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BIG MAMA's Big Easy 3 Bed/2 Bath Whole House Gated Bywater Compound
Certificate of Excellence
1 of 14Foreground bedroom is 'Desire' (middle of house) & back bedroom is 'Castaway'.
2 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Big Mama’s is a stylish, Caribbean-influenced, mid-century, single-story, single-family residence, fully surround-gated, mini-compound with a big back yard and smaller front one. Located one block off St Claude Avenue, it's nestled in ‘Bywater’, the trendy NoLa neighborhood, just 2 miles south of the French Quarter, close to the Mississippi River.
Big Mama's features a very favorable floor plan for travelers in groups— above all catering to travelers who cherish PRIVACY LIKE HOME. Most classic NoLa Victorians are 'shotgun-style' architecture, going in a single row of rooms from the front to the back of the house, whereby the floor plan makes it so that guests must walk through other guest's bedrooms in order to access common indoor areas (such as bathrooms, living rooms & kitchens). Big M...Big Mama’s is a stylish, Caribbean-influenced, mid-century, single-story, single-family residence, fully surround-gated, mini-compound with a big back yard and smaller front one. Located one block off St Claude Avenue, it's nestled in ‘Bywater’, the trendy NoLa neighborhood, just 2 miles south of the French Quarter, close to the Mississippi River.
Big Mama's features a very favorable floor plan for travelers in groups— above all catering to travelers who cherish PRIVACY LIKE HOME. Most classic NoLa Victorians are 'shotgun-style' architecture, going in a single row of rooms from the front to the back of the house, whereby the floor plan makes it so that guests must walk through other guest's bedrooms in order to access common indoor areas (such as bathrooms, living rooms & kitchens). Big Mama's however has a 20th century floor plan that includes bedroom privacy like you're used to—which comes in handy when you're vacationing with larger groups & for extended stays! Namely, all 3 bedrooms at Big Mama's have their own separate doors with private access from common area hallways. Fully private bedrooms are an unusual amenity for New Orleans! Feel like taking a break from the party scene one night and staying home? Big Mama's has 3 smart TV's, one in each Bedroom, with streaming accessibility for movies and TV shows—free access to Netflix, Hulu and many other channels. Our bedrooms are subtly themed, ‘Storyville’, ’Desire’, or ‘Castaway,’ you will find the names of the rooms in the captions of our photo gallery.
While Uber & Lyft offer service to Big Mama’s quickly & efficiently & are the preferred mode of transportation after-dark (or once the drinking begins) guests often also opt to rent a car or drive their own while vacationing in NoLa. Big Mama's is fully gated & enclosed with surround-fencing —6 to 7-foot high & this includes off-street fully-gated parking for up to 3 vehicles. Off-street gated parking is another unusual amenity for anything this close to the Quarter.
Home to singer Ani Defranco, Bywater is not the very fanciest neighborhood in the Big Easy but it is hands-down THE FASTEST GROWING & definitely the HIPPEST in all of New Orleans! Attributes that contribute to its growth include the influx of film industry professionals, with more & more cutting edge restauranteurs, new bars & micro-breweries coming in every year. The Caribbean-bound cruise ship terminal recently making a home on its shores has stirred further interest with plans in the works to extend the street car line the rest of the way down St Claude. (The closest is currently just 1.6 miles or 2575 meters from Big Mama’s.) Bywater’s burgeoning yet still raw charm has ultimately attracted all types of young artists bringing refreshing diversity & creativity & filling this neighborhood with new purpose. To see some of this in action visit 'The Print Shop', located only 2 doors from Big Mama's, for a Saturday night art show/bohemian gathering—it has become a community art center known all over NoLa. And some of the best Mardi Gras parades either originate, come through, or end in Bywater. Notably is the adults-only, satirical, Krewe du Vieux. With mule-drawn carriages & bawdy but pertinent political commentary, Krewe du Vieux is considered the most individualistic & traditional of all New Orleans parading krewes & pulls in locals & tourists alike during Mardi Gras season—like no other parade.
