This is a large one bedroom fully furnished apartment in an old colonial New Orleans' mansion. It includes a big kitchen and a window that opens up onto a private balcony that looks out at St Andrew street, high ceilings, and a traditional (non-working) brick fireplace. I recently added a flat screen tv (not shown in pictures) to the bedroom. I do not have cable but I get about 30 channels on hd, and you can hook your computer up or use the dvd player I have to play movies.
It is conveniently located 4 blocks from St. Charles Streetcar line, which will take you to the French Quarter in 15 (website hidden) Charles Avenue is where the vast majority of Mardi Gras parades take place, and is a historic street with beautiful oak treets and many commercial businesses and private mansions. The apartment is also two blocks from Magazine St, a busy commercial road with a plethora of restaurants, bars,antique shops and cafes.
Easy access to the Convention Center and Superdome.
Within a short walking distance are:
Zara's Grocery store
The Trolley Stop Cafe
Two good Vietnamese Restaurants
Juan's Flying Burritos
Half Moon Bar
Down the Hatch Bar and Restaurant
Reservoir Coffee Shop
Stein's New York Deli
Mojo's Coffee Shop
and much much more
The neighborhood is safe and very vibrant. It is only blocks away from the historic Garden District, home to the Manning's, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman and Drew Breeze, among others.
The kitchen has a large stove, microwave, coffee pot, rice cooker, toaster and all the basic appliances you need to cook (and safe money).
Although I do not have cable television there is a TV set up with a DVD player and a variety of movies to choose from.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$500 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1450 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
|Neighborhood:||Lower Garden District|
The location is excellent: in a pleasant neighborhood with plenty of good restaurants and coffee shops, close to the St Charles streetcar, in walkable distance to the French Quarter. The bed was very comfortable, with clean sheets. We had no problem with noise or the smell of smoke. Nate was friendly and responsive.
The building, however, is old and run down, the apartment on the funky side. The surfaces were clean enough, but you wouldn't want your mom to look under the furniture or in the closet or kitchen drawers. Although the shower was hot with good water pressure, the bathtub shows its age, as do the sink fixtures. We ate out most of the time, but could have used a better supply of tableware and kitchen utensils for eating the leftovers we brought home.
Pros: Great location and much more fun than staying in a hotel b/c in a neighborhood with regular New Orleans people, not tourists. Close to lots of good stuff--as advertised--but no significant street noise or crowd noise, in my experience. Comfortable bed, wi-fi that works, and a hot shower. Cool slanted balcony.
Cons: Stairwell on way up smells like smoke (smoke smell in apartment itself is much fainter), older plumbing and fixtures that could use some TLC.
Recommended! Very glad I stayed there.
* Great location-2 blocks to Magazine Street with wonderful restaurants & shopping. 4 blocks to St. Charles Street with Streetcar for transportation to French Quarter.
* Comfortable bed (unfortunately we could only use one side as the other three sides were against walls).
* Flat screen TV.
* Apartment is on second floor with balcony (one steps onto the balcony by opening the window and stepping through).
* Friendly host.
* The apartment was tidy but certainly not clean. We had to scrub the tub, toilet, bathroom & kitchen sinks before using. Kitchen stove was very grimy/greasy. Ref. was clean inside but grimy dirty outside (esp. handle which I cleaned). It looked like the apt had not been thoroughly cleaned for months! (I'm surprised previous reviews had not mentioned this!) After running water in the bathroom and kitchen sinks one could hear it running through the exterior drainage pipe (attached to side of house) and see it spilling to the wet sidewalk below where one walks to enter and exit the apartment.
* On the 2nd morning we awoke at 7am to Janis Joplin singing very loudly Bobby McGee and entire album (I like Janis but not at 7am!) from the apartment next door.
* Discovered that a mouse had eaten the cookies in a zip lock baggie in my tote bag that was stored in the hallway closet!
