This New Orleans Hostel Takes Service Up a Notch
October 26, 2017
Experience The Quisby
The Quisby, New Orleans’ newest hostel, is located on one of the main streets of The Big Easy at 1225 Saint Charles Ave. Its modern take on the hostel, offering both shared and private rooms in an upscale environment with a full bar downstairs, makes it a perfect one-stop shop to rest your head. The Quisby possesses a uniquely NOLA vibe, with history and a dash of notoriety, shaken and stirred with modern convenience and comfort to create the ideal crash pad for travelers of all ages.
The Quisby opened its doors in January 2017 in the building of the former Audubon Hotel after a year-long historic restoration to the 80-year-old building. The interior spaces were designed with a focus on functionality and showcasing local craftsmanship. “The building was just sitting there, completely vacant, and we saw an opportunity to create something unique to New Orleans,” says David Gindin, general manager at The Quisby and one of the developers behind the project. “During the renovation process, we reached out to as many local craftspeople as possible and had them come in and throw around ideas.” Gindin manages the property with Mac Warren, who oversees operations and branding.
All 60 bunk beds throughout The Quisby’s rooms were custom-made to be sturdy, comfortable, and beautiful by Heinz Gatuschi, an expert woodworker originally from Switzerland whose shop is located less than a mile from the building. The striking white concrete bar was molded by James Moulton, a local concrete casting expert, to straddle the original steel columns in the lobby. The walls throughout the building feature work by Milagros, a traveling artist that stopped in New Orleans for three days beginning of the year to work his magic in The Quisby. The guest room doors feature hand-stenciled butterfly graffiti by artist Joseph Konert of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Like many modern hostels, which have grown in popularity across Europe and the U.S. in the last decade, The Quisby is a major upgrade from the no-frills travel experience most people have come to associate with the word “hostel.” The convenient location, beautiful design, and modern amenities match the quality of a boutique hotel while the shared rooms create a fun social environment and keep costs low, allowing travelers to have a relaxed stay while still having enough cash left over to experience all that New Orleans has to offer.
The Quisby features 30 rooms, including a six-person shared room starting at $27 per bed; co-ed or female-only shared quad rooms starting at $30 per bed; private quad rooms starting at $115 per room; and private double rooms starting at $70 per room. All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, comfy memory foam mattresses, bedside reading lamps and outlets, air conditioning, high-speed wi-fi, and a collection of sci-fi and adventure paperback books and vintage magnets from all over the world. Additional amenities include free breakfast, a 24-hour front desk, a fully stocked lobby bar, luggage storage, daily housekeeping, and bicycle parking.
Join the staff at the Quisby every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:30 pm for their biweekly Pub Strut in the lobby of the hostel before heading out into New Orleans notorious drinking spots. Enjoy drink specials for $13 all night long. Be sure to sign up at the front desk at The Quisby to save your spot today!
Want to explore more of the Big Easy? Sign up for The Quisby’s daytime or nighttime walking tours. Acclimate yourself during the day with the Garden District Walking Tour, and be ready at 11:00 am every Wednesday at the corner of Prytania St and Washington Ave. To reserve your spot, click here. Are you more interested in the spooky rumors about New Orleans? Don’t worry, the French Quarter comes to life during the night time and the Name Your Own Price Haunted Tour gives you a glimpse into the shady past of one of America’s oldest neighborhoods. X marks the spot, so be ready at 7:45 pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night in front of the Cabildo Museum in Jackson Square. To reserve your spot for the nighttime tour, click here.
A casual, stylish, and affordable space with an unbeatable location, The Quisby is the perfect place to lay your head in New Orleans whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, with family—for fun or on business. To learn more about The Quisby, visit their website or check them out on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.