New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the South’s most beloved destinations for its jazz music, Cajun and Creole cuisine, and history around every corner.
Airbnb and other rental services have gained popularity, especially for weekend trips. But they’re also a way to stay socially distanced as you don’t need to enter a lobby or pass other guests in the elevator. Instead, you can rent out an entire house and clean it yourself.
New Orleans has plenty of Airbnb properties to choose from and we’re featuring a few of our favorites. In fact, the city was where we first stayed in an Airbnb!
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How to Choose a Neighborhood
If you’re staying at an Airbnb in New Orleans, first you should decide which part of town you want to be in. You’ll find more inventory in some neighborhoods over others.
Decide which attractions you want to see and what activities you want to do and choose a part of town that is convenient. The French Quarter, the Garden District, and the Bywater are close to the landmarks and restaurants.
Not every neighborhood legally allows Airbnb properties so that might also limit your search area.
Best Practices for Airbnb Rentals in New Orleans
Before you book your Airbnb in New Orleans, confirm a few details with your host. First, find out what the parking situation is. If it’s free parking on the street, find out if that’s on the street the property is on or nearby. Ask about street cleaning and ticketing.
Inquire if self-check-in is possible to avoid arranging a time to pick up a key. And, most importantly, make sure the rental and its surrounding area are safe. Make sure that your desired booking lists the license number required by the city.
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New Orleans’ Best Airbnb Rentals
Tranquil Room in Audubon Park
The light-filled room in the stunning Audubon Park-area home offers both privacy and luxury.
What to Expect
While this is a room in a home, the guest suite has a private entrance with keypad entry and free parking. The room has a queen bed, flatscreen television, coffee maker, and spa-style bathroom.
Guests can also use the saltwater pool in the oasis-like backyard. Keep any snacks you might need in the in-room mini fridge. There’s also WiFi throughout the property.
As the neighborhood name implies, Audubon Park is a short walk away, home to the Audubon Zoo. Nearby restaurants include Patois, Clancy’s Restaurant, and the Audubon Clubhouse Cafe.
Click here to learn more about the Tranquil Audubon Park Room.
Private Hideaway in Bayou St. John
This Southwest-inspired cottage in Bayou St. John feels a world away from the debauchery of Bourbon Street.
What to Expect
The studio has everything you need, including a private entrance through the courtyard, a queen bed, a private bathroom, and a television.
The full kitchen has a coffee maker and utensils. The apartment also has a washer and dryer, WiFi, and free parking. It’s also pet-friendly.
This hideaway is steps away from St. Louis Cemetery #3, one of the city’s historic above-ground cemeteries, and the Fairground racecourse. The City Park is close as well.
There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Liuzza’s by the Track is known for its po boys and Cajun food. Cafe Degas offers French fare.
Click here to learn more about the Bayou St. John Hideaway.
Mid City Retreat
While this neighborhood isn’t as popular with travelers as the French Quarter, the Mid City allows a more local experience.
What to Expect
The guesthouse behind another property offers privacy and self-check-in. It has two new Casper mattresses in single beds along with a sofa sleeper for extra guests and a private bath.
The fully equipped kitchen allows guests to make their morning coffee or larger meals. Relax from the comfort of the living room couch. The apartment also has laundry facilities and free street parking.
The rental is only two blocks from the streetcar so you can leave the car behind. Walk to the stunning City Park or the Lafitte Greenway. Kayak on Bayou St. John or take in the culture at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The Mid City Retreat is steps away from the best food the city has to offer including Parkway Bakery, which has some of the best po boys in town, and Toups Meatery.
Click here to learn more about the Mid City Retreat.
Creole Cottage in the Seventh Ward
The private studio suite has stylish decor and all the conveniences you could want for your stay in New Orleans.
What to Expect
The 1830s Creole cottage has one king bed and a private bathroom with a soaking tub and waterfall shower. Guests can use self-check-in and free parking.
The home has a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and a waffle iron to make your own breakfast. The television is equipped with streaming services. There’s also a washer and dryer.
The streetcar stop is a block away and Louis Armstrong Park is also within walking distance. Don’t miss the Backstreet Cultural Museum, which has exhibits on the Mardi Gras Indians.
The Ruby Slipper Cafe is a favorite for all-day breakfasts. St. Roch Market is a food hall with a little bit of everything. Grab a drink at Effervescence, a fun wine bar.
Click here to learn more about the Creole Cottage.
Eclectic Tremé Shotgun House
Set in a former barbershop, this colorful townhouse is located on one of the city’s most photogenic streets.
What to Expect
This 1870s rental home is full of personality, laid out with interconnected rooms. The living room has a pull-out couch and flat-screen television with streaming, along with a full kitchen.
The bedroom features a queen bed and a full bathroom. Guests enjoy self-check-in with a keypad, WiFi, and street parking.
Set on the northern end of Armstrong Park, guests can easily access the New Orleans African American Museum and Treme’s Petit Jazz Museum.
Dine out at nearby restaurants like Treme Coffeehouse and the famed Dooky Chase Restaurant and Willie Mae’s Scotch House.
Click here to learn more about the Tremé Shotgun.
Historic Loft in the Warehouse District
Spend your stay in New Orleans in the 1840s Edison Phonograph Building, located a short walk from the French Quarter.
What to Expect
The renovated building has exposed brick and stunning woodwork in the rooms, furnished with antique-inspired décor. The rental is spread across the third and fourth floors.
There’s a queen bed in the bedroom with a full bath. The living area also has a sleeper sofa and a television. The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances and a washer and dryer.
What’s more convenient than a coffee shop and bar downstairs? Fourth Wall Coffee has your daily jolt or glass of wine. It benefits people of color in the hospitality industry.
There are also incredible restaurants on every corner. Luke serves authentic Creole food. You can also learn about the city’s signature cocktail at the Sazerac House.
Click here to learn more about the Historic Loft in the Warehouse District.
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