(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.
our stay with robby was overall pretty lovely. the space was nice and the futon bed was a lot more comfy than that i could it would be. the outdoor shower was great and the location couldn't be beat. robby gave us great recommendations, even when we insisted we didn't need any (glad we listened - the city park was the best!) there was a little hiccup at the beginning of the trip that did get sorted out but i thought it is worth mentioning. we showed up on our first day and his schedule was mixed up and he thought we were coming the next day. we ended up staying at a nearby inn for the first night because he had guests staying on our night. robby was quick to pay us back for the room and had our room ready first thing the next day. i'd just recommend contacting robby the day before - if he doesn't contact you - to make sure he's ready. other than that, we had a great time!
Robby was great. Very friendly and accommodating. He gives good local advice, and give insights on what to do around. He knows New Orleans very well, has a ton of interesting fun facts to give to his guests. He made us feel like home with small details like the map & tour guides he left on our table, and turning on the radio so we could have Jazz music when coming back to his place.
Great location, but the was disgustingly dirty. Seemed the sheets weren't changed before our visit. There was a moldy weeks-old bagel in a bag next to the bed. Don't wear white socks walking around because they will end up filthy. Kitchen was so dirty I wouldn't get a glass of water there, let alone try to cook. Bathing options were an outside shower or inside bathtub with a spray nozzle. Worst of all no Wifi - host said it went out 6 weeks prior to our visit - but he didn't bother to either fix it or to inform us - which to me means he misrepresented the BNB listing. If you're looking for a super cheap place but don't care much about the room - but you get what you pay for.
Robby was very welcoming and a very helpful host. He gave us a wonderful overview of the neighborhood (very cool - and on the edge of the Quarter so very convenient) and all the great restaurants and music venues in the area. The room was perfectly adequate and we loved the outdoor shower!
vivek and ana
Fantastic! Robby went above and beyond as a host. Upon arrival, he gave us a tour of the space and had a plethora of favorable things to do, places to eat, etc. for both tourists and locals alike. He had maps and other itinerary guides at the ready and had everything highlighted and marked out on the maps. What a wealth of information this guy was! It was the easiest check-in and check-out we've ever experienced. The space itself was amazing; Typical shotgun-style apartment with the guest space being the largest. The weather was phenomenal while there for St.Patrick's so we were more than happy to take advantage of the outdoor shower in the private courtyard.
The location is in the Marigny Triangle which put us just a walk away from the Quarter, Jackson Square, the French Market, and Frenchmen Street. Getting Uptown or to City Park and the like is easy enough with bus lines, street cars and cabs if you don't have your own vehicle.
We only wish we'd been able to hang out with our host a bit more--he's one of the coolest characters we've met in a while and hope to stay with him again when we're able to visit next. Our stay with him was more than comfortable and we couldn't have asked for anything more. It was a wonderful experience all around. Merci beaucoup, Robby!
Robby was very welcoming. Upon arrival he gave us a quick intro of the area like where to go eat, which bars we should hit up, etc. The pictures are pretty accurate. You definitely get to feel New Orleans when you stay there. We only stayed for 1 night so we only saw Robby at the beginning, but everything was fine. The location is awesome too.
This location was perfect for exploring the French Quarter and Marigny- Bywater areas. Robby was super welcoming and informative; supplying us with maps, helpful advice, and tips for a better trip.
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