Airbnb Marigny/Bywater, New Orleans: Lofts, Cottages, Shotgun Houses, Historic Homes, and Mansions

15 Incredible Airbnbs in the Marigny/Bywater

New Orleans is world-renowned for its lively food and music scene, colorful and unique architecture, and of course, its famous festivals – Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and Southern Decadence. 

In a city with so much to offer, it can be difficult to narrow down where to stay. Many visitors head directly for Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, but you may not necessarily want to stay in a hotel in those areas. After all, there’s a ton to see and do (and taste and drink), and many of the best attractions and landmarks are spread out across several different neighborhoods. 

That’s precisely why Airbnbs in the Faubourg Marigny the Bywater are ideal. Although technically two different neighborhoods, they’re generally considered one and the same. This relatively small area has an ideal location along the Mississippi River and adjacent to the French Quarter, and it packs a tremendous punch. The Marigny is legendary for its live music scene, as well as its proximity to Frenchman Street (known as the “local’s Bourbon Street”) and Royal Street with its historic mansions, art galleries, and antiques shops. 

By choosing a vacation rental in the Marigny or Bywater, you can be close to all of New Orleans’ top attractions without the noise and party scene that comes along with some of them. Plus, you’ll get to experience firsthand one of the oldest and most historically significant areas in New Orleans. 

To help you narrow it down, we’ve put together our list of the 15 best Airbnbs in the Marigny and the Bywater to help you plan an incredible NOLA getaway! 

The 15 Best Airbnbs in the Marigny/Bywater Neighborhood

Best Marigny/Bywater Airbnbs for Couples and Solo Travelers

1. Modern Marigny Home with Saltwater Pool

Coolest Airbnbs in Marigny, New Orleans: Modern Home with Saltwater Pool
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NOLA is world-famous for its beautifully unique architecture. This Marigny Airbnb found a way to seamlessly blend the old with the new. Enjoy a fully-renovated, thoroughly modern home that’s been combined with a traditional shotgun-style house. 

This private, spacious open floor plan studio has a full kitchen and bathroom, and a washer and dryer. It’s ideal for a solo traveler or couple, but a third person can comfortably sleep on the couch or on the inflatable twin mattress. It’s dog-friendly too, so bring your pup! This home has a great location, easily walkable to the French Quarter and a nearby dog park. 

While the location and decor of this cool Marigny Airbnb are impressive, what really makes it stand out is the backyard oasis. Enjoy the heated saltwater pool, the colorful patio, and plenty of comfortable outdoor lounge furniture. As if the pool and outdoor areas weren’t already perfect, the host will even help you arrange a poolside massage!

2. Bywater Beauty: Historic Home Featured on HGTV

Unique Bywater Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals: HGTV Shotgun House
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Experience firsthand just why shotgun houses are some of the best Airbnbs in the Bywater! This charming historic home was completely renovated on a 2017 episode of New Orleans Reno and features custom-designed and thoroughly modern touches throughout. 

Enjoy a fireplace in each room of the 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home. You’ll love the original 12.5-foot ceilings, the spacious eat-in kitchen, and the massive 30-foot front porch. The eat-in kitchen is a chef’s dream, with a custom waterfall marble island that seats four, a gas range, and a bar cart. Original sliding pocket doors allow you to close off the kitchen from the living room, or leave them open for an open, airy floor plan.

This home was impeccably decorated by HGTV star Holly Baker and features a custom-designed headboard and premium textiles. The Airbnb is fully stocked with thoughtful amenities including a curling iron, room-darkening shades, and even umbrellas for strolling through the vibrant neighborhood on rainy days. Walk to one of the many nearby cafes and take in the colorful homes and street art along the way. 

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3. 180-Year-Old Creole Cottage with Private Courtyard

Unique Airbnbs in Marigny, New Orleans: Historic Creole Cottage
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Park your car when you arrive at this gorgeous historic Creole cottage and don’t move it again until it’s time to head home! This Marigny Airbnb is situated directly across from Frenchmen Street, mere blocks away from the best bars and venues for live music, as well as Jackson Square and the iconic Bourbon Street. There’s even a 24-hour corner market within easy walking distance for stocking up on snacks and other essentials. 

Inside, you’ll love this 180-year-old home’s abundant exposed brick, high ceilings, period furnishings, and gorgeous light fixtures. There are also two private courtyards with lush landscaping and comfortable seating. The shower in the master bathroom even has a large glass wall directly overlooking one of the courtyards!

