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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
New Orleans blew my expectations away. This town knows how to party and how to eat. Eat Beignets at Cafe du Monde Eat the crawfish and dance at Channing Tatum's Saints and Sinners Check out the dueling pianos at Patty O'Briens You can walk everywhere basically.
Joshua
United States of America
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
Take the city tour. The hotel can book it for you and they pick you up right at the door. Gives you a lot of different things to choose from to go do later besides Mardi Gras. Deja vu restaurant by the hotel is great. Oceana was also very good.
Sherry
United States of America
February 20, 2017
10
Exceptional
Safe environment. Terrific atmosphere as it was Mardi Gras time. Best venue in the world for Trad Jazz. Dining was excellent.
Jarvis
Australia
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
The mood ! We were at NOLA for parade Mardi Gras. Great ! And bourbon Street is fabulous. Steam boat and air boat tour were great
Gwénola
France
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
If you don't absolutely LOVE New Orleans, you need to re-evaluate how you live life.
Collin
United States of America
February 19, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in New Orleans

Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel

8.3 Very Good

Score from 1,946 reviews

$84

Average price per night
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Hotel Mazarin

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 831 reviews

$159

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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Dauphine Orleans Hotel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 752 reviews

$129

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  • “location was great”
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Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

8.9 Excellent

Score from 958 reviews

$189

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel

8.2 Very Good

Score from 1,177 reviews

$120

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  • “wonderful staff”
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New Orleans Marriott

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,273 reviews

$192

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
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Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 1,102 reviews

$110

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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SpringHill Suites by Marriott New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center

8.4 Very Good

Score from 1,034 reviews

$119

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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The Whitney Hotel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 959 reviews

$99

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  • “location was great”
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Discover New Orleans

Popular Neighborhoods in New Orleans

French Quarter (Vieux Carré)

58 properties

The heart of old New Orleans wears a couple of masks. On one hand, it’s got cute colonial abodes, Royal Street’s refined antique shops and Jackson Square’s horse-drawn carriages. Then there’s Bourbon Street, where the boisterous bars guarantee a tipsy trip! At cosy Café du Monde, plan your route over beignets and chicory-infused coffee.

New Orleans Central Business District

58 properties

Work hard, play hard. This area buzzes with seasoned “suits” and fresh-faced professionals that shuttle between gleaming skyscrapers. They let their hair down in classy joints like the Sazerac Bar – think dark wood, Art Deco murals and old-school waiters. High rollers hit Harrah’s Casino, then splash the cash in chic, chandeliered eatery August.

Faubourg Marigny

13 properties

Free-spirited Marigny is irresistible. From the bright pastel tones of its Creole cottages to the crisp trumpet notes that drift down Frenchmen Street, the city’s bohemian quarter hooks you right in. At the Praline Connection, tuck into juicy Creole jambalaya and Cajun boudin sausage. Then settle in for an intimate show at Snug Harbor jazz club.

Treme

6 properties

Ooh poo pah doo! Treme is the Big Easy’s most soulful neighbourhood. Swing by historic Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park, where the forbidden rhythms of African slaves gave birth to the pam-pam beat of jazz. At Dooky Chase’s, chow on classic Creole gumbo stew. Then join an impromptu parade of parping street bands as a “second line” dancer.

Arts - Warehouse District

5 properties

In the ’70s, this area traded its grain stores for culture hubs. At the Contemporary Arts Center, pour over edgy paintings and performance art. Chin-stroke your way through Julia Street’s independent galleries, then sup sumptuous southern dishes at swanky NOLA. For something a little earthier, try Howlin’ Wolf’s down-home grub and bopping bands.

Mid-City

5 properties

This may be “backatown”, but it ain’t middle of the road. The oak-lined avenues of Mid-City’s quirky neighbourhoods spill over with local gems. For proof, try the gravy-licious “Po’ boy” beef sandwich at Parkway Bakery. Pull up a stool at Finn McCool’s for a pint and some banter. Then get your groove on to upcoming roots bands at Chickie Wah Wah.

Uptown

2 properties

Upscale Uptown grew out of the plantations that dotted the area in the 19th century. Hop on the rickety St Charles Streetcar to pass well-to-do mansions, leafy parks and Tulane University’s bustling campus. Browse Maple Street’s vintage shops and Magazine Street’s upscale boutiques, then find your thrill with a blueberry mojito at St Joe’s Bar.

Local Tips for New Orleans

Tropical Isle
Marissa by Marissa

Marissa loves showing off her city to visitors, and she knows all the best spots for a night out.

I love taking my friends and family to Tropical Isle whenever they visit. Their signature Hand Grenade drinks really are New Orleans in a cup – they’re colourful, tasty and have a kick. It’s the perfect drink to unwind with and kick start an epic night in New Orleans.

  • 600 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • tropicalisle.com
  • Open Sunday-Wednesday 10:00-02:00, Thursday-Friday 10:00-03:00, Saturday 10:00-02:00
Café Du Monde
Christian by Christian

Doughy, sugary treats have a sweet spot in Christian’s heart, but Nola’s beignets take the cake.

Café Du Monde is a legendary New Orleans coffee shop, famous for its chicory coffee and delicious beignets. These French-style doughnuts are fried and topped off with a generous heap of powdered sugar to sweeten the deal. Take your treat away and enjoy it across the road in Jackson Square.

Blue Dot Donuts
Crystal by Crystal

Originally from Texas, Crystal loves finding glimpses of home in New Orleans.

