"We loved staying at the Fest Nest for an entire week and felt it was SOOO much better than staying in a hotel or down in the French Quarter. We ended up only spending two days in downtown New Orleans (1 day in the French Quarter and 1 day in the Garden District) because we found so many other things to do in other parts of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, as well as within 15 minutes of this property. The Fest Nest is located in a wonderfully historic, quiet, residential neighborhood of New Orleans. It is well stocked with plenty of bed/bath linens as well as kitchen utensils and dishes; the only supplies we bought were food since we opted to eat breakfasts and cook some dinners there (Costco is 10 minutes by car; Winn Dixie and Rouses Market are 5 minutes). The unit is very clean, comfortable, and cozy; loved the cheery, bright, New Orleans style decor throughout.
We spent an entire day just exploring the surrounding neighborhood on foot and thoroughly enjoyed the Parkway Bakery & Tavern (poor boy sandwiches and bread pudding), Bayou Beer Garden, and Pandora's Snowballs. The property is also just a few blocks from 6 other restaurants, a coffee house, a food market, and a laundromat. Another day we walked up to the City Park (15 minutes) to visit the Botanical Gardens, a Sculpture Garden, and the Morning Call Coffee Stand (open 24 hours for your beignet fix); this park is huge with ponds and walking trails as well as the New Orleans Museum of Art, a storyland/amusement park for young children, and mini golf (seriously, you should definitely check out this park!). On the way there, we stopped and explored St. Louis Cemetery #3, one of the many above-ground cemeteries that New Orleans is famous for (also a popular stop with tour groups).
When we did venture down to the French Quarter, we took the streetcar that leaves from just outside the front of the City Park (have exact change in cash) there and back; it's a great public transportation option and much easier and cheaper than trying to find parking downtown. Another day we drove to the Garden District but found out later we could have easily used the streetcar system to go there as well. Due to this property's location, It is entirely possible to visit New Orleans without renting a car but if you do, the Fest Nest conveniently provides an off-street parking spot.
We highly recommend making this wonderful property your home base during your time spent in New Orleans!"
Guest: Mike S.
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: August 1, 2016