The home’s interior decor is enhanced by built-in and cubby shelving, hardwood floors, wood-panel ceilings, and multiple fireplaces. There’s a dedicated workstation with a spacious desk for those guests who may need to do some remote work during their stay. It doesn’t have to be all work and no play — you can do both!

4. Charming Chartres: Colorful Marigny Shotgun Home

Best Marigny Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals: Colorful Shotgun House
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Shotgun homes are notoriously compact and often colorful; those are some of the things that make them the most unique Airbnbs in the Marigny. This adorable shotgun home combines both of those endearing features, while also having a surprisingly spacious and functional layout. 

This home features a full eat-in kitchen, a private patio with a table and chairs for four, and two queen-sized beds. Soaring ceilings, cheerful interior paint colors, and tall windows with lots of natural light make the space seem even larger. Curl up in the “social room” by the front window with a book, watch a flick on one of the two smart TVs, or take the one-block stroll to Frenchmen Street.

The most unique aspect of this cool Marigny Airbnb is the bedroom. More specifically, the huge custom loft bed. Think of it like an adult bunk bed! Both beds are outrageously comfortable queens, and you access the top one via a ladder — just like you would with a traditional bunk bed. There’s also a sitting area, a fireplace, and a smart TV, so this bedroom is truly a retreat!

5. Romantic Pool House with Luxurious Amenities

Unique Airbnbs in Marigny, New Orleans: Romantic Pool House
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As soon as you step inside this 1-bedroom, 1-bath luxury home, you’ll understand why Architectural Digest named it one of the best Airbnbs in New Orleans. This 2-story guesthouse was newly built in 2019 and features upscale furnishings, a private entrance, a full kitchen, a private balcony off the bedroom, and a living room outfitted with board games. 

You’ll love having full access to the beautifully landscaped courtyard and saltwater pool. Take a refreshing swim or simply enjoy the surroundings from the comfort of a shaded lounge chair. There’s also an outdoor dining table and Big Green Egg grill, and the owners will even provide charcoal if requested ahead of time! The courtyard and pool are shared with the very friendly owners and their even friendlier dogs. 

Technically this luxury vacation home is located in the picturesque and historic Treme neighborhood. It’s directly adjacent to Marigny and just a 15-minute walk to the French Quarter. The streetcar, Louis Armstrong Park, and historic St. Augustine Church are also within a few blocks.

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6. Historic 1820 Home One Block From the Quarter

Cool Marigny Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals: Historic House near French Quarter
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To truly immerse yourself in the history and architecture New Orleans is known for, book a stay at this stunning 3-bedroom Airbnb in the Marigny. The house was built in 1820 and is actually one of the original homes in the neighborhood. It also happens to be just a single block from the French Quarter!

This gorgeous vacation rental in the Bywater has been incredibly well-preserved. Original details shine throughout the home, including the 200-year-old front door and shutters, the archway interior entries, barge board paneling, exposed brick walls, stone flooring, and exposed beam ceilings. This is a large shotgun home and as is customary in shotguns, one of the three bedrooms is a walk-through.

Authentic period furnishings tie everything together and make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, and high-end modern amenities provide the comforts of home. Enjoy the brand-new second bathroom, the rainfall showerhead, the washer and dryer, and the eat-in kitchen. Don’t miss the extensive book collection in the sitting room, including several the homeowner wrote himself!

7. Maison Blanche: Designer Loft in the Marigny

Modern, industrial-chic lofts aren’t typically associated with NOLA, but Maison Blanche fits right into the Marigny. This gorgeous designer home actually has a fascinating history, as well. While on vacation, the owners stumbled across the house, abandoned and in disrepair. They fell in love, immediately purchased it and began renovations, and never returned home!

Enter this 3-bedroom house in the living room, where the open floor plan allows you to see into the sleek kitchen and dining area and all the way toward the garden out back. The artwork adorning the walls is all local, some of which was commissioned specifically for Maison Blanche. There’s a private bedroom, one bathroom, and laundry facilities on this level. 

Upstairs, the loft-style master bedroom has several skylights, exposed-beam ceilings, and a cozy reading nook. The real star of the show, however, is the master bathroom. It features an enormous antique clawfoot tub and an oversized walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead. Between the dreamy bathroom and rich history, Maison Blanche is easily one of the best Airbnbs in the Marigny!

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8. NOLA Oasis in the Heart of Marigny with Pool

Best Marigny Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals: NOLA Oasis House
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This stylish Marigny Airbnb is within easy walking distance of the French Quarter, but the gorgeous grounds and decor will make you feel as if you’re in a high-end boutique hotel somewhere in Europe. 

