This beautiful 1800's mansion is charming and located in one of the most culturally rich areas of the city. The house is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride to the French Quarter.
This historic mansion on Esplanade Ave. has four bedrooms and four baths. The rental includes the entire downstairs of the home and the mother-in-law cottage in the back. The main house has three bedrooms, three baths, two parlors, and huge living area. There is no kitchen in the main house but there is a small fridge and coffee bar. The back cottage has a kitchenette with a full sized fridge, living room, and loft with queen bed.
This is a great area of the city, located equal distance between City Park and the French Quarter. There are several nice restaurants nearby that are frequented by locals and visitors alike. Esplanade Ave. is built along one of the high ridges of the city and is therefore one of the oldest sections of New Orleans. The other main ridge is St. Charles Avenue. The house is two houses down from where Edgar Degas lived in New Orleans and is a 20 minute walk to the French Quarter.
The word that describes this home is spacious and it is perfect for weddings, and other large groups who want to experience the Creole ambiance of Esplanade Ave.
Allen was an excellent and very thoughtful host, who made us all feel welcome in this beautiful house!
A group of 8 of us stayed here for my wife's 40th birthday and it was everything we expected. The house is just within walking distance of the quarter and several other places during the day (you'll want to take a cab back in the evenings though).
Check in and check out was a breeze and Allen was very responsive our entire stay. He also had a number of excellent recommendations that we took advantage of (especially Lil Dizzy's cafe - very, very good food).
This is a perfect place for a large-ish group looking to explore the city while being slightly away from the craziness of the quarter. Highly recommended.
Allen was a great host and super responsive. The house was super cool and in a nice neighborhood (more residential), conveniently located.
We loved staying at Allen's place. It was exactly what we needed to accommodate a large group of ten and the central location made it easy to get around town for sightseeing. The arrangement of spaces enabled us to spread out for privacy and with four bathrooms, everyone was quite comfortable. Fantastic! Thanks Allen!
Allen was very hospitable and coordinating the little logistics and details were quite easy. While the owner does live on the second floor in the main mansion, she was also quite hospitable who did not find us to be bothersome or disturbing. The interior decorations are certainly unique (a slight christmas theme and vibrant interior colors). The back cottage is a bit more modern construction, and has central AC, so if anyone needs those types of amenities in your party they can always stay in that spot. If you are looking to accommodate a large group visiting New Orleans, I don't think you could do much better for the price for such a spacious space on the beautiful and historic Esplanade.
Let me start out with the good: Allen is a very responsive and responsible host. He gave us all the information we needed prior to and on the day of arrival, and even supplied us with snacks and essentials like coffee, OJ, milk, cheese, etc.. Our payment and check in experience was seamless. We also loved the fact that we didn't have a real check out time. This allowed us to move at our own pace. Finally, we really liked that we could rent a space for only a weekend: many of the other places in the area don't allow you to book for short durations.
However, I do want to say that the listing is somewhat misleading and you should know exactly what you are getting into when you rent from here. Firstly, the posting suggests that you are renting the entire property. This is not true. You are getting the downstairs and the back cottage. There are people living upstairs and the living room is a COMMON SPACE. The people living upstairs are super nice and accommodating, but it's still a good thing to know before you buy. We were also very disappointed with the cleanliness and overall state of condition the house was in. I understand the house is historic, but it was in really bad shape and the bathrooms were very dirty. We actually had to wear shower shoes. The kitchen stuff was also dirty. I had to scrub at the coffee pot and the mugs before using them, because dried up, crusty coffee was in the pot and in the cups. The plates and silverware were in similar condition. I understand that in this city, people come in and probably trash the place, but I'm just asking for a clean place to arrive to. On the plus side, the sheets were clean. This is a good place for a big group of girls, but I can't imagine any guys staying here. The decor is interesting, to say the least. The "dualing pinks" were one thing, the Christmas tree and creepy dolls, frankly, super freaked me out. It freaked us all out! Finally, the configuration of the place is a little bizarre. Just know that one of the "rooms" is kind of an extension to the the hallway. Other good thing to know is that the place is a short cab ride to French Quarter at night and a nice walk during the day.
All in all, I would say I expected way more for the price and it was too expensive for the state of the house, location and lack of cleanliness.
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