My very first Airbnb experience was in the Lower Ninth Ward section of New Orleans in Louisiana. The space was small with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and a private entrance. The bed was more comfortable than most beds I slept on at standard hotels across the U.S. The room had a flat panel television with streaming services. The room also had a microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, and wi-fi access. The bathroom had a beautiful sink and stand-up shower with good water pressure. We were allowed access to a shared garden space that was perfect for sipping coffee during the day or relaxing with a glass of wine at night.
During our stay, we were able to sit with our host and guests who also reserved a space in her home. We sat in the garden and shared stories from our everyday lives. Later that night Omar and I headed out to Bourbon Street with the beautiful couple from Alabama who were staying at the Airbnb. Bourbon Street is about an $8.00 Uber ride from the Airbnb.
The hotels near French Quarter were pricey during our visit to NOLA so it was the better option, savings wise, to stay at an Airbnb. We were able to experience NOLA like locals. We discovered side streets and restaurants like Cafe Dauphine that most tourist never get to see when visiting New Orleans.
Overall, my first Airbnb experience was positive. Our host was accommodating and friendly while still allowing us privacy. The Airbnb provided everything we needed during our short stay in NOLA. If you are on a strict budget, consider booking an Airbnb for your next trip.