Big Mama’s is a stylish, Caribbean-influenced, mid-century, single-story, single-family residence, fully surround-gated, mini-compound with a big back yard & smaller front one. Located one block off St Claude Avenue, it's nestled in ‘Bywater’, the trendy NoLa neighborhood, just 2 miles south of the French Quarter, close to the Mississippi River.
Big Mama's features a very favorable floor plan for travelers in groups— above all catering to travelers who cherish PRIVACY LIKE HOME. Most classic NoLa Victorians are "shotgun-style" architecture, going in a single row of rooms from the front to the back of the house, whereby the floor plan makes it so that guests must walk through other guest's bedrooms in order to access common indoor areas (such as bathrooms, living rooms & kitchens). Big Mama's however has a 20th century floor plan that includes bedroom privacy like you're used to—which comes in handy when you're vacationing with larger groups & for extended stays. Namely, all 3 bedrooms at Big Mama's have their own separate doors with private access from common area hallways. Fully private bedrooms are an unusual amenity for New Orleans!
Feel like taking a break from the party scene one night & staying home? Big Mama's has 3 smart TV's, one in each Bedroom, with streaming accessibility for movies & TV shows—free access to Netflix, Hulu & many other channels. Our bedrooms are subtly themed, ‘Storyville’, ’Desire’, or ‘Castaway,’ you will find the names of the rooms in the captions of our photo gallery.
While Uber & Lyft offer service to Big Mama’s quickly & efficiently & are the preferred mode of transportation after-dark (or once the drinking begins) guests often also opt to rent a car or drive their own while vacationing in NoLa. Big Mama's is fully gated & enclosed with surround-fencing —6 to 7-foot high & this includes off-street fully-gated parking for up to 3 vehicles. Off-street gated parking is another unusual amenity for anything this close to the Quarter.
Home to singer Ani Defranco, Bywater is not the very fanciest neighborhood in the Big Easy but it is hands-down THE FASTEST GROWING & definitely the HIPPEST in all of New Orleans! Attributes that contribute to its growth include the influx of film industry professionals, with more & more cutting edge restauranteurs, new bars & micro-breweries coming in every year. The Caribbean-bound cruise ship terminal recently making a home on its shores has stirred further interest with plans in the works to extend the street car line the rest of the way down St Claude. (The closest is currently just 1.6 miles or 2575 meters from Big Mama’s.) Bywater’s burgeoning yet still raw charm has ultimately attracted all types of young artists bringing refreshing diversity & creativity & filling this neighborhood with new purpose. To see some of this in action visit 'The Print Shop', located only 2 doors from Big Mama's, for a Saturday night art show/bohemian gathering—it has become a community art center known all over NoLa. Some of the best Mardi Gras parades either originate, come through, or end in Bywater. Notably is the adults-only, satirical, Krewe du Vieux. With mule-drawn carriages & bawdy but pertinent political commentary, Krewe du Vieux is considered the most individualistic & traditional of all New Orleans parading krewes & pulls in locals & tourists alike during Mardi Gras season—like no other parade.
Big Mama's isn't located in the slickest neighborhood in NoLa—but it is very much located extremely CLOSE TO IT ALL. Big Mama’s is just around 2 miles from Jackson Square, Royal Street & Bourbon Street. It's close enough to the French Quarter, the Convention Center, The Super Dome & the Fairgrounds to make it a preferred destination for bar hoppers, foodies, music lovers, & festival goers but far enough "from the madding crowd" for Bywater to be the preferred and well kept ‘niche privee’ by recurring visitors & locals alike.
The new 'BlueBike' City program has several lock & go bike kiosks being placed just a stone's throw from Big Mama's doorsteps. The bike ride around the river through Crescent Park to the French Quarter is short & spectacular. Or you can peddle in another direction down St. Claude to Esplanade & then through the gorgeous bayous of Mid-City over to City Park for coffee & beignets at Morning Star. (City Park is the second largest park in the U.S., second only to Central Park in Manhattan.) Or—cycle or ride over to catch the ferry to get to the film & TV studios across the river, or to Magazine Street in the Garden District, or to Uptown to visit Audubon Park for a nature Walk or to see the Zoo.
