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Just retired from teaching theatre and video production, Orleans Parish Schools,(mostly McMain) married to wonderful Bill. 6 grandchildren between us, I've discovered gardening, remodeling, and being an extra
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Marta was fantastic. She met me at the house, showed us around and made us feel very comfortable and welcome; what a sweet lady. The neighborhood was safe and 5 min from everything in NOLA. We had a blast. So much in fact I stayed longer than planned.
We had great days in Marta's house. It was just perfect! Clean, bright, big and located in the safe and peaceful area.
Even we couldn't meet Marta during the days, she informed everything we needed and it was easy to contact with her.
We enjoyed our stay at Marta's cottage on our 2 day visit to New Orleans. The place was clean and contained all the necessities we needed to make our trip pleasant. Marta was easy to get in touch with and offered valuable insight on things to do in the city. Thank you!
The apartment was comfortable and well appointed in a quiet residential neighborhood. Our host greeted us at our arrival and was very helpful in explaining how the TV controllers worked and in answering questions about places to see in New Orleans.
This was a great house in a central location. We had never been to New Orleans and ended up meeting friends and bringing kids and Marta was very responsive and accommodating. The house was great for the dogs although not fenced there was plenty of grass. It was winter and with the windows shut you can't hear traffic or trains. I never met Marta but she was very helpful and friendly to my friends who arrived first. I would definitely stay here again
Very Clean, quiet, and safe location made this a must. We were traveling cross country with a car full of belongings and didn't want something where we felt our car might be in jeopardy. Hosts Marta and Bill were warm and inviting. As well as helpful with the necessities. I would recommend this place to someone who wants to have a nice quiet stay but not be more than 10 min car ride far from FC area.
Miss Marta and her husband, Mr. Bill, made my boyfriend and me feel so welcome! They met us at the door and showed us around the place. The house is a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. And the decorations are so cute! The house, bed, and linens were all clean, and there were plenty of useful amenities, like the coffee machine and in-unit washer/dryer. My boyfriend frequently mentioned how much he liked the amount of space and convenience the house provides, but he LOVED the Roku attached to the TV because it let him watch Netflix.
I particularly appreciated use of the alarm system. Although I never felt unsafe being outside of the house at night, having the alarm system gave us peace of mind. I highly recommend this house to any family looking for a quiet and safe place to sleep (this house is next to the highway, but you can hardly hear anything).
Marta's place is right next to wild-growing BANANA TREES! How cool!
New Orleans is very much a walking town. It's only 5mi wide, there's a trolley running all night that you can access by walking about a mile from Marta's to the Cemetary end of the Cemetary-Casino line (exact change $1.25/person aboard train, takes you to French Quarter), and about 1.5mi walk to City Park which we absolutely loved, including Morning Call's bagnets, probably more than the French Quarter itself.
Much of New Orleans has VERY bad roads, and in our case it was at the end of a very long drive, so just be prepared to slow, slow down to ~10mph and take it easy, and slalom through the most serious potholes you've ever seen. And I mean serious - I lived in Boston for years, it's clear New Orleans has ignored many of its streets, with social media hashtag posters #fixmystreets over them. But as I said, get out of the car! Walk! You can walk and drink alcohol, outside, anywhere! Don't drive!
It's clear that Marta's house has been converted for wheelchair access so if that's important to you or a possible need this is certainly the right choice. There's nothing about it that gets in the way of walkers though, and the kitchen is impressive if you like to cook (I do... but admittedly all I ate was bagnets and jambalaya).
The house was exactly as described, very quiet compared to the rest of New Orleans. Everything was very comfortable and far better than a hotel. I would not hesitate to stay again.
Mom and Bill have created an incredibly comfortable space, and I love how my mom has decorated the place. The back courtyard area is peaceful, with a small fountain, a variety of plants, and welcomed shade on a hot day. I also enjoy sitting on the front porch with a cup of coffee. The house is located in a convenient spot, with easy access to all of New Orleans and Metairie. But do drive slowly on the streets around the house; potholes are a New Orleans specialty!
We always really look forward to our visits here!
Marta & I met in Jr. high in Chicago. I moved away ,but she was in our wedding in 1970. We have both retired from teaching and I recently visited them in lovely N.O. where they were great hosts. I would recommend them because they are flexible, fun, and love the arts ie. music, theater, fine arts, and food! Yes, food is an art form in New Orleans. Bon Appetit!
I've known Marta and Bill for many years; they are both interesting and artistic and the type of people who make friends wherever they go. Their cottage is a perfect gem! Cozy and convenient to the city and located in great old district that has been beautifully restored since Katrina. Near bus lines and parks, and like everything in New Orleans, close to many good restaurants. You couldn't find better hosts in a fun-loving and artistic city, full of good music and great food, than these two hosts who truly enjoy and are part of the specialness of New Orleans!