Hip Bywater Guest House - New Orleans on a Budget!
The guest house is centrally located in the trendy, hip Bywater neighborhood, primarily artsy and residential. The location allows easy access by car, streetcar, taxi or bus to the Convention Center, Riverwalk and Aquarium, Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, river cruises, ghost and graveyard tours. Free on-street parking. House is within walking distance to The Joint, Bacchanal, Jack Dempsey's, and Elizabeth's restaurants.
One of the many offerings for visitors is a two hour relaxed bike tour that takes you through the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans for a close up view of the unique influences of Spanish/French and Caribbean architecture. Your guide will answer questions and stop at a few restaurants and bars along the way for a taste of local culture and cuisine.
Whether you're seeking rest and relaxation or a little romance, the sunny and spacious guest house offers plenty of privacy and room to stretch at 1800 square feet. No thin walls or hearing voices in the halls or another room-- so much better than a hotel. The house has a fully equipped kitchen and private dining space where you can save money by dining in. You won't be eating out of vending machines when you're hungry for a midnight snack. Free coffee and light breakfast items included. A convenience store is right across the street. Internet WiFi access is free. Guests visiting the city for special events, business or just the weekend will feel at home at the guest house, which has really comfortable furnishings.
Amenities: Air conditioning, heat, a working gas fireplace, towels, and high thread count linens provided. Washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, plush robes, cable TV and DVD.
Beds: Three queen pillow-top beds, 10 foot ceilings, huge walk-in closet, dresser with plenty of drawer space for folded clothes, French doors with direct access to the deck, lush tropical garden and court yard.
Bath: Two full baths, double sinks, deep tub with shower.
Outdoor Features: Old oak tree-lined street, front porch swing, deck, lush, tropical courtyard, patio table and chairs..
Kitchen: Fully equipped kitchen, cooking utensils provided, stainless steel refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, gas stove, microwave.
Communication: Telephone, free WiFi access.
Other Amenities: Morning local newspaper provided.
Suitability: No pets allowed. Smoking permitted in the garden area. Children over 12 considered.
Activities: The house is a distance of 2 miles to the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street. Public transit is one block away. Bus fare is $1.25 (exact change-- transfer to bus/streetcar is 25 cents). RTA pass for 3 or 5 days for one price is available, allowing passengers sightseeing via bus or streetcar (trolley) at their leisure. Venues feature antiquing, flea market with vendors selling interesting wares/souvenirs at the French Market, and also fresh produce, City Park museum, as well as World War II museum has changing exhibits. A myriad of delicious cuisine awaits foodies at world renowned restaurants. Many bars and nightclubs feature live music all over town....Read more
Left on 06/12/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | janReviewed Jun 12, 2013Stayed Apr 2013
My friends and I(3 couples) rented Kate's house for our pirate convention in april of 2013. Kate was a gracious hostess! She offered excellent directions so we were able to park our car close to all our activities in the French Quarter. The house was clean and fitted our needs perfectly as we needed plenty of room for all our costumes. In fact, I've already booked the guest house for next year already.
Left on 11/02/2012 for a stay in November 2012 | DisappointedReviewed Nov 2, 2012Stayed Nov 2012
I had booked this property and something came up to prevent us from going to enjoy New Orleans as we normally do! I spoke with the owner about this and was told I would be receiving a refund in a couple of days. She was very sincere about the situation. It has been almost 2 weeks and she has not yet sent my money to me. I also told her I would see if someone else coming wanted my booking. I called her a few times to get her in contact with someone who wanted it and was unsuccessful. So I have had to get PayPal involved. I guess seeing noone has stayed here since May should have to me something. So if you book make sure that you will make the trip!!
I'm sorry I wasn't available to answer Ashley's calls since I was out of town. I don't believe she had my cell phone number. If she had emailed me about booking a friend in her place, that would have been a win/win situation.
I have since refunded the money for her deposit. Ashley was very cooperative. And to make up for the inconvenience she experienced, I would like to offer her a free weekend as my special guest at The Bywater Guest House.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Jazz Fest stay in Bywater”
Left on 05/10/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 10, 2012Stayed May 2012
My husband, I and a couple friend of our's stayed at the Bywater guest house over second weekend of Jazz Fest 2012. We could not have asked for better accommodations! There was more than enough room for the 4 of us. The guest house was very comfortable & had everything we needed. The Bywater area is very cool & we felt safe walking (although I would reccommend a cab after dark, the longest we had to wait for a cab was 15 mins, Saturday night. With a good tip, $15 to the French Quarter). There are some really cool restaurants walking distance, and we went to see Kermit Ruffins & his band Thursday night at Vaughan's Lounge (easy walk from the house). Be sure to have dinner at Elizabeth's. It was fantastic!!! Kate was so so nice & informative. We can't wait to come back. Thank you Kate for sharing your guest house with us during our stay! We will reccommend the guest house to everyone!!!
Left on 02/01/2012 for a stay in March 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 1, 2012Stayed Mar 2011
This rental was just wonderful! The home was just beautiful! It was much better than staying in a hotel. You have all the comforts of home including a full kitchen, living room, tv and dvd player, closet, back porch, full bathroom and nice robes, and very comfortable beds. Everything was also very clean.
Kate is a wonderful hostess, she knew all best Mardi Gras parades to attend, the history behind the parades and krewes, and the best places to eat, shop and sight-see. There is a lot do in New Orleans and Kate knew just where to go!
While you can take local transportation from the house into the French Quarter, my friends and I walked. It was surprisingly close, taking only about 20 minutes or so. Getting around Nola was not a problem.
I would absolutely stay at the Bywater Guest House again. I felt at home, like family and completely welcome!
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