There's good news and bad news about this property. The good news is it is in a perfect location (at least in my opinion). We were in NOLA for a girls getaway weekend and we were close enough to walk to restaurants and bars both in the Quarter and on Frenchman and felt safe doing so. Also the price was very reasonable at $100 per night with tax included.
The downside was that our room (the Bordello) was not the relaxing oasis we had hoped to find. It was dark brown from floor to ceiling, kind of like being in a cave, and offering little light from in room fixtures. Very dark! Upon arrival we found old leftovers in the fridge and realized that right next to the bed was a door leading to the street - a little creepy! The bathroom was okay, just a standup shower with a little mold growing at the bottom. Our initial observations: The advertised hot tub was non-functional, the "coffee cart" was a total joke with an empty coffee canister, no creamer and only some old crystallized sugar. Our other complaint, we were only given 4 bath towels and 1 hand towel and ZERO washcloths for two women for 4 days!! And one of the towels had to be used as a bathmat since none was provided. We called the proprietor to ask for coffee and washcloths to which she obliged but told us she had quit putting washcloths out b/c guests were getting makeup on them. Isn't this par for the course in running a "Guesthouse"??? In any case, I think we could have called the proprietor with any of these complaints and most would have been solved. If you are okay with that, then this is a fine place for you. I just like to have someone else worry about the details when I am on vacation!
Basically, the Bohemian Armadillo is truly Bohemian. It is a room and no more. You will have to ask for everything you get, take out your own trash and possibly even have to clean out the fridge on arrival. The owner seems very nice and with a few details corrected this could be a great place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Bohème de Marigny is a beautifully restored Creole cottage built circa 1815. La Bohème is located in the historic Faubourg Marigny the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The Inn is just steps away from the French Quarter. This creative and bohemian neighborhood was recently featured in "Travel & Leisure" magazine as one of the "trendiest in the nation." Walk around the block to Frenchmen Street where you can experience the very best music in town nightly. There are three apartments available: The Voodoo apartment sleeps four and has a kitchen, breakfast nook and a private bath. The Jazz room room sleeps two and has a kitchen, queen size bed & private bath. The Bordello room has a queen bed, writing desk, private bath and refrigerator. All rooms have air-conditioning, cable, free wi-fi, phone service and access to the laundry room, and water cooler. All apartment are very private with separate a entrance. ... more less