Recent New Orleans reviews
"This was our first trip to New Orleans, and we wanted something more unique than a hotel/motel. I found this property on VRBO, and was immediately intrigued. In all honesty, the price caught my attention before all else. It wasn't until we got there that we realized just how amazing the price really was. We were pleased with the house from the moment we pulled up. The neighborhood is inviting, and the house is something we don't commonly see where we're from. When you walk in, you immediately understand what a shotgun is. Each room leads to the next in a flowing fashion. Both parlor rooms were sizable and accommodating. There are two twin-sized day beds, one in each of the first two parlors. In the bedroom, there is a queen-sized, 4-post, Victorian-style bed. My wife and I won the coin toss, and were awarded the bed. There is a memory foam mattress top that makes it one of the most comfortable beds I've slept in. Careful, it's very high - something we are not used to. The bathroom is...well...a bathroom. It has a toilet, sink, and shower, and is stocked with plenty of towels. The kitchen is simple. It does include a refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven. There is also a hotplate burner for a single pot/pan meal. Of course there is a sink for cleaning up after yourself. There is a coffee pot, but we found it unusable. For two reasons really: 1) someone had left the warmer on, and the glass urn had crystallized, and 2) the coffee shop was just too close and good. Our only suggestion would be a little more/comfortable seating room. The only furniture are the 3 beds, a small chair, and 4 or 5 kitchen-table style chairs. While we didn't spend much time in the house, when we were there, the 4 of us played musical chairs, alternating to stay comfortable. After a long day of walking to the FQ and all around town, we just wanted to relax. This "issue" was minimal, and would never keep us from staying here again. The location is perfect. It's in Mid-City, about 1.5 miles north of the French Quarter. We stayed in the area quite a bit, dining at Liuzza's and having drinks at Pal's. On our second day, we walked - that's right, walked - to the French Quarter. It's pretty much a straight shot down there. At no point did we ever feel unsafe; however, we probably wouldn't make the trek during the nighttime hours. Gary was a gracious host, and very welcoming. If you are looking for an authentic experience, this is it!"Guest: Billy Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 13, 2014View listing
"This place was amazing! First, we had a slight miscommunication with the number of people. We had 8 in our party, which the description states it sleeps 8. There was certainly enough "room", but if you are planning on 8 beds, plan on bringing an air mattress. There was a roll away cot, which sleeps one, and the king is expected to sleep 3. However, the couch is so comfortable, the two in our party actually chose to sleep on the couch as opposed to air mattress/cot that was provided to us. The pictures of the interior are spot on, but the outside pictures of the pool/patio do not do justice. It was 100 times better!!! It was so relaxing to swim in the evening while listening to the sounds of nature, and Caption John, who is one of the best guys you could meet, shared his home and stories with us, and taught us about his birds. It's certainly not minutes from the French Quarter and we did not have a car, but we took the bus, which is just down the street and very easy and cabs home. Though it may seem like the area is "sketchy" or "ghetto", it's how all of New Orleans looks, not just this area. After all, they did survive probably the most horrific hurricane and have had to rebuild. We never felt unsafe or uncomfortable during our stay. This was such a great place and we look forward to our return!"Guest: jshesk Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 30, 2014View listing
"My girlfriend and I just returned from our stay over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We loved staying here and will definitely be coming back. We drove in from Atlanta and the location was perfect - easy access from the highway, ample free parking on the street and we were a short walk from everything we wanted to do in the French Quarter without being in the middle of the French Quarter noise. The accommodations and amenities are as good as advertised - I will admit that I couldn't figure out how to use the TV, but this wasn't an issue (I wasn't there to watch TV) and I am sure Frankie (the property manager) would have helped if I had asked him. He was very quick to respond to any questions I had. As a few people have mentioned, we did experience some street noise - it was not an issue for us, but if you are a light sleeper (or have young children who are light sleepers) you might want to plan ahead (white noise generator, ear plugs, etc.). Frankie (property owner) was very easy to work with and accomodated our arrival on Thanksgiving Day - he even had New Orleans jazz music playing on the radio for us when we arrived - it was a very nice touch and helped set the tone for a great weekend stay. I definitely would stay here again (we are already trying to decide when we can come back), and recommend the place to any couple looking for a romantic getaway."Guest: Dan Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 3, 2014View listing
New Orleans Travel Tips
Known as the Big Easy, New Orleans is a diverse and intriguing city. New Orleans is named after Orléans, a city on the Loire River in France, and New Orleans, or NOLA, boasts a huge French quarter celebrating the city’s cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.
