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India House Hostel
Reviewed 12 May 2012 via mobile

Among backpackers this place might be legendary by now. If you want to party it's great. Not so if you're more of a quiet type. Lots of hippies too. Clean, helpful staff on location 24/7, a pool, free wi-fi, lots of room to stock food and cook your own meals. I personnaly dislike the rundown and shady surroundings in Mid-city but the hotel in itself is really safe. You can take the streetcar on the corner and be in the French Quarter in 15 minutes.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

I stayed here with 4 other girl mates in June 2010, we had a 6 bed room and a girl that was working at the hostel was staying in with us. She was completely crazy and drunk most of the time. The building's are run down, with lots of chipped wood, graffiti on the walls, cockroaches in the bathrooms and the "pool" is so dirty it is gross, the water was cloudy and there were plenty of UFO's flying around in it.

But the atmosphere at this place is awesome, if you're looking to meet great people and be entertained this is a great place. In the evenings, everyone gathers in the back garden where there are lots of benches and the staff would make some strong cocktails and cook some food for everyone. Some nights there was singing and then people would group up and go out together.

During the daytime, it's pretty quiet and chilled as most people tend to be hungover and slobbing around.

If you're not too bothered about cleanliness and comfort but want to meet other people and have a reat time in New Orleans, this is a good option.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Stacey is great - both on the desk and cooking (cheap) breakfast. Could be a few more bathrooms and the place could do with a coat of paint but charming in a faded hippie-house kind of way...One minute walk to trolley car and a great venue (Chickie Wah Wah) 2 blocks away. If you don't want to be kept awake by young noisy drunks outside until 4am don't sleep in a back dorm,but generally the vibe is pleasant and laid-back and it's easy to meet fellow-travellers. Recommended.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

This hostel is right across the road from the streetcar which is super convenient. We stayed the first nite in the 12-bed dorm then moved into the all girl dorm upstairs.. The big room has a private bathroom with 2 toilets & there r 2 more showers & a toilet upstairs.. A bit dirty and only a curtain to shield u from the rest of the building but certainly can't complain. Breakfast was awesome and super cheap ($1 for toast) & there's great facilities - chill out area inside & out, pool, fridges for food & booze, kitchen.. Staff r friendly, yeah air con is noisy but ear plugs blocked it out sufficiently. Great party atmosphere.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

As a solo traveler, this place barely cut it for me. Bathrooms are ok but can be much cleaner with all the bugs I kept seeing, same goes for the bed sheets and blankets, not sure exactly how clean they were either, especially with the cat wondering around everywhere. I didn't use the facilities but I'm not entirely sure of the outdoor kitchen, although the indoor one looked fine. Breakfast isn't until 9, and even then you have to pay, which I don't really agree with in a hostel. The dorm room I was in really wasn't all that welcoming or homey, it made me want to stay out as late as I can and spend as little time there as possible. Beds were super noisy, cracks on the walls, noise air conditioner. Location is ok since it's right near the streetcar and only takes about 10 minutes to get into town. As with the kitchen, common area was ok. I think if you're staying here for spring break or something (as MANY people do I believe), I think it would be ok, but I wouldn't stay there again.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about India House Hostel

Address: 124 S Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119-6214
Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Mid-City
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 37 Speciality Lodging in New Orleans
Price Range: ₹ 1,282 - ₹ 3,590 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hostel is located near the corner of 3200 Canal St. and South Lopez St., in the Mid-City area of New Orleans. The streetcar runs along Canal St. to the French Quarter. It is only a ten minute walk to JazzFest and Voodoo Fest in City Park. There are male, female and mixed dorms, as well as private rooms available. Spacious comfortable common areas, a fully equipped kitchen with a rear courtyard, a swimming pool, a stage and full breakfast and cheap evening meals cooked daily. India House is a hostel, not a hotel so please be aware of that before booking. We provide inexpensive, sociable accommodation usually dormitory style with shared bathrooms and communal facilities. We do have Private en suite rooms available as well. ... more   less 
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