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- New Orleans is a lively year-round destination with world-class dining and historic architecture.
- The city can be pricey during peak times, such as Mardi Gras, but is often an affordable getaway.
- We found the best New Orleans Airbnbs from the French Quarter to the Lower Garden District.
With its historic French Quarter neighborhood and year-round festivities, New Orleans is an ever-popular destination. With many businesses and restaurants allowed to operate back at 100% capacity, those who are fully vaccinated can once again enjoy the city’s famed revelry, world-class dining scene, and most of the major attractions and museums.
Though it may be best known for the lively scene found on Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras parades, as someone who’s lived in New Orleans since 2001, I can tell you there’s plenty for all to enjoy here, whether you want to stroll among colorful houses on Magazine Street or relax along the banks of the Mississippi.
If you happen to prefer a hotel stay, check out our list of the best hotels in New Orleans. But the city is ripe with fantastic Airbnb options for solo travelers, couples, and families.
Here are the best Airbnbs in New Orleans, sorted by price from low to high.
New Orleans’ uptown, formally known as The Garden District, is one of the most elegant neighborhoods in the country. This modern and sun-dappled condo is located just off the famous St. Charles Avenue, where you’ll find elaborate mansions and a streetcar line. You can also easily walk to Magazine Street, known for its numerous restaurants and colorful boutiques.
This property feels light and airy thanks to 14-foot ceilings, an open-plan concept, and its white and cream color aesthetic. Stone and metal accents complete the look, and fans of tidy minimalism will appreciate the decor. Up to four guests can stay here comfortably, and the hosts have included books and games for a homey feel.
Uptown tiny house
The tiny house trend has taken off in recent years and here’s your opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. This colorful uptown cottage is small but well laid out, so it doesn’t feel cramped. While it can technically host up to four people, it’s best for either couples and solo travelers.
Bright, cheery design choices are the order of the day, with yellows, greens, and oranges dominating the color scheme and giving the space a fun, retro feel. As well as a fully-equipped kitchen and breakfast bar, there’s a deep bath for an indulgent soak and a front porch complete with a swing.
The location is a quiet residential neighborhood that’s close to the Audubon Park and Zoo. Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue aren’t far, and you can ride the nearby streetcar to downtown attractions.
New Orleans has no shortage of options when it comes to historic townhouses or Creole cottages, but it’s rarer to find midcentury modern lofts. This mid-city gem boasts striking interiors that blend craftsman-style details with trendy minimalism.
The extensive wooden paneling is almost rustic, but the ingenious carpentry using clean, geometric lines suggests a more contemporary approach. The mixed metal and slate color palette blends with the wood to create a futuristic cabin vibe. Retro armchairs and a vintage TV further add to its unique charms.
There isn’t a full kitchen, but the loft does come with its own refrigerator and microwave, as well as Wi-Fi.
There’s still plenty of availability throughout February and March.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
French Quarter apartment with a balcony
For a truly quintessential New Orleans stay, this apartment right in the French Quarter includes a balcony with classic wrought iron railings. The building dates back to 1820 and this lovely converted loft is plum in the think of things, overlooking the corner of Dumain and Bourbon Streets.
The 18-foot ceilings and period decor evoke the rich history of this Victorian townhouse, with crystal chandeliers, French drapes, and marble bathrooms setting the scene. The aforementioned balcony is an ideal spot for sipping a cocktail as the sun goes down, or you can relax in the shared courtyard out back.
Up to five people can stay here, and the apartment includes a well-equipped kitchenette and Wi-Fi, all framed by beautiful French opulence.
Upscale Bourbon Street condo
Larger properties in the French Quarter are often hard to come by, let alone a two-bedroom condo that can accommodate up to eight people, making it ideal for large families or pods of friends. This newly-renovated Victorian property dates back to the early 1800s and boasts high ceilings, marble bathrooms, and pinewood floors.
The location puts you right near all the action, and a large balcony directly overlooks Bourbon Street. The condo features a gourmet kitchen, spa-quality robes and bathroom amenities. . Antique mirrors and art mixed with modern leather sofas create a timeless New Orleans elegance.
Lower Garden District Creole cottage
New Orleans is one of those cities where the accommodation can deliver a real sense of place, and staying in this authentic Creole Cottage does just that. It’s the period details that make all the difference, including soaring ceilings, gas lamps, decorative brickwork, hardwood floors, and original fireplaces.
The furniture, though, is firmly contemporary, with sleek sofas, minimalist chandeliers, and abstract art adorning the walls. Four people can stay here comfortably, and the house is just a couple of minutes’ walk to the St. Charles streetcar, so traveling downtown or further uptown is easy. The Lower Garden District itself is one of the city’s most pleasant residential spots.
Tropical, art-filled oasis close to the French Quarter
Despite the subtropical climate in New Orleans, space restrictions downtown mean that on-site swimming pools are hard to come by. That’s one feature that makes this five-bedroom property such a find, another being the hosts’ devotion to displaying some delightful pieces of local art.
An extended family or group of friends (up to ten people) could live very comfortably here for those considering long-term stays. The pool area has a large deck with a chef’s grill and dining table, as well as loungers and a 75-inch outdoor TV. The pool is temperature-controlled for year-round bliss.
Tall ceilings and striking design choices await inside, with an explosion of color thanks to large modern art pieces. Dark navy blue furniture accent the joyful murals. You can drive downtown in a couple of minutes, but it’s a very self-contained property for those who prefer to keep to themselves.
Colorful contemporary house
The shotgun house-style is a typical New Orleans design, and some people buy two next to each other and combine them into one large property, known as a double-wide. That’s just what this colorful home in the French Quarter is.
The sense of fun that the hosts had decorating this place is obvious, with bold color choices and quirky art from local artists dominating the space. Though the house dates back to the 1800s and still has hints of exposed brick, it’s been fully modernized, and a pop art theme runs throughout the decor. Up to twelve guests can stay here in four bedrooms.
The Seventh Ward is a mainly residential neighborhood, but you can be in the heart of the French Quarter within ten minutes by foot, and the bars and restaurants of The Marigny are also at your doorstep.
Historic Greek Revival mansion
One of the more flamboyant architectural looks in evidence in New Orleans is the Greek Revival style, and this four-bedroom mansion is a superb example. Dating back to the 1850s, this house’s interiors are stunning. Elaborate period chandeliers and fireplaces await, as do grand interior columns and classical artworks.
The furniture is a mix of actual antiques and high-end reproductions, and guests will love the elegant decadence of each room. Group meals will be a delight in the spectacular dining room and for after-dinner cocktails, the house has its own private courtyard, framed by tropical foliage and a bubbling fountain.
The house comes with all the usual modern conveniences, including Wi-Fi, and is located in a quieter, residential part of the French Quarter. All of the downtown attractions and dining are just out the door, and the sense of seclusion in the heart of the city is a real bonus.
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