Some destinations are unlike anything you’ve witnessed in your treks around the world. These cities stand alone in your mind for their architecture, history, and way their streets come to life in celebration. New Orleans is one such city. Wander among gothic walkups edged in intricate wrought iron balconies and daring widow’s walks. Join the extravagant Carnival parades on Mardi Gras, and sway to the music of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Dip your spoon into a rich fusion of flavors from spicy Cajun and savory Creole to the sweet confectionary sugar sprinkled over the tops of delectable beignets fresh from the fryer. But most of all, traveler, feel the enchantment that floats around every turn in the Big Easy.
Knowing where to stay in New Orleans all depends on what brings you to town. You might need a place close to the Mardi Gras mayhem, a hotel in the French Quarter where you can engage in the nightlife, or a downtown New Orleans hotel convenient to Spanish Plaza, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and other central attractions.
Uptown: While parades are held throughout the city, the bulk of the Mardi Gras celebrations take place in the Uptown neighborhood. A stone’s throw from downtown, the 19th-century homes and unique boutiques will have you convinced you’ve stepped back in time. Stay close to St. Charles Avenue and Freret Street, which includes independent shops, gourmet bistros and craft bars, as well as art galleries.
Garden District: One of the more popular, refined, and quiet neighborhoods in the city is the Garden District, adjacent Uptown—making it a nice retreat from the noise after the party ends. Greek Revival homes highlight the neighborhood where window shoppers are treated to equal parts antique shops and contemporary design houses. Oh, and the area is as lush as its name implies.
Uptown and the Garden District may host the Mardi Gras party. But, the most famous district in NOLA is the French Quarter. Many of the most popular hotels in New Orleans are within walking distance of the lively bars, award-winning restaurants, and live-music venues that dot the iconic balcony-lined streets. Let the aromatics of Cajun spices wash over your senses like the warm glow of candles flickering from the window of a fortune teller’s alcove.
If you’re mixing work and leisure, consider New Orleans hotel deals that land you in the middle of bustling downtown at an easygoing rate.
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