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“Not What I expected” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Bohemian Armadillo Guesthouse

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735 Touro Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (Marigny)   |  
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Ranked #84 of 144 New Orleans B&B and Inns
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“Not What I expected”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2008

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!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of amenities and service
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dayna E, Owner at Bohemian Armadillo Guesthouse, responded to this review, December 23, 2011
Hello Belagirl,
Thank you for taking the time to write about the Bordello room - I purchased the Inn in September and have completely renovated. I agreed with you, it was dark, dank and unwelcoming. The ceiling and walls were actually fake and painted brown -- when removed, I found the original beautiful high beams and bead board - the walls were the lovely old barge board. The room is now fully restored with a new stainless steel refrigerator. I will be uploading the new photos soon (it makes a great before and after look). Come back soon, it is still a very reasonable $100 everything included (even breakfast!)
Thanks again for the review and helping to guide the renovation.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2008

I lived in the jazz room at the Bohemian Armadillo for three months while I was spending the summer in New Orleans. It was a great little studio apartment with a full kitchen (hard to come by at a Bed and Breakfast). The apartment itself was cute and cozy. It's set up more for a short term stay, and there wasn't a whole lot of storage space for somebody who is actually living there, but it was doable and would be perfect for a short stay. Street parking is fairly easy, and I thought the place was pretty affordable for the location. I couldn't imagine a better location - the Marigny is a great, historic, colorful neighborhood, and the Bohemian Armadillo is just a couple of blocks away from Frenchman Street, which definitely has the best collection of bars in the city. It's the kind of place locals and "in-the-know" tourists go. The entirety of the French Quarter is also within easy walking distance. It's a really fun place to stay, and I'd definitely recommend.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2006

THe Bohemian Armadillo is located in one of the best neighborhoods in New Orleans. Just a few blocks and you are in the quarter. More importantly, only a block away from the nightlife on Frenchmen Street.
We stayed in the Jazz Room, which was a little small, but more than made up for itself in comfort, and having a kitchenette. I highly reccommend staying at the Bohemian Armadillo. Rachel, one of the owners, is more than helpful, and our stay was private.
Go and enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bohemian Armadillo Guesthouse

Address: 735 Touro Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Marigny
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #84 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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 

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