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As I said to Richard, I will leave a review and tell (the world) that the best thing about NOLA was visiting our daughter. The next best was staying at La Boheme. It was a home, not just a place to stay. The acoommodations are filled with New Orleans charm (those 13 ft ceilings! - those elegant fireplaces! - the art on every wall!); it is roomy and comfortable and is in a wonderful neightborhood that will feel embracing whether you are in your 20's or 60's. And Richard is simply the best with a graciousness personified. And, yes, there is Flora and now Tommy. Two wonderful four-legged, waggy-tailed friends that you really will want to pack up and take home with you. If you are a visitor to New Orleans, staying at La Boheme will simply give you one more reason to say of New Orleans, "I've got to come back...."
Loved staying here! Richard and Julia were very helpful in sharing the history of New Orleans and recommendations. Truly a wonderful experience and house. Would love to stay there again.
My girlfriend and I and another couple stayed at Richard's place for four nights, and we highly recommend it. The Marigny/Bywater area definitely fits the bill of the "up and coming" neighborhood, and we were in close proximity to a lot of great restaurants and bars. We were also a comfortable 15-min walk from the Quarter, which was the perfect distance -- easily reachable but far enough removed from the epicenter of tourism that our trip felt at least slightly more authentic. Richard stocked us with bagels and coffee which was much appreciated, and we enjoyed getting to know Flora, our portly but ever-vigilant guard dog. The home itself is a little creaky but in good condition and will be a hell of a lot more fun and comfortable than a stodgy hotel room.
Some recommendations for the area: brunch at Satsuma Cafe, Cake Cafe, Elizabeth's. Dinner at Bacchanal, Oxalis. Drinks at Booty's, Mimi's, Lost Love. Music at d.b.a.
We had a great six day stay on Ursuline Ave. We enjoyed feeling part of the neighborhood and the fact that we could cook some of our meals. It was an easy walk to the French Qtr and the park and art museum. Thanks for making our first visit to NOLA such a good experience.
Richard's place is THE place to stay when visiting New Orleans. His home is absolutely beautiful and his hospitality goes above and beyond. My boyfriend and I along with another couple stayed for the first weekend of Mardi Gras.
With my bags lost and clearly a stressful trip behind me, Richard made my day by telling me he had gotten a King Cake for me to enjoy since my birthday was the next morning. We loved it!
I was definitely concerned with safety when traveling especially as a single female; however, I loved the additional security gate and the area overall was very nice. Having Flora (the guard dog) made coming home always enjoyable, we knew she had our back.
Although not pictured, Richard has many brochures and magazines for guests to view while enjoying the breakfast treats he graciously leaves. I was also comforted to find a blow dryer and straightener in the bathroom. With my bag missing I knew my hair would at least be under control!
Richards home is very close to the French Quarter. Almost every day we were able to walk and enjoy the sites. If walking isn't your thing and you enjoy riding bikes there is a great bike rental place called Michael's Bicycles a few blocks away. We rented bikes for one day and had a blast. In a matter of 5-8 minutes you are at the French Market. If neither of those are up your alley just call a cab. I don't think I ever waited more than 5-8 minutes for a cab to arrive. Cab rides averaged about $10 to get to the Quarter. (My cab to get to Richard's house from the airport was $33)
There are some good restaurants/bars on the same block. My favorite was The Country Club just across the street. Great food and drinks!
We cannot wait to return to New Orleans and stay at Richard's home again. Thank You!
The house is comfortable and well located about a 20 minute walk to Bourbon Street. Richard was there to receive us and helped settle us in. The breakfast goodies Richard left in the fridge was well appreciated by us.
Richard and Richard's home are just lovely! We met our friends in New Orleans and stayed at Richard's home in January for almost a week. Richard remembered it was our birthdays and got us a sweet treat to share...amazingly kind of him. His dog is so awesome and greets you on the porch when you come home. The neighborhood is charming and incredibly close to at least 4 local hot spots, just around the corner. The home is so cozy and roomy. The master bedroom is so wonderful, with two walk out french doors. The home feels very safe and so welcoming. Although Richard's profile says it may take him a week or more to return an email, he was very prompt when I wrote him, so don't be scared of this, as I was initially. We all had a great time and were so happy to come home at night to a lovely historic home with working gas fireplaces. Parking was the slightest annoyance and the temperature in the home was a bit hard to control in the smaller of the two bedrooms and the Bywater is a tiny hike to the Quarter and Frenchman. But overall, the home was so quiet in the mornings and very peaceful. Thank you Richard! We will be back for certain!
I treated my 2 teenage daughters to 5 days in New Orleans and decided to stay at Richard's place. I was not disappointed. We lived in Uptown in 2000, so I was pretty unaware of how neighborhoods had fallen out since Katrina. Bayou St. John is very nice, lots of families and young people, a nice family park headed up Ursulines north. We felt very safe. There is a convenient grocery store across the street, ample parking (not sure about public transport since we had a rental car), the place easily houses 3 or 4, with full bath, bedroom, deck, washer and dryer, stove, fridge and microwave and a large living room with pull out couch. It was literally freezing when we went, and Richard has heating available in each room, as well as cooling for hotter days. We cooked in one night, and it worked out fine. Richard left us breakfast items for our first morning which was very thoughtful and also had his friend William come over to welcome us. Richard and William handled our stay there as though we were family and Richard came to say hello before we left. We spent a little time decorating the place for Mardi Gras....which indicates how we felt about our stay and Richard as a host. Also, Morning Call at City Park is just a short bit away, and such a relaxed alternative to Cafe du Monde. Definitely a real slice of New Orleans! Thanks, Richard!
La Boheme is a great place to stay if you're looking for a unique New Orleans experience. The neighborhood has a lot of character, with tons of great bars and restaurants within a few blocks. It's still close enough to the French Quarter that you can easily walk there in about 15 minutes.
The place itself was clean and comfortable. Richard gave us a list of things to check out in the neighborhood when we arrived, and was always available to answer questions during our stay. He was also extremely accommodating when our departure time changed due to an issue with our flight. I look forward to staying here again next time I visit New Orleans.
Richard's place in the Bywater is outstanding! Two couples shared the lovely apartment for three nights and came away with only good things to say about the experience. The apartment's high ceilings, ample space and beautiful art mirrored the lovely streets just outside. A stone's throw from two great bars and two great breakfast joints, a great front porch and sweet "guard dog," Flora, to greet us every night as we returned from another day of walking the city...it could not have been a nicer place to stay. We'll definitely be back!
Only on a short stay (one short night before heading for the airport). Will have no problem hosting again Richard and his party in the future.