Where to stay in New Orleans

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Hugging the Mississippi River, easygoing New Orleans is the place to let the good times roll. Enjoying yourself to the fullest becomes easier if you’re in the right neighborhood, though.

The history, the food and the music that define New Orleans all come together in the French Quarter. Don’t look any further if you want to stay where you play, especially if you have limited time available.

Yet there is, of course, much more to New Orleans. We cover the areas (with the best hotels) you should know about. Bed down in your favorite but add the other ones to your itinerary, too.

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French Quarter

The French Quarter is New Orleans and New Orleans is the French Quarter. It’s the original neighborhood from which the city grew after being established in 1718 — first under French rule, then under Spanish rule and finally under the US flag. History lovers and enjoyers of life: Welcome to paradise.

Technically, paradise extends from the Mississippi River inland to North Rampart Street and from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue. You’ll find fascinating architecture spanning the three different flags and many more styles, including Creole townhouses with quintessential wrought-iron balconies, and enchanting streets, each with its own personality.

Release your inner party lion at Bourbon Street (named after the French House of Bourbon, not the drink). Escape to parallel Royal Street for art-gallery and antique-store browsing. Make your way over to Jackson Square to watch artists paint and, under enchanting St. Louis Cathedral, feel like Cinderella.

Sleeping in The French Quarter

Hotel Monteleone

Treat yourself to a luxury 1886 hotel with high ceilings and timeless decorations in the heart of New Orleans. The aptly-named Carousel Bar is an attraction in its own right, rotating every 15 minutes.

Omni Royal Hotel

Be greeted by an elegant marble lobby where Royal Street and St. Louis Street intersect. Some rooms come with a stunning overlooking iron balcony; everyone can enjoy the rooftop pool.

French Market Inn

Some think the history-steeped French Market Inn is haunted. We think it offers rare French Quarter value. While the swimming pool may be tiny, it does the job during those boiling NOLA days.

The French Quarter's historic Andrew Jackson Hotel with its stately iron balcony and dark window shutters against the bright facade
Embrace the history of the French Quarter.

Marigny & Bywater

Just east of the French Quarter, the first New Orleans suburb was developed during the 19th century. With strong foreign influences, people built colorful Creole cottages and shotgun houses that still give life to the streetscape.

People flock to experience Marigny’s unparalleled passion for music. Visit Frenchmen Street to listen to dazzling live jazz, reggae and blues spilling onto the sidewalk and into leafy Washington Square.

The eclectic atmosphere transcends neighborhood borders, extending into neighboring Bywater and beyond. Crescent Park offers brilliant views of the Mississippi River and the skyline, while St. Roch Market showcases New Orleans’ culinary heritage with an array of vendors providing exceptional flavors.

Sleeping in Marigny & Baywater

Hotel Peter & Paul

Discover chic accommodation in a former 19th-century Catholic church and school. Could a room in the School House, Rectory or Convent suit the occasion?

Hotel de la Monnaie

On Esplanade Avenue, Hotel de la Monnaie makes it effortless to hop between Marigny and the French Quarter. The property encompasses two circular courtyards, one with a fountain (wading) pool.

Madame Isabelle’s House

Opt for Madame Isabelle’s House if you want a basic place to stay without sacrificing the vibe.

Central Business District

South of Canal Street, the historic charm suddenly loses its firm grip, allowing skyscrapers to shoot up and add more of a traditional city feel. The many sprawling hotels in the Central Business District thrive on the unmistakable convenience.

To get to the sights, simply walk over to the adjoining French Quarter. Alternatively, take advantage of New Orleans’ four distinct streetcar lines, which all serve the Central Business District and Canal Street.

A unique enclave is the Warehouse District, also known as the Arts District. After transforming from its industrial past, it nowadays anchors trendy galleries, eateries and museums, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art and National WWII Museum.

Sleeping in the Central Business District

JW Marriott

Upscale and modern? Yes. Comfortable? Certainly. A representative New Orleans hotel? Probably not.

Drury Plaza

The restored brick facade with terracotta detailing reveals character and the rooftop pool area is a prime spot for relaxation. A delicious breakfast is often included in the rate.

HI Hostel

Stretch your budget by staying at a reputable hostel. Simple spaces with private bathroom and dormitory beds are up for grabs.

Palm-decorated Canal Street, the borderline between the French Quarter and the CBD
Canal Street borders the French Quarter and CBD.

Garden District & Uptown

The exclusive Garden District — uptown, upriver from downtown — oozes tranquility. Wealthy Americans built the mostly residential neighborhood during the 1800s, and the result is one of the grandest architectural collections in the South. A fine example, Prytania Street is lined by a mix of stately mansions and elegant cottages shaded by enormous live oaks.

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Even the restaurants and shops are pretty. A New Orleans icon established in 1893, Turquoise-and-white Commander’s Palace serves superb Creole fare. For more dining options or some retail therapy, browse the neighborhood’s commercial hub, Magazine Street.

Getting here? The St. Charles Streetcar line runs between the Garden District and Canal Street at the French Quarter in 20 minutes.

Sleeping in the Garden District & Uptown

Pontchartrain Hotel

Marvel at the eminent group of people who were here before you — including former US presidents, Frank Sinatra and Tennessee Williams — while sipping on a cocktail at the Hot Tin rooftop bar.

St Charles Coach House

These modern, spacious boutique rooms ensure a trouble-free stay, giving the surrounding history the full attention.

St Charles Inn

Find solitude and great value at the western end of the Garden District.

Opulent white home with stately columns in the Garden District
Feel the inspiration in the quiet Garden District.

Where to stay in New Orleans FAQ

What’s the best part of New Orleans to stay in?

The French Quarter is the quintessential New Orleans neighborhood. Therefore, we recommend basing yourself either in the French Quarter or within easy walking or streetcar distance.

Which is the best area to stay in New Orleans with family?

Any of our recommended New Orleans areas can serve as an excellent base for a family trip. Just be sure to avoid Bourbon Street, aka party central, especially later during the day.

Where to stay in New Orleans to walk everywhere?

Staying in or near the French Quarter allows you to effortlessly explore New Orleans by foot. To see more without the hassle of driving, go sightseeing with the historic streetcar.

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