Even though the apt. was not up to my standard of cleanliness we stayed because it was in a good location and did not want to spend the time searching for another place. If you can overlook an old neglected apartment building and sub par cleanliness and just need a place to crash this apt. would be sufficient. If you are looking for a clean room with luxury keep looking.
* Nate gave us a small refund and apologized for the apartment not being clean.
The apartment is so charming and, once it got a little warmer over the weekend, it was so nice going out on the balcony and enjoying the quiet neighborhood. Nate was really responsive and we had such a great time staying here.
Nate was a great host and was very accommodating and easy to communicate with! He was flexible with us checking in earlier and checking out later. The one bedroom apartment is perfect for a couple. The location couldn't be better- we walked to and from the French Quarter, Frenchmen Street, around the Garden District, etc.! Absolutely loved it, will probably be in touch for our next visit!
Nate was really friendly, laid back, and always in contact when needed. He told us to let him know if we needed anything. If you are looking to stay in a beautiful area in NOLA and go out and enjoy the sites and views, and be out and about at night, this is the perfect place for you to stay. If you're looking to get a lot of sleep hang around in a quiet apartment a lot during your stay, this might not be the place for you. We only really had one night when we turned in early (at about 10pm), and there was a band practicing downstairs pretty late. Again, if you like being immersed in the culture of this city where everyone is playing music and hanging out, you'll get a great taste of that in this apartment! Nate is a great host and you couldn't ask for a better location or cuter apartment.The platform area where the bed is, and the giant windows, from which you can go out to the balcony and people watch, or enjoy the sun, were definitely the highlights!
The location is great. A short block and a half from Magazine street, and about three blocks to St. Charles Avenue and its streetcar line. There are great places on Magazine - Juan's Flying Burrito (cheap but good "Creole mexican" by way of what seems like Austin; Stein's Deli (better than what the delis of New York have morphed into (take it from someone who lives there)) and of course, the Bulldog (a place to get a vast selection of beers and sit in a spacious garden patio). The apartment is about fifteen minutes walk from CBD, and more upscale restaurants, like Luke, Cochon, and Herbsaint. Another ten minutes walk and you're in the heart of the French Quarter. Alternatively, the streetcar will get you there in about twenty, and buses about fifteen.
The apartment itself is old, but charming. The balcony overlooks the street and offers a decent view of the other houses surrounding. In the winter months (during which my stay took place) the floors can get a bit cold, and the surprisingly wide layout can get a bit drafty. But the appeal of the apartment lies primarily with its location, and the graciousness of its host. Nate was awesome. Even though I arrived with a fine-tuned itinerary, I appreciated the layout of both conventional tourist materials (Fodor's, Lonely Planet) and the unconventional sources of inspiration (photography books, pamphlets). Of course, there is also Nate himself, who made himself available for any questions, and was exceedingly friendly throughout. It helps to know that he's staying just a few doors down, as well.
In sum, as someone who at one time lived there, staying in New Orleans at Nate's apartment is the closest you'll get to an authentic experience of inhabiting it.
The best thing about this apartment is the location. Close to cools shops/restaurants on Magazine Street, close to the St. Charles streetcar, and close to downtown and the French Quarter. The building, however, is quite old and run-down. It seems to be an eight building unit, and the apartment we got was not the one pictured. There is no central heat (only a space heater). If you're staying here in the spring or summer, you'll probably be fine, but we stayed here in the winter and were freezing! Nate's super nice, though, and he responded to us right away both times a fuse blew and the power went out. This apartment is a far cry from luxury but the price is right, and you know what they say: location, location, location.
Nate's communication was great which is key when renting the whole apartment and possibly never meeting them. He also let us store out bags there until late on the night we checked out. The apartment isn't flash but it does the job and is a small walk to public transport to get into French Quarter. A minute or so from Magazine st which has great bars and good for food. Loved my time in New Orleans.
Our stay at Nate's place was fantastic! We were looking for a place near the Garden District. Great location, place was very New Orleans. Coffee on the balcony in the morning was perfect! We would definitely stay again.