About this listing
This listing is for our 3rd bedroom. It has a shared bathroom. See our other listings (#1 or #4 for a private en-suite and #2 charming attic room with shared bath).
The room does use a shared bathroom, but as most of our guests are focused on exploring the town, this is rarely more than an inconvenience. If you would prefer a room with a private bathroom, we would like to recommend our other listings Creole Cottage in historic Treme #1 and #4.
The Cottage started life as a two family home shortly before the American Civil war and has been added to a number of times over the years, unfortunately the specifics of its history are difficult to pin down (although we can make some educated guesses).
I am an Architect by trade, and Jazz Trumpet player by preference (I work on the house during the day and play music at night) currently I am in the process of restoring the cottage to its original character (with a few modern amenities).
My Wife Liz assists with the Day to Day running of a Vintage Clothing Boutique in the French Quarter (just a stones throw from Jackson Square) which she commutes to either on foot along the Tree lined Boulevard or by the use of her Single speed cruiser (This town is very Bike friendly).
My Son Avery moved here from New Zealand to assist with the renovations, although he has a habit of debating some of the design decisions with me, he's something of a geek and good with electronics.
For those times you need a little down time, feel free to make use of our spacious (private) back yard, or find a spot on one of the chairs in our living room.
Liz and I have traveled extensively (usually on a shoestring) and have friends in a number of countries, we're always happy to recount the tales of our adventures, or to listen to yours.
It's a 20 minute walk(15 minute power walk!) to the French Quarter under those gorgeous 200 year old Oaks, surrounded by gorgeous 200 year old houses, on the old streetcar line.
We have three beautiful rescued cats. Miss Doris Day from the Bronx and a couple of locals, Brian Lion and Rocky Raccoon. Our latest rescue is Sgt Pepper a Border Collie.
Guests have full run of the house and back yard, use of the bikes and a shared bathroom. Guests also have full use of the kitchen and are welcome to put groceries they buy in the refrigerator.
Interaction with Guests
We work on the house most days and are otherwise generally around, generally we have several guests staying with us at a time as well.
No off-street parking available, however there is plenty of free on-street parking.
Recommended transport to or from the airport is by Taxi, currently all companies have a set fee of $33 ($14 extra per person after 2 people) the airport shuttle is also an option but usually insists on stopping at a hotel and charges are around $20 per person.
UberX now operates in New Orleans but cannot pickup from the airport (Uber Black can but charges much more than a Taxi).
Taking the bus is also possible, however the bus from the airport only runs once an hour, requires making a transfer and does not run weekends or evenings.
Other Things to Note
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How far are you from the French Quarter and Frenchman St?
A: We're under a mile from the near end of the French Quarter, to get to the River and Frenchman St is just over a mile, most people can make the walk in around 20 minutes.
Q: How far are you from the Morial Convention Center?
A: The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is about 2.5 miles away, we recommend taking a Taxi, alternately there is a bus which takes you most of the way with a total travel time closer to 30 minutes.
Q: Do you offer breakfast?
A: Yes, we offer Toast, home made Muesli, fresh Fruit, Coffee or Tea. Breakfast is informal and guests are encouraged to help themselves to what is on offer.
Q: Do you have any pets in the house?
A: We have a border collie and several cats, for this reason guests with allergies may want to consider alternate accommodation.
Q: Do you have bikes?
A: We currently have six bikes which are shared between rooms, we do not take reservations on the bikes although it is rare for all of them to be in use at once. U-Locks are provided with the bikes.
Q: Can we get fresh sheets and Towels during our stay?
A: Fresh Towels and sheets are available on request
Q: Do you offer early Check-in or Late Check-out?
A: While we cannot guarantee the availability of rooms outside of normal check in times (Check-out 11am, Check-in 2pm) guests who are arriving early are welcome to drop their luggage off with us and get a key, we are also happy to look after the luggage of guests who are leaving town late in the day.
Q: When I try to book the room Airbnb gives me an error regarding verification.
A: We require all Airbnb guests who book with us to be ID verified, if you are having trouble with this we recommend contacting Airbnb directly as they handle the verification process.
Q: When I try to book Airbnb wont let me put in the dates I want.
A: In most cases this is because someone else has already booked the room for those nights.
