I stayed at the historic River Guesthouse April 28 through May 6, 2012 and am delighted that I did. What a find! It was my first visit to Old Algiers Point, where the River Guesthouse is situated right on the Mississippi River, a picturesque and convenient ferry ride across the river from New Orleans’ French Quarter! It’s a charming walk or ride through Old Algiers’ French colonial cottage-lined streets or you can ride right along the levee to the River Guesthouse.
When you arrive, look for a sparkling white double-shotgun house with tidy grounds and a sweet front porch. There’s plenty of free parking right in front of the house. The guesthouse entrance is at the rear, flanked by a flourishing vegetable and flower garden where cardinals visit. The owner will likely greet you, as she did me, with the hospitality the South is known to extend. Visitors arrive as strangers and leave as friends.
Inside the entryway is a roomy kitchen with a generous sink, countertop, and refrigerator. There is a microwave for warming food, a washer and dryer and a table for two. I arrived to find fresh-cut flowers, a supply of coffee and tea, French bread, fruits, dates, jam, juices, and milk. The owner and I even shared a glass of wine as a welcome on my first evening at the Guesthouse, which is solidly built of old-growth cypress. The bedroom is outfitted with a comfortable double bed, quality linens, flat-screen TV, dresser, ceiling fan, air conditioner, and clothes rack. The ceilings are super-tall and the walls are lined with the owner’s own paintings, adding to the soulful feeling of this clean, comfortable, unpretentious space carved from one side of the historic double shotgun home. The owner is serious about security, so if you’re a woman traveling alone, you are protected by a security system.
Each morning I put on my running shoes, walked up the grassy levee, and ran along the Mississippi taking in the New Orleans skyline and saying hello to friendly locals out for a stroll. I’d end up at Tout de Suite, a fabulous breakfast and lunch café, where it’s easy to make new friends and enjoy a healthy meal and often live music. During evening walks on the levee, just a few blocks from the Guesthouse, you can hear more live music wafting from Old Point Bar. I even met folks on the ferry coming from New Orleans to check out the shows at this bar. Vine and Dine restaurant, near the ferry landing, is the place to go for a fabulous dinner, nice glass of wine, and good conversation with local folks.
The River Guesthouse offers a terrific home base for your New Orleans explorations. The owner even got the scoop on the best transportation options to Jazzfest, which enhanced my experience. I definitely plan to return to the River Guesthouse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Weekly Rental Only..Saturday to Saturday. Two room suite with private entrance and patio in 150 year old Cyprus house located on the Mississippi river in New Orleans. Fully furnished kitchen (except stove) is supplied with coffee, tea, breads and other condiments. Sit on your back patio surrounded by year round garden and "watch the mighty ships go by as the Seagulls and Pelicans fly" on the mighty Mississippi river. ... more less