Big Mama's isn't located in the slickest neighborhood in NoLa—but it is very much located extremely CLOSE TO IT ALL. Big Mama’s is just around 2 miles from Jackson Square, Royal Street & Bourbon Street. It's close enough to the French Quarter, the Convention Center, The Super Dome & the Fairgrounds to make it a preferred destination for bar hoppers, foodies, music lovers, & festival goers but far enough 'from the madding crowd' for Bywater to be the preferred and well kept ‘niche privee’ by recurring visitors & locals alike.
The new 'BlueBike' City program has several lock and go bike kiosks being placed just a stone's throw from Big Mama's doorsteps. The bike ride around the river through Crescent Park to the French Quarter is short & spectacular. Or you can peddle in another direction down St. Claude to Esplanade & then through the gorgeous bayous of Mid-City over to City Park for coffee and beignets at Morning Star. (City Park is the second largest park in the U.S., second only to Central Park in Manhattan.) Or—cycle or ride over to catch the ferry to get to the film & TV studios across the river, or to Magazine Street in the Garden District, or to Uptown to visit Audubon Park for a nature Walk or to see the Zoo.
OUTSIDE smoking ONLY is allowed. SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED INSIDE!!!! Guests must extinguish butts in designated receptacles that are left outside—and take care not to drop butts on the ground. Ash receptacles and ashes/butts are to be disposed of outside only and are not to be taken inside and placed indoors in an indoor trash receptacle.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Big Mama's House. The home was very clean and more spacious than pictured. Altogether it was the 6 of us (23-27 yrs old), visiting New Orleans for VooDoo Fest. The kitchen and common area was roomy for us all...More
We can't complain one bit! This place was exactly as advertised with a few unexpected benefits. Pictures rarely matchup with what you get, but in this case the pictures barely do it justice. The decor was amazing and really set the mood. I've read on...More
This house served our needs with my sister who is in wheel chair and my husband and I. All one level and only one step to the porch. It was quiet at night. The house was very clean, neat and cute. Beds are comfortable and...More
3 Thank kamilouise13
Management response:Responded 4 May 2018
We appreciate the suggestions! Especially keeping a vacuum handy for great guests like you who wish to keep things tidy, this would be especially true during longer stays. We do love our French Press and the extra strong French cafe' brew it creates. It's not...More
Big Mamas is the most comfortable place front and back yard plenty of room in the house with all the kitchen amenities to function very well, quiet neighborhood, centrally located near all New Orleans attractions including Hara's Casino. We had a great time and comfortable...More
3 Thank Maurio M
Management response:Responded 17 December 2017
So glad you were able to not only enjoy the city and Hara's during your stay but also that you felt right at home with Big Mama's amenities including the kitchen and quiet neighborhood. Please come back!
A Big Mama's Rental Agreement is accepted online by the booking guest at the time of booking. In order for any booking to be finalized, 2 days prior to arrival the last 2 pages of the Agreement must be filled out and returned along with a front and back copy of the booking guest's state-issued photo ID (or passport, for international guests). The Agreement specifies house rules and must be shared with all guests. A copy of the Agreement is available in the House Book to refer to during your stay.
Big Mama’s is a perfect place to stay for: Filming crews, Bachelorette parties, Vacationers, Romantic get-a-ways, Corporate housing, Music festival lovers, Traveling Health care professionals, Racehorse crews, the lone traveler & any guests requiring a turn-key, stylish, comfortable, yet economical place to stay in New Orleans with all the amenities of home & then some. Additionally, its large, well-designed kitchen with 5-burner stainless steel cooktop on a center island also makes this space a perfect venue for intimate home-style cooking.
With all the $ you save from our reasonable rates we expect you'll do a lot more dining out and taking in the sites. Also recommended is to spend those savings on the many great tours offered in town whereby you can learn about the rich history of this 300 year old city, during fun & memorable outings!