From the moment you set foot in this cosy Mid-City treasure, you feel right at home. The Maple Bacon Long Johns taste like an entire home-cooked breakfast in one doughnut! But it’s the cinnamon rolls, which are the size of the box they come in, that are truly my ray of morning sunshine.

Lawrence Square Park
Mark by Mark

A true globetrotter, Mark loves playing basketball with the locals during his travels.

If you want to really get in touch with Magazine Street’s unique culture, play a game of basketball with the locals at Lawrence Square Park. Surrounded by quirky boutiques and neighbourhood bars and cafés, this well-maintained court is always hopping with a diverse group of players.

  • 900 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Q&C Hotel Bar
Tony by Tony

Tony has lived most his life in the Southern US, and makes a hobby of finding stylish cocktail bars.

Q&C Bar serves up a range of wines, local draught beers and hand-crafted cocktails. Living up to its railroad hotel history, the bar features wood and brick details which provide a warm atmosphere – perfect for sipping a highball while lounging on one of the soft leather sofas.

  • 344 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • www.qandc.com
  • Open Sunday-Saturday 16:00-00:00
Riverwalk
Amanda by Amanda

New Orleans native Amanda loves to attend local festivals with family and friends.

An upscale shopping outlet, Entergy IMAX Theatre and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are the Riverwalk’s prime draws, but its peaceful riverfront is also perfect for a stroll or jog. You’ll find fantastic food and live music when the Riverwalk hosts the French Quarter Festival.

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Recommended in New Orleans

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend New Orleans for food?

Go eat at the Praline Connection! It gets packed at night but we visited after lunch time. Our waiters during that afternoon shift were great! they were very courteous, shared stories (and a few jokes) were very patient as we were unsure of what menu items to try. And I think one of them was a psychic, LOL!

Some zydeco that won't let your feet keep still. Some rock that makes you young again. Some blues to remember who you are. And Jazz, just to feel good.

local guides are very knowledgable about their beautifully preserved houses and all the history accompanying the streets and buildings

If you're going to get hand grenades, get the frozen ones so you pace yourself. They are pretty deadly to a lengthy night.

Share a few dishes with someone else and try the off the wall places. The must is getting an order or 2 of beignets.

Cajun Seafood in the 7th Ward was awesome!!! Try the boiled crabs and the catfish po'boy!

Always ready to help - sociable - kind - communicative

Why would you want to avoid the crowds?!!

K-Paul's kitchen, Stanley and SoBou.

Transportation

New Orleans Transportation

Air - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

A taxi from New Orleans Airport to the Central Business District (CBD) takes 30–45 minutes and costs USD 33.00 for 1–2 people, plus USD 14 per extra passenger. Taxis wait outside on the lower level. In theory cabs accept credit cards, but it’s best to ask before you get in. During the day, E-2 Airport-Downtown Express buses also stop outside entrance 7 on the upper level. Tickets cost USD 2 from the fare box on board (cash only). Journey time is about 50 minutes.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to hail on nearly any street in New Orleans. You can also call a taxi company such as United Cabs, American Taxi or Elk’s Elite for a pick-up. Vehicle types vary from traditional yellow cabs to people carriers, but all should have a light on the roof. Fares start at USD 3.50 and go up by USD 2.40 per mile, or USD 0.25 per 40 seconds of waiting time. In theory all taxis accept credit cards, but it’s best to check this with the driver before getting in.

Bus

New Orleans buses run from 06:00–21:00 (Monday to Friday) or 07:00–21:00 (weekends). The system can be quite chaotic – don’t expect buses to arrive on time. Bus stops are marked with the route number and destination, and buses stop at every stop along the route. Single tickets cost USD 1.50, while crossing the river or going to the Central Business District costs USD 2. Pay in cash at the fare box on board: any change due will be given as a voucher for future trips.

Streetcar

Known as streetcars, New Orleans’ historic trams run along 3 routes: the St. Charles line, the Canal Street line and the Riverfront line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD). A single ticket costs USD 1.25, payable in exact change in the on-board fare box. Alternatively, 1-day (USD 3) and 3-day (USD 9) Jazzy Pass travel cards are sold at corner shops and certain streetcar stops.

Car

New Orleans is not designed with cars in mind, and driving here is generally more trouble than it’s worth. A combination of narrow alleys and frequent road closures make traffic congestion a serious issue. Parking is also a headache – on-street spaces are like gold dust, while public car parks are often eye-wateringly expensive (USD 5–10 per hour). Prices skyrocket during the city’s frequent festivals and events, when parking is almost impossible to come by.

Food in New Orleans

Top Restaurants in New Orleans

Upscale Dining
Japanese
Horinoya
  • 920 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-21:30, Friday 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-22:00, Saturday 17:00-22:00.
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  • 0001 5045618914
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Domenica
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Local
Hobnobber's Variety Bar & Restaurant
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American
Empire State Delicatessen
Upscale Dining
French
Lüke
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Marcello's
Upscale Dining
Local
Herbsaint
Cheap Eats
Mexican
La Casita
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Red Gravy
Upscale Dining
Local
Galatoire's
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International
Carmo
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Bon Ton Cafe
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Cafe
Mother's
Upscale Dining
French
August
Upscale Dining
Local
Restaurant R'evolution
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Peche Seafood Grill
Mid-Range Fare
Grill
Warehouse Grill
Cheap Eats
American
Bayou Burger
Upscale Dining
Local
Brennan's
Upscale Dining
Local
Emeril's
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Tommy's Cuisine
Upscale Dining
Local
Emeril's Delmonico
Upscale Dining
Local
Annunciation Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Cochon
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse
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