About this listing
(La Maison de la Chicorée)
Best location for enjoying downtown New Orleans, including the French Quarter, and Marigny/Bywater neighborhoods. Cozy 19th Century house full of charm and good vibrations. Nice old bathtub inside & an outdoor shower, too!
- At the end of Bourbon St. on a pretty, well-lit block.
- Beautiful, 19th Century "Shotgun" House.
- Historic District; Picturesque Marigny-Triangle neighborhood.
- 1 block outside the French Quarter; 3 blocks from Frenchmen Street entertainment; 10 minute walk to Jackson Square; Short walk to Streetcar to Convention Center.
- Suitable for single traveler(s) or couples, or up to 3 max.
- 2 big rooms, divided by an open archway - yours, private.
- 1 double bed, 1 single bed, all in one large, shared space.
- Bathroom w/bathtub, shared with host, centrally located.
- FREE PARKING for 2 hours allowed on our street (10 a.m.- 7 p.m.) and overnight. AMPLE on-street FREE PARKING, 24/7 JUST 2 BLOCKS AWAY, where Residential Permits are not needed on the street.
- Outdoor shower w/hot water, bordered by palm trees.
- Faux Fireplaces in each room.
- Not ideal setup for guests who want to cook a lot, but kitchen is available for use when your host isn't sleeping (I often sleep late after working a night shift; my room is beside the kitchen with no door in between). Working stove, oven, microwave, toaster, plates, cups, glasses, bowls, cutlery, pots & pans.
- Washer/Dryer available.
- Numerous local cafes offer free WiFi (no WiFi on premises).
- PLEASE NOTE THERE'S NO TV!!!
- Bike & Scooter rental nearby.
- Rental car not needed, in walking distance of a vast array of entertainment, shops & cafes; near to public transport.
- Central A/C and Heating; Ceiling Fans & High Ceilings.
- Fully furnished with dressers, table & chairs, easy chairs.
- Towels, Washcloths, Organic Soap & Shampoos included.
- Self-serve New Orleans Traditional Coffee w/Chicory, and imported Breakfast Tea is complimentary. Do-It-Yourself Pancakes and Eggs will usually be in stock in the kitchen 4U to fix, too (depends on if I had time to "make groceries!").
- Back Patio has table and chairs & room to BBQ (although we have no BBQ at present, one could be purchased at the local hardware store with ease and upon request).
An Urban Oasis: On the front porch or back patio you'll hear the clip-clop of mules pulling buggies back to the barn around the corner; Freight trains' horns in the distance; Ships honking on the Mississippi a stone's-throw away; Birds; Frogs in the neighbors' pond; No loud music from bars or clubs. Smell night-blooming jasmine, coffee roasting in the warehouses downriver, and the tempting aromas that emanate from our diversity of local restaurant kitchens.
Guests enter the house through the front door, while your host enters through the back door via the alleyway (and may pass through your space when you're out for convenience's sake, or for housekeeping). So, it's essentially like 2 separate studio apartments, sharing a bathroom in the middle, and sometimes the kitchen, back yard, and front porch.
A note on cleanliness: The Chicory House gets 4 out 5 stars from its guests for cleanliness (please see our reviews below). It might have a little dust here and there, but wouldn't you, if you were over a 150 yrs. old? Your space and the bathroom are cleaned and sanitized, but be aware that it's not as pristine and posh as a new hotel!
I look forward to hearing from you with any questions, and to hearing a little about yourself and why you'd like to stay here when you visit The Crescent City.
Please note that preference is given to guests with a profile picture, and a brief if not detailed profile (or email) describing themselves. Minimum stay - 2 nights, but 1-night stays may be considered last minute or within a few days or your visit.
- Robby B.
Other Things to Note
A bicycle may be available to borrow depending on bike repairs and so on. You can ask me about that!
- If you smoke, you MUST smoke ON THE FRONT PORCH, and dispose of butts in receptacle provided.
- No Pets!
- Guests are expected to clean up after themselves, wash their dishes, and so on.
- PLEASE help to conserve energy by turning out the lights & fans when you leave the room. Thank U!
- Guests are asked to put recyclables in a separate trash can (provided in your room). Glass is not recyclable in New Orleans (!), but metal, plastic tubs and bottles (please rinse), and paper are.
- Please don't leave the front or back door open or propped, because we want to keep flies and any other bugs out of the house!
- Your host will provide you with a clean, safe and comfortable home, but will not be held responsible for any loss or theft of property or personal injury experienced while staying at our home. Host has a safe on the premises in which guests may store any valuables, if they wish to entrust their valuables to him.
- If your host's bedroom door is closed, guests are asked to access the back patio via the alleyway, AND PLEASE refrain from using the kitchen until he's up and about.
