The Okra Inn: New Orleans On A Budget

The Okra Inn: New Orleans On A Budget

You can’t visit New Orleans without spending money. Sure, you can try, but it won’t work. There’s simply too much to see, do, eat and drink for a visitor to avoid dropping some cash. Knowing that you can’t be exclusively frugal while visiting The Big Easy, how nice would it be to save some of that spending money on your lodging? How great would it be to sleep in a comfortable bed at a quaint B&B, and spend a quarter of what you would on some mid-level hotel where parking alone costs 20 USD? If any of this strikes a chord with you, then the Okra Inn is calling.

Like staying at home

Front porch of the Okra

Upon arriving at The Okra Inn, you’ll quickly notice that you’ve entered a very nice house. The host, Lindsay, will greet you at the front door and show you to your spacious room. Stuffiness and pretension is lost on this small home away from home, and is instead replaced by comfort and Southern charm. The common area downstairs has a fridge for all guests to use as well as a fully stocked coffee station. A spiraling wooden staircase leads up to some of the guest rooms and there’s a lovely backyard with a handful of tables and chairs.

Lindsay is very helpful and accommodating, making the stay extra pleasant and relaxing. And as a very cool bonus, she runs Lost Lands, a kayak tour company that leads educational tours through the nearby swamplands. With so many places in the city eager to bring in your business, Lindsay’s local expertise and guidance are priceless.

A room with ROOM

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The beds are big, the closet space is ample, and the deck is - wait, there’s a deck? That’s right! Your incredibly affordable room comes with a nice big deck where you can enjoy a crisp morning breeze or a hot summer night. The upstairs deck is shared with the opposite unit, but each room has access through its own private door.

If the mosquitos are out in force, never fear, retiring to your room is a great option as well. The bed is comfortable, there’s a small writing desk, and nice clean bathroom. The comfort of the inn might just make you forget that you didn’t come to New Orleans to spend time in a bedroom. Speaking of…

Walk to City Park

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Though not as famous as Bourbon Street and other New Orleans attractions, City Park is just as deserving of a visit and happens to be walking distance from The Okra Inn. Aside from being a sight to see, teeming with giant oak trees covered in Spanish moss, City Park is one of two places in New Orleans to get the beignets that the city has made so well known. For about 2 USD you can eat more fried dough and powdered sugar than a person should eat in an entire month. Fortunately, you can walk off some of the calories on your way back to the room.

Trolley to the French Quarter

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Chances are you came to New Orleans to buy a margarita at a drive through and stumble through the French Quarter, and The Okra Inn is well situated for that to happen. It’s a two minute walk to the trolley and then just one stop to some of the most famous streets in America. Since you don’t want to drive and park in this area anyway, paying 1.25 USD for a trolley is the best way to get safely to and from the French Quarter. Then you can enjoy New Orleans as it was meant to be enjoyed - a little bit drunk.

Comfy, cute and close

All the necessities of New Orleans lodging are covered at the Okra Inn. Easy access to the sights you want to see, comfortable rooms to come back to, and at a price that will allow you to buy that extra po’ boy sandwich. Anyone planning a trip to NOLA owes it to their bank account and happiness to strongly consider this for their lodging needs.

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Evan is a traveling writer from Northern California. He moved to Los Angeles is 2001 to pursue comedy and writing before uprooting so he could see and experience more of the world. He, his wife,...Read more

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