Staying in New Orleans
New Orleans has some of the most unique and beautiful architecture in the world. Visitors to New Orleans have many diverse housing options- from intimate Bed & Breakfasts to swank high rise hotels.
Finding the Right Place to Stay.
New Orleans has accommodations to meet every lifestyle and budget. From bed and breakfasts in beautifully restored antebellum homes, Creole cottages, swank high rise hotels, slave quarters to your typical chain hotels - New Orleans affords its visitors many lodging options. With more than 20,000 rooms available in the Big Easy, it can be difficult deciding where to stay. Especially, if you have never been to New Orleans and aren't familiar with the city.
People who come to New Orleans should consider several factors before they put a deposit down on a room. A careful decision, made with a little help from the locals, will guarantee that your visit to New Orleans will be memorable.
Some of your choices of Hotels/Guest Houses/Travel should include:
AARON INGRAM HAUS
1012 Elysian Fields, New Orleans, LA 70117
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Condos with queen-size beds, private entrances; located only six blocks from Bourbon Street and walking distance to most New Orleans attractions. Several favorite bars are within one block.
BURGUNDY BED AND BREAKFAST
2513 Burgundy St., New Orleans, LA 70117
E-mail us at email@example.com
Gay owned and operated in newly renovated 1890's double. Four guest rooms with private baths, guests' parlor and "half-kitchen", courtyard and half-open tubhouse with spa (hot tub/whirlpool). Clothing optional in hot tub area. Walking distance to French Quarter. Immediate vicinity of gay and lesbian bars/venues.
THE FRENCH QUARTER GUEST HOUSES
1005 St. Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116
E-mail us at Info@frenchquarterguesthouses.com
Four meticulously restored boutique inns located in the heart of the French Quarter's most popular LGBT neighborhood. Each building's individual character and charm provides an unforgettable authentic French Quarter experience!
Here are some things you should consider before you book a room...
Time Of Year
Although New Orleans has much to offer all year round, the months of September through May are the peak tourist season for New Orleans. Many of the Crescent City's more popular festivals and events take place during these months and most conventions are scheduled during this time. If you plan oncoming to New Orleans during these months, it is critical that you plan in advance. New Orleans is a very popular travel destination and you'll be able to ensure the best rates and rooms by planning ahead.
If you are interested in coming to Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence, Halloween or The Jazz and Heritage Festival, plan ahead. Many people come to these festivals year after year and reserve their rooms a year or more in advance. However, it is possible to get a room at the last minute if you know the right people. Like I said, call French Quarter Reservations, they'll be able to help you better than anyone.
Summers in New Orleans are, shall we say, "sweltering." If you love hot, humid weather and thunder storms, you'll love New Orleans in the Summer. If you don't like to wear tank tops and shorts, you better visit the Big Easy some other time. The advantage of coming to New Orleans in Summer is that most hotels drop their rates from June through August and room availability is wide open.
The City of New Orleans encompasses some 365 square miles of tamed swampland. Despite the size of the Big Easy, it does not have a big city "attitude." New Orleans is made up of dozens of distinct and intimate neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own ambiance and attractions. When you decide to stay in New Orleans, you need to choose the area or neighborhood that best meets your needs and interests. What follows is a brief description of the more popular neighborhoods.
The French Quarter
The French Quarter is the heart and soul of old New Orleans. The Vieux Carreor "Old Square" is one of this country's most remarkable and beautiful historiclocations. The Quarter is, a living historical monument. Unlike many historicsights, the French Quarter remains a true city. People live work and play allin their little "home town." In fact, many French Quarter residents don't owncars. Why own a car when everything you could ever want or need is withinwalking distance? The French Quarter is, by far, the best and most popular place to stay in New Orleans.
The French Quarter has every possible sort of lodging. You can choose from intimate Creole cottages, apartments, posh hotels and owner occupied and operated Bed and Breakfasts.
The Faubourg Marigny, adjacent to the French Quarter, is a parcel of land originally owned by Bernard Marigny, one of the city's more colorful historic characters. Marigny, the son of rich nobility who hobnobbed with such minor characters as the King of France, was generous with his money - especially in pursuit of pleasure - and a terrible gambler. As a young man he had travelled abroad and brought back to New Orleans the game that came to be called "craps." As a result, Marigny eventually went through a million dollars (remember, this was in the early 1800s - so imagine the fortune he wasted!) and was forced to subdivide and sell part of his plantation, which became the Faubourg Marigny.
Today Marigny and the Bywater area (adjacent to the Marigny) is a colorful, mostly residential area boasting a huge gay presence, a number of trendy restaurants, coffee shops and clubs. As the quiet gay residential neighborhood of New Orleans, it is still adjacent to the French Quarter action. Many of the Gay-friendly bed and breakfasts are located here, as well as several gay bars including the Phoenix, Cowpokes, Matrixxx, Chet's, Big Daddy's, Friendly Bar and The Country Club, plus Gay Restaurant of the Year Bywater Bar.B.Que/Lorenzo's, and also the Barn Theater, home of the Drama Theater Company, and even the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans. The proximity of Frenchmen St. restaurants and music clubs, and the festive atmosphere, make it a prime destination for the Gay visitor. Marigny, in the opinion of many, has become the more bohemian extension of the French Quarter, increasingly becoming the neighborhood of choice for writers, painters, musicians, street entertainers and artists of all sorts.
The Garden District
The Garden District is located "Uptown." There are many beautiful bed and breakfasts and hotels located in the Garden District. The St. Charles Streetcarline makes this a convenient neighborhood to stay.
If you prefer a "quiet" vacation without all the distractions of nightlife and all that other stuff, the Garden District would be to your liking.
The Central Business District
The Central Business District or "CBD" is where you'll find most of the major hotel chains. Some of these hotels border the French Quarter and can be quite convenient. In addition, if you prefer staying in a large hotel, this location might be your best choice.
No matter where you stay in New Orleans, your visit to the Big Easy is bound to be a memorable trip and, like so many others, you'll learn
"...what it means to miss New Orleans."
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