check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

Engine 24 French Quarter Firehouse...a Unique Vacation Home!

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Sep 25, 2016
House, 7 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

One of New Orleans' most unique vacation lodging properties: the Engine 24 French Quarter Firehouse... one of the few VRBO properties that is licensed by the City of New Orleans for short-term rentals! Stay in an authentic historic firehouse while enjoying the modern amenities of this renovated gem. Much of the furniture was updated recently, too!

We are located in the heart of the Faubourg Marigny, considered by many travel magazines to be one of America's hot neighborhoods. Next door is the French Quarter, one of the most historic and charming areas anywhere. And to the other side is the hip, funky Bywater, a neighborhood which, like the Faubourg Marigny, features great local eateries and cool bars.

Our guest house is a restored fire station designed to function as a comfortable home away from home for tourists and locals alike to come and enjoy the vibrant culture that is New Orleans. Formerly, this historic building housed Engine 24 of the New Orleans Fire Department! Local architect William Sonner purchased and renovated the Firehouse in the 2000s and it's now one of the city's most popular vacation rentals!

The Firehouse has 7 bedrooms (each with one queen bed) and 7 baths and sleeps up to 14 people. The main Firehouse building combines with the courtyard's Townhouse building to provide a place that is perfect for getaways with friends, family gatherings, etc.

The Firehouse has two large private living areas and a newly renovated New Orleans courtyard with fountain, grill, outdoor seating and more. Please remember that the Firehouse is a lodging facility. Any special events, parties, receptions, etc. must be agreed to by the facility manager and extra fee(s) will apply.

Please note: The Firehouse is a very popular building and usually books weeks or months in advance. We're often in phone or email contact with multiple groups for the same dates. The first party to initiate payment or provide proper credit will enter into a reservation with us!

Keywords: Guesthouse, Inn, Historic, Renovated, Artsy, Bohemian, Music, Food, French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Frenchmen Street, licensed

More Details
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

The Firehouse is owned by two successful businessmen: one a noted local architect (who oversaw the renovation!) and the other who owns/operates an popular upscale home & lifestyle store in the swanky Old Metairie neighborhood.

Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great find. Cool, funky (in a good way), clean and full of character and charm. Our group of 14 guys had so much fun hanging out and celebrating our friend Brad's upcoming wedding. Low-key bachelor party with lots of quality time spent with friends. Two guys are deploying to Afghanistan next month so it was especially great to have time with them! The location not too far from Frenchmen Street is great and the French Quarter is close too. Be sure to check out Mimi's bar, one block away. Good music (but no DJ any longer) and interesting people-watching!
Sep 2013
  • 1 of 2

46 Reviews

4.5
based on 46 traveler reviews

5

great for large group

  • 5 of 5

exactly as detailed and great for a large group of people

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Great house for large gathering

  • 5 of 5

The house was very unique, clean and overall a great space for lage gatherings. Big common areas inside and out made for great setting for our large party. With 7 individual bedrooms and pull out sofas there was plenty of room. Only drawback is that there was no common bathroom. Every bedroom has a bathroom with is very nice though. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a unique stay for a large party.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Simply put exceeded all my expectations

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about the New Orleans Firehouse, simply put it exceeded all my expectations. We were amazed the moment my party walked in on how impressive it is. The Firehouse was able to blended modern style seamlessly within it's historic roots.

All 7 bedrooms were large and comfortable, the upstairs living area offered a great place to gather and relax before or after going out, and the tall ceilings everywhere made it feel immense. It's best feature, I thought, was the downstairs living area. Which has two large fire doors that open creating an extremely unique outdoor space. My party spent hours sitting down there drinking, laughing, having fun all while enjoying the great weather and taking in the fun flavor of the neighborhood.

Speaking of the Firehouse's neighborhood, I was very impressed with the Marigny-Bywater area. This was my second visit to New Orleans and the first time I've stayed outside the French Quarter. I felt this added to our trip making it more unique and less "touristy". The neighborhood is very lively and had a ton going itself. My group spent hours just a block west of the Firehouse at the Lost Love bar and lounge. A few blocks east of the Firehouse are some very eclectic restaurants and cafes, and a little south of it is a beautiful river walk, all nestled within a friendly, colorful neighborhood with tons of character. However if you're worried about staying outside the French Quarter, DON'T BE! With a mix of walking and Uber we never felt too far away from all the action.

Of course a 110 year old building is going to have it's wear and tear. Some of the floorboards squeak, the stairs up to the second level are a workout to get up, the 110 year old lock on the master bathroom door did not work, and yes when raining there was some leakage. But not nearly to the extent some other reviews have suggested. The property manager Nancy, who was wonderful to work with, seemed more concerned about that than me. Any negatives of the Firehouse were only a minor inconvenience, this property is overwhelmingly impressive and a great place to stay.

Everyone in my party would agree that our trip to New Orleans was better because we stayed at the Firehouse. We can claim our stay was a more unique, positive and different experience than anyone else because we chose this property. I hope I'm fortunate enough to one day stay there again.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
4

Unique and ideal for groups!

  • 4 of 5

This was a great fit for our group of couples. With ample bedrooms and bathrooms, plus an incredible common space, we were able to relax in between adventures in the city. We loved the quiet neighborhood, walkability and unique historic building. There are some train and barge noises, but it was neat to be so connected to the river. Killer sunset views to boot! Be prepared for stairs (again, not a big deal, just good to know in case you have a disability or trouble with stairs). We found everything we needed - fresh linens, towels and toiletries. Our host was friendly and helpful. We'd stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Wonderful spot that filled all of our needs!

