About this listing
A 1600 sq ft top floor modern loft in a historic mansion, above CellarDoor restaurant/craft cocktail lounge, built pre-1850, open floor plan, new appliances, walk to the French Quarter, grocery, Superdome, Smoothie King Arena.
The Swoop-Duggins House (916 Lafayette Street) is part of the Upper Central Business District's, National Register Historic District, as well as the local Lafayette Square Historic District. At the end of the eighteenth century, the boundaries of New Orleans expanded upriver from the Vieux Carré when the land owned by Don Bertrand and Madame Gravier was divided into streets and city blocks by the Spanish Royal Surveyor, Carlos Trudeau.
The Swoop-Duggins House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Upper Central Business District Historic District on August 10, 1990, and was most likely built around or before 1850. The house is a three-story, three-bay, brick house with an attached two-story service wing; the loft is on the top floor and has it's own private entrance. The area is significant on a state level based on themes of Anglo-American architecture especially relating to residential townhouses. The interior plan of the main house features a stair hall and double rooms. These features, coupled with the extant service wing, show the traditional townhouse origins. Washer and dryer are located in the loft.
About 5 months ago I open what has been a life dream of mine, a speakeasy type arts focused gastro-lounge specializing in craft cocktails and international cuisine. It's also on the 1st floor! Find our website. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. We have a beautiful courtyard and a stunning art collection. We make classic cocktails and also take pride in our modern creations.
Interaction with Guests
I always make an effort to meet my guest, and usually do.
The neighborhood is incredible; downtown New Orleans is truly the most burgeoning neighborhood in the whole city. Enjoy free concerts in beautiful Lafayette Square Park just three blocks away, every Wednesday from Sept. 11 - Oct 30th and March - May.
You are in walking distance to the Superdome, the French Quarter, Harrah's Casino, and The Riverwalk. A few of my favorite restaurants/bars in walking distance are of course, CellarDoor (which is on the 1st floor; just take the alleyway entrance), Juan's Flying Burrito, and Johnny Sanchez. Additionally, the nicest grocery store in the city is just a block away at the corner of Girod St and Baronne St.
The newly restored Civc Theater has just partnered with Bowery Presents, and has tons of great concerts all year long just a block away.
The Swoop-Duggins House is located conveniently 3 blocks from the Amtrak Station, and there are 2 different street car lines within 3 blocks of the loft in each direction (one line heads uptown, and one line heads towards the French Quarter. But the fact that you're just a few blocks walk from the French Quarter is by far the best attribute to this loft.
Absolutely no smoking cigarets or cigars indoors. No parties.
my first airbnb rental!
the area is really cute - close enough to everything but still far away enough to not feel like you are only seeing tourists
the pictures are very accurate - the building is from 1850's and the stairs seemed original - kinda scary at first LOL
the bar/restaurant downstairs is great too!
All the good things first: the place is truly beautiful, and the photos are accurate. The tall ceilings, exposed brick, minimalist but comfortable furniture, very comfortable bed/pillows, gourmet stove - A+ all round for those. The location is great too, with the FQ, restaurants, bus line, grocery store and newly open CVS just minutes away. When I asked for more utensils in the kitchen (surprisingly minimally stocked!) the host immediately provided them. Same for replacing the bulbs which were very dim initially. So that was great.
What was a problem some nights was the noise from the restaurant right downstairs. Also the bedroom shade/curtain is broken and if street lights at night bothers you, that's an issue. Another thing that could be improved was the cleanliness of the place. I'm here on official business, so we stayed at this place twice and neither time was it cleaned professionally. But the second time it wasn't even cleaned properly. The floors were clean, towels and sheets were fresh, but we had to take care of garbage from the earlier guests in the kitchen, the bathroom was not spotless, the fridge only minimally wiped clean, and the fresh flowers (definitely a lovely touch) were clearly leftovers from the earlier guests (though I still loved them!). But overall the place was better cleaned by us when we left the first time than when we returned the second time!
