My house is two blocks from the Mississippi River bordering the downtown neighborhoods. Guests have a private bedroom, shared bathroom and access to kitchen facilities. Bicycles for two and coffee/tea, bread, and juice are included with your stay.
Renovated after Hurricane Katrina, my house has all the modern amenities without compromising its historic qualities. The bedrooms are next to each other and the bathroom is shared. I have soap and shampoo for guests to use. The guest bedroom faces the street. It is very spacious to accommodate a couple or two friends and is perfect for a single traveler. I have three well-behaved cats who may be curious but not bothersome. My house has a security system and guests will be provided with a temporary code.
Included with your reservation is coffee or tea, yogurt, and muffins/toast. I provide room in the fridge/freezer for food/drinks and have iced/hot tea and filtered water available during your stay.
You can come and go as you please. There is space in the fridge for food, microwave and filtered water/tea available. You may use the cooking facilities if staying longer than 3 days. Backyard is available for sitting and sunning.
Interaction with Guests
I am committed to respecting your privacy and at the same time offering assistance in discovering the joys of where I live and making your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I have a full time job that keeps me quite busy but I am always willing to talk with guests over coffee or a glass of wine.
Rated as one of the top neighborhoods to live in by Southern Living magazine, the Holy Cross neighborhood in New Orleans is located close enough to the French Quarter, Bywater, and the Marigny but far enough away to enjoy walks along the river levees and a stunning view of the city skyline. Committed to sustainable living, the neighborhood has been at the forefront of green technologies. It is walking distance to Bacchanal, a wine store turned restaurant that has established itself as one of the finest places to enjoy food, music, and wine. Several highly rated and affordable restaurants and coffee shops--Bacchanal, (walking distance), Elizabeth's, Maurepas Foods, Cafe Dauphine, (walking distance), The Joint, Satsuma, Oxalis--and near enough to bicycle into the Marigny and French Quarter. It's about a 7 minute drive to the French Quarter or 3.5 miles.
Tucked into the southeast part of the neighborhood with the Mississippi River two blocks away, my house is on a quiet street with very little foot or car traffic. This is a close-knit community and I am on good terms with my neighbors whom I respect. I ask my guests to be respectful of them as well. I offer a quiet environment in which to unwind after taking in the sights, one of the many festivals, a day trip outside the city, or from a professional conference you might be attending.
I have several cruiser bicycles to lend with a lock and w/o any extra fee. A bus close by takes you into the French Quarter and other downtown neighborhoods (Bywater, Marigny, CBD). Street Parking is available at no cost.
Other Things to Note
FYI: The bed is a full.The futon is comfortable with springs and mattress pad but not luxurious.
I make homemade vegan baked goods!
Parking is easily available in front of my house on a well-lit part of the street.
Two cruiser bicycles are included with your reservation. No charge!
Smoking permitted outside. I have a backyard deck that can be accessed.
Prefer shoes off in the house.
No pets allowed.
I cannot accommodate more than 2 people.
We had an awesome time staying with Doreen in her beautiful home! Doreen was so welcoming and helpful, giving us lots of recommendations of places to go, a yummy breakfast every morning and even a few lifts into the city. Her home is in a quiet neighbourhood but the French Quarter and downtown area are easily accessible by bus/walking/cycling.
This was my first time using airbnb and Doreen made it a fantastic first experience. I was visiting NOLA with my girlfriend and Doreen's place helped make it a perfect weekend. She was very helpful in a new environment for us, and even drive us the short trip to the quarter. She was helpful but unintrusive. Highly recommended.
From the get go, Doreen was super friendly and welcoming. She took us in with open arms and we immediately felt welcomed. She had books about NOLA and was very informative about everything NOLA. The kitties make the place extra cute and cozy. Doreen's house is beautiful and charming. I had a great experience :)
Doreen was a great host! While we only stayed with her for two nights, with her excellent tips of where to go and with the help of her bikes, we got to see a part of New Orleans that many tourists likely miss! I would highly recommend staying with Doreen to anyone!
My husband and I felt so fantastically welcomed into Doreen's home. She is incredibly kind, and her home is beautiful. Anytime we return to New Orleans we will DEFINITELY check her availability first.
Staying at Doreen's place was wonderful. Doreen was great company, whether for a glass of wine or watching the Saints games, and gave a great local perspective on NOLA. The room was very comfortable with a great set up for working/ studying. The bike was a brilliant way to get around. This is a great location to see a different part of the city, whilst still having easy access to the Bywater, French Quarter etc. Would definitely stay here again.
I enjoyed my stay with Doreen. The view of the city from the levee was awesome. The French Quarter is only a few minutes away and the 88 and 5 both run near her house. I was glad I stayed with her instead of a hotel.
I am an English professor at the University of New Orleans, living here since August 2005. I have lived all over the U.S. and also in England. I love photography, film, writing, listening to music, dancing, cooking, and reading. I am an avid yogi and swimmer and enjoy a low key but active life. I own a lovely house near the river in New Orleans that has one of the best views of the city.
I am committed to a non-toxic living environment and use only 'green' products in my house.
I enjoy meeting new people and having good conversations, especially about politics and culture, over a glass of wine and some good food.
I travel less than I want to right now as my career and house take up much of my time but I hope to visit Iceland and Japan and return to England and Spain.