(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.
- Kitchen available for use when your host isn't sleeping (I usually 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.
- WiFi signal available in kitchen and on back patio only. Numerous local cafes offer free WiFi, too.
- 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.
- Personal mini-fridge in bedroom.
- Fully furnished with dressers, table & chairs, easy chairs.
- Towels, Washcloths, Organic Soap & Shampoos included.
- Self-serve New Orleans Traditional Coffee w/Chicory, and Barry's Irish Breakfast Tea is complimentary. Do-It-Yourself Cereal 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, coffee-making). 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 (preferred) is 2 nights, but 1 night stays will be considered during less-busy times of year.
- Robby B.
Other Things to Note
A bicycle or two 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. If I find a butt anywhere, you will be drawn & quartered!
- 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.
Robby was very communicative and responsive. When we got stuck in traffic, we texted and he texted back right away, leaving the keys in the mailbox for us. We didn't overlap much because of our schedules, but the time we did see each other, he was lovely and welcoming. The location is AWESOME! You can't get any better for night life, restaurants, & local flavor. The cons are the bed (a double futon without much life left in it) and the shotgun layout. You're separated from the owner by the bathroom which both can access through closed doors; however there's really no practicable kitchen access without being in Robby's private living space. A great spot for experiencing the true Mardi Gras.
Robby was super helpful and my brother and I really enjoyed our stay! He was very gracious and helpful in showing us around New Orleans! Next time we go to New Orleans we definitely plan on trying to stay here with Robby :)
1 out of 5 stars - DISAPPOINTED. We thought Robby was very welcoming, full of information and totally hospitable. Chicory House is in an absolutely fantastic location and we loved that as well. However, we were expecting more of the accommodations. We are not high maintenance people by any means, but the place needs some upgrades. The futon mattress is not thick and we kept rolling to the center. It was in need of housekeeping--dusting, feathers under bed and in living room, hole in the wall, drippy stains on walls and the toilet seat was not on securely. For a little more than $100 it could be painted and some little tweaks made like a soap dish in the tub instead of balancing it on the faucet. Upon arrival, we didn't even have sheets on the bed. We made it ourselves. The last day the door knob fell off--fortunately Robby was there or it would have been difficult to get to the bathroom.
The location is just perfect. A walk from any place. Riding the city with a bike is amazing.
The house is very nice. It is like no other places I have ever been. It contributes making your trip in NOLA so unique.
And last but not least Robby has been a very nice guy, spending time with me to explain the city, answering my stupid question.
In a world: thank you Robby for this wonderful days!
The Chicory House is located near to many things first-timers like us wished to see. We were in walking distance to the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street, making it so easy for us to just go out and explore without a plan in mind. Additionally, Robby is a gracious host and knows the city in and out. Robby, himself, should be considered an amenity! He was never short of recommendations for activities, restaurants, bars, etc.
We had a great time in New Orleans, and Robby was a very friendly host who made a big effort to inform us about music and food locations. The location is perfect, since Frencmen street is just around the corner, with its great music scene. (Forget Bourbon street, but you knew that allready, right? ;-))
Around the corner is Horns Cafe, a great spot for breakfast.
Communication was very fast and efficient, the layout of the place worked well for two single travellers, with the two beds , lots of easy chairs, and the front porch was a nice spot to sit mornings and evenings...
I'm an actor/writer kind of guy, 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, I've worked as an actor, a marketing-rep for environmentally progressive groups, and also as a pedicab driver (bike-taxi tour guide) in midtown Manhattan.
I lived in New Orleans in the 90s when I was a Teach For America Corps 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, and online at Grooveshark, KEXP-fm-(Univ. of Wash., Seattle), and New York's WBAI fm and EastVillageRadio.
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