The private courtyard and lush gardens are the highlight of this vacation rental. Enjoy the dreamy multi-tiered pool, the tranquil fountain and koi pond, multiple pergolas covered in trailing plants, and the expansive back patio with ample seating. It’s the perfect respite in NOLA’s hot and humid climate!

Inside, this 2-bedroom, 2-bath home has a unique open loft ceiling, a spiral staircase, and a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace that all serve to make the space seem even larger. The bedrooms and bathrooms are situated so that there’s one on each floor, providing plenty of privacy. 

This unique Marigny vacation home is tastefully decorated with eclectic local artwork and Victorian-style period furniture. The sleek, colorful kitchen opens up to the courtyard and features a huge island and eat-in bar. Although you’ll be minutes from some of New Orleans’ best attractions, you may never want to leave!

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9. Luxury Loft in Historic 1860 Victorian Home

Best Airbnbs in Marigny, New Orleans: Historic Luxury Loft
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The colorful pink and green exterior of this unique Airbnb in the Marigny suggests that there’s something special inside. Indeed, this Victorian home was built in 1860 by Rosette Rochon, one of the original founders of Faubourg Marigny and a free woman of color. 

Paying homage to its unique history, this home perfectly blends the old and the new. The interior features exposed brick walls and tall cathedral ceilings – hallmarks of 19th century NOLA architecture. It also has a distinctly modern, almost entirely open floor plan and is furnished in a bohemian style.

Carrying on the historic-yet-modern theme, an original freestanding brick fireplace runs from the floor to the ceiling and dominates the living room. The exposed black staircase, open lofts upstairs, and abundance of natural light provide a lovely modern contrast. The kitchenette features a microwave, mini-refrigerator, and coffee bar, and there’s a shared courtyard for enjoying coffee or meals al fresco.

10. 1840s “Bargeboard” Creole Cottage

Best Marigny Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals: Bargeboard Creole Cottage
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If you’re interested in both history and unique architecture, you’ll love this adorable 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Creole cottage. Believed to be former temporary housing for men working along the Mississippi River, this unique Marigny Airbnb was built in the 1840s from the scraps of a river flatboat! 

This home’s beautiful floors, walls, and tall ceilings were all constructed from the antique wood plank, giving it a very eclectic and charming look. It’s so special, in fact, that local walking tours stop to discuss this one-of-a-kind bargeboard cottage. 

The home has been fully renovated while keeping many architectural and design elements true to the time period. Every room effortlessly blends the new and old, like the original freestanding brick fireplace between the kitchen and living room and the contemporary art deco chandelier hanging beside it. 

This house is well-laid-out and comfortable. There’s a fold-out sofa,  two spacious private bedrooms, and a cozy loft bedroom.  And the cheerful eat-in kitchen has plenty of room to prepare and enjoy meals.

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11. Modern Victorian with Old World Charm

Best Airbnbs in Bywater, New Orleans: Modern Victorian House
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This two-bedroom shotgun home in the Bywater has a cheerful green and blue exterior and a bright orange front door. Relax and people-watch on the front porch swing and find out for yourself why Architectural Digest named this another one of the best Airbnbs in New Orleans!

This impeccably decorated Bywater Airbnb is a beautiful and eclectic mix of modern Victorian and Old World. Details such as exposed-beam ceilings, hardwood countertops, bright blue cabinets, imported Moroccan backsplash tiles, and floating shelves lend a contemporary look.

And the home retains original elements including multiple brick fireplaces. Although this New Orleans vacation home is compact, the 14-foot ceilings, large windows, and open floor plan make it feel much larger. 

One bedroom features a set of bunk beds, while the master bedroom has a queen-sized bed and an enormous en suite bathroom with a soaking tub. And there’s an additional single futon sleeper for more flexible sleeping arrangements. Start your morning with a cup of coffee in the charming private rear courtyard – it’s the perfect spot to relax!

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12. 5-Bedroom Southern Mansion with Backyard Oasis

Marigny Airbnbs and Vacation Homes: Historical Backyard Oasis House
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Headed to NOLA with a large group? Check out this stunning 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom Marigny vacation home! This adorable, classic New Orleans house is tucked into a colorful neighborhood within easy walking distance to the French Quarter and Washington Square Park. 

