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New Orleans
Travel Guide

New Orleans

An unhurried city with a distinct energy and community spirit, New Orleans has been charming generations of visitors with its hot jazz, relaxed locals, distinctive colonial architecture and delicious French flavour.

Called the Big Easy for a reason, New Orleans is a relaxed destination that welcomes out-of-towners as if they’d lived there all their lives.

Of course, it is impossible to ignore the fact that New Orleans was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but the community has been working hard to rebuild. Maybe it’s a Southern thing, but no resident of the Big Easy was prepared to let even a storm like that stop the good times rolling.

The unique character of New Orleans has its roots in the city’s history. Founded in 1718 by the then Regent of France, Phillippe d’Orleans, the city fell under Spanish control for decades before being returned to France. Finally, the city was sold to the United States in 1803. As you might expect, such an unusual past made the city popular with immigrants of all kinds, hence the wonderfully diverse blend of Creole, African American and French-speaking locals that populate the city today.

Known for its fabulously ornate Spanish colonial architecture and superbly rickety streetcar transport system, the French Quarter of the city is known throughout the world as a symbol of New Orleans’ electivity. Of course, the most famous part of the Quarter is Bourbon Street – famed for its bars and jazz clubs, it is in these places that the hottest jazz in the city can be found. Indeed, all the greats have played Bourbon Street, and you can’t really be considered great until you have.

The French Quarter isn’t all about jazz and drinking though. It is also the location of the famous Café du Monde, known for its delicious French style pastries and chicory coffee. New Orleans is also closely associated with voodoo. Whilst this unusual religion is mainly considered something of a tourist attraction, a few locals really do practise it – why not head to Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street to discover more for yourself?

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Where to stay in New Orleans

New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £100 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and French Market are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,733 reviews)
"The pool area was amazing, clean and large! Loved the view of the city and river from our room!"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

New Orleans Marriott
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £152 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,247 reviews)
"This hotel is so convenient to everything, the public areas are lovely, and the rooms are comfortable. Service is limited due to Covid-restrictions but the hotel made us aware of those limitations before we arrived. We would definitely stay at this hotel again."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £127 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's New ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,438 reviews)
"Nice, convenient hotel, close to the casino, aquarium and river. The walk to and from Bourbon Street is long and dark at night, so stay closer to Bourbon if that's what you'll be doing. We were able to use Uber to get back to the hotel"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

The Westin New Orleans
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Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
3.5 out of 5
1111 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA
The price is £148 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Street, Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (316 reviews)
"This property is perfect, not too far and not too close to the French Quarter. Also, very spacious with a beautiful view of the city. The only issue was parking, we had to park in a structure nearby, that charges $20 a day."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
Newly Renovated Condos French Quarter
Newly Renovated Condos French Quarter
4 out of 5
1014 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is £156 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Street, Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Jackson Square. ...
3.8/5Good! (11 reviews)
Very Nice Apt For The Price
"Love the option to book apartment or condo instead of regular hotel room. This unit was clean. Bed & couch are comfy. Nice kitchen. The only issue was a guy sleeping on the ground near the elevator...but hey, that's how NOLA rolls sometimes."

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Newly Renovated Condos French Quarter
Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Sonder - Duncan Plaza
4 out of 5
925 Common Street, New Orleans, LA
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street and Saenger Theatre. Royal Street ...
4.1/5Very Good! (103 reviews)
"Good location and very good facilities"

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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