  • 4 of 5

The firehouse provided all that our group of 14 needed to have a super fun stay in Nola. The big room and kitchen was big enough for all of us to gather together, the courtyard was lovely, and the general atmosphere was charming. We also LOVED the neighborhood! Walking distance to lovely restaurants and sights.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
3

A little disappointed

  • 3 of 5

Our group of 14 were satisfied with the Firehouse. The location was great for walking to the French Quarter and Frenchman's Street. We walked everywhere and felt quite safe as long as we were in a large group. The rooms were nice and everyone was comfortable; we really enjoyed the penthouse and the patio area. The courtyard area could have been cleaned up as it had several items lying around that clearly had not been used in a while. We had an issue with a blocked toilet and were a little put off that we were expected to wait around for a plumber. We lost a more than half a day and we feel that this should have been the property managers responsibility. She was responsive enough via the phone but certainly not apologetic for the situation or the inconvenience. In addition, she was not surprised by the problem when we called so it had obviously been an issue prior to our arrival. We should not have had to deal with this. We had reason to call her on another matter and she seemed annoyed that she had to make a trip to the Firehouse. If customer service is important to you, this may not be the place for you.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We wish to apologize for any inconvenience the plumbing issue caused during your stay. As our house manager mentioned to you upon check in this is a very old house and does have a few quirks here and there. We hadn't had an issue with the plumbing in quite sometime and are never sure when it will occur - it just happens without notice. We have hired a new plumbing company that will provide quarterly maintenance so this does not happen in the future. Otherwise, it seems like you and your family had an enjoyable stay. Thank you for your business.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Location

From the Owner

The Firehouse building oozes with charm and history. The location is great, too, for those who want to be close to the craziness but in a REAL New Orleans residential neighborhood. And how often can one say they stayed in an authentic firehouse!? It's fun to imagine what it must have been like when the New Orleans Fire Department's Engine 24 called this building home for so many years. The owners and manager strive to provide a clean, comfortable and fun base from which guests can explore New Orleans.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Louis Armstrong Int'l (MSY) at 12 Miles Nearest Barpub : Mimi's in the Marigny (or) Franklin at 0.1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Mississippi River at Canal Street at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrak at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : I-10 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Franklin at 0.1 Miles Nearest Beach : Gulf Shores, Al at 130 Miles Nearest Point of Interest : Mimi's in the Marigny Nearest Point of Interest : New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Nearest Point of Interest : Frenchmen Street Nearest Point of Interest : Marigny Opera House Nearest Point of Interest : French Quarter Nearest Point of Interest : Schiro's Nearest Point of Interest : Maurepas Foods Nearest Point of Interest : The Country Club Car: not necessary

Within 15-20 blocks of the Firehouse are several HUNDRED bars and restaurants, museums, music clubs, shops, etc. You'll also find amazing 19th century architecture, including the Firehouse itself! The Firehouse is formerly a New Orleans Fire Department neighborhood station housing Engine 24, renovated into a guest house in 2004.

Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Halloween
Oct 27 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$1,400
$8,000
 
 
New Years/Sugar Bowl
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
$1,400
$8,000
 
 
Mardi Gras 2017
Feb 22 2017 - Mar 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,600
$9,000
 
 
FQ Festival
Apr 5 2017 - Apr 11 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,600
$9,000
 
 
Jazz Fest 2017
Apr 26 2017 - May 9 2017
6 night minimum stay
$1,600
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$1,000
From
$1,250
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$7,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $225
Tax Rate 9.0%

Quoted rates subject to change and vary by season. Rates and/or minimum stay requirements may be higher for citywide conventions and special events. Taxes must be collected by ALL lodging properties in the State of Louisiana. There are no exceptions. Properties not collecting tax are not legal.

Cancellation policy:
70% if cancelled 90 days prior to the Check-in Date
50% if cancelled 61-89 days prior to the Check-in Date
no deposit refund if cancelled 31-59 days prior to the Check-in Date

The full balance will be charged 60 days prior to the Check-in Date and is non refundable at that point. For late cancellations within 60 days, we will attempt to rebook the unit(s). If we do, guests will receive a 80% refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Total amount
Email Owner
Updated: Sep 25, 2016
12
Available arrival
12
Available stay (no arrival)
12
Unavailable

Amenities

From the Owner

The Faubourg Marigny is such an interesting neighborhood on its own, with great restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, etc. Fantasic 1800s architecture everywhere, too! And of course, the French Quarter is just a few blocks away, as is the French Market, the Mississippi River, St. Roch Market (a must-visit on your stay) and more. If you're visiting for a sports weekend, both the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center are a quick 1-2 miles away.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf

Floor Area

  • 5000 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Bathroom 5
  • Bathroom 6
  • Bathroom 7
  • Showers in all guest bathrooms. All rooms have private en-suite bath.

Bedrooms

  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, Firehouse Building, Main Floor, Loft Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, Firehouse Building, Main Floor, Loft Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, Firehouse Building, Main Floor, Loft Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen, Townhouse Bldg (across courtyard from main bldg)
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 queen, Townhouse Bldg (across courtyard from main bldg)
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 queen, Firehouse building, upstairs
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 queen, Firehouse building, upstairs
  • Queen size Beds (7), all-cotton sheets, blankets and duvets.

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Unlike many of the neighborhood streets around us, our parking is free and ample! It's easy to find on-street parking, and no permits needed.

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

Find a rental car