- Loud conversation, partying, etc. is not allowed outdoors after 10 p.m.
- Guests badly soiling, staining, or damaging host's property may be fined for cleaning or replacement costs at the host's discretion.
- All amenities and aspects of the guest experience at the Chicory House are subject to change without notice.
Single bedroom, boxspring and twin mattress, adjoins front room. Large dresser, table, cube fridge, fan, table and chairs.
This was a truly majestic trip, in every sense of the word. If this trip was characterized as a mythical creature, it would be a $^&%ing unicorn because it was just that wonderful. Robby was the most gracious and welcoming host. We were initially pretty nervous (because some of us had never tried Airbnb) but he was so incredibly helpful and kind. He even provided us with maps! He has a wealth of information on New Orleans on hand that he loves sharing with his guests, and we enjoyed talking to him all about NOLA's history and quirks.
The house itself is lovely and situated in a great area—we were a ten-minute walk to the French Quarter, and 15 minutes away from that famous bakery that served beignets. The house is also located really close to Frenchman Street, which meant that we spent a large portion of our time eating at the great restaurants in that area and hanging out in bars listening to unbelievably good jazz. We would absolutely stay with Robby if we were to return to New Orleans in the future (although the only tip I can really offer is to not go in the middle of August, the humidity takes some getting used to, especially to some of us Midwestern girls!)
Robby was an incredible host! He made my friends and I feel at home and comfortable right away and we had the best time in New Orleans. The house is clean and comfortable but still has that old NOLA charm. The neighborhood felt very safe and was within walking distance of Bourbon Street, Frenchman Street and the French Quarter. We will definitely be staying with Robbie again when we visit.
Robby was absolutely wonderful communicating with us as we came in from the airport. It was kind of late at night, but he had figured out how to help us get in no matter what time we came in. When we did get in, we could the Chicory House was very well styled and had everything we needed. Despite being in a shotgun house, Robby gave us privacy and entered and exited through the back door. At first, my boyfriend and I were a little hesitant about the outdoor shower. We are from Chicago, and there are only about two months when you can actually be outside in Chicago, so the idea of showering outdoors was a little interesting for us. However, after I took my shower, I came back feeling refreshed and told him "You've gotta try it." Our stay there was wonderful as the place was centrally located; it is a short walk from Frenchmen or Bourbon St. If you plan on going to Bourbon St, we recommend walking to Frenchmen first, and then walking down Decatur to get to the French Quarter. There's just more foot traffic that way. It was a lovely stay, and we would happily be back on one of our many trips to New Orleans in the future.
We had a great time with Robby! The apartment was great and he was so welcoming. I really enjoyed all the information he gave us, from suggestions to restaurants to places to go at night. The location was also perfect, walking distance from a lot of great areas. I would highly recommend staying with Robby!
Robby was an excellent host! He was very polite and welcoming; we were able to chat sometimes so he gave us some tips on where to go and how to move around the city.
Also, the place was what we expected - clean, quiet, organized, nice beds & chairs - and the neighborhood was nice - 5 min walk to bus stop, walking distance to French Quarter... very good.
About the Host, Robby
I'm an actor, into cycling and checking out live music and enjoying New Orleans culture and the Arts. A transplanted New Yorker who's spent most of my adult life in Brooklyn and New York City, in addition to acting, I've worked as a marketing-rep for environmentally progressive groups, and also as a pedicab driver (bike-taxi tour guide) in midtown Manhattan, and now in New Orleans.
I lived in New Orleans in the 90s when I was a teacher, and I've been in NOLA this time around since January of 2012. My folks are from Ireland, and I love to travel there and around the world, too.
I don't smoke, but I have been known to attend rallies to legalize cannibas. Despite having chosen to live in polluted, industrial areas my entire life, I have, more or less, dedicated my life to making our air and water clean, and our planet liveable.
I don't have a TV (but I like movies, good drama and comedy). I get my news mostly online from NolaDefender, The Drudge Report, Natural News, and Irish Central.
I listen to local music online on WWOZ fm, KEXP-fm-(Univ. of Wash., Seattle), and New York's WBAI fm.
I "eat healthy," and get most of my groceries at the local green supermarkets and farmers' markets. I'm for local, non-GMO, grass-fed, non-corporate, free-range, organic, tasty, spicy food. I enjoy good conversation, and favorite drinks include Murphy's Irish Stout, local Ciders & Strawberry Beers, Chocolate Stouts, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I also love strong coffee, and good strong Irish tea.
When I host guests, I will be as supportive and friendly as one would hope one's host to be, and I can also leave you be in peace to do your own thing, as you like it.
As a guest, I am considerate, clean, and respectful of house rules.
"My motto, as I live and learn is: Dig, and be dug in return." (Langston Hughes).