a horrible lazy business. I doubt them keeping the doors locked was a safety thing. I'm so thankful that cvs just opened next door.
Yes. Cab drivers will tell you that the neighborhood is dangerous because they want you to take cabs. Everyone has their own comfort levels and I'm sorry to hear that my neighborhood wasn't a good fit for you. As someone who has always lived in mixed race/income/use Southern cities (Tampa and Atlanta, as well as New Orleans), I havent felt bothered or had any problems in the three years I've lived here (alone, without a car and with a very active social life that involves going out about 6 nights a week) but I guess everyone is different.
As far as the bathroom stuff, that is unusual and I'm sorry to hear it. I like using towels instead of bathroom floor mats because they are easier to clean, but they need to be hung on the side of the tub if they are wet lest they get soggy, youre right. And the mat inside the tub being unclean was an oversight on my house sitters part. I definitely should have communicated with him more explicitly. For future guests, if anything like that is really distasteful to you, feel free to just move/change it, or ask me to do so. Especially with something simple like this (I could have just asked the house sitter to pick up the towel and go to cvs and pick up a new bath mat, or colleen could have just hung both out on the side porch for me to deal with upon arrival), I'm very interested in solution building rather than having you quietly be uncomfortable.
I have six beds and six large sized blankets and six throw blankets. Most of them "live" folded on the linen shelf in the kitchen. It's in plain sight so I dont always think to point it out to guests. I also have a space heater. I'm sorry you were cold, I do have central heat but with the age of the house, there are a few weeks a year when it's chilly. I wish you would have let me know so I could have directed you to a solution. Same as far as advice goes, I was still available for communication even if I wasnt home.
I have a new fire alarm that I've been meaning to install for at least a month. But I'm five feet tall and my ceilings are fourteen feet tall so even on my ladder I'm no where near the ceiling. There are literally 6 other fire alarms in the house though, so that one being disabled isn't actually dangerous in any way.
The clubs are loud. I'm rarely home before 2 or 3 am, and neither are the majority of my guests, so sometimes that slips my mind. But yes folks reading this and thinking about staying with me, the clubs are loud. If you plan to fall asleep before two am, be prepared to do so to the bass line of beyonce's or big freedia's latest single.
Of the six beds, five are on frames. One is just on the box spring. It is still about a foot off the ground. I'm sorry this was bothersome.
Yes the house is a shot gun. It is long and narrow. There is no dining space exactly. The front room leads into the kitchen and the front room has a bed and a futon in it. It's exactly as pictured.
Alllll that being said, I ultimately agree with you that my house is better for big groups. I have plenty of beds and space, and the shotgun set up is easier when you know the folks whose room you are walking through. And traveling in groups is safer (and more fun).
Christina had a lovely apartment a walking distance from THE "Frenchmens Street". This part of Frenchmens was a bit further from the tourist area so I'd maybe recommend to get a bike, since it's easier and a bit safer to get around in the night time. The locals told me this area is a bit "scetchy" for a tourist. Everything in the apartment worked fine for me, the room was spacy and Christina just brought new big beds so now her place is even better. She had a cat called Stringer Bell, but he respects your privacy. I only saw him few times. I could always reach her fast by airbnb or txt and she was very helpful. She even had a guest towel ! I had a very pleasant stay at affordable price :)
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About the Host, Christina
Feminist, anti-racist, public history graduate student. Food and music lover. I study New Orleans, so I know a thing or two and love to share!
I collect gnomes. I drink whiskey. I love costuming in wigs and bodysuits, and I occasionally work for a local fashion designer.
I've traveled the US twice on cross-country road trips and I'll be honeymooning in Venice next year.
My home is spacious and relaxed, my hosting style is laid back and I look forward to meeting you!