Finally I think our host had a definite "attitude". He did not behave like this was a mutually beneficial arrangement and once, when he totally and completely misunderstood something I said, he was positively rude. When I very politely corrected his misinterpretation, he still did not apologize. I think he should have, given how rude he had been. I know sometimes a person can lose his or her temper in the heat of the moment. But you do need to apologize afterwards when you cool down, if you were wrong in the first place.
Overall his general attitude was quite curt, and it did kind of spoil our overall experience, and so we did not contact him unless it was absolutely necessary. Which is a real pity since otherwise we loved the place and would have stayed longer.. in fact we are still in Nola and are at another airbnb and we would not have moved if we felt welcome at this place.
The Swoop-Duggins House was perfect for my business trip to New Orleans! It had everything we needed and was the perfect restful loft after long work days. Gregory was wonderful and made sure we were taken care of from start to finish! I would highly recommend this New Orleans Gem!!
We had a great experience! Greg greeted us as soon as we arrived and even gave us a welcome beer. He showed us around the place and gave us recommendations on places to go in New Orleans. The place itself was very clean and had a cool modern feel. The couch reconfigures into a very large bed which was great. I would highly recommend staying here!
As former NYC loft dwellers, my wife and I felt immediately at home in Greg and Rachel's wonderful aerie located at the top of Swoop-Duggins House's dark winding staircase. The common space is roomy and chic with plenty of daylight, even on cloudy days, and the kitchen is great for entertaining. The bedroom is simple and equally spacious; we slept in true comfort, happy to have escaped the cookie-cutter blandness of the Sheraton or some other chain hotel. Some of things you should know if you stay:
-The space is cool even on the hottest days
-The place is quiet, despite the convenience of a top-shelf bar/restaurant located on the first floor
-There is free parking nearby if you look - we found a great spot every day across from Rouse's Market one block away
-The location can't be beat. A short walk or pedicab ride to the museums and restaurants of the Warehouse district, Lee Circle and the French Quarter. Or stroll five blocks to the Super Dome on game day (we got watch our son graduate college there).
My advice: if you are visiting NOLA soon, grab onto this place before someone else does
Coordinating our arrival was easy, and Greg and Rachel were really lovely as they showed us around the apartment. The space is fantastic, and accommodated the three of us comfortably. The apartment had everything we needed for our short stay, and we were able to drop in to Cellar Door and enjoy a couple relaxed happy hours, which we loved.
As a bonus, it is very close to a lot of great restaurants, coffee shops, and within walking distance of all the major attractions (French Quarter, museums, Magazine St, etc), yet it is off the beaten path enough to feel like an escape. Overall, highly highly recommended, and we will definitely be back!
Amazing Time! Greg was out front to greet us when we arrived and helped us with our luggage, as well. He spent the time to walk us through their apartment and answer any questions. He was super hospitable. Also, the place is amazing, including the luxury of a bar/restaurant downstairs (great food/drinks). Low-key and great meeting place for friends before heading out. Lastly, the place was exactly like the pictures, especially, coming from an apartment in Brooklyn, that space beats any hotel in the city, in my opinion.
About the Host, Gregory And Rachel
Hello. Rachel and I were both born and raised in New Orleans, LA. We love live music, traveling, crawfish boils, the New Orleans Saints, contemporary art, tennis, triathlons, jogging in Audubon Park, reading, films, and coffee.
I (Greg) have moved around a bit, with stints in London, Denver, and Pittsburgh. You'll see lots of contemporary art throughout the place if you end up staying. I went to school both here and in London, which I think has helped to shape me into the person I am today. We're recently married, have a 6 month old son, and a have a dog named Madam who was rescued from the Louisiana SPCA.
In June of this year we opened CellarDoor, which is located on the 1st floor of the Swoop-Duggins House (the loft is on the top floor.) CellarDoor is a beautiful small plates restaurant and romantic craft cocktail lounge that we're sure you'll love if you stay at our place.