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The 12 best Airbnbs in New Orleans

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

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Katherine Lovage
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Ella Doyle
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Alex Floyd-Douglass
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It's time to get funky in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Explore the multitude of streets that burst with charm and character, and sample tasty cuisine like boiled crawfish (hello, it's the seafood capital after all) and po'boy baguettes. Mmmm. All that walking and eating is exhausting, but where to stay to complete your visit?

Lucky for you, New Orleans is bursting at the seams with unique Airbnbs, from enormous penthouses (with pools) to cute little library rooms full of worn-out classics. 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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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best New Orleans Airbnbs

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. A gorgeously understated place to chill. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps three guests.
Mood? Classic charm.
Location perks? Literally two blocks from St. Charles Avenue.
Budget range? Surprisingly affordable (even with a three-night stay minimum).

The astonishing library room in a mansion near 11th Ward

2. 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. It sleeps two of you in a luxurious queen-sized bed, surrounded by hardbacks, paperbacks, and classics. Very Cambridge University vibes. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Book chic.
Location perks? In the heart of the Garden District.
Budget range? A great deal.

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The colourful studio with patio space in Bywater

3. 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. The 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. It sleeps two people in a queen-sized bed or you can take a nap on the couch as the sunlight streams in. Ahhh, lovely. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Retro vibes.
Location perks? Nestled in the Creole neighborhood of the Bywater Historic District.
Budget range? A real steal.

The charming studio across from the Fairgrounds

4. 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.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Cozy charm.
Location perks? Walking distance from the New Orleans Race Course – home to the renowned Jazz Fest.
Budget range? Super duper cheap.

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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. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Eclectic haven.
Location perks? Super central to the French Quarter and Bywater.
Budget range? Very affordable.

The calm and modern flat in the Irish Channel

6. 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.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Bright minimalism.
Location perks? On the corner of First Street and Annunciation Street. 
Budget range? A great price for four.

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The garden apartment in an 1800s home in Black Pearl

7. 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. 

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Classic Nola.
Location perks? An easy two blocks from the Saint Charles streetcar, and walking distance from all the amazing shops and restaurants of Maple Street.
Budget range? Well priced for a monthly stay.

The 15th-floor penthouse with panoramic views in Storyville

8. 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.

Rooms? One. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Boujie paradise.
Location perks? Did we mention it's a penthouse on the 15th floor overlooking downtown Nola?
Budget range? Surprisingly cheap.

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The sleek and spacious home in Bywater
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9. 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. Stylish and sophisticated, this Airbnb sleeps two people in a cozy queen-sized bed, so ideal for a couple on a romantic trip to the city. Fancy staying in for a night? Netflix is included, so you can Netflix and Chill (wink, wink). 

Rooms? One. Sleeps three guests.
Mood? Sleek styling.
Location perks? Within easy cycling distance to the French Quarter – courtesy of the free bikes.
Budget range? On the pricier side but worth it.

The vibrant five-bedroom home near the French Quarter
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10. 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, hot tub, 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.

Rooms? Five. Sleeps 10 guests.
Mood? Luxury chateau vibes.
Location perks? Three blocks from Bourbon Street and Jackson Square.
Budget range? Spenny AF.

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The quirky design house near Carrollton
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11. The quirky design house near Carrollton

You’ll be feeling green for all the right reasons at this charming old-school house just a stone’s throw from the Uptown Carrollton neighbourhood. Behind the ocean-green exterior, you’ll find a stylish paradise full of emerald design touches. Every inch of the place has been carefully throughout, like the diamond-chequered green and pale pine floor, the candy-stripped ceiling in the bedroom, the rattan furniture and the bold leaf-print wallpaper in the bedroom. It also comes with top-notch kitchen gadgets, unique Lapeyre stairs, a roll-top bath and alfresco seating, plus it’s an easy walk to fancy restaurants, cafes, boutiques and thrift stores. 

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests. 
Mood? Funky design with a green theme.
Location perks? Close to Streetcar, the French Quarter, the Superdome and the Convention Center. 
Budget range? Very affordable. 

The chic white penthouse off Magazine Street
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12. The chic white penthouse off Magazine Street

Done up to the highest spec, this ethereally white apartment on Magazine Street is the ultimate retreat in the hustle and bustle of New Orleans. Inside it’s all clean white lines, with marble bathrooms, a shiny open kitchen, seamless white furniture and plush bedrooms with plush bedding and cream furnishings. It’s a world away from the multi-coloured city streets which you can see from the living room window. To the back there’s also a walled garden full of, you guessed it, white seating and room for alfresco dining. 

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests. 
Mood? A snowy paradise.
Location perks? Right in the thick of things on Magazine Street in the Storyville area.
Budget range? At the higher end. 

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