Felicity Street is ideally located in the Garden District, with plenty of local restaurants, shops and easy access to public transport, including the St Charles streetcar (i.e. tram) making it easy to get into the lively French Quarter.
My wife and I stayed there for 15 nights, leaving a couple of days after Mardi Gras. The house was an oasis of calm amid the frenzy of Mardi Gras. It is less than 5 minutes walk from St Charles Avenue and most of the big Mardi Gras parades travel down St Charles making the house a great location for Mardi Gras season.
The house itself is very much old-style but very comfortable and with a modern kitchen. We stayed in the master bedroom, which has an en-suite with double shower. Other guests stayed in rooms without en-suites and used a shared bathroom. Everyone has shared access to the kitchen, lounge, etc. We weren't quite expecting that (I guess we didn't read the description closely enough) but it worked really well.
Our host, Don, was fabulous. He lives at the house himself and routinely had coffee ready early in the morning. He is also full of tips and advice - anything from how to travel around, restaurants, shops, good choices of excursions and everything you need to know about Mardi Gras. In particular, he helped us avoid the usual tourist traps and quickly find our way to the real New Orleans where the locals go to party, notably Frenchman Street with its jazz clubs.
Felicity Street is blocks away from the St. Charles Streetcar and a block away from all of the funky fun shops and restaurants on Magazine St. The house is old-world style with modern conveniences. I stayed in the Master Bedroom - loved it. One caution - that spectacular staircase is steep, it could be a challenge for some, especially after a party. Don, my host was great, gave good tips on the area. A lovely and fun stay! Will visit again.
We stayed in the Captains Quarter - the only room en suite. The other rooms have a bathroom, just down the hall. But, being older, for us, it was perfect to have our room with the bathroom attached to our bedroom. The bed was great, the bathroom new and shiny, and the room was a visual pleasure.
Many things made this a memorable place to stay. As you can see by the photos, it is a lovely home, lovingly restored by Don and Andrea. One of my great pleasures was to arise early in the morning in the quiet, come downstairs and hit the coffee button to "on", grab my first cup, and carry it and my book to one of the parlor rooms. Great coffee, comfy seating, and views of stained glass windows, antique wood-glowing furniture, and windows framing the gently stirring trees outside. Mellows a girl right out.
Don was our sole host, quietly helpful and always keeping an eye out. Various other renters came and went, but we knew he was there, even when one group became a bit, well, New Orleans party-wise alcohol cheerful. He handled them with tact, but with a firm hand. So never a concern for us, just a laugh in the late next morning when they came into the kitchen looking rather hungover and hangdog.
Talking with him was such a pleasure we availed ourselves of his hospitality on numerous occasions. He is an informed man, about his city, his state, and our country and the world. And, he is a painter whose paintings hang throughout the house. You can see the progression of his interests (don't all artists move from interest to interest?). He was working on a new canvas when we were there; it was fascinating to see his work change daily.
The location of the house is perfect - just a short walk to numerous restaurants in the lower garden district. And, you can walk the few blocks to the trolley and ride to wherever you need to be, be it the art museum, a cemetery tour, or the French Quarter. Then, in the evening, head back to Felicity Street for a night of quiet.
Kudos to Don and Andrea for being willing to share their lovely home!
The kitchen was ours, if we wished, and there was room in the frig for our restaurant take-homes (though you did have to watch the other guests who could get the NOLA munchies late in the evening).
This is a great location in a quiet part of the city. Close to the Streetcar which gives easy access to the French Quarter. Andrea and Don are fab hosts of the house and Don made freshly brewed delicious coffee each morning he was there. It was not clear when booking that others stayed in the house but that was not an issue to us. Likewise the 'secure parking' is in fact street parking. Again that is not an issue as it is a quiet and safe neighbourhood. The house is old but renovated to a high standard and we really loved staying there. We have no hesitancy in recommending this as a great place to stay. Andrea was very helpful in providing recommendations for our itinerary and responded very promptly to any questions.
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