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I now have a washer/dryer! And a projector!
This room is private! No one walks through your room and you don't have to walk through anyone's room. You even get your own darn living room! If you're not familiar, New Orleans is full of what's called shotgun houses, and also railroad houses. This means that you can be standing in the front door, shoot a shotgun, and it'd go right out the back door, at least in the old days.
The room comes with a nightstand, double bed, desk, lamp, mirror, shelves, clean towels, and clean sheets. Blowup mattress is available upon request.
A little about myself...I am a distiller in the process of starting a distillery/brewery. I also make perfumes and flower waters. In general I like fermenting things and extracting things from things.
The house has one kitchen, one bathroom, a cozy backyard, guesthouse, and a good few living growing flowers, herbs, and fruit trees. Feel free to cook whatever and whenever. If you have a pet that's not a problem. I drink, and smoke, but outside of the house. There won't be tons of people partying at the house, really ever, but occasionally I do have small crawfish/shrimp boils.
Note: the kitchen and bathroom are shared!
Aside from that, I know damn near everything there is to know about this town, so count on me to be an excellent face to face tour guide if need be. Our neighborhood boasts some of New Orleans greatest restaurants and bars.
This listing is best for 20 or 30 somethings looking to come to NOLA on vacation (who don't have tons of $), but clean and calm enough to make any business trip a comfortable one.
If you've never been here before you should know that the Bywater is a historic neighborhood (at one time the biggest port in America) very close to the french quarter. You can easily bike or walk to the french quarter without having to fear for your life.
I have 2 bikes. Please let me know in advance whether or not you want to use them, or one of them, and maybe even remind me when it comes close to the time of your arrival. I now charge $5 a day for bike rental. This is to cover repairs and replace bikes that were not locked up properly by drunk people, and were therefore stolen.
If you're a light sleeper bring ear plugs. There is no schedule for train work in the nearby yard. They work at random. Chances are you'll be disturbed at some point. I'm just used to it.
This neighborhood is safe. Anyone who has said this neighborhood is not safe in my reviews is racist. Nothing happened to them, but somehow it's not safe. This is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans aside from the French quarter. It was originally a German and black blue collar neighborhood. These folks are still around along with all of the new transplants. Once in a while people get jumped, it happens in every neighborhood in New Orleans. This is a major city, take a note. It is not the wild west though, people round here are quite friendly.
Note that the price you see may not be the price per night for the days you're wanting to book. Holidays and special events cost more per night for example. The price shown is what the listing starts at per night for one person.
Interaction with Guests
I am a very busy person but I will gladly make time to guide you towards restaurants, bars, and events that may be to your liking.
There is a bus stop a half block away that goes straight to the quarter and canal st.
Clean up after yourself. Please reimburse me for anything that you break.
The listing was accurate. Convenient location, that wasn't RIGHT in the middle of the craziness (I was there for Mardi Gras), but close enough as a 25 min walk or an easy bike ride to the French Quarter. I noticed a lot of guests had been concerned about safety in the neighborhood, but I would say it's the same as in any urban area. Be smart, be decent to people, and it'll be a great experience. Would stay there again.
I ad a wonderful stay at the Bywater House. The place was clean, colorful, and comfortable. The house is great and you basically get a one bedroom apartment all to yourself. I walked everyday to and from the Quarter and the house but if you arn't used to city living and a nice stroll there are bikes for you to use. Would def recommend this host and this house for your next visit. Thanks Darin!
We only saw Darin briefly on arrival (and to be fair we did arrive a little later than we'd hoped) but text communication was efficient and friendly.
Darin provided a comfortable, spacious and clean room. It felt like I had the whole apartment to myself. I actually never met him, but he was very responsive via phone when I had a few questions. The neighborhood is not too far from The Marginy, Bywater, or Frenchman St. Probably best accessible by bike for most, but I like to walk so went that route. The #88 bus stops one block away making all of NORTA easily available.
The space was exactly as described. The bed is surprisingly comfortable. I loved the location. I grew up near freight rail tracks and find the whistles comforting. The weather was perfect, and I walked to the Quarter to begin most days. Also, St. Coffee nearby is a great place to get an au lait.
Darin is relaxed dude. Almost to a fault. He was not quick to reply to my messages before arriving, and upon arriving, the previous occupants had failed to check out. No big deal. But they were the type of inconsiderate tourists who took their time and didn't really apologize for cutting into my time there. Darin could have done more to shoo them along, but I think that's where is chilled out aura didn't serve him well.
While it was a rocky start, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. This is not a luxury stay, but it's not roughing it either. I would say that it is closer to the roughing it side of the continuum than the luxury side. I also think his prices reflect that, and I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a clean room and has a sense of adventure.
Absolutely amazing time. The room is perfect for new orleans. Has a lot of character, a comfy bed, nice shower and kitchen facilities and is private so no one walks into your bedroom! The area looks a bit edgy but it's fine. Basic rules apply, can walk around in the day but at night taxi recommended. Nice coffee place nearby called St coffee, great capuchinos and donuts. Darin was pretty busy but was a great host, everything spotless when we arrived. Highly recommend this place
Darin's was great. We loved exploring the Bywater and the Marigny and it was an easy 15 minute walk to Frenchmen street, 20 to the Quarter. He was quick to respond, gave us complete privacy, and we honestly rarely saw him (you basically get your own entry way). The trains weren't that bad, and never disturbed us. We'd highly recommend Darin's if you're looking to explore other neighbourhoods of New Orleans and not just the touristy spots.
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I am originally from a small town in Indiana but now love and am proud to call New Orleans home. My life at this point is basically distilling, brewing, billiards, botany, and travel. I have a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse where I am currently building and raising money for a distillery/brewery/perfumery/farm.