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The 11 best Airbnbs in New Orleans

From perfect penthouses to eclectic homes, here’s where you should stay in this oh-so-extravagant city

Written by
Katherine Lovage
Contributors
Ella Doyle
&
Alex Floyd-Douglass
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New Orleans is where things get funky. The home of jazz music, there are a thousand streets to explore, each bursting with character and charm. But whether you’re there to sample the delicious cuisine, ranging from boiled crawfish – it’s not called the seafood capital for anything – to po’boy baguettes, or you’re just there for a seriously good time, choose the right place to stay to complete your visit. 

It turns out New Orleans is also home to some seriously unique Airbnbs, from huge penthouses with a pool to quaint little library rooms lined with worn books. So whether you’re there to sample New Orleans’ fabulous bars, and restaurants, or you’re headed up there for a festival, choose an iconic Airbnb before you go. Here are our top picks. 

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The quaint carriage house near Audubon Park
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1. The quaint carriage house near Audubon Park

Go on, treat yourself. You’re only in New Orleans once, after all. So how about this guest house for three, complete with its own saltwater pool? This 120-year-old historic home has been newly refurbished but keeps much of its antique charm with thoughtful furniture details. And the location is great too - the street is lined with magnolia trees and live oaks and Audubon Park is just a stone's throw away. Check it out. 

The vibrant five-bedroom home near the French Quarter
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2. The vibrant five-bedroom home near the French Quarter

If you're looking to have the best time in the French Quarter vicinity, this is the spot for you. The great thing is you won't need a car to get around, as it's an effortless 3 block walk to historic area eateries, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, Frenchman Street, and French Market. That means you can save money that would've been spent on petrol! There are also some lovely amenities to enjoy – a heated pool, jacuzzi, spa, and gym. It doesn't come cheap but once you split the price between the five of you, it's a lot more manageable.

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The charming studio across from the Fairgrounds

3. The charming studio across from the Fairgrounds

Looking to stay somewhere a bit further out than the bright lights of the central city? Then spend a night or two in this charming, spacious home. Suitable for two, the spot offers a private side entrance (this is a double shotgun-style home) plus original 1900s features including pine floors and a wood-burning fireplace. Winner.

 

The colourful studio with patio space in Bywater

4. The colourful studio with patio space in Bywater

This is the perfect place to stay in New Orleans if you really want to indulge yourself in its culture. Your surrounding area is full of vibrant street art and murals, and the inside reflects its area, with colorful art painted on the walls and stuck up above the bed. You’re situated in the Dillard neighborhood here, near the historic Dillard University, and James H. Dillard House. 

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The arts and crafts cottage in Marigny
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5. The arts and crafts cottage in Marigny

This cozy and private arts and crafts cottage will make you feel more relaxed than you've ever been. The apartment has a private entrance off of the front porch, an open living room and kitchen as well as a comfortable bedroom. But when you've done enough relaxation and you're looking for some fun, there are neighborhood cafes and bars. So you'll never get bored. It's a great price too, so you can experience New Orleans without even breaking the bank. 

The cottage home near the Elysian Fields road

6. The cottage home near the Elysian Fields road

This home comes complete with references to the musical city in the form of jubilant artworks and colourful soft furnishings that’ll get you in the mood for Carnival. There are two bedrooms, which means space for four guests, as well as free parking on premises (so you don’t have to keep splashing out on cabs).

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The calm and modern flat in the Irish Channel

7. The calm and modern flat in the Irish Channel

Located a mere three blocks from Magazine Street, this bright and airy apartment comes with free parking, handy utilities, and space for your pet (yes, your furry friend is welcome here). Modern and charmingly homely, there are two bedrooms available and while the kitchen is perfectly lovely, you’re only a short streetcar ride away from the French Quarter where fashionable bars and eateries await.

The garden apartment in an 1800s home in Black Pearl

8. The garden apartment in an 1800s home in Black Pearl

It’s hard not to think dingy when someone mentions the word ‘basement’, but this apartment is anything but. Expect exposed brickwork, space to entertain and cool rugs galore. Plus there is outside space, which means you can do your morning yoga routine alfresco. 

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The astonishing library room in a mansion near 11th Ward

9. The astonishing library room in a mansion near 11th Ward

Whether you’re a total bookworm or haven’t picked up a book for who-knows-how-long, you’ll fall head-over-heels for this fantastic room that seems like something straight out of fiction. A fully-fledged library, the room comes complete with en-suite, wooden shelves, and rouge walls – basically, it’s incredibly grand and will make you feel as if you were staying within the Cluedo board.

The 15th-floor penthouse with panoramic views in Storyville

10. The 15th-floor penthouse with panoramic views in Storyville

Let’s get real: you can’t beat a good view – and that’s why we think that this luxurious, 15th-floor penthouse will catch your eye. Set across the street from the well-known Orpheum Theatre and the Waldorf, you’ll also get access to a fitness suite during your stay and enjoy many of the perks of a hotel, without the hefty price tag.

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The sleek and spacious home in Bywater

11. The sleek and spacious home in Bywater

Got a penchant for all things classy? This high-end cottage exudes style, thanks to some clever design, 150-year-old ornate features, and crisp white paintwork. Fancy staying in for a night? Netflix is included, so chill. 

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