Blue Moon Guesthouse


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The Blue Moon, a house hostel in central Lafayette, is an easy walk from the Greyhound station, through the small downtown. Drivers will find parking right there. The hostel is close to the museum and university campus. Night entertainment is of course on location, at the Blue Moon Saloon.

The Blue Moon is managed by receptionist and staff, who also operate the Saloon. Arrival times are posted. We arrived ahead of the hours, but were allowed in anyway at no extra charge. The house exterior combines the look of the original structure with the added Saloon wing and other renovations. Inside the large house, works of art fit together with the old woodwork in a way that exclaims that this is both interesting and tidy clean. The big kitchen is usable, welcoming, and again clean. It adjoins a dining room with oak chairs and table.

No surprise, the washrooms work and are clean and privacy is easily achieved because they are single occupancy. Some areas don't have doors between them -- rather there are curtains separating the hall, the doorway, the next area. A large wood-floored common room has a choice of seating, with wood and textile couches not showing signs of wear. The big room works for relaxing with a drink, or tapping on the computer (your own laptop or the house computer -- there's no charge). The laundry is an ordinary, coin-operated model.

A choice of rooms is to be had, private or not. The dorms are not very big for six bunkers, and there is not much for storage, but the available excellent space in the remainder of the house more than makes up for that shortcoming. You might not even notice that the mattresses are too soft. And there is of course, in addition, the whole of the space in the Saloon, a place with wood benches, other seating, and catchy decor. Outdoors is a yard. If there is to be entertainment, and given that the bar is right below, it might be an idea to plan to enjoy, party in the Saloon, and not think about hitting the sack early. For after the party, the University of Louisiana tree-lined avenues are good for relaxed strolling -- near the student union building they feed the turtles and crocodiles daily in a patch of wetland kept there.
by Timo Merio Staff Reviewer
April 2007


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Blue Moon Guesthouse" at 215 East Convent Street.)


215 East Convent Street, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
30.220402, -92.016301 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+1 (337) 234-2422
+1 (337) 234-2434
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I stayed here in February, 2009 with my wife and two small children. I have never seen a hostel quite like this. It is part pub, part hostel, and has a family room that looks like it could be in a nice bed and breakfast. The kitchen is clean and well stocked. A rock band played until midnight, keeping us awake, but it was a good band with a lot of local people dancing and enjoying the night. Every Friday night, French expats gather at 7 p.m. to speak in French on the front porch. It was a very unusual experience. Across the street is a Borden's Ice Cream Shop that looks like it has been transported from the fifties, with low prices to match. I much prefer Lafayette to New Orleans. Lafayette has many cute little towns nearby offering excellent food at half the New Orleans price.
Tom in Chicago
  This is an excellent hostel! If fact, I am writing this review on their computer! First off, when you click on "Book Your Reservation" here at hostelz it says no beds or rooms are available. That is not the case! Call the hostel! At their website, to see their rates click on the "Click here to make reservations" and a list of available rooms and rates will come up. This hostel has no lockout or curfew. The kitchen is great. They have lots of supplies -- oil, spices, rice, cereal, peanut butter, and so on. They regularly make coffee and you are welcome to make it yourself. Free coffee, sugar, and creamer. Out back is the Blue Moon Saloon that has live music several nights a week. I saw $6 and $8 cover charges but free for people staying here. This place is right up there with the very best of them!
  Awesome atmosphere and staff. Comfortable, clean, and lots of fun. I'll definitely be back.
M. Jason Thompson
  Awesome! This hostel should be a model for every hostel that's ever existed (including so called 'official' HI Hostels. Clean, bright, friendly, cheap, and it has a bar and live music out the back (no, not your average noisy and drunken bar attached to a hostel). Blows every hostel in New Orleans out of the water! Much cheaper too. If there was more to see in Lafayette I would have stayed there for weeks. If you like driving then stay here and visit New Orleans. Highly, highly recommended!
  First off I have never stayed in a Hostel until this one but I was amazed. Catherine was extremely sweet and the Hostel itself was artsy, unique, and had a down home atmosphere to it. It is right next to a Bistro named Artmosphere, which had live music on the days I stayed there. The whole place was clean and the travelers there were very diverse and had a good vibe to them. Now leaving town a lady from Lafayette rear-ended me and so Lafayette in itself is another matter but I definitely recommend staying there. very safe and very interesting place to visit.
Jeremy C
  This is a top rate place to stay. The location is really nice, near a cool little area that has some bars, cafe's and restaurants. I was there on a Tuesday and there was plenty of activity down there. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and comfortable and there's a big open common area that includes a full kitchen. Definitely stop in if you're coming through this area.
  I went back to the Blue Moon again in October 2004 and took my dad who will be 70 on his next birthday and we both had a great time. I would take Lafayette (and especially the Blue Moon) over New Orleans any day.
Graham Parr
  At this hostel you can expect to meet a cast of interesting characters, take breakfast on the porch, and be able to walk to lots of things. We stayed here in August 2004 and are returning for Mardi Gras 2005. (It's my old neighborhood from when I lived in Lafayette, too!)

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