We sincerely enjoyed the Green House Inn. Frank was the host we talked to the most, and he was genuinely friendly and cool to talk to. He also shared some great suggestions about dining and activities.
The pool area is like a super-cool jungle oasis. It's got a hot tub, fountains, plenty of seating...they've even got Abita beer for sale in the pop machine! It's surrounded by lush bamboo, palm trees and who-knows-what else. Love it! The policy at the pool is "clothing optional," which was a novel experience for us. I think this place lends itself to free spirited people. We loved that there are no children allowed at this property. We were less fond of the attractive, but noisy macaw/parrot living in the trees thereabouts. We spent a lot of time here and we loved it, but you shouldn't plan on doing a lot of sunbathing. The lush greenery surrounding the pool area blocks a lot of the rays.
The house is very cool and charming both inside and out. Our room (the hibiscus) was nothing super special, but it had plenty of space, a big comfy bed, a refrigerator and a tub/shower combo (the only room with a tub here.) What else could you really need?
Well, when you're in New Orleans one of the nice features is how walkable everything is. The French Quarter is great for strolling as is the Magazine Street area/ Garden District. The problem is that the two areas aren't close enough together for frequent walking back and forth. It can be done; we did it a lot. However, this property is located smack in the middle of both neighborhoods without being super convenient to either one. We found ourselves walking at least one mile up Magazine to get to the interesting stuff and about the same distance (including one stretch under a highway where some homeless gentlemen have set up camp) to reach the nearest edge of the French Quarter. It's substantially further if you'd like to explore the far end of this area. In the summer, it's hot and muggy in NOLA and it rains frequently too. We enjoy walking, but this got to be a little taxing compared to our previous stays directly in the French Quarter.
The Green House Inn is a unique and friendly place to stay. The pool area is a GREAT place to relax. There's no denying that. Also we were big fans of how our hosts made us feel very welcome guests, but didn't "hover" over us. Ya know? On the other hand, the location was less than convenient to the places we most wanted to be, such as Frenchman Street. This is a wonderful place to visit, but bring comfortable walking shoes or be prepared to drive!