New Orleans is famously known as the Birthplace of Jazz and attracts plenty of foodies and revelers due to Creole cuisine as well as partiers for over-the-top celebrations like Mardi Gras.You'll be hard-pressed to find another locale in the country quite like NOLA.
Whether you’re looking to taste a bowl of traditional gumbo, sway to the music in a late night jazz club or explore New Orleans’ diverse neighborhoods, there is plenty to experience throughout the city.
Things to do in New Orleans
French Quarter: Locals and tourists alike appreciate the French Quarter. This area of the city features stunning architecture as well as many museums, art galleries, bars and restaurants relating back to the the city’s French heritage. The French Quarter is an ideal area to explore the culture and history of NOLA. This area of the city, which is mostly closed to road traffic year-round, not only displays influences from France but from Spanish, Creole and Cajun backgrounds as well, creating a fascinating blend of international flare you won't find anywhere else. New Orleans also has above-ground cemeteries, and just steps from the French Quarter, you can take a guided tour of the old St. Louis Cemetery where voodoo queen Marie Laveau rests, along with other famous residents.
Bourbon Street: The French Quarter is also home the famous Bourbon Street - one of the most favorited thoroughfares for partiers. This booze-soaked street extends 13 blocks with a reputation for fantasy and fun due to the infamous cabarets and open-air bars. Bourbon Street is steeped in city history that brings forth folklore dating back to the 1700s. Some favorite stops along the street include Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop -- which is considered by many to be the oldest watering hole in the country. There’s also the Old Absinthe House where visitors can still partake in the now illegal libation substituted with Herbsaint.
Mardi Gras: Chances are if you are visiting New Orleans, you are looking to party at Mardi Gras - and we don't blame you. This extravagant festival features parades, floats, music, beads and excitement circling around purple, gold and green colors. During Mardi Gras roads shut down and everyone walks around the city, making new friends and enjoying the celebratory experience. People dress up in wild costumes and the city lets loose to have a great time!
New Orleans Museum of Art: This art museum is New Orleans' oldest fine arts establishment, opening in 1911 with only nine pieces of work. Since then the museum has grown and expanded to become host to a fascinating collection of almost 40,000 masterpieces. French and American art are standouts here, but the museum also features glass, photography and African and Japanese works. The New Orleans Museum of Art is also home to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, one of the most important sculpture installations in the U.S. More than 60 sculptures rise up along paths and lagoons here.
Dining and shopping in New Orleans
Cafe du Monde: For the perfect NOLA breakfast, stop at Cafe du Monde in the French Market. It’s open 24 hours a day seven days a week, and will serve you traditional chickory coffee as well as New Orleans-style beignets, brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. Beignets are square pieces of fried dough covered in powdered sugar and are practically a pastime in NOLA.
Bacchanal Wine bar: This restaurant is known for its laid-back attitude and al fresco dining experience. Enjoy traditional cuisine while listening to live music in the courtyard. Bacchanal is the perfect place to enjoy a great selection of wine, artisanal cheese and charcuterie.
Boucherie: A boucherie is a Cajun tradition with a day full of partying and pig butchery. This restaurant delivers a tribute to this NOLA tradition with Cajun cuisine and a festive atmosphere. All meats are smoked, cured and aged in-house, reflecting the eatery's passion for keeping traditions alive and thriving.
Magazine Street: Beginning near the French Quarter and continuing through the city, Magazine Street is a top location for shopping in New Orleans. With everything from antique and art shops to other sorts of stores, this 6-mile stretch features everything you could want for a day of retail therapy. The shops and galleries along Magazine Street were given a cultural arts tax-free shopping designation as well, so it’s a great place to collect pieces.