However we generally block out dates more than six months in advance as we prefer not to take bookings this far ahead, however if you are looking at booking a stay of a week or longer six months to a year in the future we are willing to discuss it.
Q: I have a friend who wants to stay with us, can they sleep on the floor?
A: Unfortunately the maximum number of people we allow in this room is two, if your friend wants to stay with you they will either need to book a room for themselves with us or find alternate accommodation.
Q: When I put the dates in I wanted the price of the room went up.
A: The nightly price of the room is variable, the price for weekends and during certain events (such as Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest) the price is higher, in some circumstances Airbnb reverts to showing the base nightly price and then shows the exact price when it calculates the total price of your stay.
Q: Are there any additional fees involved in my stay?
A: In most cases the total shown by Airbnb is the total price you pay, the most common exception to this is to cover damages, other costs are rare and subject to discussion and agreement.
- We ask that guest who are checking in (or have misplaced their key) do not use the doorbell after 10pm, either use the lockbox or phone me directly if you need to get into the house after this time (all guests receive a key to the house on arrival).
- We ask that guests do not smoke inside the house (smoking in the back yard is ok).
- Guests who use the bikes are responsible for their safe return.
Rick and Liz made us feel very welcome and went out of their way to accommodate us a number of times, including letting us do a load of washing. The room we stayed in was beautiful and matched the listing. Everything you want to see is within easy walking distance and the use of the bikes is available for anything a little further afield.
For people with cat issues, I myself am allergic and in our room had no problems thanks to the efforts of Rick and Liz. In the rest of the house where the cats live I was a little sniffly and just remained hyper vigilant.
We really enjoyed staying at the Creole Cottage. The location is great - an easy 20 minute walk to the French Quarter. The room (#3) was large and comfortable. The shared facilities were good. The use of the bicycles is great - a great way to see New Orleans.
Rick and Liz are great hosts - very friendly and helpful.
I will certainly recommend friends to stay here when visiting New Orleans.
Great location to get into the French Quarter and around town. Rick and Liz had great suggestions and were very lovely to stay with, we especially enjoyed Rick's homemade muesli for breakfast. They have a lot of pets as they help rescue animals from around New Orleans so maybe more of a place for animal lovers as well. Very easy to communicate arrival/departures and super friendly household!
Recently visited the city of New Orleans for the first time with my sister. On my first day I managed to get lost on my way to the Airbnb and Rick was nice enough to come find me. The cottage is very close to the french quarter and other places. The room was cozy and quiet. Coffee and toast was offered every morning which was an awesome treat.
Rick would play the piano in the evening sometimes which was a nice treat!
Liz was very sweet and filled with awesome stories of her experiences in NYC.
Would definitely stay with them again for my next visit.
Had a great time staying at Rick and Liz's. They are very helpful with any questions or concerns. Their house is very well located to all the nice places. It's great that they have bikes you can borrow. It makes getting around the city a lot better. All in all it was really fun and Rick and Liz are the best hosts.
We had such a lovely time here. Rick and Lisa made sure we were comfortable. They provided bikes to use but we opted out since we could just use uber to get around. We saw bikes being used everywhere. Rick is a great piano player and singer. He didn't know we came back early from a day out but we enjoyed it while we were napping before we left again. The room was just as described. Don't let the neighborhood fool ya. We would stay here again if we plan to visit Nola again. They do provide breakfast and coffee which is a plus but we opted to try new things while visiting since it was our first time ever here.
We had a great stay at Rick and Liz's. They are very friendly, helpful hosts and the house is totally like they described it.
The fact that they lend bikes for free (there are 6 of them so we were always able to find at least 2 available) is perfect as it makes the house a mere 7 minutes biking ride from the French quarter and all the attractions. Biking around the town to discover other areas was also a lot of fun.
Great value for money.
Would definitely choose Rick and Liz again.
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About the Host, Rick And Liz
I am originally from NYC. Moved to New Zealand when I was 17 with my mother and father and two sisters. Went to Auckland University and graduated with a degree in Architecture. Started playing the trumpet when I was 8 and worked my way through University playing in bands.
Moved to New Orleans about three years ago with my New Zealand wife, Liz and we love it.