P3Orion From United States of America, joined May 2006, 544 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2561 times:
Hello, I am asking for your opinion on where to stay. My buddies and I are going to New Orleans for a long weekend in July. We would like to stay in/around/by Bourbon Street. The same weekend will be the "Tales of the cocktail" festival. I have never been so I would really appreciate your opinions. Such as, is staying at the Ritz worth it (it appears to be on the fringe of the French Quarter)? Or, are there better locations? Thanks.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6344 posts, RR: 50 Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2453 times:
There are quite a few hotels (large and small) in the French Quarter itself. The Omni Royal Orleans and the Royal Sonesta are both very nice.
Both W hotels are good choices, as is the JW Marriott and the Westin.
Windsor Court is probably the nicest hotel in the city...at least on par with the Ritz, probably nicer, imo.
Chances are you will find very good deals at all hotels in New Orleans in July since that is one of the slower months in the city.
Also, I am pretty sure that the restored Roosevelt Hotel (part of the Waldorf-Astoria chain) will be open by then. That is a beautiful hotel just a few minutes walk from the heart of the French Quarter.
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2447 times:
Not sure where it is in relation to the action, but the DoubleTree near Harrahs is hands-down the worst hotel I've ever stayed at. The crappy accomodation and generaly apathetic (when you could get their attention... I was left alone at the checkin counter for 30 minutes) staff is a considerable part of the reason New Orleans is, of all of the cities I've visited, by far my least favorite.
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MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6344 posts, RR: 50 Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2419 times:
Quoting Lincoln (Reply 4): Not sure where it is in relation to the action, but the DoubleTree near Harrahs is hands-down the worst hotel I've ever stayed at. The crappy accomodation and generaly apathetic (when you could get their attention... I was left alone at the checkin counter for 30 minutes) staff is a considerable part of the reason New Orleans is, of all of the cities I've visited, by far my least favorite.
Yeah, that Doubletree is one of the older ones in the chain. All it has going for it is location. The rooms are smaller than normal and the staff isn't that great. One of my brother's friends was a bellman there and he didn't have many nice things to say about the place.
All that being said, every city has a few bad apples in the bunch in terms of hotels.
Super80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1655 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2385 times:
The New Orleans Marriott and JW Marriott New Orleans frequently have great rates. I've stayed at both. The JW is about a block closer to Bourbon Street, but is on the other side of Canal St. The NO Marriott is IN the FQ (technically). The NO Marriott is also closer to the waterfront. If you want a great view, go for the NO Marriott because it is 41 floors high and has spectacular views of the the FQ and MS river. The JW Marriott is just a Marriott with JW in front of the name and a bigger chandelier in the lobby (my personal opinion from experiences in both hotels).
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Cactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2407 posts, RR: 32 Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2289 times:
When I was there at the end of October we were at the Sheraton on Canal street...3 minute walk from Bourbon St...(6 minutes when drunk).. ..right by the French Quarter...clean comfy room, decent view from my floor and the employees very friendly.....
ScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1490 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (4 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2194 times:
i'd like to bump this thread...
I may be going to NO in January for a conference at the Omni Royal Orleans hotel. From the sounds of it, it is in the french quarter, and i assume the hotel is actually good.
But my real question is, what is there to do in NO? All i know about NO is mardi gras. Are there good museums? I guess i can spend an evening listening to some jazz. Is there a lot to do around the French Quarter if i was on foot? Is it a safe area?
There are more obviously, but these are def. worth a visit...
National WW2 Museum (short cab or Streetcar ride away)
Ogden Museum of Southern Art (short cab or Streetcar ride away)
New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden (take the Streetcar to it)
Cabildo (just a couple of blocks from your hotel)
Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 11): From the sounds of it, it is in the french quarter, and i assume the hotel is actually good.
Very nice hotel in a central location in the French Quarter, with a very nice restaurant (The Rib Room).
Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 11): Is there a lot to do around the French Quarter if i was on foot?
Take a ride on one of the Streetcar lines (the oldest operating rail lines in the U.S)...ride the Steamboat Natchez ...visit the Aquarium on the riverfront...visit Harrah's Casino...quite a bit to do in the area, all within walking distance....plus of course plenty of good restaurants and music clubs. Lots of art galleries in the nearby Warehouse District if that's your thing. There is usually a play going on at Le Petit Theatre, as well.
The hotel is in a very safe area...I've been down there hundreds of times at virtually all times of the day and night and I have never felt unsafe. Just use common sense at night, as you would in any large city.
ScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1490 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
ok, so i am for sure going now. I have to determine what to do in new orleans. Looks like i will have a few evenings available to me(monday tuesday) as well as a tuesday afternoon open.
I wouldnt mind checking out a club/bar of some sort where i can sit on my own and take in some jazz for a couple hours. anywhere people recommend for that in the french quarter?
The WW2 museum sounds good, but i dont know if i will get anything more out of it. I have been to the DDay beaches, and several of the major WW2 museums in europe, so i am hesitant on spending a few hours there.
I think i will check out the aquarium as i usually try to check them out when i visit cities that have them.
You need to go to Preservation Hall. The sets are short...usually 20/30 min....but well worth a visit. It's a no frills, old school club, and you are very close to the band. I'm pretty sure it's something like a $5 cover charge. It's very close to your hotel. Also, I'd say pay a visit to Snug Harbor on Franchmen Street. It's probably my favorite club to catch a jazz show in the city. Great bar there, too. Fritzel's European Jazz Pub on Bourbon Street is also a cool place.
Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 15): I think i will check out the aquarium as i usually try to check them out when i visit cities that have them.
It's one of the better one's I have visited. It consistently gets rated as a top 5 aquarium in the U.S. Exhibits include the Amazon Rain Forest, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Reef, and the Mississippi River Basin.
I would also suggest to take a ride on the St. Charles Ave. streetcar through the historic Garden District area of the city and visit the Columns Hotel for a drink. It's one of the nicest bars in the city. Well worth the ride.