About This Listing
Rent a great bike and lose yourself in the intense sights, sounds, and flavors of the flourishing Bywater/St. Claude Arts District. From the traditional, to the funky, to the fabulously hip, you will find an array of atmospheres to explore.
Enjoy a stay in this historic, two-story, 1850s victorian along the Avenue. this room is on the ground floor in the front of the house. if you are sensitive to the sound of cars going by, we suggest choosing another room in the house. Ponder the mysterious, iconic ,symbolic art as you relax in an ornate, iron, four-poster bed. Sink into the exquisitely comfortable tempurpedic mattress, nestled among premium cotton sheets. Hand-crafted glass windows created by a local artist -- using real flowers -- An individually controlled, through-wall air conditioner and lighted ceiling fan provide a cozy, comfortable climate at any time of day. An antique desk and plenty of pillows provide a spot for inspired writing or surfing the Web with high-speed, wireless internet. The Temple room is located in the front of the house on the ground floor. it is fairly near the street. I sleep wonderfully with the sound of traffic going by, but if you are used to the countryside or a very quiet cul de sac, the sound of cars going by may disturb you. I have five other rooms that are further from the Avenue.
Guests may access two full baths -- one upstairs, one down -- an upper-level, fully furnished kitchen with original, cast-iron appliances, two secure fenced courtyards with a gas/charcoal barbecue. Beautiful new cruiser bicycles for rent with an additional, fully refundable, security deposit, please inquire. Guests also have instant access to a major bus line that runs down the avenue directly to the French Quarter and everything in between! Coming Soon: upon completion of current renovations, guest access will include the use of a private cinema, various live theatrical performances, and a professional bar, all adjacent to the main building.
Interaction with Guests
I like to make myself and travel tips available to my guests as much as my time allows, or as little as they prefer. My guest's comfort and satisfaction are of the utmost importance to me. Enjoy a little or a lot of local, insider information, or simply explore on your own!
I have bikes for (website hidden) bus line just steps from the door. This will transport you directly to the French Quarter in moments with available transfers to the rest of the city. Convenient street parking just in front of the building. Airport transportation options include taxi, airport shuttle and bus combination, or bus.
Other Things to Note
Coffee, snacks, yogurt, and fresh fruit will be provided to each guest for the duration of their stay. Also the guests can make themselves some eggs and toast (provided)if they wish in the morning.
All mature and responsible vacationers welcome. All smoking outside. Courtesy for other guests, tenants, and neighbors expected. No unregistered guests overnight, please.
This listing is exactly as described. Otter met us at the door on the first day and gave us a really useful overview of the different restaurants, bars etc in the neighbourhood, and the public transport system. Michael was also really friendly. There are 2 bathrooms and 2 kitchens which make them easily accessible. The road noise in this room is hit and miss (can be noisy at times, and other times dead quiet). We live on a main road at home so no biggie for us. Really enjoyed the local restaurants and bars in the Bywater area. Buses can be infrequent at times but then again that's public transport for you. The French Quarter is within walking distance anyway. We walked it twice. If exploring Bywater, this is a great to stay.
Otter and Michael were great hosts! I was even walking by the house five hours before my check-in time, and Otter let me put my two big bags in the room. Everything was clean and comfortable. Thanks for a great stay!
We had a great stay at Otter's place. The house is a short cab or bus ride to the French Quarter and walking distance to some cool shops and cafes. The house is artsy and cool with a unique New Orleans vibe.
Michael Bill, the house manager, greeted us and gave us a short historical lesson about the area, when we go back I definitely will take one of his tours of the city.
Looking forward to our next trip, we had a great time!
Great Location, the bath is quiet small but for our short visit ok. Michael was very helpfull with us. Enjoyed the stay in this crazy, voodastic station. Can be recommended!
The home was so original and quintessential to what we imagined New Orleans would be like. We mostly dealt with Michael while we were there, but that was sparse as there were no problems with the house, room or anything. They gave us tons of things to little secrets to do around the neighborhood as well, which made our vacation that much better. The Bywater/Marigny area is definitely one of my absolute favorite neighborhoods of New Orleans, thanks to the location of Otter's home. Thanks for a great stay!
Otter was wonderful and made us feel so welcome. Our trip was short, but she helped us make the most of it. Her house is adorable and very New Orleans. She was super accommodating and even helped us lock up our bikes from thieves. We definitely recommend staying here.
Otter's house is beautiffuly decorated and has a voodoo and new orleans spirit (lots of paintings, colors, vodoo and antics/vintage stuff, carnival masks, etc.). It is located near the Marigny Bywater neigbourhood, a great area with beautiful houses, lots of little cafes and bars and arty places not too touristy either.
With several rooms that Otter rent, the two bathrooms and the two kitchens, the whole house looks like a youth hostel . The atmosphere is peaceful. Otter provides the breakfast : eggs and bread and coffe/tea. Very useful ! And you can leave your food in the fridges.
Unfortunately there was a mixup with our reservation and we did not get the room we asked for. However Otter did compensate for the room by giving us a free night.
The bedroom was clean and tidy and the bed really confortable.
However the bathroom and the kitchen could have been cleaner.
In the bedrooms, some stuff could be replaced or fixed because it is too old/damaged, or in a bad shape (curtains broken , sheets stained , light bulb not working , etc.).
Do not forget to bring ear plugs since the road close to the house has an heavy traffic.
Overall, a good place but for a short stay.
the house looks nothing like a youth hostel. the bathrooms and kitchens are cleaned every day. the curtainrod was broken by a previous guest ant the new one was right there waiting for the handyman to put it up and you could clearly see it. i spend thousands of dollars a year on sheets, and no longer consider a small bleach spot a reason to throw a sheet away. and as for the light bulb, you have got to be kidding me! really?! obviously you didnt let me know , as i would have given you one of the thirty or so light bulbs i have standing by in the linen closet a few feet from your room. I am deeply sorry that you felt so surly and unpleasant during your stay with us, and that you refused the room upgrade we offered you, when, after not following instructions when you wanted to change rooms after booking the one you got, you ended up with the one you booked.
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About the Host, Otter
Ben & Jerry's NY Super Fudge Chunk, platform shoes, soap, theatre, and friendship.
NYC, Ibiza, Amsterdam, What the Bleep Do We Know?, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, original musical theatre, sashimi, blues & old-skool Balearic House.
I want my guests to feel welcome, secure, and relaxed.
One thing at a time.