A Big Mama's Rental Agreement is accepted online by the booking guest at the time of booking. In order for any booking to be finalized, 2 days prior to arrival the last 2 pages of the Agreement must be filled out & returned along with a front and back copy of the booking guest's state-issued photo ID (or passport, for international guests). The Agreement specifies house rules & must be shared with all guests. A copy of the Agreement is available in the House Book to refer to during your stay.
Also prior to arrival, guests will be asked to give the host (Sallie) their ETA as soon as they know it as guests are greeted in person upon arrival. If there's any needed household item we missed that's within reason that will make your stay ever so much better, our Concierge will be happy to acquire it for you in order to make your experience here as close to home comfort as can be.
We look forward to the possibility of sharing all the thrill & wonder of New Orleans as well as the advantages of staying at Big Mama’s with you. Please contact us for more information or to book right away. Thank you for your interest & we look forward to hearing from you soon. We look forward to helping make your trip to New Orleans exceptional & even magical.
Big Mama’s is a perfect place to stay for: Filming crews, Bachelorette parties, Vacationers, Romantic get-a-ways, Corporate housing, Music festival lovers, Traveling Health care professionals, Racehorse crews, the lone traveler & any guests requiring a turn-key, stylish, comfortable, yet economical place to stay in New Orleans with all the amenities of home & then some. Additionally, its large, well-designed kitchen with 5-burner stainless steel cooktop on a center island also makes this space a perfect venue for intimate home-style cooking.
With all the $ you save from our reasonable rates we expect you'll do a lot more dining out & taking in the sites. Also recommended is to spend those savings on the many great tours offered in town whereby you can learn about the rich history of this 300 year old city, during fun & memorable outings!
Lastly, it should be noted to future travelers that there are a few free-range chickens flying in & out of Big Mama’s gated compound & its highly likely you will encounter some during your stay. It may be at night that you spy one of our birds roosting in the tall trees that border the back yard. Perhaps you’ll see one or two foraging for morsels in the front garden as you enter or leave the compound during the day. There’s a very strong chance you will hear a rooster crowing in the wee morning hours as you awaken to your first cup of hot New Orleans-style chicory coffee. Or you may very well spy several crossing the street, just as the sun breaks over the horizon as you roll back into Big Mama’s, from a long & lovely late night out on the town.
In closing, a stay at Big Mama’s boasts the following included amenities:
New rooftop HVAC
New tank-less hot water heater
New electric oven
Strong WIFI-2 channels (5 & 2.5 gigs)
Envy Wireless Printer
Gated front yard
Larger gated back yard
Fully gated compound—7-foot high back fence & 6-foot height in front.
Off-street gated parking for up to 3 vehicles
Large-sized fully equipped kitchen
Large dining table with seating up to 11
Open floor plan for main room and kitchen
Central Island 5-burner Gas Cooktop with ceiling vent
Butcher block breakfast nook seats 4
Dishes, flat wear & cook wear
Paper towels & toilet tissue
Dish & hand soap
Glasses & Go-cups
Bed linens & Towels
In-house washing machine & dryer
Bedroom #1 ‘Storyville’ has a King-size iron bed & a 32” smart TV
Bedroom #2 ‘Desire’ has a Queen-sized Asian-style wooden bed & a 43” smart TV
Bedroom #3 ‘Castaway’ has a Queen-size bamboo canopy bed & a 32” smart TV
Queen-sized sofa bed in living room accommodates 2
Free streaming Netflix & Hulu on all 3 TVs
Bathroom #1 has a tub/shower unit & antique marble-topped vanity
Bathroom #2 has a stand alone shower with foot massager & built in radio & antique stone-topped vanity.
AVOID CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION FEES—PAY WITH E-CHECK. VRBO charges both HOST & GUEST for every credit card transaction the Guest makes. Credit card transactions occur with PAYMENTS FOR BOOKINGS & also when CANCELING BOOKINGS—even if the Booking is canceled in advance and eligible for a “full refund.” One way to avoid paying credit card transaction fees is to pay using E-check.
E-check is a payment option only for Bookings made at least 10 days in advance of your stay. When possible, The HOST PREFERS RECEIVING E-BOOK PAYMENTS as
E-CHECK saves both Guest & Host a few coins.