Matching its surroundings, this Marigny Airbnb is sunny and cheerful inside with fun paint colors and lots of natural light. There are two separate living areas, multiple fireplaces, and a game room. Two bathrooms have enormous walk-in showers and one has a luxurious soaking tub.

It’s easy to make yourself at home here, thanks to the huge kitchen, dining room, and washer and dryer. If you need additional sleeping arrangements, the couch converts to a bed and there are three additional air mattresses available. 

What will really steal your heart is this home’s peaceful backyard oasis. Enjoy the massive outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and plenty of seating for the entire group. Plus there’s a swing, multiple pergolas, a fountain, and a bocce ball court. You may have a hard time leaving this sanctuary to go sightseeing!

13. 200-Year-Old Bywater Cottage with Large Balcony

Airbnbs in Bywater, New Orleans Vacation Homes: Historic Cottage with Balcony
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Built in the 1830s, this nearly 200-year-old Airbnb in the Bywater is quintessentially New Orleans. This 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath house features high ceilings, lots of exposed brick, and several fireplaces. It’s even more spacious than it looks in photos, making it ideal for large groups. 

Outside, the home’s brick facade, wood shutters, and large upper-level balcony overlooking Chartres Street have a distinct Old World charm. And inside, the kitchen is a perfect blend of sleek and antique. It features a large Viking gas range, an original tile floor, and a large, functional butler’s pantry for a true blast from the past!

Numerous tall windows, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves lend even more character to this quirky yet beautiful vacation rental in the Bywater. The well-shaded backyard with plenty of seating is the perfect place to entertain your group in the evening. 

The location of this Bywater Airbnb is perfectly convenient to the French Quarter, yet tucked into a quiet, serene neighborhood.

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14. 5-Bedroom Villa with Pool and Private Butler

It doesn’t get much cooler than this totally one-of-a-kind Airbnb in the Marigny! This colorful 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom home has a lengthy list of awesome amenities inside and out, starting with the butler who’s on call 24/7. 

Inside you can enjoy comfortable beds, huge walk-in showers with built-in benches, upscale toiletries, and a well-equipped kitchen. And outside is where this villa truly shines. The central focus of the courtyard is the heated lagoon-style pool and jacuzzi, but that’s just the start. Pool cabanas, ultra-modern hanging loungers, and enormous rocking chairs big enough for two are scattered throughout the yard and deck.

There’s also a life-sized chess set and a checkerboard terrace, plus a grill and plenty of seating areas. Don’t forget to take Instagrammable selfies with the “Stop and smell the roses” sign! Finally, feel free to use the bikes provided to explore the surrounding neighborhood.

Aside from all of its very impressive amenities, this home is ideally located just three blocks from the French Quarter. This villa is part of a compound of six individual houses that can be booked together for larger groups. 

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15. Maison Grace: 9-Bedroom Luxury Home with Pool

Best Airbnbs in Marigny, New Orleans: Luxury House with Pool
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This enormous Marigny Airbnb is perfectly situated within easy walking distance of literally every NOLA attraction you’ll want to visit. But don’t be surprised if you end up staying in a lot more than you anticipate, because the Maison Grace is absolutely stunning!

This 9-bedroom, 10-bathroom smart home was completely repurposed from a commercial warehouse in 2019. Many of the original materials are still intact, giving this unique Airbnb a distinct industrial chic look with lofted ceilings, polished concrete floors, floating shelves, and exposed brick and beams. 

Enjoy numerous gathering places on both levels with plenty of room for everyone while still maintaining privacy for individuals.

As comfortable as Maison Grace is, you’ll likely want to spend your time outdoors. The spacious backyard features a sparkling pool with lounge chairs, a gazebo, and multiple seating areas. There’s also a huge rooftop deck with more seating and mood lighting. Whether you’re coming to New Orleans for a wedding, family reunion, company retreat, or something else entirely, this is hands-down the best vacation home in the Marigny for large groups!

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That’s it — 15 of the best Airbnbs in the Marigny and the Bywater! Do you have a favorite vacation rental in the Marigny/Bywater? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  1. Just two cents from a local. Please reconsider staying in an AirBnB in New Orleans. The community has suffered a tremendous amount of gentrification and displacement of local artists, musicians, service industry folks, and culture bearers due to the alarmingly growing amount of AirBnB in the city, and in particular the Marigny Bywater. Most of these spaces aren’t owned by locals, but instead are run by massive companies out of state, and with the current housing crisis the city is suffering, AirBnB is doing way more harm than good. Coming from a Marigny neighbor, if you must stay in one, please make sure it’s owned by a local.

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