The Quisby Hostel Review, New Orleans

What is clean, new, and has friendly staff? The Quisby, New Orleans

Recently, I decided to write a Bucket List. I have never stayed in a hostel therefore, I decided to add it to my Bucket List.

What is the big deal about staying in a hostel? 

When I travel, I always opt for hotels or Airbnb. This is because I love making my destination feel like home. I unpack, arrange my clothes and toiletries like I would at home. For this reason, I felt like I would not be able to unwind in a hostel due to limited shared space. Therefore, I never considered a hostel as an accommodation option.

In addition, I usually travel for 1-2 weeks maximum and I am in a different city every 3 days. I might have considered a hostel in the past if I was going to be in the same city for a prolonged period of time.


The colorful sign in the lobby

While researching hotels for my trip to New Orleans, I came across the Quisby. I was skeptical since I had never stayed in a hostel but I decided to book a room. I did not know what to expect but I had an open mind.

The lounge

The hostel was quite easy to navigate from the airport. I took a taxi from the airport and it took about 20 minutes to arrive at the Quisby.

The clean lobby was among the first things I noticed as I walked inside the building. Meanwhile, an artsy chalk board filled with writings and drawings stood out to me in the lounge area.

The staff greeted me cheerfully, and seemed very happy to have me. I shared my reasons for visiting New Orleans almost immediately after I walked in because the atmosphere was so welcoming.

Next, I was checked in and provided the Wi-Fi password. The room was booked from the night before my arrival, however, I missed my flight. For this reason, the staff did not charge me for the previous night. I thought that was really nice and considerate of them.

Stairway leading to the rooms

I could smell paint in the lobby and I asked the staff about it. They said it was a result of the building’s recent renovations. I was told it used to be an old factory building but they converted it into a hostel. In my opinion, I imagined a renovated building has clean and renovated rooms. Right?

The quadruple room

Boy was I right!

I was very impressed by the room. The bed was well made with a comforter at the foot of the each bed. Towels were provided upon checking in, and there was enough cabinet space in the room to fit 4 people’s items. I also liked the fact that there was a plug on the wall by each bed.

Vanity area


The vanity area is outside the bathroom and both areas were clean. Ironically, the shower only had one door which in my opinion was quite strange. As a result of this, water splashed all over the floor when I took a shower. It was however not a big deal since a bath mat was provided when I checked in.

On the other hand, the bathroom was spotless.

Street car stop outside the hostel

The Quisby is very accessible to the French Quarter which is a popular historic neighborhood in New Orleans. Tourists usually start sightseeing at the French Quarter and make their way to other spots in the city. Moreover, the street car outside the Quisby stopped by the French Quarter and it only cost $1.25 each way, or $3 for a 24 hour unlimited pass.

Complimentary croissants for breakfast

Complimentary croissants were provided every morning from 7am-10am. This is included in the room fee. I thought this was awesome as I did not expect breakfast to be included since the rooms were already so affordable.

The verdict?

In conclusion, my experience was nothing short of pleasant. The room was very clean and the location is perfect. The staff was very friendly, and they helped me navigate New Orleans. As a result of this, my stay was very comfortable.

Are you visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras? You should consider staying in the Quisby because it is affordable, accessible and clean.

Address: 1225 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130

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February 14, 2017 at 1:10 am

Great post! I hope to visit New Orleans and will be sure to check out this hostel.

February 14, 2017 at 1:41 am
– In reply to: China

Yesss you should!!!!

Joely Smithreply
February 14, 2017 at 6:44 am

I too have always wanted to stay in a hostel and have actually told friends about hostels when they were traveling. I just have not traveled enough to try one out for myself but I have never heard a bad thing about one. So cool to see the photos of a hostel on your site! Now I have a far better idea what I am talking about when recommending hostels to my friends LOL ‘

February 14, 2017 at 11:08 am
– In reply to: Joely Smith

Yes i have not really heard bad things about hostels either and I was glad to be able to stay in one

blair villanuevareply
February 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

I would love to visit New Orleans and enjoy its restaurants and food specialties 🙂 I think the culture here is way different to other towns nearly as collonized by French many years ago.

February 14, 2017 at 11:08 am
– In reply to: blair villanueva

I agree!! It’s a different atmosphere

NICHOLE Freemanreply
February 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm

This is a very nice review of the hotel. I love the complimentary croissants for breakfast. I also like the presentation of the room. When there next, I must stay.

February 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm
– In reply to: NICHOLE Freeman

You definitely should!!

Amber Myersreply
February 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

That hotel looks nice! I wish I could visit New Orleans. One day, I hope. I need to try a beignet.

February 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm
– In reply to: Amber Myers

Yes!! You definitely should

danasia fantasticreply
February 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm

I’ve been dying to get to New Orleans! This hostel looks amazing. Very clean and bright.

February 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm
– In reply to: danasia fantastic

Yes!! Thank you for commenting

February 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Looks like a really nice, cozy hotel!

Breena Blakereply
February 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Great post! Curious to know if you had any roommates and how much the stay was for the night. I’ve stayed in hostels overseas but never in the USA. This one looks amazing!

February 14, 2017 at 5:41 pm
– In reply to: Breena Blake

Luckily I did not have any roommates since I traveled on a weekday but the hostel was less than $150 for a 3 day visit. New Orleans accommodation usually runs much higher!

Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.comreply
February 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Thanks for sharing this review! I always wanted to know what a hostel room looked like. I love how clean this hostel is. That was really nice for the hostel did not to charge you for the night that you couldn’t make it.

February 14, 2017 at 5:40 pm
– In reply to: Tasheena @

Yes!! I was very grateful that they did not charge me. It’s definitely clean and I felt at home

February 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm

I’m not familiar with hostels but this was a great breakdown of your experience. I always worry that they won’t be clean or they would provide just the bare minimum. Looks like this one gives their patrons a little something extra, including croissants. Great Review.

February 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm
– In reply to: maria

Thank you Maria!! I agree, they definitely went above and beyond for their patrons!!

February 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm

You’re right. The room looks clean, and up-to-date. I’m glad that you experienced this for all of us – ’cause I still couldn’t do it. LOL! BRAVO to you!

February 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm
– In reply to: Ola

Haha thank you for reading!! You’ll be surprised at what you can do when you try

February 14, 2017 at 10:12 pm

I’m a big fan of hostels! They’re super cheap and sometimes you meet cool people from around the world. The paint smell would have annoyed the crap out of me though. Thanks for the review. I will keep this place in mind!

February 14, 2017 at 10:16 pm
– In reply to: Monique

Yes the paint smell was a little off in the beginning but i got used to it within a short period of time!

February 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm

Never tried living in hostels other than my college days. You have narrated everything beautifully,now when i visit new orleans I shall definitely keep this in my option.

February 14, 2017 at 10:55 pm
– In reply to: Shreya

I am glad my review was able to help 🙂

February 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm

My husband and I have been talking about visiting New Orleans. This looks like it would be a wonderful place to stay.

February 15, 2017 at 12:08 am
– In reply to: Jessi

I am not sure if its family oriented but it’s definitely a great option for solo or group travel

February 15, 2017 at 3:57 am

I am not sure what a hostel is, never heard of it. It looks clean and nice. I will be in New Orleans in March for a mini girls trip.

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