The Chicory House - Historic Dist.

House - Private room · Pauger St, New Orleans, LA 70116, United States

(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!

Your host, Robby
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(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!

The Space

- 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.
- 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

NEW: Free Bicycles available on premises for guests. Hooray! Locks provided; please bring your own helmet(s). (One cruiser with a fat seat; One mountain-style bike decked-out in Mardi Gras beads; One sexy-"fixie" that looks good, but you gotta love "fixies" if you ride this bike - I find it kind of uncomfortable - only for those with experience on such weird bikes!)

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Check In: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We arrived late but Robby had communicated by text and we had access to the house. Very conveniently located to the French Quarter. The double bed was comfortable for one, but I'm not sure how it would be for two. The single bed was fine. Our host was happy for us to come and go at will with our own key for access. Helpful tips and tourist information was handy.

    June 2014
  • Nice place close to the French quarter , lovely room and kind landlord. Robbie introduced us to the city (email hidden) and was always very helpful. Recommended.

    June 2014
  • The Chicory House is a great place to stay in New Orleans - it is located just outside the French Quarter (a plus) and two blocks from Frenchman Street (a huge plus). The place is quiet, air conditioned, and homey. Robbie is an attentive host - and I enjoyed talking to him greatly. Robbie even was able to lend my son and me a couple of beater bikes to tool around town at no cost.

    All that said, the house is not for everyone. It has a flop house feel with mismatched old furniture, a uncomfortable futon bed that needs repair, no place to hang clothes, non-functioning internet, and a shower in the back yard. Robbie makes it clear that this is not a Best Western, but with more attention to cleaning, an indoor shower, less yard sale furniture and some painting, it could be a much better place to stay. If you are young and just want a place to crash after a great day of exploring a great city, listening to music and enjoying the vibe, this place is highly recommended. If you are looking for more, this may not be for you.

    June 2014
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    Walking distance from the French Quarter! Didn't need a taxi most of the time unless it was going to the airport. Comfortable beds, and very knowledgeable host who knew where and when everything was.
    The indoor shower wasn't good. If it was just hot water it would trickle and adding cold water to help the pressure, would result in cold showers. There is an outdoor shower, but we aren't those type of travellers, and prefer indoor showers. The wifi was troublesome, as it was a weak signal, and if host was asleep at night, it was recommended to not use the wifi in the kitchen but in backyard which had lots of plants = lots of mosquitoes. (quite difficult to plan days ahead). After the hot water indoors became non existent in the last couple of nights stay was not as pleasant.

    June 2014
    Response from Robby:

    Had Simon articulated that there was a problem with the indoor plumbing I could have had it fixed pronto. But since I didn't know about it until the morning he checked out; I wasn't able to tell the landlord and get it fixed until after he left. So, his lack of communication was the problem really at the end of the day. Hot water has been restored to the indoor bathtub and shower.
    As my listing explains, the wifi is not available except in the kitchen, and the back yard. If wifi is important to you, go to the local cafe or stay elsewhere. STUPID people, by the way, because I noticed they put their nasty, dirty tissues in the recycling bin! Later! Don't come back!

    June 2014
  • Robby's place was just like he'd described it. We were comfortable, felt very safe staying there and safe walking back in the wee hours. If you want to be where the music is and still get a great sleep, this is a super location. Its between Bourbon Street and Frenchman street and handy to both. Lots of great restaurants nearby. Taxi and bus are nearby also.

    Loved the outdoor shower!

    Robby was very kind and welcoming, was there when we needed an answer and left us to ourselves when we wanted privacy. The house layout worked fine for us. He shared lots of great info about the surrounding area, the history and the various options for music and food.

    June 2014
  • Robby was super laid-back and very responsive. He's a pedicab driver so he knows all the local New Orleans history, and he has great non-touristy recommendations for non-touristy spots to grab a drink or a bite. We were early and his previous guests hadn't left yet, but he didn't mind that we came by early to drop off our things.

    The Chicory House is in an amazing location just steps from Frenchman Street and Bourbon Street. The outdoor shower is awesome. Bring flip flops!

    May 2014
  • My stay with Robby was great. He was very hospitable, welcomed me with a cup of coffee, and prepared to offer tips and history, which I enjoyed. If you're a first time visitor, I highly recommend staying with Robby for his detailed knowledge of the area and bountiful maps / resources. (I was in town for a friend's wedding, so I wasn't able to do a lot of sightseeing.) The house is on a quiet street just inside the Marigny and only a few blocks to Frenchmen or French Quarter. Robby's place is comfortable, clean and conscientious. He has a nice setup for autonomy and offers I can't say enough good things.

    May 2014
  • Robby is a great guy. We greatly enjoyed staying at the house. It is an awesome neighborhood. We got to experience the historic district which we loved. Robby gave great tips and is very knowledgeable about events and restaurants in the neighborhood. It was like experiencing an artist's life in New Orleans. House is clean and comfortable. Amenities are basic. We would stay there again.

    May 2014
    Response from Robby:

    Ravi, thanks for your suggestions I will bear them in mind and just for the record I have 3 sets of sheets for guests and I always provide my guests with fresh sheets and pillowcases which was the case when you visited as well.

    May 2014
  • Robby was an incredible host -- informative, helpful, and kind. The home is perfect, clean, and located in an ideal area for a quiet stay, but within a short walk to all the action. The layout of the house is also unique for Nola and really a plus, in that the front studio is essentially it's own private apartment and the host has his own separate access. And the outdoor shower is HEAVENLY. I would highly recommend a stay at the Chicory House, and we will definitely stay there again on our next visit.

    May 2014
  • fantastic stay at Chicory House. Robby was an excellent host. The location of the house was perfect and the neighborhood was friendly. Would definitely stay here again on my next visit to New Orleans!

    May 2014
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Rutgers Univ. grad.
NOLA Pedicab Co.
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
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